Desert DJ’s

Silence at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Silence at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club

By | June 12, 2016 at 1:48 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels If you’ve lived through a few summers in the desert, you know as the temperatures go up, the amount of noise around the valley goes down. On Friday June 17, things are going to get real quiet at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club as ISTHISIT presents...

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DJ Sizzle

DJ Sizzle

By | September 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels A native of the Coachella Valley, DJ Sizzle (Joe Cornejo) has always been interested in music. Sizzle began collecting music at age six with the help of his older cousin: “My uncle Tony Rico (RicoMix) inspired me at a young age to be a DJ. He would always...

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DJ Ward of the Torres Martinez Tribe

DJ Ward of the Torres Martinez Tribe

By | June 11, 2015 at 3:47 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels He was born just a stone’s throw from the Coachella Valley in the City of Banning. Anthony Ward and his grandparents moved to the Torres Martinez Reservation in Thermal, when he was seven. He gives credit for many of his accomplishments to his grandparents...

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Bianca Fort Mid-Days on KKUU, U92.7

Bianca Fort Mid-Days on KKUU, U92.7

By | May 14, 2015 at 12:43 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels Born and raised right here in the 760, Bianca Fort has been the mid-day personality on U92.7 for the past 7 years. Her career at the Desert Radio Group actually began 10 years ago when Bianca was still attending Palm Springs High as a freshman. As a regular...

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Fitz has a New Home on 103.9 “The Breeze”

Fitz has a New Home on 103.9 “The Breeze”

By | April 1, 2015 at 11:51 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels As a young boy, Fitz’s (Jim Fitzgerald) family owned racehorses. He became fascinated with race track announcers and soon began calling the races at home throughout his families’ intercom system. His Dad noticed his son’s natural talent and urged him...

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The Bill Feingold Show Featuring Kevin Holmes on K-NEWS 94.3

The Bill Feingold Show Featuring Kevin Holmes on K-NEWS 94.3

By | February 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels When you tune into K-NEWS 94.3 FM in the morning, you’ll hear more than just news, weather, and sports. The Bill Feingold show featuring Kevin Holmes is exceptionally entertaining and takes pride for being live and local. The unlikely radio pair knows...

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DJ Kohdi Rayne

DJ Kohdi Rayne

By | January 29, 2015 at 1:26 am | No comments

Been Mixing Music Half His Life, At Age 28. By Craig Michaels While growing up in Bakersfield Ca., Kohdi began expressing himself as a break dancer at age six. His passion would soon change after a friend brought in a turn table and mixing board during his freshman year in...

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DJ John Paul is Quickly Making a Name for Himself

DJ John Paul is Quickly Making a Name for Himself

By | January 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Born in Bronx, New York, John Paul spent his teen years in Hastings, Florida before signing a contract to become a Marine stationed in 29 palms, CA. John would frequent the night clubs in his free time in search of some good music to dance to. After...

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Johnny Toot Moves to Afternoons on 93.7 KCLB

Johnny Toot Moves to Afternoons on 93.7 KCLB

By | December 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Like many people in the business, Johnny Toot has been fascinated by music and radio from a very young age. Johnny, whose real last name is Isabell, is a Coachella Valley native. Always a prankster in school, Johnny explains how he acquired the name Toot;...

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Meet Paul Z of Desert DJ Entertainment Group

Meet Paul Z of Desert DJ Entertainment Group

By | November 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Growing up in Indio, Paul Zepeda always had an interest in music. He graduated from Indio High School where he played the trumpet in the Pride of The Desert Marching Band. Paul decided to attend COD after high school but was not sure where his path would...

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Vicki Steele Relates to Her Listeners, Afternoons on The Eagle 106.9

Vicki Steele Relates to Her Listeners, Afternoons on The Eagle 106.9

By | October 30, 2014 at 4:04 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels Born in Louisville Kentucky, Vicki Steele was a very shy and quiet child who was more of an observer than a talker. Vicki later moved out to California in the early 80’s with her mother and sister. Once her son was born, she quickly realized that she did...

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DJ Omar of Indio, Rebranding Himself

DJ Omar of Indio, Rebranding Himself

By | September 24, 2014 at 11:16 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Music has been in his blood for as long as he can remember. As a child, DJ Omar would drum along to any music he heard by tapping his hands and feet. Before he began playing around behind a mixing board and speakers, Omar started teaching himself how to play...

