Thursday, May 8, 2008

RomyDJ: In The News!

Greeley mom broadcasts her own show from her bedroom

There's a new radio station on Greeley's dial. But it's not FM or AM frequency.

Broadcasting from her bedroom, Ashley Bredemeier is the host of her own Internet radio show.

"I love music. It's a lot of fun," she said. "I do it in my free time."

Bredemeier, 22, a stay-at-home mom, has on her own radio Internet show, Romy's Retro Dance Reunion, which "airs" Mondays at 11 p.m.

When she is doing her show, she goes by the handle 'Romy.'

Bredemeier is part of, a collection of radio DJs from around the country and world.

"What is cool, each DJ, everyone, has their own eccentric music taste," she said.

Because of her late-night slot, Bredemeier said she is a "PJ DJ."

"I usually broadcast from my couch or bed, so PJs are a must," she said.

As far as music options, Bredemeier can play any licensed music she bought for her own use.

During a recent show, Romy played Corona's "Rhythm Of The Night" and "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic and other songs that would fit right in with the soundtrack from "A Night at the Roxbury," the Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan comedy that defined late '90s dance music.

"I make (my playlists) on the day of my show, or the night before," she said. "But as for my topics, I use the Internet for most of my research. But generally, I don't do a lot of researching. It's mostly from memory. Like (Monday) I'm (doing) fads of the '80s. It's just stuff that I know about or had when I was younger."

Between song sets, Romy takes up topics in tune to her music, such as popular '80s dances like the Axl Rose move.

"I get my ideas for my show from a lot of different places," Romy said during a recent instant message chat. "From conversations with people, ideas that people give me. Sometimes something I see on a Web site will trigger an idea. It generally takes me an entire week to plan for my shows. It's completely improv. I have ideas in my head and just run with them."

Though the size of her listeners is small, usually up to 30 people tune in, Bredemeier hopes the show grows.

And through the Web site, listeners can chat with DJs in live time, which adds another dynamic to the show.

"As far as audience participation, I'm completely open to requests through e-mail, or comments via the Web site, and also anything the audience wants to add to my show is welcomed through the chat," she said.

Hosting a free radio show is just a hobby, but Bredemeier said it would be fun to make it a full-time paying gig.

"I think it'd be fun to pursue it as a career," she said.
-Christopher Ortiz


Toniey said...

I saw your write-up in the Greeley Tribune today, and just wanted to say "Good for you". I'm glad to see you doing something you enjoy and love. I hope everything goes well for you, and if I'm ever up that late, I'll try to listen to your show.

<3 Romy said...

Thank you very much for your kind words!