North Andrew

When did you start your radio career?

August 15, 1986. I was 16 years old.

How did you get into radio?

I was supposed to be a gopher or a PA of the owner of DWRT, with no intention of being a DJ. But since I was already there, they made me read an announcer audition script and I suddenly got assigned to train at 99Rock, RT’s all music AM station that played rock music. It was there that I learned the ropes. And when one of the DJs at the FM station went on a long vacation leave, they transferred me to 99.5RT to cover for him until he came back. I think I did well enough that they did not send me back to 99Rock even after the guy returned.

How was your first boardwork? Any memorable thing happened in your rookie year as a jock?

99Rock played a lot of rock n’ roll, classic rock, and even heavy metal. And my music knowledge of ‘rock’ at that time was more new wave and party punk, which kids my age that time were really into. So when I started my show with Billy Idol’s ‘Dancing with Myself’, the regular listeners who were so used to hearing Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, or Motley Crue got mad and called the request line to complain and curse at me. It was hilarious.

Did you have the full support of your family when you started out?

It was my dad’s idea for me to work at DWRT because I was just lying around the house all day and not doing anything. He made me choose between going to work at his friend’s radio station or getting a job at McDonald’s. It was a no-brainer. So yes, I had my family’s support. I think they just wanted me to get off my butt and out of the house.

When you’re not on air, what kind of music do you listen to?

Because of my regular job now at a record label, I get to hear everything. I’m immersed in the latest local and international pop, urban, hip-hop, dance, rock, even K-pop. But when I have time to myself I like to retreat into the grooves of jazz and neo soul.