SS:R Needs You! We’re Looking For DJs!

SS:R Needs You! We’re Looking For DJs!

Now, as some of you may know, we here at SEGASonic:Radio have been toying with the idea of a full on relaunch for an unbelievably long time now… All we’ve had consistently running through our airwaves as the station’s activity all but shut down were Biafra Republic’s A/V Hijack and TurboXLR’s Turbo Drive Live… However, I am happy to inform you that the fabled relaunch is finally upon us, and but we need your help!

There have been quite a few changes going on behind the scenes, some of which I can publicly disclose. One: I, VizardJeffhog, have inherited the position of Station Manager from BlitzChris, leaving me in charge of all things SS:R. Two: EAR (who you might recall as one of the musicians behind the Sonic Stadium Music Adventure series, the man behind the Mad Rabbit Podcast, and a talented DJ over on KSBR 85.5′s The Mix as well as OC Rock Radio’s Monday Night Meltdown) has recently accepted a position here and joined our happy family!

And four! …no, wait a minute… Three! You. Yeah, you! No, not the one sitting next to you (well, maybe him/her too)! You’re here because you absolutely love music, right? You’re here because you love the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, right? Do you think you have the same passion as myself, Biafra, Turbo, EAR, Blitz, and Speedknux? Do you have the capability to be a team player with the rest of us? Well, good! Because we’re looking for folks like you!

SEGASonic:Radio is scouting for volunteer DJs to help keep that ball of music rolling around at the speed of sound. If you think you have what it takes to audition, continue on after the jump for more details!

Here are the qualities we are looking for in a potential DJ:

  • The ability to speak fluent and coherent English, accent not withstanding as long as it’s understandable;
  • A dedicated yet sensible passion for music and/or for SEGA (or other!);
  • The availability and drive to broadcast an hour-long show on a weekly basis;
  • The initiative of providing their own unique flavour and make SS:R a better station than it ever was;
  • The capability to be confident, be cool, be wild, and be groovy!

In order to audition, you will need to submit the following:

  1. A profile that includes your name and a little about yourself;
  2. A paragraph pitching your show – this includes the show’s name, what it is about, and an explanation from you as to why you think it suits SS:R perfectly. Don’t be general in explaining your show, be detailed;
  3. Times of availability. Not an obligation at first, but we will want to know when you are usually free and can do your show, so that scheduling will be an easier task;
  4. A 10 minute demo of your show, and by your show, I mean you talking. Send us a 10 minute recording/mp3 of you “hosting” your show as if you were on air: that way, you can give us a better idea as to how your segment will work. Explaining your show is all nice, but we want to hear you! No better way to demonstrate your theory than with practice, right?
  5. Lastly, an investment of, I don’t know, 100 Gems. Mmm… yes.

And finally, to clarify:

  • If your show contains multiple hosts, you know what they say: the more, the merrier! There are no restrictions on there being more than one person running a show, but be careful: make sure your friend(s) are as into this as you are! No point in a show if not everyone’s on board!
  • Your recording must be authentic. That means no tweaking, no alterations, no filtering, no cuts, no nothing, or you will be disqualified, and you will be ignored for the rest of the auditioning period. You can’t change the way you sound with Audacity while you’re on air, so don’t bullshit your audition with falsities! Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you!
  • Before you throw in your hat for “Sonic music”, let me stop you right there. SS:R is, basically, that at heart, and most of our shows revolve around this idea (with each their own flair, at least), so more of the same might not tickle our fancy. Be unique with your show! This is your chance to make SS:R a diverse listening environment! Just… if you’re doing non-SEGA/Sonic, don’t expect us to give you the music you’re looking for (e.g. “i’m doing mario but i don’t have that soundtrack can you get it for me plzthx”). We look after each other, but the rest of the team won’t necessarily do your work for you when it comes to external material. Your resources, your problem!
  • That being said, don’t go overboard. Make sure that it’s the kind of show you can actually manage – don’t try to run one that you’d grow tired of or don’t have enough material for. Really, if there’s any place you shouldn’t do the impossible, it’s here. Your show must be fun, doable, and lasting!
  • What makes a good DJ is one who knows how to manage his/her time, one who’s a team player, and in our case, one who has a stable internet connection! Being active in social media, thus interacting with listeners, is a plus!
  • Finally, the SEGASonic:Radio server on The Sonic Stadium is Icecast-based. If you’re one of the chosen, be sure to have the streaming software/freeware necessary to broadcast your show. If not, don’t panic, we’ll help! Rest assured that we’ll go over everything with you to make sure you can run your show no problem!

The deadline is April 16th 2013, which is three solid weeks from now. That is plenty of time for you to get your stuff together and send us your auditions. When you’re all finished, submit your entries to us via, with the subject header “SS:R DJ Audition” or some variation thereof! As soon as it is received, I will notify you and provide you with extra details on how the process will go down.

Once April 16th has passed, the audition period will be over, and no future submissions will be accepted. The other DJs and I will then go through all of your entries and start picking apart favourites, so make sure yours stands out – that’s what we’re looking for. After we pick them out, I will announce the winners via the front page, and the chosen will be initiated through a good old fashioned locker room towel-whipping! That’s what happened last time, heeheehee!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop a comment.

That being said, many will enter… Three will succeed. Good luck to all of you!

-VizardJeffhog, SEGASonic:Radio Station Manager

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Unparalleled Canadian greatness! Jeffrey is a writer for TSS and Gamnesia, a pianist obsessed with video game music, and a recent university graduate majoring in Communications. Loves all things Sonic and Nintendo to a fault.