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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

9/25 - 11am hour
Hum - You 11:57am Hum Local Stars You'd Prefer an Astronaut (RCA)
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Mazzy Star - She Hangs Brightly album artwork 11:50am Mazzy Star Halah She Hangs Brightly (Rough Trade)
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Sufjan Stevens - Enjoy Your Rabbit album artwork 11:46am Sufjan Stevens Year of the Ox Enjoy Your Rabbit (Asthmatic Kitty)
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Emiliana Torrini - Tookah album artwork 11:42am Emiliana Torrini Autumn Sun Tookah (Rough Trade)
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Sudan Archives - Natural Brown Prom Queen album artwork 11:40am Sudan Archives Selfish Soul Natural Brown Prom Queen (Stones Throw)
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Rise Against - Wolves album artwork 11:34am Rise Against Local Wolves Wolves (Virgin)
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Amyl and The Sniffers - Amyl and The Sniffers album artwork 11:32am Amyl and The Sniffers Gacked on Anger Amyl and The Sniffers (ATO)
Track Notes: Wednesday @ The Vic Buy Amyl and The Sniffers Amyl and The Sniffers at Reckless Records Buy Amyl and The Sniffers at iTunes Buy Amyl and The Sniffers Amyl and The Sniffers at eMusic Add to Collection
No Age - People Helping People album artwork 11:29am No Age Plastic (You Want It) People Helping People (Drag City)
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Troubled Hubble - Penturbia album artwork 11:26am Troubled Hubble Local I Love My Canoe Penturbia (Latest Flame)
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Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend album artwork 11:21am Matthew Sweet I've Been Waiting Girlfriend (Zoo)
Track Notes: by request Buy Matthew Sweet Girlfriend at Reckless Records Buy Matthew Sweet at iTunes Buy Matthew Sweet Girlfriend at eMusic Add to Collection
Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn - Pigments album artwork 11:18am Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn Vantablack Pigments (Merge)
Track Notes: (out 10/21) Buy Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn Pigments at Reckless Records Buy Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn at iTunes Buy Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn Pigments at eMusic Add to Collection
11:15am Mother Nature Local Crystal Cadillac single (self)
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Ryan Adams - Gold album artwork 11:12am Ryan Adams When The Stars Go Blue Gold (Lost Highway)
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Josephine Foster - Godmother album artwork 11:03am Josephine Foster Local Sparks Fly Godmother (Fire)
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11:00am Iron & Wine Like Patsy Would Lori EP (Black Cricket)
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9/25 - 10am hour
Ivy - All Hours album artwork 10:55am Ivy Distant Lights All Hours (Nettwerk)
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The Lawrence Arms - Greatest Story Ever Told album artwork 10:53am The Lawrence Arms Local Drunk Mouth Kitchen Smile Greatest Story Ever Told (Fat Wreck Chords)
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The Shins - Oh, Inverted World album artwork 10:51am The Shins Caring is Creepy Oh, Inverted World (Sub Pop)
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10:45am The Tossers Local Drinkin All the Day Smash the Windows (Victory)
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Hot Chip - Freakout/Release album artwork 10:44am Hot Chip Hard To Be Funky (featuring Lou Hayter) Freakout/Release (Domino)
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Hot Chip - Freakout/Release album artwork 10:44am Hot Chip Hard To Be Funky (featuring Lou Hayter) Freakout/Release (Domino)
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Tullycraft - Every Scene Needs a Center album artwork 10:38am Tullycraft The Punks are Writing Love Songs Every Scene Needs a Center (Magic Marker)
Track Notes: 2007 Buy Tullycraft Every Scene Needs a Center at Reckless Records Buy Tullycraft at iTunes Buy Tullycraft Every Scene Needs a Center at eMusic Add to Collection
10:35am Ween Japanese Cowboy 12 Golden Country Greats (Elektra)
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Santigold - Spirituals album artwork 10:31am Santigold Shake Spirituals (Little Jerk)
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10:28am The Specials A Message to You Rudy The Specials (Ska Beat)
Track Notes: by request Buy The Specials The Specials at Reckless Records Buy The Specials at iTunes Buy The Specials The Specials at eMusic Add to Collection
10:25am Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros Coma Girl Streetcore (HellCat)
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Big Mama Thornton - With The Muddy Waters Blues Band album artwork 10:19am Big Mama Thornton Sometimes I Have a Heartache With The Muddy Waters Blues Band (Arhoolie)
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Kenny Beats - LOUIE album artwork 10:18am Kenny Beats So They Say LOUIE (XL)
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10:14am James Blake Barefoot in the Park (featuring ROSALÍA) Assume Form (Polydor)
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10:13am Animaniacs Nations of the World single (Warner Bros.)
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