The DJ’s of WBER

The DJs of WBER

Andrew

Friday 8:00-10:00 P.M.

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I first heard WBER while in a friend’s car in 1990. I was a live DJ at other radio stations but loved the format at WBER. So here I am. I grew up in the city here in Rochester and graduated with a B.A. degree in Communication from St. John Fisher, and I’m the world’s worst speller (thank you spell check!). Aspirations? To live and work where it is warm, year round. “Peace, Love & Pancakes”.

My five favorite alternative bands are as follows: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Death Cab For Cutie, Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine and KISS (I know they aren’t alternative, but they are the greatest band in the world.)

Army Matt

Tuesday 6:00-9:00 A.M.


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I first started listening to WBER in college around 1997. I was drawn to the variety of the station. I had never heard a station that played music the way I listened to it. That is to say with a good deal of ADD. I was hooked from then on. Years later after a move out of state and then back I became a semi-regular caller to the FMS. Through listening I decided to enter myself in the “Be the Next WBER DJ” contest. In the 2011 contest I came in 2nd. I was then given a chance to come in about 6 months later and train to be a DJ.

Brett

Thursday 5:00-7:00 P.M


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My older sister listened to WBER during her junior high and high school days (1995-1999) and was a major influence on my music taste growing up. I put in an application after I graduated college in 2011 and was on the waiting list for five years before finally getting involved in September of 2016.

Real World: Been working at Bill Gray’s for almost 10 years and graduated from St. John Fisher with a communications degree in 2011. Wrote Buffalo Sabres news for examiner.com from 2013 until 2016 when the website shut down. Trying to gain valuable experience that pertains to my college degree to help further a potential career in broadcasting or journalism.

BrianStorm

The first Sunday of each new month from 12:00-2:00 P.M.


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My wife introduced me to WBER on my first visit to Rochester in 1999. I thought wow, what a cool station, we have nothing like this back home! I became a DJ by pestering Joey for most of 2014, until he gave in. It helped that I had 13 years of on again off again radio experience.

Charlie “Space Mountain”

Saturday 7-11 AM


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I first heard WBER while in a friend’s car in 1990. I was a live DJ at other radio stations but loved the format at WBER. So here I am. I grew up in the city here in Rochester and graduated with a B.A. degree in Communication from St. John Fisher, and I’m the world’s worst speller (thank you spell check!). Aspirations? To live and work where it is warm, year round. “Peace, Love & Pancakes”.

My five favorite alternative bands are as follows: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Death Cab For Cutie, Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine and KISS (I know they aren’t alternative, but they are the greatest band in the world.)

Curtastrophe

Wednesdays 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

In french class, the cute redhead girl turns around and says “Hey, did you hear that old Green Day song on WBER yet?”. “What station?” “90.5” “Oh right”. I had no idea what station she was talking about, and I played it off as I hadn’t heard it “yet”. So I checked it out on the drive home to up my game, heard Bjork’s “Army Of Me” and I was hooked. Battled my way to victory through the 2012 Be The Next WBER DJ competition.

DJ Carbon

Sunday 8:00-10:00 A.M.


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I’ve been listening to WBER since middle school in the early 90’s. I used to tape songs off of WBER with my little portable boom box. I remember hearing songs from the debut albums of Portishead and Weezer by listening to WBER. If it weren’t for WBER I wouldn’t be as obsessed with music as I am and probably wouldn’t have gone on to play an active role in college radio at WPTS at the University of Pittsburgh.

DJ Cyclone

Friday 10:00 P.M. – Midnight


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Sometime in 1999, on a Friday morning, I heard Joey and other DJ’s talking about how the station needed volunteer DJs, (particularly for the late night/early morning shifts). They spoke about the perks of being part of the WBER staff. First off, you’re around music all the time and you get to learn about the artists you hear on WBER. You acquire a set of skills in the communications field, and you’re involved with the community. I was hooked and went to the station to apply that day! I was given a time slot of 3AM-6AM the following week. As the years went on I had plenty of different time slots. In 2012, with a heavy heart I left WBER for personal/life reasons. Then out of nowhere, I am now here back in the WBER studio again! I recently interviewed my favorite artist, Bonnie Prince Billy on 2-25-20. I was flooded with joy as I stepped back into the studio and up to the mic. I was instantly reminded of how much I truly love radio and how much I love WBER.

