Our periodical DJ interview segment is returning to the website! Today, we're featuring Lady K, whose entirely K-pop themed show is a beloved Core mainstay. (She was also the previous Webmaster who trained me for the position, so I have her to thank for being here!) Keep scrolling to learn more about the illustrious Lady K.
Name: Katie Brownlie
DJ Name: Lady K
Show Name: Jjang! Radio
Show Genre: world (K-pop)
Student (was once Community member)
Hometown: Franklin Park, NJ How long have you been at 90.3 The Core?
4 years! I became a Core DJ as a community member before I became a Rutgers student.
What made you want to join The Core?
I had a friend who was a Core DJ. He brought me on his show and I thought, "I can do this!" So I joined the Core with a mission to bring my favorite K-pop to the Central Jersey airwaves!
What got you into music?
My dad was my first music inspiration. He raised me on his extensive collection of classic rock, and really instilled in me an appreciation of music. When it comes to K-pop, my best friend Jemila introduced it to me when I was in high school. And I've been boppin to it ever since.
Follow-up: who are your favorite artists outside of K-pop?
I'm not a person who usually follows specific artists, but I'm a sucker for Dance-pop and Tropical House. Also been listening to Hip-Hop and R&B since I was a kid. Some underrated artists I jam to are Giraffage, Zara Larsson, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Miguel, and Rich Brian. Ariana Grande never disappoints. Cardi B is my diva icon. Oh, and Childish Gambino is my future husband.
What do you love about being a part of The Core?
I honestly just love doing my show every week. Getting to share my favorite music with the general public is so much fun and such an honor. The Core is like a second home to me. I have literally taken naps at the station. I do my homework there. I am also Program Director/Training Coordinator, which is a lot of work. If I didn't love The Core, I wouldn't be spending all this time trying to keep it awesome. Great people, great music. :)
Any cool experiences you've had because you were a part of the Core?
I was interviewed by the Korea Economic Institute (Washington DC think-tank) for their podcast because of my K-pop expertise. I also got press pass tickets to see Jay Park and AOMG in New York. Having the title of radio DJ just makes you super legit to other people. It's pretty rad.
Any advice to new/prospective DJs?
If you wanna be a Core DJ, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! But in all seriousness, even if you aren't a student, you can join the Core. It is a great hobby to have, or you can use it to launch your career in the entertainment industry. If you have a passion for music, whichever genre, you'll find like-minded people here.