I was a KXUA DJ from 2006 to 2011 and hosted a rotation show, the jazz show "Running the Voodoo Down", and the DJ/electronic music show "DJ EJ's Wheels of Steel". I served as Promotions Director for the 2007-2008 school year, reviewed electronic music (RPM Chart) for four years, jazz for three years, and periodically reviewed hip-hop and local music as well. I was the KXUA Station Manager for the 2010-2011 school year, and retired from KXUA following the end of my term. Check out my DJ page on SoundCloud:
http://soundcloud.com/dj-ej-kxua and the continuing live version of my radio show "DJ EJ's Wheels of Steel" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJEJWOS.
(Illustration by Joëlle Storet) On Wednesday, May 25th, I broadcast my final episode of DJ EJ's Wheels Of Steel on KXUA. The University of Arkansas servers were down during the show, resulting in the KXUA webstream not working as well. Thus many of you, particularly out of town friends and family, were unable to listen. Fear not! Here's the podcast, featuring many heartfelt thanks, a replay of "The Cheapest Drinks on Dickson", a blazing 82 minute final live mix, and an extended show promo compiling the voices of some of Wheels Of Steel's most noteworthy guests. Download the full final episode here:
On May 11th, I recorded live on KXUA a mix of Arabic music, Arabic influenced music, and music which derived samples from originally Arabic compositions. Many of the songs have personal meaning for me, Assi Helani's Ahebak Jedan is but one of many songs my Syrian friends taught me to sing while we worked together on the excavation. I distinctly remember listening to the Cheb Khalid song, Abdel Kader, while driving late at night through the Ghab Valley with American and Syrian friends. The Chemical Brothers' song, Galvanize, derives its powerful string sample from the song Hadi Kedba Bayna (Just Tell Me the Truth) by Najat Aatabou. Q-Tip's lyrical call to galvanize is timely, considering the struggle the Syrian people are currently engaged in for their freedom. Today, as the Syrian military shelled its own citizens in Maarat al-Numan, surrounded Jisr al-Shaghour with soldiers and helicopter gunships, and killed livestock and torched fields in the surrounding countryside, my thoughts and prayers are with the Syrian people and most of all my friends, who live but two miles south of Jisr al-Shaghour. Most of these songs have no political overtones. They're about love and relationships (you'll come to recognize the frequently used word "habibi" - "my beloved"). However, after twelve years of working there, what better way to express the love I have for Syria, her people, and my Syrian friends with these songs. I think of them often, pray for their safety, and dedicate this mix to them:
Nineties trip-hop, a fitting soundtrack to all of the damp, cold, and rainy weather of the past couple weeks in northwest Arkansas or...lazy summer days (beginning today I hope). It's cool, it's chill, it's atmospheric...however you want to describe it. Whatever the weather, drop this in for some Massive Attack, Portishead, and Morcheeba mixed with other old and new music, not all trip-hop, but definitely mellow. Download the full mix (recorded live on KXUA 88.3FM April 6th, 2011) here:
"Don't mess aroun' with Foxy Brown. She's the meanest chick in town! She's brown sugar and spice, but if you don't treat her nice, she'll put you on ice!" For this mix (recorded live on KXUA 88.3FM on March 9th, 2011), I'm bringin' the funk and breakin' the funk barrier...and throwing in a little disco when you least expect it. Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll over to download my 56 Minutes of Funk! mix here:
All of us here at KXUA 88.3FM would like to thank the University of Arkansas students, faculty, staff, and administrators who gave of their time and talents to bring student run radio back to Northwest Arkansas on April 1st, 2000. They couldn't have done it without the support of music lovers in Fayetteville and the surrounding communities, so we are bound to thank them as well! In celebration of our 11th Birthday, we've been posting retrospective photo albums on the KXUA Facebook page in the week leading up to today. Today's album is titled "KXUA Birthdays!!", and it looks back at press, photos, and promotional materials from KXUA Birthday Bashes. Check it out, and all the other photo albums here.
A special thanks goes to Bryan Moats, who designed one of the earliest KXUA logos. Just yesterday he sent us updated versions of that logo (here and here), as well as the brand new logo design (in various color schemes) you see above.
Happy 11th Birthday, KXUA!
~ Eric "DJ EJ" Jensen, KXUA 88.3FM Station Manager