|WBGU-FM DJ wins international prize|
|Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor|
|Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:30|
Brody Ramone usually broadcasts her radio show from the campus studios of WBGU-FM. On Sept. 7 she'll be broadcasting from the International Radio Festival in Zurich, Switzerland.
Ramone, of Bowling Green, won the honor in a competition to determine the best college DJ in the United States and Canada. She and the 75 other DJs had to submit one of their shows via the website mixcloud.com.
Ramone, who is one of the station's music directors, hosts "Dirty Glitter," Thursdays from 9 p.m. to midnight. Her Sept. 7 broadcast from Zurich will be heard at 9 a.m.
Being in Switzerland is appropriate for someone who reaches across the globe to find the freshest independent sounds and has online listeners throughout the world.
"I like listening to bands most people probably haven't heard of," she said in a recent telephone interview.
Ramone devotes part of her show to the Global Glitter Revolution, where she will focus a show on a particular scene. It could be Fort Wayne, Ind. one week, Helsinki, Finland, the next.
The second segment focuses on bands recommended by the West Coast music source High Voltage. "I like to be on the upcoming of everything," she said. And this collaboration helps her keep her listeners in the know.
She also has another segment dedicated to slideradio.com.
The last segment focuses more close to home, "What's Playing on Brody's iPod." Listeners are always asking her what she listens to when she's not on the air.
The segment is just another way she can "introduce them to music that's not in their wheelhouse."
"I love radio in every aspect," she said. "The most edifying thing is to introduce people to new music, and they are inspired to go out and find more."
What listeners want she said is to have a host who is authentic. "Listeners will support you if they know it's your passion. If you're always true to yourself, you can never go wrong."
Ramone said while she loves music, she's not someone who will say she listens to everything. "If you're not passionate about one specific genre, then you really don't know enough about music."
Her tastes run to indie, punk and electro.
"Music is a creative culture where people can express how they see the world," Ramone said. "That's the most fascinating thing. You can definitely connect to music no matter what mood you're in."
She grew up in Napoleon, and when asked if she had loved music when she was young, she laughed. "You could say that."
When she heard about WBGU's program for student and community members to become DJs, she went through the training and "Dirty Glitter" was launched.
Last year, she won an award from radioflag.com.
Her listenership is far-ranging. Because of the internet and social media, fans can learn about her show and listen in. She knows she has strong base in Europe and on the West Coast with the occasional blast from Panama.
Her local listenership is coming along, Ramone said, though her sense is that people her aren't as connected through social medium. Regardless, "I love all my listeners."
They've supported her as she travels to Switzerland to receive her honor. She'll meet with music executives. She doesn't know what will come of it, all she know is: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity."
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