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Host Profile: J.L. Massimino

What's the name of your show? The J.L. Massimino Show

What's your show about and when does it air? Exposing listeners to music that I like. My tastes are all over the place and while my show typically plays "alternative" music, I enjoy playing whatever is in my brain that week. It airs Wednesdays from 9 pm to 11 pm.

Is there a story behind your on-air name?  J.L. - my initials. My family has always called me J.L. - there were way too many people named Jack in my family and they didn't want me to be saddled with the name "Little Jack" for my entire life. J.L. sounds like a fake radio name so it works!

How long has your show been on the air? April 27, 2016 was my first show.

Tell us about a funny incident that happened during your show. The Improv Club meets during the first hour of my show so I learned pretty quickly to keep the studio door closed; a loud scene startled me before a talk break on my first show!

What do you like to do in your spare time? My wife, son and I spend time at home, catching up on our always too full DVR when we aren't busy going to concerts or doing things around Flint. I try to make time to hang in Detroit with my brother as often as our busy schedules permit. I have a driveway full of cars so something's usually in need of repair. Music is almost always on, either old favorites or something new, because silence is a real bummer.

Have you gotten any funny calls during your show? One time someone called in a request for a song from Glee. Yes, I watched the show but no, I don't really want to hear any of the songs from it again.

What is one of your most memorable concert experiences? I've been fortunate to have gone to over 100 concerts in the last decade-plus and have had many memorable experiences. One of the craziest was October 5, 2015 in Detroit. My brother and I had seen Kraftwerk once before, in 2005, and it was an amazing show. They came through again on their 3D tour and put on a visually stunning show at the Masonic Temple. Afterward, my brother and I drove over to MOCAD for the after party. The party was insane - the founders of Detroit techno (Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson) all did DJ sets and then - THEN! - Kraftwerk arrived. They spent some time in the DJ booth and then just hung around the crowd. We got to stand a few feet from one of the most influential electronic musicians in the world! It's a night my brother and I will never forget.

Tell us something about yourself that people might find surprising. I still prefer and purchase physical media (CDs, vinyl, cassettes) to digital media. The convenience of mp3s and streaming is nice, but the fidelity just isn't there.

In the movie "WKUF: The Untold Story", who would you cast as yourself? Steve-O, only because I look somewhat like him.

Host Profile: DJ Gozza

What is the name of your show? The Gozza Strip

What is your on air name? Is there a story behind it?  DJ Gozza. Gozza has been my MC/Nickname since high school. It's a slicker version of my real last name.

What's your show about and when does it air? My show is about all things Michigan Hip Hop. The Mitten's finest MCs, DJs, and Producers throwing down for two solid hours. "Everything Great from the Great Lakes State". My show airs every Monday and Tuesday from 1pm-3pm.

How long has your show been on the air? Since October 2005

What do you like to do in your spare time? I write lyrics, record, and perform either solo as Gozza or with my Hip Hop group the Artfull Dodgers. I also produce beats and run my own recording studio. You can always catch me vibing out to music or watching a good movie. I have huge record and DVD collections.

Tell us about a funny incident that happened during your show. Once a listener came down to the station and begged me to let him co-host my show. I had to tell him, "Sorry, I work alone. That's the way i like it."

Have you gotten any strange requests during your show? I get strange requests all the time. Especially since I only play Michigan Hip Hop on my show. Some of the strange requests include "The Battlestar Galactica" theme, and some weirdo wanted to hear a song by Charles Manson.
 
If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island and could choose only 10 songs, what would they be?

Wow, that's a hard one. Let me think........OK, here's my 10 Stranded Island jams-
1-Sublime-"Doin Time"
2- Pete Rock & CL Smooth-"T.R.O.Y."
3-Beastie Boys-"The New Style"
4-Eric B. & Rakim-"Microphone Fiend"
5-Al Green-"Lets Stay Together"
6-Del The Funkee Homosapien-"Catch A Bad One"
7-MC Breed-"Ain'y No Future In Yo Frontin"
8-Rage Against The Machine-"Killing In the Name of"
9-Wu-Tang Clan-"Protect Yo Neck"
10-Public Enemy-"Bring The Noise"

What is one of your most memorable concert experiences? My first Hip Hop concert was so fresh. It was the Soul Assassins Tour in 1993 with Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Funkdoobiest, and The Whooliganz. So cool seeing these Golden Era artists in their primes.
 
