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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

1/29 - 9am hour
Moodymann - Taken Away album artwork 9:46am Moodymann Taken Away Taken Away (KDJ)
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9:43am Isaac Hayes Theme from Shaft Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It (Stax)
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Beau Wanzer - A Dead Person 9:37am Beau Wanzer Local Stear A Dead Person's Monologue (iDEAL Recordings)
Track Notes: can be regularly found at Various Distractions, his weird DJ night with Blake from Signal Records at the Empty Bottle Buy Beau Wanzer A Dead Person's Monologue at Reckless Records Buy Beau Wanzer at iTunes Buy Beau Wanzer A Dead Person's Monologue at eMusic Add to Collection
Jessy Lanza - Oh No album artwork 9:33am Jessy Lanza I Talk BB Oh No (Hyperdub)
Track Notes: @ Metro tonight Buy Jessy Lanza Oh No at Reckless Records Buy Jessy Lanza at iTunes Buy Jessy Lanza Oh No at eMusic Add to Collection
Thundercat - It Is What It Is album artwork 9:30am Thundercat Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington & Childish Gambino) It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder)
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Twin Peaks - Down in Heaven album artwork 9:24am Twin Peaks Local My Boys Down in Heaven (Grand Jury)
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9:19am Poi Dog Pondering Local Wake It Now Keep On Loving Each Other (self-released)
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Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues album artwork 9:14am Talking Heads This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) Speaking In Tongues (Sire)
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Lunch Lady - Angel album artwork 9:09am Lunch Lady Sister Angel (Upset the Rhythm)
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Ladytron - Time 9:04am Ladytron City of Angels Time's Arrow (Cooking Vinyl)
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Ladyhawke - Time Flies album artwork 9:02am Ladyhawke Walk Away Time Flies (Mid Century/BMG)
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1/16 - 11am hour
Autechre - PLUS album artwork 11:50am Autechre TM1 open PLUS (Warp)
Buy Autechre PLUS at Reckless Records Buy Autechre at iTunes Buy Autechre PLUS at eMusic Add to Collection
Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L 11:46am Miles Davis Generique Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Fontana)
Track Notes: by request Buy Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud at Reckless Records Buy Miles Davis at iTunes Buy Miles Davis Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud at eMusic Add to Collection
Nathan Haines - Squire for Hire album artwork 11:42am Nathan Haines Squire for Hire Squire for Hire (Reel People)
Track Notes: by request Buy Nathan Haines Squire for Hire at Reckless Records Buy Nathan Haines at iTunes Buy Nathan Haines Squire for Hire at eMusic Add to Collection
Ohmme - Fantasize Your Ghost album artwork 11:38am Ohmme Local Ghost Fantasize Your Ghost (Freakout)
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The Zombies - The Zombies Collection album artwork 11:35am The Zombies Summertime The Zombies Collection (Castle Music Ltd.)
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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Ellington at Newport album artwork 11:31am Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Jeep`s Blues Ellington at Newport (Columbia)
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Nu Genea - Bar Mediterraneo album artwork 11:26am Nu Genea Marechià Bar Mediterraneo (NG)
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11:15am Kamasi Washington Journey Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
Track Notes: by request Buy Kamasi Washington Heaven and Earth at Reckless Records Buy Kamasi Washington at iTunes Buy Kamasi Washington Heaven and Earth at eMusic Add to Collection
11:11am Dave Frishberg My Attorney Bernie Dave Frishberg Classics (Concord Jazz)
Track Notes: by request Buy Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Classics at Reckless Records Buy Dave Frishberg at iTunes Buy Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Classics at eMusic Add to Collection
Animal Collective - Painting With album artwork 11:06am Animal Collective FloriDada Painting With (Domino)
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1/16 - 10am hour
Arcade Fire - WE album artwork 10:59am Arcade Fire Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole) WE (Columbia)
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10:55am PUP Robot Writes a Love Song THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND (Little Dipper)
Buy PUP THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND at Reckless Records Buy PUP at iTunes Buy PUP THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND at eMusic Add to Collection
Run the Jewels - RTJ4 album artwork 10:50am Run the Jewels Ooh La La (featuring Greg Nice & DJ Premier) RTJ4 (Jewel Runners)
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Gold Panda - The Work album artwork 10:46am Gold Panda I've Felt Better (Than I Do Now) The Work (City Slang)
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Ariel Zetina - Cyclorama album artwork 10:42am Ariel Zetina Local Tropical Depression Cyclorama (Local Action)
Track Notes: @ Lincoln Hall Sat Buy Ariel Zetina Cyclorama at Reckless Records Buy Ariel Zetina at iTunes Buy Ariel Zetina Cyclorama at eMusic Add to Collection
Thee Sacred Souls - Thee Sacred Souls album artwork 10:36am Thee Sacred Souls Easier Said Than Done Thee Sacred Souls (Daptone)
Track Notes: @ Thalia Hall Fri Buy Thee Sacred Souls Thee Sacred Souls at Reckless Records Buy Thee Sacred Souls at iTunes Buy Thee Sacred Souls Thee Sacred Souls at eMusic Add to Collection
Resistance Revival Chorus - This Joy album artwork 10:36am Resistance Revival Chorus All You Fascists Bound to Lose (featuring Rhiannon Giddens) This Joy (Righteous Babe)
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Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA album artwork 10:35am Michael Kiwanuka You Ain't the Problem KIWANUKA (Polydor)
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Resistance Revival Chorus - This Joy album artwork 10:32am Resistance Revival Chorus All You Fascists Bound to Lose (featuring Rhiannon Giddens) This Joy (Righteous Babe)
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