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The DJ's from Hell Frequently Asked Questions List

INTRODUCTION

Okay, "Frequently" would actually imply that "The DJ's from Hell" had enough listeners who were interested enough to ask questions with any degree of frequency. And, to be honest, we would be lucky if our listeners numbered in the double digits (based on the number of requests we received). "Good Questions" would probably be a better title; but let's face it, everyone on the Internet is already familiar with FAQ's; and, the name almost refers more to the format than to the nature of the questions asked. With that in mind, here is a list of questions you may or may not have wanted to ask about the "DJ's from Hell" and the answers to those questions.


THE FAQ

I. The People

Q: Who are the DJ's from Hell?

A: The three people who did the show were Christian Morris, Shawn Stickler, and Brian Hass. Christian did the show with Shawn during the spring of 1991. Afterwards, Shawn did the show with Brian for a couple of years before continuing it alone.

Q: Why is the show called "The DJ's from Hell?"

A: First of all, none of the DJ's are Satanists; and, nothing Satanic is implied by the show's title. At the time, "...from Hell" was a commonly used term to imply that something was great or awesome. Of course, whether the DJ's were as fantastic as their billing claimed, that was purely subjective; and, listeners were welcome to form their own opinions.

Q: Were all three DJ's ever in the studio at once?

A: The three never did the show together as a three-man team; but, Christian did visit the studio at least once while Brian and Shawn were doing the show. However, Brian never managed to visit the studio during Christian's tenure as a DJ from Hell.

Q: Did Shawn also host the long-running "Shawn and Jeff Show?"

A: No, that was a different Shawn. In fact, "The DJ's from Hell" followed "The Shawn and Jeff Show" for the first few years that it was on at KTEQ. And, KTEQ's rules forbid any DJ from having more than one show at the station during a given semester. However, Shawn (as well as Brian) did fill in on "The Shawn and Jeff Show" one night, which made for a rather long six-hour night at the station.

One weekend, a visitor to the station during "The DJ's from Hell Show" mistakenly addressed Brian as "Jeff." Out of politeness, Brian never corrected him.

Q: Who else helped out with the show?

A: Friends of the DJ's, if anybody (and on some nights, nobody). A special thanks goes to (in alphabetical order) Bilal, Brian (a different one), Jason, Kjeld, Susan, Tony and Veno for helping out pulling records on various nights, especially on the night when Brian was doing the show solo for the first time (after only one night's on-air experience). The author of this web site offers an apology to anyone who was mistakenly not included in the list here.

And, of course, a thanks go out to all of the listeners who phoned in their requests over the years.

II. Program Content

Q: Did "The DJ's from Hell Show" play Christian music?

A: No, some confused the show's format with the name of one of the first two DJ's. In fact, an early draft of the station's schedule for the semester mistakenly listed the format as Christian music; but, this draft was corrected before later publication and distribution.

This isn't to say that the DJ's from Hell would never have played Christian music. Once in a while, good friends with an interest in various types of music (other than that of the show's chosen format) would phone in requests (ex: country). And, the DJ's would be more than happy to play them, as long as the requests were fairly isolated (and as long as the music fell within the general rock/country style). However, Shawn obtained an earlier time slot during the show's later years; and as a result, he tightened the show's format a bit.

Q: Did the DJ's ever break away from the show's musical format for other reasons?

A: Filling up three hours with music was sometimes difficult, especially if there were very few or no requests being phoned in. On those occasions, the DJ's would try to "torture" their listeners into calling in requests by playing cheesey music. Some of this cheesey music included songs from "Sesame Street" albums as well as some of the lesser offerings by certain performers of the 1970's.

However, this method of soliciting requests occasionally backfired. Jason, a friend of the DJ's, had his own alternative music show on KTEQ; and during one of his shows, he attempted to scare his listeners into phoning in requests by playing late 70's disco music. The result was that he did receive requests; but, they were for disco songs. Jason decided to go along with it; and, he ended up doing an unusual but fun show.

