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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

4/14 - 11am hour
Kamasi Washington - Fearless Movement album artwork 11:51am Kamasi Washington Dream State (featuring Andre 3000) Fearless Movement (Young)
Track Notes: (out 5/3) Buy Kamasi Washington Fearless Movement at Reckless Records Buy Kamasi Washington at iTunes Buy Kamasi Washington Fearless Movement at eMusic Add to Collection
Wipers - Over the Edge album artwork 11:46am Wipers No Generation Gap Over the Edge (Brain Eater)
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11:42am The B-52's Song for a Future Generation Nude on the Moon: The B-52's Anthology - Disc 1 (Rhino)
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Cakes Da Killa - Black Sheep album artwork 11:39am Cakes Da Killa Do Dat Baby (featuring Dawn Richard) Black Sheep (Young Art)
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The Fratellis - Half Drunk Under A Full Moon album artwork 11:33am The Fratellis Strangers in the Street Half Drunk Under A Full Moon (Cooking Vinyl)
Track Notes: by request Buy The Fratellis Half Drunk Under A Full Moon at Reckless Records Buy The Fratellis at iTunes Buy The Fratellis Half Drunk Under A Full Moon at eMusic Add to Collection
11:30am Jane's Addiction I Would For You Jane's Addictio Live (Triple X)
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Nourished by Time - Catching Chickens EP album artwork 11:28am Nourished by Time Poison-Soaked Catching Chickens EP (XL)
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Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet album artwork 11:20am Public Enemy Revolutionary Generation Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam)
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DJ Nu-Mark - Broken Sunlight album artwork 11:16am DJ Nu-Mark Our Generation Re-Edit (featuring Ernie Hines) Broken Sunlight (Self-released)
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The Gossip - Real Power album artwork 11:13am The Gossip Crazy Again Real Power (Columbia)
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11:08am Two Shell Talk To Me (featuring FKA Twigs) single (Young)
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11:05am Madame Reaper & the Gentlemen's Club Local Alright Tonight (This) single (self)
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11:02am The Drivers For Oscar Zum Audio Vol 5 (Zum)
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4/14 - 10am hour
Richard Hell - Ork Records: New York, New York album artwork 10:59am Richard Hell (I Belong to the) Blank Generation Ork Records: New York, New York (Numero Group)
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Pavement - Wowee Zowee album artwork 10:54am Pavement Fight This Generation Wowee Zowee (Matador)
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Mudhoney - My Brother the Cow album artwork 10:51am Mudhoney Generation Spokesmodel My Brother the Cow (Reprise)
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Jawbreaker - Dear You album artwork 10:49am Jawbreaker Save Your Generation Dear You (DGC)
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10:43am Zapruder Point Local You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve I Didn't Want to Say Anything (self-released)
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Waxahatchee - Tigers Blood album artwork 10:40am Waxahatchee Lone Star Lake Tigers Blood (Anti-)
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Boeckner - Boeckner! album artwork 10:37am Boeckner Euphoria Boeckner! (Sub Pop)
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Fishbone - Fishbone EP album artwork 10:30am Fishbone Another Generation Fishbone EP (Columbia)
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The The - Mind Bomb album artwork 10:27am The The The Beat(en) Generation Mind Bomb (Epic)
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10:23am Lemon Demon Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny single (self)
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L.A. Witch - Play With Fire album artwork 10:16am L.A. Witch Gen-Z Play With Fire (Suicide Squeeze)
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Reverend Horton Heat - It 10:14am Reverend Horton Heat Generation Why It's Martini Time (Interscope)
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10:11am Holderness Family GenX single (self)
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Devon Welsh - Come With Me if You Want to Live album artwork 10:05am Devon Welsh That's What We Needed Come With Me if You Want to Live (American Dreams)
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Jon Langford & the Bright Shiners - Where It Really Starts album artwork 10:02am Jon Langford & the Bright Shiners Local Discarded Where It Really Starts (Tiny Global)
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4/14 - 9am hour
Speedy Ortiz - Rabbit Rabbit album artwork 9:59am Speedy Ortiz The Sunday Rabbit Rabbit (Wax Nine)
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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - BRSB album artwork 9:56am Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band How We Do BRSB (Big Crown)
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