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.

Boston Erik

Friday 9:00-11:00 A.M


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I found The Only Station That Matters while driving the late night bus at RIT in September 2001 and my life has never been the same.  After looting the Friday Morning Show of countless concert tickets and CDs, I decided to enter the Be The Next BER DJ Competition #5 and managed to dupe all of the judges into thinking it was a good idea to make me a DJ.

During my show, you’ll find my weekly Flannel Song of the Week feature, where you’ll hear something from the 90’s that you haven’t heard in a while, if ever.  I’ve also been known to do many an interview with such BER greats as MC Lars, Jon Hopkins, and Kay Hanley!

And remember my friends, we’re all interested in the future, for that’s where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.

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.

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.


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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 Jaks

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



 

I first discovered WBER as a teen in the 90s and was an avid listener for decades before finally getting the long dreamed about call from Joey to become a DJ.

I grew up in a small town in Ontario county and spent a short stint in Florida studying for concert production before coming back here. I have always aspired to work in music since I made radio shows on my 1st tape recorder at a tender young age. I love concerts and have been to several hundred but long to someday work behind the scenes there too.

DJ UNO

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An occasional listener back in the day (late 80’s), my brother Al got me back into listening and when I won tickets to go see Moby I asked Joey about being a DJ. After 6 months of pestering him, he finally relented…

Furious Yellow

Saturday 11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.


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A longtime listener of WBER, I was listening to the FMS and heard Joey announce the first “WBER Be the Next DJ” competition. I emailed my entry as soon as I could, thinking, “What have I got to lose?” I barely survived the first elimination, but I did make it to the “Elite Eight” of the competition. After several weeks of pre-dawn rising, donut buying, and tireless self-promotion – I emerged the winner. The first “Be The Next DJ” competition winner – I thought to myself, “Holy crap!!! – I won… now what the hell am I gonna do?” Joey asked what shift I wanted, I said Wednesday’s. I got on air in July 2004 and have been going ever since. I love working at the station. I have met some great people and learned a FRIGGIN’ TON. So what I don’t get paid – the job is rewarding enough. I get to spin great music for three hours, be on air and talk to some fantastic listeners (my favorite part of the gig – seriously). Hopefully, Joey will want to keep me around for a while, because, like I said, I love doing what I do.

Ginger Snap

Monday: 10:00 P.M.-12:00 A.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

Monday 12:00-2:00 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.

Jennifer V.

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 A.M.
(Host of New Wave Wednesday)


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I starting being a DJ when I was 15 growing up in Cortland NY.  I always laugh because I started on WSUC (SUNY Cortland’s radio station) and it was 90.5 fm.  That frequency would follow me to Rochester, NY in 1990 and sealed my fate as a DJ at WBER.  I started at WBER in April 1990 when I was interviewing then program director Andrew Chinnici for my internship and he hired me that day.  I’ve been on-air at WBER ever since eventually taking over the Music Director Position and Morning Show until 1995 when  I left briefly to be Progam Director and host midday’s on WMAX from 1995-1997.  I found out quickly that commercial radio wasn’t for me.  I returned to WBER to co-host New Wave Wednesday with FrizB and eventually to host it solo.

I live in West Irondequoit , am married and the mother of 2 teenagers Jack and Olivia.  I am incredibly grateful to be able to do something that I love and for so long at a radio station whose fellow DJ’s and listeners have become not only my family but home.

Joey

Friday Morning Show: 6:00-9:00 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 3:00-5:00 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.

Meg

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

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I started listening to WBER in middle school when my older sister got into alternative music. I’ve been hooked since! Then I joined my high school radio club and got my first taste of DJing through the WBER Radio Club High School program. When I attended college I was a part of college radio and my WBER influences always came shining through with what I decided to play. Back in 2009 I participated in the “Be The Next BER DJ” competition, and while I didn’t win, it was a great opportunity. But here I am now and loving every minute on the airwaves!

Nancy aka: Nanimal

Sunday 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

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I started listening to BER in 1995 when my friend introduced me to the station. She turned on the radio and PJ Harvey – Down by the Water was playing. I have been a faithful listener ever since. During college I e-mailed Joey and asked if he could use an intern. He said yes the next day and I became the “ace” intern for the FMS. I then worked my way up to filling in for occasional shows during school breaks and scored my permanent slot here at WBER. I have been with the station since 2001 and have loved every second of it! I’ve met some fantastic folks in the past 12 years here.

Sarah

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

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I had friends who listened to WBER in high school and college. Through them, I learned about the station. I credit this station with introducing me to many indie and/or alternative artists whom I love today. I have been DJing now at that station for about a year.

Real World: I’m still figuring it all out. I have had many odd jobs, did some school too. I have many aspirations of travel, finding a job that full fills me/makes me happy, connecting with all sorts of people, having adventures, making memories.

Sgt. Pepper

Friday 6:00-9:00 A.M

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I’ve been listening since the early 90’s. Applied once, but Jen V. shot me down, I guess she thought I was to good looking for radio. The second time was the charm, as I managed a record store where 2 employees of mine worked at WBER. They hooked me up with my now second baseman, Joey.

Sloan Kristy

Wednesday 10:00 P.M.-12:00 A.M

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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 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 while until saving animals became my life. 5 years after my departure, WBER’s siren call has proved too much and here I am.

Real World: Born and raised in WNY. Currently attending college for my degree in Veterinary Technology. In my “spare time,” I take care of a feral colony, rescue cats, watch horror movies and eat bbq corn chips. Proud mother to 5 cats (don’t be a hater).

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.

Warbux

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

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Music is the beginning and the end and the bologna in between. I would put nothing as a higher priority than a good show and am lucky enough to see several amazing shows a year! College is just a stepping stone and as long as I end up doing something music related with my life, I will call myself a success. WBER has done everything to feed my addiction and is an amazing outlet for me to interact and meet new people that feel the same. The best part of being involved with the radio station is being given the opportunity to interview and hang out with some of my favorite artists. I often use this as a bragging right, but often I’m the only person blown away!!!!