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Ninja DJ Profile

Jenn Rourke (Ninja) has been a radio DJ since 2001. Ninja first became interested in radio at age 7, listening to Casey Kasem's countdown every Sunday. As a teenager, Ninja's radio obsession shifted to the Dr. Demento Show, Loveline, and several Chicago-based music shows.

 

The radio name Ninja dates back to 2004 while interning at a Chicago morning show, because at the time, Ninja also operated MidwestNinja - an automated streaming radio station that played only Midwestern artists.

 

In past lives, Ninja hosted lots of radio shows, including The 2 Blondes Coutdown (countdown show - check), The Dysfunctional Jukebox (comedy music show - check); wrote a column called Hell on Stilts (giving advice to strangers - check), and got fired from writing said column  (everyone in radio gets fired at least once - check).

 

Listen to Ninja's two most recent shows below.

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Ninja's Playlists

11/27 - 11am hour
Tyondai Braxton - Telekinesis album artwork 11:53am Tyondai Braxton Wavefolder Telekinesis (New Amsterdam/Nonesuch)
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11:46am The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club Local Pick Pocket Don't Buy This Record (self-released)
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Lazerbeak - Legend Recognize Legend album artwork 11:43am Lazerbeak Dream Team Legend Recognize Legend (Doomtree)
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Beabadoobee - Fake It Flowers album artwork 11:40am Beabadoobee Charlie Brown Fake It Flowers (Dirty HIt)
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11:37am Cakes Da Killa Drugs Du Jour Svengali (Young Arts)
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TSHA - Capricorn Sun album artwork 11:31am TSHA Time Capricorn Sun (Ninja Tune)
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11:27am Spaces of Disappearance Local No High No Hide Virtue (self-released)
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11:21am Baby Teeth Local "Bleeding Edge of the World single (self)
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Special Interest - Endure album artwork 11:18am Special Interest Kurdish Radio Endure (Rough Trade)
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Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental album artwork 11:14am Pet Shop Boys Minimal Fundamental (Parlophone)
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Robert Glasper - Black Radio III album artwork 11:06am Robert Glasper Forever (featuring PJ Morton and India.Arie) Black Radio III (Loma Vista)
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Geo Rip - Geo Rip EP album artwork 11:01am Geo Rip Tooni Geo Rip EP (The Trilogy Tapes)
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Superchunk - Majesty Shredding album artwork 11:00am Superchunk Fractures In Plaster Majesty Shredding (Merge)
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11/27 - 10am hour
10:50am Röyksopp Stay Awhile (featuring Susanne Sundfør) Profound Mysteries III (Dog Triumph / PIAS)
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10:45am The Animals Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood The Best Of The Animals (ABKCO)
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Nightshift - Made of the Earth album artwork 10:43am Nightshift Supermarket Made of the Earth (Trouble in Mind)
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10:40am Blonde Redhead Mother Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (Touch and Go)
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Tower of Power - Tower of Power album artwork 10:34am Tower of Power What Is Hip Tower of Power (Warner)
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10:27am Hallelujahs Hallelujah Eat Meat, Swear an Oath (Black Editions)
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10:25am Pavement Elevate Me Later Crooked Rain Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins (Matador)
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10:19am Kurt Vile Loading Zones Bottle It In (Matador)
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Dr. Dog - Wild Race EP album artwork 10:17am Dr. Dog What a Fool Wild Race EP (ANTI-)
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Monty Python - Monty Python 10:14am Monty Python The Money Song Monty Python's Previous Record (Virgin)
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10:13am Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn Vantablack Pigments (Merge)
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Sault - Today & Tomorrow album artwork 10:06am Sault The Plan Today & Tomorrow (Forever Living Originals)
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Jonas Reinhardt - A Ragged Ghost album artwork 10:04am Jonas Reinhardt Earthshaking Patsy A Ragged Ghost (Trouble in Mind)
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11/27 - 9am hour
9:59am Iris DeMent Our Town Infamous Angel (Yep Roc)
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Mount Kimbie - MK 3.5: Die Cuts | City Planning album artwork 9:57am Mount Kimbie end of the road (featuring Reggie) MK 3.5: Die Cuts | City Planning (Warp)
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Gold Panda - The Work album artwork 9:53am Gold Panda The Dream The Work (City Slang)
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Ariel Zetina - Cyclorama album artwork 9:49am Ariel Zetina Local Smooch Track (featuring DANNN) Cyclorama (Local Action)
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