Feature DJ: Kelsie Johnson

Kelsie Johnson, a senior in journalism and mass communications, minoring in women’s studies, enjoys sharing her love of hip-hop with Manhattan.

“I am so beyond happy that in a city where there isn’t much rap that I get to decide what the city hears for hip-hop,” Johnson said.

Johnson is on the air playing hip-hop on Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. She is also an alternative DJ on Saturdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

“I love playing hip-hop,” Johnson said. “That is definitely my favorite shift.”

Johnson enjoys all music, from funk to classical and hip-hop to country.

“I got started at the station because in Journalism and Mass Communications you have to work at either The Collegian, Channel 8 News or the Wildcat 91.9,” Johnson said. “I worked at The Collegian and it just wasn’t the right fit for me. The next semester I went to 91.9 and it has been so fantastic. Everyone is supportive and helpful.”

Johnson said she enjoys being a part of the collaborative and upbeat team at the Wildcat 91.9.

“Campus radio matters because it is a great way to stay in touch with your school, local music and just an easy way to find out what’s going on without having to go too far out of your way,” Johnson said.

Johnson said her least favorite part of being a DJ are airchecks. Airchecks are when station managers sit down with DJs and listen to what the DJs have said on the air. Johnson describes it as physically painful.

“You never know what you did wrong until you’re sitting with your managers and it’s being played back to you,” Johnson said.

Despite the airchecks, Johnson sees a future for herself in radio.

“It’s something that I hope I can do in the future because it is so fun and really influential,” Johnson said. “After graduation I don’t have much of a plan besides traveling, but hopefully my experiences at the 91.9 could help me get an awesome radio show abroad.”

By: Maria Penrod

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