By Jillian Deiley
Each week a Disc Jockey from East Stroudsburg University’s radio station, 90.3 WESS, is selected as DJ of the week for their exceptional performance and hard work on the air. This week’s DJ of the week is Joshua Coleman for his radio shows “Whatever I Feel Like” and “Not So English.”
Coleman is from Flemington, New Jersey and is currently a junior at East Stroudsburg University. He is perusing a degree in Digital Media Technologies.
His radio show “Whatever I Feel Like” is a variety show which focuses on his personal tastes in music.
This genre highlights the original form of the disc jockey in radio history, where DJs would act as “taste makers,” someone who helps craft personal music preference by guiding listeners to important music or art that they wouldn’t be able to find on their own.
Coleman does just that by literally playing whatever he feels like. “Not So English” is dedicated to the sound of differing cultures and focuses on foreign and ethnic music.
His show is the only feature this semester which highlights a diverse and eclectic music palette covering several cultures in one hour, and by doing this, he is taking full advantage of the station format, which is called “diversified,” a genre which promotes diversity and individuality between disc jockeys and shows.
His inspiration for his radio show, “Whatever I Feel Like,” stems from his one of a kind and corky personality. He wanted to center a show on music he appreciates, and in doing this, he is happy to share his music taste with the surrounding Pocono area.
“My inspiration for ‘Whatever I Feel Like’ was that I simply wanted to play tunes I enjoyed to hear on the radio” he said.
The driving force behind his show “Not So English,” stems from his desire to create a unique show, like no other in the WESS cannon right now, and his competitive urge to win DJ of the Week pushed him to follow through with the program.
“I was thinking of a cool concept for a second show that would help me win DJ of the Week” he said. Coleman performed the show for one week before being awarded DJ of the Week.
Coleman’s favorite aspect about being a WESS member is his ability to share music to a wide audience.
“Music is a passion of mine and I enjoy sharing music with an audience, because music is a device that connects the human race to one another in a positive way” he said.
His aspirations for the future are to gain his parents love and support through his hard work at WESS and ESU in general, and he believes his feature as Disc Jockey of the Week brings him one step closer to his goal.
He believes he couldn’t have made it this far without a strong support group here at ESU.
“To all the day one homies, the WESS Family, and my girlfriend Danielle, thanks for being there for me on my ride to the top” he said.
Coleman, finding himself in excellent place in life, believes it can only get better from here.
Listeners can catch Joshua Coleman’s shows, “Whatever I Feel Like” on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 pm, and “Not So English” on Fridays from 5 to 6 pm, on 90.3 WESS via the radio.
Listeners who cannot tune in through a radio can stream WESS over the web at tunein.com/radio/WESS.
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