Like anyone who manages a blog, and a business, and everyday life, it’s been a while. My initial thought that I would become some super-human DJ/Business Owner/Blogger/PR Department/Social Person/Family Person/ Human Rights Activist/Friend and still manage to write weekly was a little outside the realm of reality!! I will definitely try to be better for those of you patient enough to wait so long for another blog post.
2018 has been a heck of a year, but I think I stopped keeping up with posts before then!!! So, to bring everyone up to speed:
St. Patrick’s Day 2016, I was contacted by Mohegan Sun Casino here in New England, this is the largest casino in the US, and 4th largest in the world, and a definite tourist hot spot. The person on the other end of the phone was Amber Cox, Vice President of the National Lacrosse League’s New England Black Wolves. At this point I had never met anyone in connection with The New England Black Wolves or the NLL, not to mention their Vice President!! As soon as I answered she asked “Is this DJ Gadget?’ she introduced herself, and proceeded to tell me terrible news that their resident team DJ had gotten into a car accident that day and couldn’t DJ. She asked me if I would be willing to DJ the game? My heart was in my throat, is this real life? I thought to myself. I of corse at this point in my career know what opportunity looks like, and promptly told her I would, still not putting two and two together, I asked where the game was and when. “Tonight at 7 pm in The Arena… rehearsal is… now… but, you know, just get here, and thank you so much!” she said, and connected me with their sound engineers to figure out audio hookups and logistics. it was 5pm when I got her call, I was in the midst of a lazy day: my hair was a mess, but maybe aesthetically pleasing to a family of birds, I hadn’t showered yet, and I had no idea what to wear, the casino is about 15 min away from me, but what about on St. Patricks day?! The day of luck at a casino?! I can’t imagine what I’m about to go through!! Despite my thoughts of worst case scenarios I made it there quickly and safely, and was hooked in and ready to go in no time, although I had nothing prepared, this family fun sporting event absolutely calls for edited music, no swearing, also I was given a quick run down of the game and what I needed to accomplish with no past experience, or ever seeing a lacrosse game outside of high school girls lacrosse, not to mention, at this point in my life I had never been to a professional sporting event!! The game went well, very few hiccups that were cordially forgiven by everyone in charge, given the circumstances. That day I finally met the mysterious woman who I spoke to on the phone, Amber Cox, and she thanked me again, and explained how she hadn’t been updated on the condition of their DJ and if I was available to be on-call for future games? I was still in a whirlwind of disbelief that Mohegan Sun Casino even knew I existed, and I of corse agreed to be their on-call DJ. I ended up doing a few more games for them and loved every second of it! (The DJ ended up being okay, which I am very grateful for)
Through working with the Black Wolves, I was in-the-know about the upcoming season of the WNBA team Connecticut Sun. I put in a bid to be their team DJ, and was hired that year to be the resident home game DJ for The CT Sun!! An experience that has brought me to a whole new level of DJing that I will forever be thankful for. To this day I sometimes have a second to think between rehearsal, and Tip-off, and during that time I sometimes look around and think, “Wow, I’m DJing Mohegan Sun Arena!!”
Through the WNBA I have also been hired to DJ for the Basketball Hall of Fame, The American Athletic Association, and The UConn Huskies Women’s College Basketball Team, a true fan favorite here in Connecticut.
On October 13, 2017 I got married!! This was certainly a milestone in my life, and definitely worth mentioning. I also feel completely connected to my customers who hire me to DJ their wedding!! It is a LOT of work!
(2017/2018 ad published by Luxe Publishing)
That brings us to 2018!
In July of 2018 a friend of mine, who works as a radio personality, mentioned that the station she was working for was looking for more help. There has been a plethora of times that I have considered getting into radio, but I couldn’t begin to figure out how someone gets into that in the first place. I always treated these thoughts as fleeting, and something that would never happen. Pro-Tip: Never underestimate yourself!! I finally put my self-doubt, and limiting attitude behind me and went with her to meet the owner of the station. For the next few weeks I woke up at 3:30 or 4 am to get to the station and see how things worked. I showed up on location to observe remote broadcasts, I sat in a busy studio, feverishly trying to stay out of the way of busy radio personalities, while simultaneously trying to pick up tricks of the trade, I talked for countless hours with the owner, learning every detail of what goes on in the studio, and most importantly the reason WHY this station was so important to him. In August I was doing my famous Stay-out-of-the-way shuffle as station owner and radio personality, Chris Dipoala, did the morning show with Ken Collins, and Frank Prosnitz. Chris announced, on air, “We have DJ Gadget here again, and she’s training, I’m just going to do something here and we will see what happens!” Chris’s personality, on and off the radio, is energetic and fun, but something about the way he said this I knew whatever he was going to do would be outstanding. I was overjoyed that I got to witness something new that he was about to do on the radio!! He took his headphones off and placed them on the desk and walked around the divider that splits the studio between the host and the table where co-hosts, and sometimes guests sit. I was incredibly confused, how would listeners see whatever it was that he was about to do??? Did he even realize this is radio?! he took a seat at microphone 4, beside Frank, and he leaned into the mic and announced for all the listeners to hear, live, on air, “Take it away DJ Gadget!!” if it weren’t for his confidence in me, I might have failed miserably, but after I got over my internal dialogue of, “is this real life?” I jumped into action. I worked the sound board, I adjusted the levels, and I successfully started the commercial break, all without the whole world ending. By mid August I was on the radio, with my very own segment of their most popular program called, The Time Machine, on WBLQ Stereo 1230am from 1pm-4pm every Saturday. This show celebrates classic NY Radio through its music and the show’s delivery. You can also catch it at WBLQ.net we simulcast the broadcast for our listeners out of range and international! Chris also owns two other stations that I have done shows for, mostly remote spots, meaning I am not in the studio, but rather on location broadcasting live. The other two stations are Fm frequency, they are 96.7 The Buzz, which is an alternative rock station, and 95.1 Kent County Classic Rock. Looking ahead, the goal is for me to eventually be a personality on one, if not both, of those stations as well!!
(Small Business Saturday in Westerly RI WBLQ on location Crazy Chris and I featured on Channel 10 News WJAR)
In May of 2018, I DJed The Born This Way Fashion Show. The Theme of the 2018 gala was “Fairytale”. This is a fundraiser that has been put on since 2015 that I have DJed every year, and am a proud sponsor of. The event is to support the OutCT Youth Group, and since 2015 has been organized by Mario DeLucia.
August of 2018 was the annual Pride at the Beach, with local non-profit organization, OutCT, I have worked with them on this event since 2014, and DJed their annual Pride Celebration at Ocean Beach park in New London. This is a LGBTQ+ event that is held yearly. Like all LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations it is in memory of the Stonewall Riots that spearheaded the human rights movement, and paved the way to stand in solidarity. With a grim past, this celebration is actually very entertaining and fun. As always it was a day long event full of programming to pull the community together, and celebrate individuality and equality.
If you made it this far, I want to thank you for recapping 2016-2018 with me. it’s been a wild ride, but through the blood, sweat, and most definitely tears, I am proud of where I am, and how far I will go.
Until next time,