As a college radio station, WSUM features an eclectic and broad range of programming, yet certain shows just by their very title elicit attention. “Sex and Candy” is a show with a catchy title and even wittier banter, as topics of popular culture and sex transcend through the effervescent dialogue of four friends — or as they phrase it, “two chicks and two dudes” — in-between sets of smooth R&B. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, hosts Steve Horn, Julie Silverman, Cassie Joyce and Joe Toppings sit down to discuss their show and the art of sexual music.

Tell us about yourselves (name, DJ name, major, year).

Steve Horn, DJ Friendship, journalism and political science, senior.

Julie Silverman, DJ Moonwalk, communication arts and environmental studies, senior.

Cassie Joyce, DJ CJ, strategic communication, senior.

Joe Topping, DJ JT, retail, junior.

Describe your chemistry as a group.

We’re amazing friends off the mic, and it carries over to the mic. We’re fun folks, lighthearted, sensual without being gross, sort of smart and generally dope when around one another.

Where did the title of the show “Sex and Candy” come from and does it have anything to do with the 90s song of the same name by Marcy Playground?

We’re all pretty into being sexual beings. And we like sexy music. When we decided to do a show together, baby-making music and pop culture seemed like the perfect fit. So there’s sex and a little added flavor or spice during voice breaks. Also, yes, one of our favorite songs from the ’90s is “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground.

Describe the format of your show.

We try to balance music and talking. Some nights the music is hitting and we’ll let it ride, and others the witty banter is just too damn good to stay off the mic for too long. Weekly segments include “Would You Rather,” “Bang/Marry/Kill” and “Candy of the Week.”

What are the defining characteristics of a sexy song?

Smoothness. You should never feel one bit uncomfortable when a sexy song is on. Everything is in the right place at the right time. You’re never guessing. You want to move with the song, and if it’s good enough, you will. A slow (but driving) bass line is a nice touch. And sensual voice breaks and skits are dope; stuff like “Damn baby…you’re looking so fine tonight.”

Is there a specific song that can do no wrong in the bedroom?

Marvin Gaye’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” from the 1983 NBA All-Star Game.

Are there any particular artists or artist who consistently pen amazing songs about sex?

Marvin Gaye, D’Angelo, Miguel, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake.

What are things to keep in mind when building a hot and heavy playlist?

A good sex playlist should be like good sex. Mix it up. Remember it shouldn’t be all fast or all slow. Let it build. There’s definitely a climax and not just a single song that the list climaxes at, but a single moment within that single song: the peak. Start slow and heavy, some good make-out and foreplay tracks. Also, end slow and heavy; keep the tunes playing while you’re lying there. Just because the lovemaking is done doesn’t mean the tunes need to stop.

Favorite music?

Lauryn Hill, Bon Iver, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Beatles, D’Angelo, Chance the Rapper.

Why should people listen to your show?

Come for the sex, stay for the candy.

“Sex and Candy” airs every Monday at 10 p.m. on WSUM 91.7 FM. To listen live, stream through www.wsum.org.

A Valentine’s Day playlist: