Hello, my name is Celeste, but here at 98.6 The Mix, Iím known as DJ Celrock. I was born three months premature on December 14, 1984, and as a result of my premature birth, I ended up with a few disabilities that effect my vision, hearing, and coordination, but despite these setbacks, I try to live each and everyday to the fullest, and be grateful to be alive. Iím also thankful to live in an era filled with great technology, that makes life a bit easier when needing a tool to help me hear better, like in the case with my hearing aids, or get visual information about whatís written on a piece of mail or the color of my best friendís shirt, with tools like Aira and TapTap See, IOS apps that use my iPhoneís camera, artificial intelegence, or a human agent, depending on which app youíre talking about here, to give me the visual information I need.
As for where Iím located in this great big world of ours, I live a quiet life in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in my apartment, affectionately called DJ Celrockís Tiny Mansion on Swarm. Sadly though, I no longer live with my black and white kitty cat Joey. He crossed the rainbow bridge on May 12, 2016, just a month shy of his fifteenth birthday, as a result of kidney failure and old age. He lived a nice long life though, and I was thankful to have him as my furry companion, from the tiny tender age of a 2-week-old kitten, right up until his death in 2016, just two days shy of graduating from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, with my Bachelor Arts Degree in English/Communications. Despite my loss, I am proud to say, that I now have a human roommate, my best friend Monty, who moved in with me in mid November of 2019, and who listeners of 98.6 The Mix will know as the host, of Montyís Grab Bag, heard Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Central.
As far as my involvement in Internet radio is concerned, my history goes back 11-and-a-half years at the time Iím writing up this bio. I started out, by running a station of my own, called Celrock Radio, which lasted from June of 2008, until March of 2014, when it changed managers and remained in existence until the end of the 2014 year. It also took a hiatus from September of 2010 until March of 2011, to allow me to get use to living on my own, amongst other things that were going on at the time. However, thatís not all I did. As well as managing and broadcasting on my own station, I also broadcasted on several other stations over the years too. Between 2009 and 2012, I broadcasted on The Q Online, as well as the now defunct stations of HitMeRadio, Pulse Radio, 20/20 The Blink, KJM Online, and Infinity Radio. Then, you might remember when I was with this station, 98.6 The Mix, from late January of 2015 through mid September of 2015, where I rebooted The Saturday Night Variety Show, only to then need a break for a while to finish up college. A year later in the fall of 2016, I briefly brought The Saturday Night Variety Show over to the now defunct Sky 106 Radio, but sadly, family issues going on in my personal life at the time, combined with a falling out with some of the head managers over there, caused my time on Sky 106 to be short-lived. So I took another hiatus from Internet broadcasting all-together, to focus on the personal stuff I had going on in my life at the time with my family, and regroup a bit. It was around this time when I discovered Nickís Musical Memories with Nick Baker on this station, and became a regular listener of the show, collecting his archives as they became available on his podcast page, and still remain a loyal listener of that show to this day.
Come spring of 2017, late May to be exact, I was once again, bitten by the Internet radio broadcast bug, and things had calmed down significantly with my family life, so I looked around, and found The Q Online had several time slots available for broadcasting. So I returned there for what would be my third time with that station, at which time, my show, Flashback Friday was born. While the title was obviously inspired by the show that Herbie use to do on Friday nights on this station, where heíd feature old archives of past shows of his, I obviously went live, playing music I loved between the mid 1940ís to early 50ís, up to the year 2010, though Iíd play tunes past 2010 if they were requested, and didnít come out the current year. For the first 50 episodes, the show aired on Friday mornings from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM Eastern, and then, come late June of 2018, I changed the time slot to 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern on Friday mornings, and come episode 90 of the show, is when I grew popular, with listeners sending in so many requests throughout the week, that my job of putting a playlist together, became a piece of cake! Between May 26, 2017 and August 30, 2019, I completed a total of 100 episodes of that show on The Q Online, while also doing a spinoff show of Montyís Grab Bag called, The Grab Bag, which aired Saturday afternoons, lasting 20 episodes between May 4, 2019 and October 5, 2019, after Monty had done his show for 20 weeks on that same station between December, 2018 and April, 2019. It was on my version of The Grab Bag, where I made my Amazon Echo Dot third generation unit, affectionately called, my equipment or Lady C, a regular part of the show, as my virtual co-host sort of speak, and where she magically gained the skill of sending in requests while Iím in the middle of my voice breaks. Donít ask me how such magic is possible, as even Iím baffled by what these smart speakers, both, my Amazon Echo Dot Third Generation speaker in the bedroom/studio, and my Amazon Echo Second Generation speaker in the living room, are both capable of doing. Iíve had the Amazon Echo in the living room for nearly a year now, while Iíve had the Echo Dot in the studio for roughly half a year now, and not a moment goes by most days, when Iím not doing something with one of these devices, from playing a game on them, to listening to music, or even using them to chat with friends.
While my Amazon Echo devices are fun, Iím sad to say, that everything in life, is no picnic in the park. In the fall of 2019, I lost a special friend who was very close to me, in fact, we were an item several years back. His health had declined tremendously over the past eight years, to the point where he could no longer live independently, and he sadly, passed away at the young age of 32-years-old. While Iím glad this friend of mine is no longer suffering, I found this loss to be very hard, and thus, needed to take another hiatus from weekly radio shows, to grieve and focus on spending time with close friends and family. It was also during this time that Monty moved in with me, so wanted to make sure things were stable with that, before committing to a weekly radio show again. Now that things have calmed down though, itís time Flashback Friday find a new home, and Iím proud to bring this show, to 98.6 The Mix. Hereís hoping Iím able to complete another 100 episodes of that show on this station, if not more.