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Sean Knight, Rockin’ Both On and Off Air

Sean Knight, Rockin’ Both On and Off Air

By | September 11, 2014 at 2:58 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels While in high school, Sean Knight was asked to write a paper on his choice of a career field. At 16, he wasn’t interested in pursuing many of the careers chosen by his class mates (doctor, teacher, firefighter, etc.). That paper would influence the next 16...

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DJ Trevor “Guy” Worden

DJ Trevor “Guy” Worden

By | July 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm | No comments

Humbled & Addicted To His Craft By Craig Michaels While most teenage boys are filling their spare time with sports and after school activities, Trevor Worden was obsessed with making mix tapes for his friends. At 14 years old, Trevor wasn’t just making ordinary mix...

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Multi-talented, Doug Mize, Afternoons on Eagle 106.9

Multi-talented, Doug Mize, Afternoons on Eagle 106.9

By | June 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Radio personality Doug Mize, is extremely passionate if not obsessive about his broadcasting career. His background is vast in radio, television, and other forms of entertainment. Doug’s embrace of new technology and ideas over the past 14 years has...

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Red’s Rockstar Karaoke is Everywhere

Red’s Rockstar Karaoke is Everywhere

By | May 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels To say Red loves karaoke may be an understatement. One look at him and it’s obvious to see how he got his stage name. With a personality to matches his flowing red hair, Red loves hosting karaoke so much he doesn’t mind working six nights a week. He...

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Eagle 106.9 Mid-day personality Niki, is happy to be back in So. Cal.

Eagle 106.9 Mid-day personality Niki, is happy to be back in So. Cal.

By | April 24, 2014 at 1:06 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels Growing up in Los Angeles County, Niki V has many fond memories and family in the Southern California area. She remembers moving quite a bit as a child and would eventually move out of state to Corpus Cristi, Texas, where she graduated from high school. Niki...

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DJ Sean Mixes Music, Art and Passion

DJ Sean Mixes Music, Art and Passion

By | April 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Growing up in the bay area with grandparents who introduced him to Jazz standards and Sinatra, Sean Enright, would soon fall in love with the beach boys before sporting a mullet for the classic rock of the 70’s. Sean began break dancing his way through the...

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MarJovi Trades His Golf Clubs in For a Microphone

MarJovi Trades His Golf Clubs in For a Microphone

By | March 20, 2014 at 12:08 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels Together with his rock star appearance, MarJovi, whose real name is Marcello Adamo, has an interesting story on how he came up with his stage name. “One night, singing karaoke with my friend Red Ness, I sang “Livin on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, someone...

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DJ Ulises Loves to Ham it up

DJ Ulises Loves to Ham it up

By | March 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels At a young age, Ulises Ruiz recognized that he liked playing music for people and he knew what songs would make them dance. He began playing the role of DJ at age 15 at friends and family parties. Ulises was very outgoing and knew he liked playing music for...

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Richard and Mary, “Keeping the Dream Alive”

Richard and Mary, “Keeping the Dream Alive”

By | January 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels The union of this musical dynamic duo began in 1971 at the Mission Inn in Riverside. Richard Byford was the resident singer at the Glennwood Tavern, an English pub in the Mission Inn. Mary Avery came in one night with a choir group from the University of...

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DJ Zephyr, a San Diego Transplant, Calls the Desert Home

DJ Zephyr, a San Diego Transplant, Calls the Desert Home

By | January 9, 2014 at 5:14 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels Growing up in Lemon Grove California, DJ Zephyr Brown is no stranger to the Southern California sunshine. He decided to move here from San Diego County two and a half years ago since his wife was raised in the Coachella valley and they both agreed it might...

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Rebecca Luna of KCOD – MTV Baby with Big Dreams

Rebecca Luna of KCOD – MTV Baby with Big Dreams

By | December 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels As a minority of people who were born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Rebecca Luna savors her roots as a lifelong resident of Cathedral City. Currently attending College of the Desert and working at the school run radio station KCOD, Luna was influenced...

