Thursday, June 9th the Australian electronic duo known as “Hermitude” will be playing at Bonnaroo 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee. The 15th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival hosts over 80,000 attendees for it’s multi-genre 4-day camping festival that has become known for its high fives, good vibes, and iconic Bonnaroo Arch.
Festivals aren’t easy to start, but it helps if you have experience. Okeechobee is a brand new festival ready to test the North American waters and it is getting the help of at least one famous Bonnaroovian who was responsible for the Bonnaroo Superjams! Follow the link to see what all the buzz is about.
I discovered the Bonnaroo college DJ search through an Instagram post. I was walking home and I initially blew it off because the odds of winning internet competitions are slim to none. However, the odds that my favorite music festival would hold a competition limited to my major are pretty slim too, so I decided I would enter.
The object of the competition was simply to make a radio show that promoted the Bonnaroo music festival.
- Must be a student radio DJ a nationally accredited College/University
- Upload original radio show to mixcloud dedicated to Bonnaroo 2015
- Must be less than 60 minutes and include:
- A minimum 3 songs by artists from the 2015 Bonnaroo lineup
- Information about the festival: Name, Date, Location, Website, and Artists
- Excitement from DJ
- Share on social media
- Judged by on-air presence
- Overall flow and comfort on air
- Creativity used to promote show
- Song Choices
- Artist & Festival Knowledge
- Winners selected based purely on opinion
- Semi-Finalists chosen based on ratings, comments, and number of favorites/reposts
I was actually really sick when I recorded my radio show. There were only a few days left before I had to leave for spring break and there would only be a week of voting left when I got back. This left me with no choice but to make the best of my situation.
My Radio Show Submision:
I waited and I waited but weeks passed by and I still hadn’t heard anything back from the competition, so I accepted my defeat and bought my ticket to Bonnaroo. It left me a little bummed, but I gave it my best shot and I was still going to Bonnaroo, so I really wasn’t disappointed for long.
At the time I only worked at the radio station for 2 hours a week and this was to do my radio broadcast. One day when I walked in I had a message and it left me baffled because I’ve never had one before. The office manager proceeded to tell me that I won a Bonnaroo College Dj competition. They had been trying to reach me for weeks but I signed up through facebook and no longer used that email……
I don’t remember the rest because my heart stopped beating as my jaw dropped to the floor. I was certain it was a joke, but I didn’t tell anybody about the competition. I spent the next couple minutes gathering my thoughts before I made the call and confirmed the win!
DJ Ryan Blair impressed all of the judges with his professional on-air personality presence, delivery, programming skills, and Bonnaroo-centric music mix. We are proud to welcome him to the farm as Bonnaroo’s All-Star College Radio DJ for 2015! – Mixcloud