KDHR radio shows feature a vast variety of interesting music and discussions thanks to the DJs who incorporate their personalities into their shows. The hosts present their likes, dislikes, taste in music, and bring awareness to different issues that they feel their audiences should hear.
Our featured KDHR DJ is Daniel Sklut who hosts “The Uncle Dan Good Time Music Program” on Tuesdays from 12-1:30pm. Uncle Dan’s weekly show presents different themes while maintaining a constant “quirky with a side of intelligence” vibe.
What year are you in school and what is your major?
- Senior, Digital Media Arts Audio Recording
Why did you choose that major?
- I love music; I’m very interested in sound and it comes naturally
What is your favorite song?
- I have so many! There is no one song that I can say is my favorite
Do you have any hobbies?
- I love making music and I play a lot of instruments. I also like to wander around nature places, and I read a lot
What is something you would like to learn?
- I want to learn electrical engineering and I want to learn more about science like physics or chemistry
Who would you love to meet (real or fictional)?
- Paul McCartney
What would you say to him?
- I guess we would talk about music; besides the usual “I love your music!”
Who would you never want to meet?
- Dr. Dre
Where would you like to visit?
- New Zealand and Japan
What is your favorite holiday?
- Thanksgiving, because the whole family gets together
What is you dream job?
- Making jingles for commercials
When did you become a DJ for KDHR?
- Junior year
What made you want to become a DJ for KDHR?
- It’s kind of been a dream of mine to host a show. I felt my knowledge in music could sustain an entire show. Also, pure unbridled narcissism, just kidding.
Did you have any knowledge in radio when you started?
- Pretty much just knowing what a radio is. I didn’t know about editing the shows. When I do a show I usually treat it like its live radio and try to get everything right.
How did you come up with the show’s title?
- Some girls in the dorms where I live started calling me “Uncle Dan.” I also wanted a humorously long title that describes what the show is about. I have a good time and I play music.
Do you remember what you talked about during your first show?
- During the show I actually forgot to turn the microphone on, so there was about twenty seconds of dead air. It was funny because I told the audience to expect a lot of technical errors and dead air.
What kind of music and topics are featured on your show?
- I like to describe my taste in music as eclectic tastes of someone trying to be eclectic. I play a variety of 50’s, rock, punk, jazz, techno, video game music, soundtrack scores, television theme songs. One time it was just me on hold with on hold music
What is your favorite segment on your show?
- I once did a segment called “What’s that Bird,” where I recorded bird chirps and the audience had to guess what bird it was. We actually didn’t know anything about birds and just made up bird names like “red speckled worber monger.” Sometimes we also do funny voices and skits. For example, one character we do is “Snack Larson.”
Is there a radio DJ or any type of host you look up to as a model?
- Eric Andre is a big inspiration. He had a show on Cartoon Network called “The Eric Andre Show.” Also Howard Stern who is the paragon of a good DJ; he’s really funny and knows how to keep interviews interesting.
How do you prepare for your shows?
- Throughout the week I keep a list of songs that would be good for the show. I look for unique songs, not just the overly played songs. The day before a show I’ll create a playlist that flows well and I’ll time how long it is. If I see a pattern it will become the theme of the show. I also research info on the artists, albums, and fun facts that I can put in the show.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
- Yes, I do a bunch of push-ups and I drink coffee, and I’ll play the “Yakaty Sax” song
Are there any challenges to being a DJ?
- It can be hard to come up with a playlist some weeks. Some weeks I’ll be tired from school and I’ll do the show while tired. Biggest challenge-sometimes I’m tired.
Will you like to be a DJ after you graduate?
- Yes! Absolutely yes, where do I sign up?
How has this experience changed you?
- I have a little more confidence in my voice and in carrying on conversations with people. It has changed the way I listen to music. I will never run out of music to play, it’s not a problem. I’ve played 600 songs so far and I’ve never played the same song twice. I also try not to use the same artist.
Are you proud of what you’ve accomplished?
- Absolutely, it’s awesome that I have huge collections of episodes that I can listen to when I am older.
Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to become a DJ?
- Don’t do it for the listeners, do it for you. Have fun!
How do you want to be remembered after you graduate?
- In a positive way!
Shout out to James Harris, my co-host. He’s been on almost every show and he’s awesome!