Telle

When did you start your radio career?

My radio birthday is September 28, 2019. It all started in August 2019, but I think there was some sort of foreshadowing a decade before that. Every time I’d get home from school since my elementary days, I would turn on the stereo and listen to the radio. They were the best source of hit music, and I always thought the DJs sound amazing whenever they talk. Back in 2010, when I was in high school, whenever I’d get my time on the computer at home, I would set up a playlist on Windows Media Player, and talk over a bed like I was a disc jockey. But I never thought I would ever become a DJ. I just buried that little wild dream of mine at the back of my mind. So when there came an opportunity to join the industry, it felt surreal. Who knew, years later, I would get to work with the very people I used to hear on the radio—that I would have the honor to play music for another generation of listeners; be able to reach out to them, encourage, and inspire them as they go about their daily hustles. It is one of the greatest things that have ever happened to me. It’s a gift. To God be the glory!

How did you get into radio?

A friend I got to co-host with in an event entreated me to try radio. I think a few slots opened up and they were looking for new jocks. He told me to send him a demo. My head spun at the thought, and I remembered those days when I would just “pretend” to be a DJ at home on our computer. He prodded me for days, weeks, and months, until I finally took that giant leap of faith, and sent him that voice file. I got an audition-interview, and it’s funny because I don’t think I did well, (I really did not, I was so nervous). But maybe it was the Lord’s divine plan in my life, and I would always be grateful for this opportunity to serve the listening public.

How was your first boardwork?

My first boardwork was nerve-racking, but it was awesome. Never felt more alive. Plus, I went training under the Mighty Mike, and the Morning MishMash crew, and he was there all the way to make sure we were having fun and we were doing it right. So exhilarating!

Any memorable thing happen in your rookie year as a jock?

It’s magic when my thoughts, feelings, the music, and production elements jell so well. It’s always memorable because your next adlib may or may not be the one to top your list, so you’ll just have to do your best every time. But if I should look back to one particular moment, it would be when I first gave a shoutout to very special people in my life.

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

My family and friends were very proud and supportive when I started out. They knew it was one of my biggest dreams, and they were so happy to witness it come true.

When you’re not on air, what kind of music do you listen to aside from the music you play?  I remember, they used to play a lot of alternative rock on the radio, and that’s how I discovered my genre in music. When I’m not on air, I listen heavily to Paramore, We The Kings, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and songs from the emo era.