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Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:42pm #NEWS
DJ of the Month: Emelio
January 2015


What brought you to WRUV?
I had just moved to Vermont at the time of DJ training in February 2014. I was in that newcomer stage where you want to check out what's interesting in the new place, get involved in a couple neat things -- one of the first things I did was to find and listen to the local college radio. I'd regretted not getting involved in my own college's radio station, and I thought that I could redeem myself by going through WRUV's training.           

Tell us about your show-- what do you talk about/what kind of music do you
I don't have any particularly large knowledge of one music type, but I do have a love for lots of different kinds of music. I typically play international music and indie/rock/soul/R&B, and lately have been getting obsessed with digging into WRUV's excellent and ever-growing collection of contemporary West African musicians. But I also like to venture into rap, country/folk, jazz and electronica. I have a commitment to myself to investigate and play music from our classical and avant-garde collection, but haven't gotten there just yet.

Where did you get your show name?
I originally conceived of the show as a Midwestern-music-themed program -- I'm from Columbus OH, and thought it'd be great to play music from Ohio and the surrounding states. Thus the name, "Heartlander." Turns out it was more interesting to not have that limitation, though I do tend to blab about Ohio artists whenever I play them.

What do you like to do besides being a DJ?
I'm applying to grad schools right now, so I basically like to spend all of my waking hours stressing and procrastinating. When free time returns to me, you could find me in the pottery co-op at the Living/Learning Center or birdwatching somewhere. Does that make me sound like a grandma? No disrespect to grandmas.

What are your personal "top 5" tracks?
I gotta go for the big emotions in a personal top-five, which essentially means best music from original soundtracks:
"Everything's Alright" from Jesus Christ Superstar 
"Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid
"Snow Miser" & "Heat Miser" from The Year Without A Santa Claus
"Satin Summer Nights" from The Capeman (did you know that Paul Simon wrote a musical?? This soundtrack kills!)
and obviously,
"Let It Go" from Frozen

Thanks Emelio!


Sunday, November 2, 2014 7:17pm #NEWS
DJ of the Month: Isa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November's DJ of the month is Isa!!!! Thanks!!!! 
During my childhood, I decided to become a DJ “when I grow up” after listening to Casey Kasem (who had weekly countdown show on top 40 radio for years), plus music was (and still is) my number one love.  It’s a dream I retained to the end of my teenage years. When I got older, I believed it was unpractical to pursue it, as there are a small number of professional DJs.
I’ve listened to WRUV since childhood. Always knew of the opportunity to train as a DJ at WRUV, but never did because I’m a shy person and was intimidated by the thought of it.
In the spring of 2014, WRUV was the station I was listening to the most. I had nothing exciting planned for the summer. One day, after seeing the ad for summer training on the WRUV website, I thought, ‘maybe I should revive my old dream of becoming a DJ…better late than never’.   
The same month that summer training started, Casey Kasem passed away. He remains my number one inspiration for becoming a DJ. Unlike most (mainstream) DJs, he told an interesting story behind the songs and the artists. I try to do that same on my program.
My show is titled Blue Pop. “Blue” represents the mood of the music I usually play. “Pop” represents “pop culture”, because all music types have had some sort of effect on pop culture, past or present.
I play a mix of indie pop, urban, jazz, and international music, of all kinds, both present and past.
It’s quite eclectic. You can hear avant garde jazz, twee pop, hardcore hip-hop, and traditional Brazilian music incorporated on my show.
I have two part-time jobs, one as the social media manager at my family’s car dealership called Earthy Cars on Williston Road, and other as a cashier as a big box hardware store, the one with the orange aprons.
In my spare time, I take pottery classes, read a good book by the waterfront, frequent coffee shops (local and Starbucks), or find something to watch on Netflix or YouTube. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014 10:45pm #NEWS
DJ of the Month: Copho
October 2014

What brought you to WRUV?

            Radio played a huge part in my own little musical naissance.  For my 10th birthday I was gifted a stereo with a tape deck that could record through a tiny mic installed on its front panel. I’d spend hours listening to Boston’s alt rock radio station waiting for a particular song to come on rotation, which I’d record onto a blank tape and proceed with more tracks ripped from the radio or my own CD collection.  
            In high school I spent most weekends in Boston going to concerts with friends and got eaten up by Boston’s local music scene.
            When looking at colleges, I knew I wanted to go somewhere with an established student radio station. I didn't know much about what was involved in being a DJ, but I knew that I’d be happiest in a community of people who love music.           
Tell us about your show-- what do you talk about/what kind of music do you play?

