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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

7/24 - 11am hour
11:19am LowDown Brass Band Local Destiny (Show Me How) situationchicago (Quiet Pterodactyl)
Buy LowDown Brass Band situationchicago at Reckless Records Buy LowDown Brass Band at iTunes Buy LowDown Brass Band situationchicago at eMusic Add to Collection
Aretha Franklin - Who 11:14am Aretha Franklin Freeway of Love Who's Zoomin' Who? (Arista)
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Dry Cleaning - Stumpwork album artwork 11:08am Dry Cleaning Don't Press Me Stumpwork (4AD)
Track Notes: (out 10/21) Buy Dry Cleaning Stumpwork at Reckless Records Buy Dry Cleaning at iTunes Buy Dry Cleaning Stumpwork at eMusic Add to Collection
Growing Concerns Poetry Collective - BIG DARK BRIGHT FUTURES album artwork 11:02am Growing Concerns Poetry Collective Local Peace After Revolution BIG DARK BRIGHT FUTURES (self-released)
Buy Growing Concerns Poetry Collective BIG DARK BRIGHT FUTURES at Reckless Records Buy Growing Concerns Poetry Collective at iTunes Buy Growing Concerns Poetry Collective BIG DARK BRIGHT FUTURES at eMusic Add to Collection
7/24 - 10am hour
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul - Topical Dancer album artwork 10:59am Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul Blenda Topical Dancer (DEEWEE / Because)
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10:55am Dawes All Your Favorite Bands All Your Favorite Bands (HUB)
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Swamp Dogg - Sorry You Couldn 10:51am Swamp Dogg Please Let Me Go Round Again (feat. John Prine) Sorry You Couldn't Make It (Joyful Noise)
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Civic Center - Settlements album artwork 10:47am Civic Center Local Cowards Speak Settlements (Chicago Research)
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Small Factory - The Industrial Evolution album artwork 10:43am Small Factory What To Want The Industrial Evolution (Pop Narcotic)
Track Notes: by request Buy Small Factory The Industrial Evolution at Reckless Records Buy Small Factory at iTunes Buy Small Factory The Industrial Evolution at eMusic Add to Collection
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher album artwork 10:40am Phoebe Bridgers Kyoto Punisher (Dead Oceans)
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OLAN - Contra album artwork 10:37am OLAN Contra Contra (Anjunadeep)
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Dr. Dre - Compton album artwork 10:31am Dr. Dre One Shot One Kill (feat. Snoop Dogg) Compton (Aftermath/Interscope)
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100 gecs - 1000 gecs & The Tree of Clues album artwork 10:29am 100 gecs Local came to my show 1000 gecs & The Tree of Clues (Dog Show/Big Beat/Atlantic)
Track Notes: @ Radius Wednessday, Lolla aftershow Buy 100 gecs 1000 gecs & The Tree of Clues at Reckless Records Buy 100 gecs at iTunes Buy 100 gecs 1000 gecs & The Tree of Clues at eMusic Add to Collection
Death Cab for Cutie - Asphalt Meadows album artwork 10:25am Death Cab for Cutie Here to Forever Asphalt Meadows (Atlantic)
Track Notes: (out 9/16) Buy Death Cab for Cutie Asphalt Meadows at Reckless Records Buy Death Cab for Cutie at iTunes Buy Death Cab for Cutie Asphalt Meadows at eMusic Add to Collection
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow album artwork 10:21am The Smiths William, It Was Really Nothing Hatful of Hollow (Rough Trade)
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10:18am The Curls Local Stiff Lightning Smothered & Covered (Truth Zone)
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Los Lobos - Kiko album artwork 10:14am Los Lobos Angels with Dirty Faces Kiko (Slash)
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Oux - Honeymood album artwork 10:07am Oux Local Queer Like Me Honeymood (self-released)
Track Notes: @ Wicker Park Fest tonight Buy Oux Honeymood at Reckless Records Buy Oux at iTunes Buy Oux Honeymood at eMusic Add to Collection
Soccer Mommy - Sometimes, Forever album artwork 10:03am Soccer Mommy Darkness Forever Sometimes, Forever (Loma Vista)
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10:00am Orlando Weeks Look Who's Talking Now Hop Up (Play It Again Sam)
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7/24 - 9am hour
Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of album artwork 9:56am Oneohtrix Point Never The Station Age Of (Warp)
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Salt-N-Pepa - Hot, Cool & Vicious album artwork 9:52am Salt-N-Pepa Beauty and the Beat Hot, Cool & Vicious (Next Plateau)
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Beabadoobee - beatopia album artwork 9:48am Beabadoobee 10:36 beatopia (Dirty Hit)
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Katy J Pearson - Return album artwork 9:41am Katy J Pearson Take Back the Radio Return (Heavenly/PIAS)
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9:39am Matt Wilder Break My Stride I Don't Speak the Language (Sony)
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9:33am Baby Money Local Somebody (featuring Superknova) single (self)
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Jasmyn - In The Wild album artwork 9:30am Jasmyn Edge Of Time In The Wild (Anti-)
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Kaytranada - 99.9% album artwork 9:26am Kaytranada GOT IT GOOD (feat. Craig David) 99.9% (XL)
Track Notes: @ Soldier Field tonight opening for the Weeknd Buy Kaytranada 99.9% at Reckless Records Buy Kaytranada at iTunes Buy Kaytranada 99.9% at eMusic Add to Collection
black midi - Hellfire album artwork 9:19am black midi Still Hellfire (Rough Trade)
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Screaming Females - All at Once album artwork 9:15am Screaming Females I'll Make You Sorry All at Once (Don Giovanni)
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