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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 a column called Hell on Stilts (everyone in radio gets fired at least once - check).

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

Ninja's Playlists

11/27 - 7pm hour
7:54pm Sonny And The Sunsets Happy Carrot Health Food Store Talent Night at the Ashram (Polyvinyl)
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7:51pm Dead Kennedys Anarchy for Sale Bedtime for Democracy (Alternative Tentacles)
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7:48pm Wipers Window Shop For Love Is This Real? (Zeno)
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7:46pm Shopping No Apologies All or Nothing (FatCat)
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7:38pm Lou Reed Dime Store Mystery New York (Sire)
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7:33pm The Kinks The Video Shop Think Visual (MCA)
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7:30pm Pet Shop Boys Happy People Hotspot (x2)
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7:26pm Madlib Düel Shop Rock Konducta (Madlib Invazion)
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7:22pm Toussaint Morrison The Girl From The Liquor Store Toussaint Morrison is Not My Boyfriend (Urban Home Companion)
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7:20pm Pink Siifu & Fly Anakin Open Up Shop (featuring B. Cool-Aid) FlySiifu's (Lex)
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7:17pm Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club Robot Cat Good Bye My 4-Track (Pandacide)
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7:08pm Gerald Dowd Local China Shop Home Now (self-released)
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7:05pm Andrew Bird Local Candy Shop Oh! the Grandeur (Rykodisc)
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7:02pm Daniel Knox Local White Oaks Mall Daniel Knox (Carrot Top)
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11/27 - 6pm hour
6:56pm Ella Fitzgerald Love for Sale The Best of the Song Books (Verve)
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6:49pm They Might Be Giants Man, It's So Loud In Here Mink Car (Restless)
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6:44pm Cornershop Brimful of Asha When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop)
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6:40pm Rolling Stones Monkey Man Let it Bleed (Decca)
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6:33pm Black Market Brass Cheat And Start A Fight Undying Thirst (Colemine)
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6:29pm Buddy Guy Local Whiskey for Sale The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)
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6:27pm The Beatles Can't Buy Me Love A Hard Day's Night (Parlophone)
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6:20pm Bootsy Collins Soul Not 4 Sale (featuring Hollywood Anderson) The Power of the One (Bootsy Collins) (Bootzilla)
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6:17pm Bisco Smith x Peter Jay Corner Store Elixir Jackson P EP (Daylight Curfew)
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6:15pm Bootsy Collins Soul Not 4 Sale (featuring Hollywood Anderson) The Power of the One (Bootsy Collins) (Bootzilla)
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6:07pm M. Geddes Gengras Lapidus Time Makes Nothing Happen (Hausu Mountain)
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6:04pm The Green Child Tony Bandana Shimmering Basset (Upset the Rhythm)
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6:01pm Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Is In) (Daptone)
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11/26 - 9am hour
9:03am Sparks Thanks But No Thanks Propaganda (Island)
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11/26 - 8am hour
Arlo Guthrie - Alice 8:47am Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant Alice's Restaurant (Reprise)
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Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers album artwork 8:40am Big Star Thank You Friends* Third/Sister Lovers (Rykodisc)
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