            I co-host Exposure with Dox on Wednesday’s at 6-8pm. Exposure is dedicated to showcasing local Vermont musicians and hosting live on-air performances. I don't know the exact history of the show, but I know it’s been a staple at WRUV since at least the 80’s and I’m really proud to be involved!

Where did you get your show name?

Exposure is named after it’s great-great-great-grandmamma, Exposure.
What do you like to do besides being a DJ?

I’m all about riding my bike to mundane or beautiful places, trying to read books that hurt my head a little, people watching over coffee, and listening to music while doing all of the above.


Top 5 songs (of the moment in no particular order)(ask me again tomorrow)

Connan Mockasin – ‘Forever Dolphin Love’
Neutral Milk Hotel – ‘I Will Bury You In Time’
Attic Abasement – ‘Try to Sleep’

Chad VanGaalen – ‘Sara’
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – ‘In Love With Useless…’

Thanks Copho!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 11:58am #DJOFTHEMONTH
DJ of the Month: Joanna
September 2014


What brought you to WRUV?
I lost my job in June of 2010 and I needed some inspiration and direction. Two days later I attended WRUV's DJ training and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I had a love for international music and I just needed a creative outlet to share it. WRUV is the perfect place.

Tell us about your show-- what do you talk about/what kind of music do you
I play all non-English language music from around the world. I tend to focus on contemporary African music but you'll hear music from Brazil, France, Spain, India, Australia and beyond, too. I gravitate toward world folk, singer-songwriter, blues, hip-hop and reggae because I like those genres in general. 

Where did you get your show name?
"No Life in the West" is a lyric from Buju Banton's song "Til I'm Laid to Rest". I like Buju Banton's music and my dog is named Buju, too! I tried and tried to find a show name that I liked and one day I was listening to that song and I said, that's it.

What do you like to do besides being a DJ?
Film and music are my two passions. I'm a Netflix junkie and I see a lot of live music, too. My friends and I have a cooking club that meets every month and I love to cook. I like to be outside hiking and swimming with my dog and I like yoga too. I'm a big UVM hockey fan - go Cats go!
Thanks Joanna!!



Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:52am #NEWS
DJ of the Month: Aly Perry
June 2014

The DJ of the month is Aly Perry!! Here's an interview with her!


What brought you to WRUV?
Living without internet for this 1st year in Burlington, the radio acted as a real life line to the outside world. 
I loved how eclectic the programming is at WRUV...It was surprising! It was weird! It was wonderful! 

A station crush developed. I was hungry for new music, and was never disappointed.  

Several programs became my new darlings, and I would look forward to them each day and evening. 
-- It was love, pure radio love. And I'm thrilled (!) to be in the room now. What a joy. 
Tell us about your show-- what do you talk about/what kind of music do you

I am in the booth Saturdays 3-6 pm this Summer. I aim to craft those three hours in a few segments. 
The first hour's feeling is like lemonade on your porch - some folk-rock, some joyous music, maybe a blue little ballad to watch the clouds pass. That kind of thing. 
The middle hour stretches out in time: a lot of orchestrations, hollowed out music...Dream-scapes is how I like to think of it...
The third hour, 5-6 pm, is the "hot pan" section...Maybe you're heading home in your car, maybe it's cocktail hour, maybe you've started up cooking, or getting ready to go out. So a soundtrack that keeps your toes moving, and hopefully your mouth grinning, too. 

Where did you get your show name?

Forever Is Just A Day is a song off the new Hurray For The Riff Raff album (Small Town Heroes.) 
It sounds like it is sung deep in an abandoned chamber hall, with the paint hanging off the walls.
The violin strings are following you around and a woman is singing in the rafters -- and it's this cowboy-traveling-moonlit-ballad. 

...It's a song to fall in love to, or, if someone sang you a song with that quality, you might immediately & accidentally, trip into total enthrallment. 

Like that. You know? That's a beautiful feeling. 

What do you like to do besides being a DJ?

During the growing season, I work at Tamarack Hollow Farm here in Burlington where we rock 'RUV at the wash station. 
And during the school year, I have the great honor to be the Drama Director at Essex Middle School!
Thanks Aly!!


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