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DJ Remise Making a Name for Himself

DJ Remise Making a Name for Himself

By | November 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels The story of DJ Remise (Eddie Jimenez) is a familiar one. Young boy watches older relative and decides he wants to try his turn. At the impressionable age of 13, Remise began toting record crates for his older cousin who was a DJ. After shadowing his cousin...

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Pride Week Features Gay Weddings at the Forever Marilyn Statue

Pride Week Features Gay Weddings at the Forever Marilyn Statue

By | October 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels The Pride Celebration, scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 3, includes block parties, same-sex weddings at the ``Forever Marilyn'' statue, golf tournament, a two-day festival with parade, wrapped up by the Pride Honors Awards. This theme for 2013 is appropriately...

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“The House Whores Crew” Put a New Spin on House Music

“The House Whores Crew” Put a New Spin on House Music

By | October 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels There has been a surge in House music over the past decade with DJ producers like Calvin Harris and Afrojack crossing over into the mainstream top 40 music charts. With the birth of Electronic Dance Music (EDM,) there has also been an explosion of DJs who...

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Palm Springs DJ Association Mixer at the Spa Casino

Palm Springs DJ Association Mixer at the Spa Casino

By | September 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels The Palm Springs DJ Association continues to grow while attracting a variety of event professionals in the valley. Besides DJs and entertainers, other event professionals such as florists, photographers and caterers have begun taking advantage of the...

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DJ Terri O’ Brien Has Showbiz Roots

DJ Terri O’ Brien Has Showbiz Roots

By | August 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels A Southern California native, Terri O’Brien was born and raised in Los Angeles. You could say showbiz is in her genes. Her mother was a singer/comedienne and her father was a Broadway dancer. Terri also had an uncle who was a musician/character actor....

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DJ Elliot Coffman Riding the EDM Wave

DJ Elliot Coffman Riding the EDM Wave

By | August 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels When talking to Elliot Coffman, you can quickly asses he fits the mold of someone who grew up skating and surfing on the beach in Southern California. A Hunting Beach native, he has a very relaxed and laid back demeanor. Once you mention the words...

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Success Coach Robb Braun Speaks at CVDJA mixer at Jackalope Ranch

Success Coach Robb Braun Speaks at CVDJA mixer at Jackalope Ranch

By | July 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm | No comments

by Craig Michaels In its second year, the Coachella Valley DJ Association continues to support local DJs, entertainers and event professionals by building new relationships and promoting their companies. The CVDJA has recently scaled down the number of mixers from once a...

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Clarence Barnes, a Big Talent in a Small Market

Clarence Barnes, a Big Talent in a Small Market

By | July 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels While recently talking with radio personality Clarence Barnes about his long and illustrious career, it was hard for me to keep track of the numerous radio stations he has worked at over the years. Currently he is the afternoon drive personality and program...

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DJ Smerk Mixing His Own Sound

DJ Smerk Mixing His Own Sound

By | June 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels As a young kid growing up in the San Fernando Valley, DJ Smerk (Christian Oropeza) would tune into popular radio stations like KIIS FM and Power 106 where he would hear mash ups and remixes during the rush hour traffic jams. Smerk became fascinated by the...

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Hunned Grand Who King to Perform at Unsigned Band Competition

Hunned Grand Who King to Perform at Unsigned Band Competition

By | June 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Hollywood may be the place to go for actors who want to work on their craft while waiting to be discovered but the Coachella Valley has become the new hot spot for up and coming musicians looking to get signed. With many recording studios and promoters now...

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DJ Day And Joplin Chosen To Headline AMFM Fest In Cathedral City.

DJ Day And Joplin Chosen To Headline AMFM Fest In Cathedral City.

By | May 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Back in the 50’s - and still today, the Coachella Valley has been known as the “Playground of the Stars” for those celebrities who want a break from Tinseltown. During the past decade the spotlight has been reignited on Palm Springs and the surrounding...

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Dancin’ DJ Twitchd Aspires to Produce Internationally

Dancin’ DJ Twitchd Aspires to Produce Internationally

By | May 15, 2013 at 10:17 am | No comments

By Craig Michaels Growing up in Seattle, WA, Timothy White (DJ Twitchd) is proud of the fact that he has been living in the Coachella Valley on and off most of his life.  In addition to mastering the art of mixing music, White comments on his accomplishments as a dancer, “I...

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