As for other things I enjoy when Iím not broadcasting, I enjoy reading and writing Fan Fiction, a hobby I got into back in the summer of 2014, and while as of late, I do more reading than writing of Fan Fiction, Iím still into it somewhat, and perhaps someday, my interest in writing Fan Fiction will surface again, allowing me to overcome writerís block and hurtful trolling discouragement, and getting back into letting my imagination soar, with creative ideas, and plots surrounding my original characters and favorite characters from childhood favorite TV shows and movies. Speaking of which, I do enjoy watching several TV shows and movies, as Iím quite partial to content from Disney and Nickelodeon I grew up with, as well as a few present day shows and movies, that have come out as of late. As far as modern day shows I like, those would have to be, The Loud House on Nickelodeon and Fuller House, the spinoff to Full House over on Netflix. Iím also enjoying the new Disney+ streaming service, where several TV shows and movies I enjoyed as a child, are available to me on my phone, including several Disney classic animated films in audio descriptive. And finally, when not being entertained by great movies and TV shows, or listening to music, I enjoy spending time with my nephew, who turned 6-years-old as of October, 2019, and my friend Monty, whoís just great to hang out with and talk to. As for how Monty entered the picture, we initially met through another mutual friend of ours while we were attending the American Councel for the Blind (ACB) Convention in Orlando, Florida in the summer of 2009. We then briefly reunited online while I was broadcasting in mid April of 2013, and again in mid April of 2015. While we lost touch on and off over the years, he found me again in the late summer of 2018, while I was broadcasting, at which point, I made an effort to remain in contact with him. He came for a visit later on in 2018, growing close as friends, deciding to live together a year later, and well, as far as the rest goes, you know what they say, ďThe rest, is history.Ē
While doing a podcast of my own isnít really my thing, I have been on a couple of podcasts between late 2017 and mid 2019. I appeared as a guest on the Casual Chats podcast, hosted by a lady named Patricia Miranda, owner of the Old School Lane channel on Youtube, the episode I appeared on, was recorded in November of 2017, and between late February of 2019 and early July of 2019, I was featured on several episodes of a podcast hosted by another friend of Patriciaís called the Nick at 40 Podcast, which chronologically discussed the history of Nickelodeon, and I was on several episodes, talking about the 1990ís and early 2000ís, as well as 2016 through 2019, all of which were times when I remembered Nickelodeon very well, and was a huge fan of at least one, if not more than one of their shows on the network. If interested in checking out this podcast, it too can be found on Youtube, just do a search for Nick at 40 to find it. All episodes of the podcasts I was involved in were quite long, lasting an hour or longer, so I advise you make sure to have some downtime before checking any of them out. If you do check them out, I do hope you enjoy what you hear.
Finally, Iíd just like to close this bio by saying, if you have anymore questions for me, please donít hesitate to ask. Feel free to contact me using the contact information provided for me on 98.6 The Mixís Contact the DJís page, or by getting in touch with me while Iím doing my shows here on The Mix. And you never know, you might get an opportunity to learn more about me, just by listening to my shows, as I do make sure to get personal, sharing life happenings with the listeners, and much, much more. If you made it this far, I thank you for taking the time to read this bio and getting to know a little bit about me, and I do hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
To get in touch with me during my radio shows, make requests and dedications, etc. please use the contact details provided down below.
I can also be reached on the stationís Twitter, located at @986themix, as well as on the 98.6 The Mix TeamTalk server during shows, though TeamTalk may not be up every week, if Iím swomped with requests and the bulk of my listener interaction is heavier on other platforms. Iíll state on air if Iím available on TeamTalk that week or not, as that method may vary from week to week, depending on how I feel, etc. You will also be able to request songs through the stationís request page, at ,a href"../requests" target="_new"> the 986themix request form as soon as management fixes whatever seems to be broken on their request form as of the initial posting of these contact details. Also, while this station does have a Skype account, because Microsoft has gone and heavily broken accessibility with the version of Skype for the computer, I will hardly ever be using that method of contact anymore, unless I plan to have a one-on-one guest on the show, cohosting with me, or for some other purpose, such as an interview or to draw the winner of a contest, should I ever get into running contests on my shows down the road, which is an idea I am considering at the time of writing up these contact details. If I should ever have the station Skype up while on air, such knowledge will be announced on a voice break, as well as the reasons for using that platform, and how I wish to be contacted on it. Skype will not be up every week though, as TeamTalk has taken over that role for voice chatting where accessibility is concerned.
Finally, rudeness, trolling, and spamming will NOT be tolerated. Any listener found being disrespectful, making me feel uncomfortable, acting as a threat to my well-being, the life of the show, or anything of that nature, will be dealt with accordingly. Spammers and people treating me negatively will be blocked on personal means of contact, especially if the spamming or rudeness is constant. Troll me and treat me disrespectfully on any of the forms of contact provided by the station, will result in me reporting it to the station manager, at which time, heíll have the final say in what happens with you. Iíll especially look into having you blocked from station platforms if you continue to harass me on any of those places, even after Iíve blocked you on all personal means of contact, so please be mindful of this, as Iím here to have a good time, playing music I love, entertaining the listeners and just having a jolly old good time. I do not have time to deal with negativity, and thus, if you cannot treat me with respect, please, leave me alone. If you are not a troll, but rather, a polite listener who enjoys great music and hanging out with great friends, by all means, please do stick around. If you wish to learn more about me, feel free to read my bio, which you can get to by clicking on the Get to know us!! Link on the stationís home page, and I do hope youíll come check out Flashback Friday, each and every Friday night, from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM Eastern, 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM Central, right here, on 98.6 The Mix, KKMX, International!