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Jeff Kempin

Presenting: Up Late

Jeff is currently going through his third-life crisis, shaking off the shackles of a 9 to 5 office desk job to connect with what actually makes life worth living: amazing people, intense adventure and, of course, rockin’ tunes!

How did you become involved in the station?

I’m always taking over the music in cars without too many complaints, and I was often told that I had a voice for radio. Putting two and two together RTRFM seemed like a natural choice. I signed up for and completed the radio training course that the station and the amazing Sarah Tout runs, showed up to do Snooze Button a few weeks later and haven’t been told to not come back. Yet.

If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?

This could be ‘What fifty could you not go without?’ and I would still struggle to answer, but here goes…

  • Body Count – Body Count
  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Fritz Kalkbrenner
  • Rant in E-Minor – Bill Hicks
  • Sheik Yerbouti – Frank Zappa
  • Vulgar Display of Power – Pantera

What is the best thing about being involved in the station?

RTRFM is such a vital player in the community, supporting local artists at all levels. I’m proud to be a part of that by presenting the weird and wonderful music I’m passionate about, and expanding my horizon by discovering the new music that the station offers.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?

Not much at all happens around the station when I’m on at 4am, but everyone who has popped their head in has, without fail, commented on my coiled rattlesnake coffee mug.

If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?

Having grown up on the heavier end of the spectrum, I’d definitely have to go with ‘Brain, Blood, Volume’ or ‘Critical Mass’.
And just for the awesome vibes, ‘Jamdown Vershun’, which always sounds like there’s a party going down in the studio.

What do you do in real life?

I’m a major rager on the bass guitar, extremely amateur basketball player, and recent convert to bikram yoga. I also love to shove as little as possible into a backpack, buy a plane ticket to a random country and get lost for weeks on end (and try to make it back in one piece. So far so good!). But what puts food on the table and a roof overhead? I’m a structural drafter.

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