In the real world I work in the quality office at the Mersen Corporation in Rochester as a Team Leader. Duties involve: slaying data demons, project management, and keeping track of calibration processes.

My 5 Favorite Alternative Albums/Bands are Bonnie Prince Billy, The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Florence & the Machine, and Talking Heads

“Music in the soul can heard by the universe”- Lao Tzu

DJ Elisha

Saturday 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

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WBER History: I discovered WBER as a sophomore in high school back in 1998. A good friend of mine pointed it out to me, and we were friends largely because we liked a lot of the same music, so it was only logical I’d also like it. Over the years I knew various people that were station DJs (Hi JimmyO, David Elrod, Dr. Jay, and DJ JAKS) – But to credit JAKS (RIP), he pushed me to finally fill out the application though I’d thought about it for years. It took a while, but here I am.
Real World: I grew up in Naples NY, went on to college, and started my professional career in Rochester NY. I am a Senior Software Quality Engineer. Currently I live in Gates with my partner, one rescue cat (Dave), and two rescue dogs (Marge and Frank). I am a huge advocate for animal rescues and what their organizations do.

5 Favorite Alternative Albums/Bands:

Tori Amos (forever my number one.)
Nine Inch Nails

Deftones
Radiohead
Robyn
Favorite Book: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Cool Hobby: Quilting
Favorite TV Show: The Office (US)

DJ Hepcat

Monday: 9:00 P.M.-11:00 P.M.


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I discovered WBER in the Summer of my Junior year of high school while picking strawberries at a farm in Penfield (where we made just enough to go get lunch at Taco Bell afterwards).  After failing to get past the Newhouse students and get a show on WERW at Syracuse, I was lucky enough to land the late shift after the Indie Show here at WBER.  Adulting forced me to give up my show, but here in the Spring of 2022 I have made my return through Sloan Kristy’s sheer force of will. I’m a graduate of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, lifetime member of Otto’s Army and will never pass up a chance to promote my Cuse Fam.  If I am not working, I probably have a controller in my hands – DJHepcat on pretty much every platform.
Favorite Albums/Band: Rush,  Oasis,  Living Colour,  Bjork,  Beastie Boys
Favorite Quote: Think about what you put out into the world, make it a better place – Jeff Cannata

DJ NOVA

Thursday 7:00 –  9:00 PM

 

I discovered WBER in college while attending the Rochester Institute of Technology, first as a photographer and later as an AV geek. WBER fueled my creative hours and helped me burn off steam after long days and nights producing shows with the RIT Energy House Team. The idea of being on the other side of the mic as a DJ was a dream both fascinating and terrifying. Life got in the way of following that dream till recently, but when I got the chance I went for it.

 

Real World:
My full time job Director Content Strategy for a digital signage and touchscreen company called Kiosk & Display.  I run the content division in Rochester but the company is based in Atlanta, Georgia. I am an R.I.T college graduate but started college at an Art School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I grew up in two places. Fredonia, New York with my Mom and Kaneohe, Hawaii with my Dad. I love to travel at home and abroad. In the last few years ago I hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim with my cousin and hiked the The Narrows – Zion National Park last year with my partner in crime Matt. Next I’m dreaming about a trip to hike the trail to Machu Picchu, a place my Grandmother and I planned to go years ago, but got derailed. I would love to do it in her memory.
I am always on the lookout for music that’s different. I like to say that I like music that flows and sometimes punches. Sound texture is huge. I love a good mash-up of worlds, instruments and styles.
5 Favorite Alternative Albums/Bands:
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
The Crystal Method – Vegas
Imogen Heap – Speak For Yourself
Trifonic ‎– Emergence
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”

DJ Scooter

Sunday 1:00-3:00 P.M.

