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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).

You can listen to Ninja's most recent shows here.

Ninja's Playlists

5/14 - 7pm hour
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - Shaman! album artwork 7:54pm Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Virgin Shaman! (Strut)
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James Brown - Star Time album artwork 7:46pm James Brown Ain't That A Groove Star Time (Polydor)
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Bob Marley & the Wailers - Uprising album artwork 7:42pm Bob Marley & the Wailers Could You Be Loved Uprising (Tuff Gang)
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Deltron 3030 - Event 2 album artwork 7:38pm Deltron 3030 Pay the Price Event 2 (Mute)
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7:32pm Joshua Dumas Local No Life Deserves A Cage VOL2TUS (Volutus)
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Fire-Toolz - I Can 7:27pm Fire-Toolz Local I Can't Die I Can't Die (Self-released)
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DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall album artwork 7:23pm DJ Shadow The Mountain Will Fall The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal)
Track Notes: by request Buy DJ Shadow The Mountain Will Fall at Reckless Records Buy DJ Shadow at iTunes Buy DJ Shadow The Mountain Will Fall at eMusic Add to Collection
7:17pm The Regrettes Helpless single (Hamilton Uptown)
Track Notes: Cover of the song from Hamilton (and better) Buy The Regrettes single at Reckless Records Buy The Regrettes at iTunes Buy The Regrettes single at eMusic Add to Collection
7:16pm Lin-Manuel Miranda My (COVID) Shot single (CBS/Colbert)
Track Notes: Released in conjunction with the opening of a vaccination site on Broadway last month. Buy Lin-Manuel Miranda single at Reckless Records Buy Lin-Manuel Miranda at iTunes Buy Lin-Manuel Miranda single at eMusic Add to Collection
7:14pm Cory Goodrich Local Maria Von Trapp's Response to COVID-19: My (Not So) Favorite Things single (self)
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Los Retros - Looking Back album artwork 7:07pm Los Retros Amtrak Looking Back (Stones Throw)
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Ya Tseen - Indian Yard album artwork 7:04pm Ya Tseen Close the Distance Indian Yard (Sub Pop)
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7:00pm Dawn Richard Boomerang Second Line (Merge)
Track Notes: sixth album Buy Dawn Richard Second Line at Reckless Records Buy Dawn Richard at iTunes Buy Dawn Richard Second Line at eMusic Add to Collection
5/14 - 6pm hour
6:57pm M.I.A. Xxxo MAYA (XL)
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De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising album artwork 6:55pm De La Soul Change in Speak 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy)
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Le Tigre - This Island album artwork 6:48pm Le Tigre Viz This Island (Universal)
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6:42pm Ivy Distant Lights All Hours (Nettwerk)
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6:39pm Jacober Mirror Trade Light Years (Crafted Sounds)
Track Notes: Baltimore-based session musician David Jacober is best known as the drummer with noise rockers Dope Body Buy Jacober Light Years at Reckless Records Buy Jacober at iTunes Buy Jacober Light Years at eMusic Add to Collection
Drive-By Truckers - Decoration Day album artwork 6:32pm Drive-By Truckers Hell No, I Ain't Happy Decoration Day (New West)
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Joe Diffie - Live at Billy Bob 6:28pm Joe Diffie Folsom Prison Live at Billy Bob's Texas (Smith)
Track Notes: 2009 Buy Joe Diffie Live at Billy Bob's Texas at Reckless Records Buy Joe Diffie at iTunes Buy Joe Diffie Live at Billy Bob's Texas at eMusic Add to Collection
Iceage - Seek Shelter album artwork 6:24pm Iceage High & Hurt Seek Shelter (Mexican Summer)
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Raquel Rodriguez - Sweet Side album artwork 6:19pm Raquel Rodriguez Crybaby (feat. Ill Camille & MXXWLL) Sweet Side (self-released)
Track Notes: album from Los Angeles-based singe Buy Raquel Rodriguez Sweet Side at Reckless Records Buy Raquel Rodriguez at iTunes Buy Raquel Rodriguez Sweet Side at eMusic Add to Collection
Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer album artwork 6:15pm Janelle Monae Take a Byte Dirty Computer (Wondaland)
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Rochelle Jordan - Play With the Changes album artwork 6:11pm Rochelle Jordan Got Em Play With the Changes (Young Art)
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6:04pm Haunted Shed Old Joy Faltering Light (Strolling Bones)
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5/14 - 5pm hour
5:59pm Hum Local Stars You'd Prefer an Astronaut (RCA)
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5/13 - 8am hour
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs album artwork 8:55am Death Cab for Cutie I Will Possess Your Heart Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)
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Love - De Capo album artwork 8:51am Love Seven and Seven Is De Capo (Elektra)
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Gang of Four - Songs of the Free album artwork 8:46am Gang of Four I Love A Man In Uniform Songs of the Free (Warner Bros.)
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Fishbone - Truth And Soul album artwork 8:42am Fishbone Freddie's Dead Truth And Soul (Columbia)
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