Tell us something about yourself that people might find surprising. I write and direct my own movies.

In the movie "WKUF: The Untold Story", who would you cast as yourself? Jason Statham

Host Profile: Eddie Bladez

What is the name of your show? Bring tha Noize Radio

Is there a story behind your on air name? It's a derivative of my deejay name Eduardo Scizzahandz. It was many years ago, probably around 1994 or 95 when one of my emcees, Telly Tell a.k.a. Horeson J.A.E (from my group A Lab Cult/Car Salezmen Inc./Mala Gente) saw a college application laying around in the lab and noticed that my middle name was Eduardo. He said, "You should call yourself Eduardo Scizzahandz!!!" In Hip Hop, artists like to or USED to like to select names that embodied the b boy, braggadocio style of selecting attributes that distinctly, uniquely described their abilities. I was always known for scratching and cutting. You also had to be certain that you could back your name up. Haha. Previously my name was Dj Oro...the name change is more exciting wouldn't you agree?

What's your show about and when does it air? The finest in turntable rhythms and theatrics, basically...Hip Hop, Breakbeat, Jazz, Funk, Dance Hall, R and B, electro, fusion, supa dynamite soul, Old and New school...Spanish, Jamaican, Caribbean, and so much more. It currently airs on Saturdays from noon-1:00 pm. It also features musicians, poets, emcees, producers, promoters and of course skilled deejays. 

How long has your show been on the air? About 3 years and counting. It was part of the Mega Blast Monday line up including my turntable partner Dj Thunder of the Thunderstorm Mix Show, and the Gozza Strip

What do you like to do in your spare time? Coach and do everything with my son, watch sports, especially boxing, record excavating and record shopping, work out routines with my deejay crews. Making mixes, promoting the culture. I'm an agent for the International Hip Hop Parade scheduled this summer in the Bronx. I also have a Spanish music show called Buena Gente Radio on WKUF. I love traveling, going to concerts, holding open mics, emcee battles, freestylin'. and I'm in some Hip Hop groups for which I exclusively deejay. I also dj independently as well as with a company. I do studio work for hire, enjoy movies, family, crackin' jokes/pannin' havin' fun!

Tell us about a funny incident that happened during your show. Probably when I freestyled the weather forecast. Some cats heard it and were rollin'..talkin' about high pressure systems, rain events and so fourth..lol. Other times freestylin' and roastin' the other deejays on air. 

Have you gotten any strange requests during your show? Not too many; when they hear the styles played, they usually catch on and most requests are related to what's being played. Since the show is pre-mixed and recorded, it's difficult to honor requests. There was an instance when this guy kept calling all of our shows one Monday tryin to get his stuff played...it was horrid so we kept passin' the buck like Michael Red...lol

If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island and could choose only 10 songs, what would they be? 
*Subject to change, in no particular order.

1.) Fela Kuti- Water No Get Enemy
2.) Sade- Kiss of Life
3.) Hall and Oates- Do What You Want, Be What You Are
4.) Heather- Billy Cobham
5.) Rebel w/o a Pause- Public Enemy
6.) R.E.A.L.I.T.Y.- Black Moon
7.) Microphone Wanderlust- INI
8.)Tragos Amargos- Ramon Ayala
9.) Camino de Guanajuato- Vicente Fernandez
10.) Nautilus- Bob James

What is one of your most memorable concert experiences? In 96, me and my buddy plotted to get into St. Andrew's Hall-The Shelter in Detroit.The show was the Fugees, Bahamadia and The Roots, we had no $$ no tickets and still went out there to try to get in....after a couple of unsuccessful attempts, we got in carrying Hub's bass and an amplifier! We were roadies for the night. We met Lauryn Hill, Bahamadia and The Roots...the concert was MIND BLOWING and we saw it ALL from backstage! Unbelievable..

Tell us something about yourself that people might find surprising. That I can mix, blend cut and scratch Spanish music as well...that I use turntables.

In the movie "WKUF: The Untold Story", who would you cast as yourself? Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos, Psycho Les from the Beatnuts and George Lopez.

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