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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

7/26 - 9am hour
9:18am Elmore James The Sun Is Shining (Alternate) Chess Blues 1960-1967 (Chess)
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Bo Diddley - Ride On: The Chess Masters 1960-1961 album artwork 9:16am Bo Diddley Local The Twister Ride On: The Chess Masters 1960-1961 (Hip-O Select)
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9:08am Blu & Exile On the Radio In The Beginning: Before The Heavens (Fat Beats)
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The Go-Betweens - 78 9:06am The Go-Betweens The Sound of Rain 78 'til 79 The Lost Album (Jetset)
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9:05am Curtis Mayfield Local Superfly Superfly (Curtom)
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7/26 - 8am hour
8:52am Bruce Springsteen New York City Serenade The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (Columbia)
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Peaking Lights - E S C A P E album artwork 8:45am Peaking Lights Innerterrestrial E S C A P E (Dekmantel)
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Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST album artwork 8:43am Tyler, The Creator WUSYANAME (featuring Youngboy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign) CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST (Columbia)
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Serengeti - Have a Summer album artwork 8:40am Serengeti Local Our House Have a Summer (Self-Released)
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Weird Al Yankovic - Straight Outta Lynwood album artwork 8:37am Weird Al Yankovic Don't Download This Song Straight Outta Lynwood (Volcano)
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The Goon Sax - Mirror II album artwork 8:30am The Goon Sax Tag Mirror II (Matador)
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Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket album artwork 8:26am Modest Mouse We Are Between The Golden Casket (Epic)
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Balkan Taksim - Disko Telegraf album artwork 8:23am Balkan Taksim Zalina Disko Telegraf (Buda Musique)
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Hinds - Leave Me Alone album artwork 8:17am Hinds Garden Leave Me Alone (Mom + Pop)
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8:11am Damiana Local Wrap The Sky Vines (Hausu Mountain)
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John Grant - Boy from Michigan album artwork 8:05am John Grant County Fair Boy from Michigan (Bella Union)
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8:02am Shrapnel Orpheum Protocol Alasitas (Tenth Court)
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7/26 - 7am hour
ROOKIE - Rookie album artwork 7:59am ROOKIE Local Sunglasses Rookie (Bloodshot)
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The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Part One album artwork 7:54am The Go! Team Let the Seasons Work Get Up Sequences Part One (Memphis Industries)
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7:47am BassKase Local Better Get Ur Needle On Insects And Peppermints (SoundPoint)
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Morcheeba - Who Can You Trust? album artwork 7:43am Morcheeba Col Who Can You Trust? (Sire)
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7:36am Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer So (Charisma)
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DRAMA - Lies After Love album artwork 7:33am DRAMA Local Safe House Lies After Love (self-released)
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7:28am SPELLLING Always The Turning Wheel (Sacred Bones)
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Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly album artwork 7:23am Kendrick Lamar Alright (featuring Pharrell) To Pimp a Butterfly (Interscope)
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7:21am Booker T. & the M.G.'s Red Beans And Rice The Best of Booker T. & the MG's (Atlantic)
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Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell album artwork 7:18am Run-D.M.C. It's Tricky Raising Hell (Profile)
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Cola Boyy - Prosthetic Boombox album artwork 7:14am Cola Boyy Song for the Mister (featuring Nicolas Godin) Prosthetic Boombox (Record Makers)
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Yo La Tengo - Fakebook album artwork 7:09am Yo La Tengo Here Comes My Baby Fakebook (Bar/None)
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Syd Barrett - Barrett album artwork 7:04am Syd Barrett Dominoes Barrett (Harvest)
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