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I can’t remember when I started listening to the station, but I’m guessing sometime in 2011 or 2012. I never liked listening to the radio because I didn’t like the lack of control over what was played, but somehow I stumbled on the station right when it was playing something I must have known and liked – so I kept listening, and kept discovering more music that fit my aesthetic. A friend of mine was DJing on the Jazz station and said I should be a DJ too. I figured if I was going to do it at all, it had to be BER. Plus, I love sharing music with people, so it was an easy choice! Outside the station, I’m a music teacher, diving coach, and yoga instructor.
5 Favorite Alternative Albums/Bands:
Anything by St. Vincent, SALES, Fiona Apple, Emily Haines/Metric, Joanna Newsom.

Dr. Jay

Friday 5:00-8:00 P.M.

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WBER History:  Looking for something new in 1991, started at the beginning of the FM dial.  Came across Depeche Mode ‘Personal Jesus’ on 90.5 and haven’t left since.  Became a DJ in 1987 by answering an ad in Freetime magazine from Beal’s Rock & Roll Review.  Played at bars, weddings, parties etc.

Real World:  Software developer for a large local payroll processing company.  2 kids, just became an empty-nester as my youngest went away to college.  I went to MCC and finished at Empire State College.  Grew up in Buffalo, moved to Halifax Nova Scotia for 6 years and ended up in Rochester in 1983, on my own at the age of 20.  Huge Buffalo Bills fan.

5 favorite alternative bands:
Depeche Mode
Live
The Cure
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Graham Parker & The Rumour

Fav Movie: The Princess Bride
Fav TV show: A tie between NYPD Blue and Game of Thrones
First Concert: Jethro Tull, War Child tour at the Niagara Falls Convention Center 1975

Words to live by: “Try not to act your age.”

Ginger Snap

Tuesday: 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.


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Driving to high school and on Monday mornings, the song “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats would play. I haven’t stopped listening. I originally applied to be a DJ during the “Be The Next WBER DJ” contest that Boston Erik won. I got an email 7 years later and my work schedule fit to start the training process.

Jeff Kurzrock

Tuesday 7:00-9:00 P.M.

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I joined WBER back in the summer of 1993 during my college years to get more radio experience. After graduating from college, I followed Jennifer V to WMAX and became her assistant. The spring of 1997 brought the timely death of WMAX. I then moved on to work at WCMF for a couple of years.  I’m thrilled to be back and working at WBER, hands down the best radio station in Rochester. After hosting 1st Impressions from 2001-2008, I stepped down due to family commitments. You’ll now hear me on Mondays, at noon until 2:00pm.

Joey

Friday: 8:00-11:00 A.M.

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1986: Back in the day my Mom read that WBER offered a summer radio camp. I enrolled because I had always been fascinated by radio and being a D.J.. 1989-90: I started my first radio show on WBER 90.5 FM while attending my senior year in high school at McQuaid. 1993: During the summer of my senior year at the State University At Geneseo, I returned to WBER and interned for Jennifer V and also had my own show again. My dream job after college was always to work at WBER full time. 1994: After I graduated, I stayed at WBER doing my own weekly show and created the Indie Show. In December, Jennifer took a job at the WMAX and I applied for the job of Assistant Program Director and Music Director. I started full time at WBER as Assistant Program Director and Music Director on January 15, 1995. 2001: During the Summer of 2001, I was promoted to the position of WBER Station Manager and Program Director. I am very lucky to have a job that I love and look forward to every day.

The Mayor of Nikville

Thursday 9:00 P.M.-Friday 12:00 A.M.

