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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

8/2 - 9pm hour
Innov Gnawa - Lila album artwork 9:48pm Innov Gnawa Chorfa Lila (Daptone)
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9:42pm Sleigh Bells Kids Treats (Mom+Pop)
Track Notes: @ Metro Friday Buy Sleigh Bells Treats at Reckless Records Buy Sleigh Bells at iTunes Buy Sleigh Bells Treats at eMusic Add to Collection
Spacemoth - No Past No Future album artwork 9:39pm Spacemoth Pipe and Pistol No Past No Future (Carpark/Wax Nine)
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Sparks - Indiscreet album artwork 9:33pm Sparks Get In The Swing Indiscreet (Island)
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Wu-Lu - LOGGERHEAD album artwork 9:29pm Wu-Lu South (featuring Lex Amor) LOGGERHEAD (Warp)
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Superorganism - World Wide Pop album artwork 9:26pm Superorganism Black Hole Baby World Wide Pop (Domino)
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Echo & the Bunnymen - Porcupine album artwork 9:20pm Echo & the Bunnymen My White Devil Porcupine (Korova)
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Working Men 9:16pm Working Men's Club Circumference Fear Fear (Heavenly/PIAS)
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9:12pm Tegan and Sara Yellow Crybaby (Mom + Pop)
Track Notes: (out 10/21) Buy Tegan and Sara Crybaby at Reckless Records Buy Tegan and Sara at iTunes Buy Tegan and Sara Crybaby at eMusic Add to Collection
The Association - Just The Right Sound: The Association Anthology album artwork 9:08pm The Association Along Comes Mary Just The Right Sound: The Association Anthology (Rhino)
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Marissa Nadler - Little Hells album artwork 9:04pm Marissa Nadler Mary Come Alive Little Hells (Kemado)
Track Notes: @ Empty Botte Friday Buy Marissa Nadler Little Hells at Reckless Records Buy Marissa Nadler at iTunes Buy Marissa Nadler Little Hells at eMusic Add to Collection
8/2 - 8pm hour
The Soundcarriers - Wilds album artwork 8:59pm The Soundcarriers At the Time Wilds (Phosphonic)
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Katy J Pearson - Sound of the Morning album artwork 8:53pm Katy J Pearson Talk Over Town Sound of the Morning (Heavenly/PIAS)
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The Wedding Present - Watusi album artwork 8:50pm The Wedding Present Swimming Pools, Movie Stars Watusi (Island)
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Interpol - The Other Side of Make-Believe album artwork 8:44pm Interpol Fables The Other Side of Make-Believe (Matador)
Track Notes: recorded this LP in London, with production by British post-punk producer Flood Buy Interpol The Other Side of Make-Believe at Reckless Records Buy Interpol at iTunes Buy Interpol The Other Side of Make-Believe at eMusic Add to Collection
Sun 8:38pm Sun's Signature Golden Air Sun's Signature (Partisan)
Track Notes: Romantic partners in life, Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) and Damon Reece (Massive Attack) started composing many of the tracks on this self-titled debut EP a decade or more ago Buy Sun's Signature Sun's Signature at Reckless Records Buy Sun's Signature at iTunes Buy Sun's Signature Sun's Signature at eMusic Add to Collection
Elvis Costello & The Imposters - The Boy Named If album artwork 8:34pm Elvis Costello & The Imposters Trick Out The Truth The Boy Named If (EMI/Universal)
Track Notes: @ Canal Shores Friday Buy Elvis Costello & The Imposters The Boy Named If at Reckless Records Buy Elvis Costello & The Imposters at iTunes Buy Elvis Costello & The Imposters The Boy Named If at eMusic Add to Collection
Beach Bunny - Emotional Creature album artwork 8:29pm Beach Bunny Local Oxygen Emotional Creature (Mom+Pop)
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8:26pm The Mars Volta / "" / single / Blacklight Shine single (Clouds Hill)
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Wavves - Hideaway album artwork 8:24pm Wavves Planting a Garden Hideaway (Fat Possum)
Track Notes: @ Thalia Hall Thursday Buy Wavves Hideaway at Reckless Records Buy Wavves at iTunes Buy Wavves Hideaway at eMusic Add to Collection
Jupiter & Okwess - Na Kozonga album artwork 8:18pm Jupiter & Okwess You Sold Me A Dream (featuring Ana Tijoux) Na Kozonga (Everloving)
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8:10pm Fela Ransome Kuti & the Africa 70 Who're You? (Original 45 Version) Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound in 1970's Nigeria (Soundway)
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Four Tet - Pause album artwork 8:04pm Four Tet Hilarious Movie Of The 90's Pause (Domino)
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The Who - BBC Sessions album artwork 8:01pm The Who Pictures of Lily BBC Sessions (MCA)
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8/2 - 7pm hour
Leyla McCalla - Breaking The Thermometer album artwork 7:58pm Leyla McCalla Fort Dimanche Breaking The Thermometer (Anti-)
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Bettye LaVette - Do Your Duty album artwork 7:56pm Bettye LaVette Love Made A Fool Of Me Do Your Duty (Sundazed)
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Only Child Tyrant - Time to Run album artwork 7:52pm Only Child Tyrant Father's Son (featuring Figueroa) Time to Run (Nomark)
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Jenny Lewis - The Voyager album artwork 7:47pm Jenny Lewis Just One of the Guys The Voyager (Warner Bros.)
Track Notes: @ Canal Shores Golf Course Thursday Buy Jenny Lewis The Voyager at Reckless Records Buy Jenny Lewis at iTunes Buy Jenny Lewis The Voyager at eMusic Add to Collection
7:42pm Of Montreal Marijuana's a Working Woman Freewave Lucifer (Polyvinyl)
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Todd Rundgren - Hermit Of Mink Hollow album artwork 7:41pm Todd Rundgren Onomatopoeia Hermit Of Mink Hollow (Bearsville)
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