Show: Yay DJ
When?: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you think radio is dying, think again!
Asheville FM is home to the only radio show in town for DJs younger than 18. In fact, both of the hosts currently on Yay DJ are under 14. But you’d never know they were born in the 2000s from the eclectic mix of music they play.
DJ Ruby, who is 13, has sets featuring a wide array of musical styles. It doesn’t hurt that her dad is Asheville FM DJ Greg Cartwright, but she has a style all of her own.
DJ Awesome Sarah is 11, but considers herself an old soul. Quite old, in fact. You probably won’t hear anything recorded after the mid 1980s on her show. And don’t be surprised if you hear her spinning some Lawrence Welk tunes (!) and other things from the 1950s.
Sarah, whose dad is Mike the Country Musicologist from Ultimate Twang, answered some questions for us.
Q. How long have you been DJing at Asheville FM?
DJ Awesome Sarah: I’ve been doing it since July 2015.
Q. What made you want to start your own show?
DJAS: Because I had fun doing part of daddy’s show with him.
Q. Doing a radio show can feel old-fashioned. Do you ever have to explain to your friends or classmates what you do on the show?
DJAS: Sometimes, although they usually get the radio part. I usually have to explain what oldies are.
Q. You don’t play any newer music. Is that just for your radio show or do you only listen to older music on your own time?
DJAS: I listen to a few newer songs, but mostly older music.
Q. Do your friends and family listen to the show. What do they think about it?
DJAS: Yes. They love it.
Q. How do you plan for your show? How long does it take to prepare?
DJAS: I usually give my dad a list of songs, and then he fills out the rest and helps write what I say.
Q. How do you find music to play on your show? Your dad’s collection, record stores, online?
DJAS: Things I hear online, or from my dad and mom. I do use some of his records, along with mine. I sometimes go to record stores as well as thrift shops.
Q. You have kind of a catchphrase on your show – “Mutilating the modulation on your friendly Asheville station.” Where did that come from, and why do you like to say it?
DJAS: It’s fun to say! It was used many years ago by a DJ named Bouncing Bill Baker on WIBC in Indianapolis (Note from dad: Baker said “Hoosier” instead of “Asheville”). My dad got me started saying it, at first. He thought my grandparents in Indiana would like that, since they listened to Bill when they were growing up.
Q. What do you like best about having a radio show?
DJAS: I like playing the music and it’s fun being on the radio. And I’m famous!
Q. How did you get your DJ name?
DJAS: I really don’t remember how I came up with it. I know I was trying to come up with a name, and I came up with several, and started using DJ Awesome Sarah.
Q. Do you want to keep doing a radio show as you get older?
Q. Do you like tacos?
DJAS: Of course!
There’s no age limit on getting involved with Asheville FM. If you or your child is interested in becoming a DJ, shoot Asheville FM an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.