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I moved from Atlanta, GA to Rochester in 2000 and discovered BER while on Dr. Laura detox. (Atlanta is a big Dr. Laura town and I got hooked with her insight, insults, and charming personality). I realized that BER was unlike any station I had heard before, offering new music selections like no other and playing true variety (Similar to a Canadian radio station I used to listen to in hometown of Detroit). I was an avid listener when I heard about the “Who Wants To Be The Next WBER DJ Contest” on the FMS. I made it to the wild card round that first year, but lost to now WBER DJ Furious Yellow. Distraught and heartbroken I turned to Dr. Laura. She got me back on solid ground, and soon after I was recording my mic brakes in my basement, researching bands and churning out countless sit-ups and push-ups accompanied with many late nights discovering the nuances of alternative music. (Is it The Pretenders or is it just Pretenders?). Thanks to great listener support I won the DJ contest the following year and can be heard every Thursday night bringing the weekend in with musical style.

MC Em

Saturday 7:00-9:00 P.M.

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My family moved to this area when I was in college, and I was pleased to discover this cool station at 90.5 FM when I was visiting during a break in 1998. More than a decade later, I was again living in the area and heard an ad for a “Be The Next DJ” contest and, rather uncharacteristically, decided to enter. I was an alternate that year and only made it through a few rounds. The next year, I was a regular competitor and lasted a bit longer, but did not win. Nevertheless, I let Joey know I was interested in learning, and a few years later, he had a spot to train me.

Pop Ice

Friday: 8:00-11:00 A.M.

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I have been a R.E.M. fan ever since my first listen of Radio Free Europe from my cassette tape of Murmur back in 1983.  I have been hooked ever since. I also really like the Mayor of Nikville.  He is the best DJ we have at the station… well actually maybe the best DJ is Sloan Kristy.  Yep, definitely SK, sorry Mayor, you’re number 2. I think that still means you are Ruben Studdard… at least that’s what Furious Yellow said, Furious said you’d know what that meant.

Is this my real bio? Maybe… but what is real is that I’m a slacker.

Sloan

Monday 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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I discovered WBER in 1995 and after that, it rarely left my dial. I started dj-ing in 2001 and at the end of my first stint here I was the host of The Local Show. I left to pursue a career working in horror movies and writing for horror movie magazines which I did for a few years until saving cats became my life. I’ve been at WBER on and off since I was 20 years old. Thank you to Joey for letting me be a part of the station and always making me feel missed when I was away. I’m forever in love with the Mayor of Nikville’s voice.

Real World: Born and raised in WNY. Single mother of 8 cats. Cinema nerd with a concentration in Horror. Baseball geek in general; Yankees dweeb in particular. Proud Vegetarian since 2014. Patiently seeking my nerd in black frame glasses.

5 Songs that always make me happy:
Arcade Fire- Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Orbital feat. David Gray-Illuminate
Phoenix- 1901
Steve Winwood- Higher Love
Don Henley- Boys of Summer

10 Songs to introduce you to me:
Arcade Fire- Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Buffalo Tom- Late at Night
Elvis Costello- Radio, Radio
The Format- Dog Problems
fun.- Be Calm
Matt Pond PA- Love To Get Used
Orbital feat. David Gray- Illuminate
Sloan- Money City Maniacs
Sloan- Sinking Ships
TV On The Radio- Wolf Like Me

Vernicus

Monday 6:00-9:00 A.M.


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Because I have to travel often for my job, I moved to Rochester in May 2008 with my wife (a native of Canadice), our 2 young daughters and our black cat so that my wife could be close to her family while I am out of town. Not long after moving here, I was on my way to the airport for one of those frequent business trips and I discovered New Wave Wednesday. It was like someone had raided my personal music collection! I immediately programmed 90.5 into my radio and it has been preset #1 ever since. After listening to the station for a while, I heard Jen say that she would miss a NWW show one week. Loving the show and having been a college DJ throughout the ‘90’s, I naively emailed Jen and offered to sub for her. She very politely informed me that there are many people waiting to be DJ’s (I had no idea it was a volunteer gig) and that there is a training program before you can go on the air. She recommended that I contact Joey about the Be the Next ‘BER DJ Contest. I did and ended up taking second place to Curtastrophe in a split decision in the 2012 contest. It took a long time to get over the heartbreak of that loss, but I entered the 2013 contest with my eyes on the prize and after 2 years of hard work I finally won! It was the first and only thing I ever won on WBER.