Q: Did the DJ's play music with profanity/vulgarity?

A: They never did this intentionally; but, this was live radio. Sometimes, a listener would phone in a request and try to slip one past the DJ's. And on a busy night with a lot of requests, it wasn't always possible to screen every song before it was played. Also, Shawn enjoyed the challenge of censoring words from a vulgar song live as it was playing; but on occasion, his timing would be off enough to where a bad word would get out over the air waves (by mistake, of course).

Offending listeners was the farthest thing from the DJ's minds. On-air apologies were always made whenever the occasional bad word was broadcast. And as a rule, the broadcast of any vulgarity tended to be the exception rather than the rule. Like other DJ's at KTEQ, the DJ's from Hell did their best to run a clean show.

III. The Show's Time Period

Q: When did the show air?

A: The show ran (on and off) from spring 1991 through the mid 90's. For the first few years, "The DJ's from Hell Show" aired Sunday mornings from 12am to 3am. Eventually, after Brian's departure, Shawn got the show moved up to Saturday evenings from 6pm to 9pm.

Q: Why wasn't the show on the weekly schedule during the spring of 1992?

A: Shawn and Brian tried to get a time slot during that semester. First, they lost the Sunday morning slot to the "This is a Test" show. Then, they were told that a 12am to 3am slot would be open on Wednesday mornings; so, they tried for that. However, when Shawn and Brian showed up at the studio to do the show, another man was already waiting at the studio to do his show in the same slot. After a call to programming director, Judd Motcham, it was decided that the first gentleman had been promised the slot first. And, Shawn and Brian were more than happy to yield the slot to him, considering that they were students (and that a show on a school night really wouldn't have worked out). However, Brian did manage to do a single edition of the show later during that same semester.

IV. Associations

Q: Was there any connection between "The DJ's from Hell Show" and "KTEQ Country with Dewey Stevens?"

A: There was a connection, but not a direct one. The two shows did not air during the same time period ("KTEQ Country" aired in the spring of 1989, two years before the launch of "The DJ's from Hell Show"); and, the shows did not share the same format. But, the host of "KTEQ Country with Dewey Stevens" was the former roommate of Brian of "The DJ's from Hell." Not only did the two shows differ greatly, their respective hosts did as well; and, the two did not get along very well at all during their year living together on campus. Far from being Brian's inspiration, Dewey Stevens (not his real name but an on-air pseudonym) almost turned Brian against the whole notion of doing college radio due to Dewey's association with the station.

This isn't to say that Dewey was entirely without good personality traits; but most of the time, Dewey's adversarial attitudes and complete lack of respect for others' feelings caused a negative reaction from most people who met him, resulting in Dewey's receiving a lot of taunting and teasing from peers. This also resulted in two other KTEQ DJ's (neither associated with "The DJ's from Hell Show") doing an on-air parady of Dewey's show, referring to themselves as "Mountain Dewey."

V. On Air Humor

Q: What strange words were uttered on the air during the show?

A: Gerbils, Gergem, and Strumpet.

Q: What was the meaning of the strange words uttered on the air during the show?

A: These words (spoken alone without any context) were in-jokes among friends of the DJ's. Basically, their friends knew what the DJ's were getting at and would crack up when hearing these words spoken spontaneously over the radio. Also, the out-of-the-blue nature of these words made them seem strange to outside listeners, causing raised eye-brows and thus making the show seem a bit more interesting (even if a little difficult to understand).

Q: Who or what is Dr. Knuckledragger?

A: It's not a childish question but a question a child might ask. Dr. Knuckledragger is essentially a sort of neo-mythical figure that is a half-human/half-ape (and supposedly a former faculty member). And by "neo," I mean that he/it was invented by Brian and Curt in the early 1990's (at the time the radio show was aired). Any details beyond this get pretty convoluted.

Q: Who was Sparky?

A: Sparky was a ficticious deceased gerbil (of the Mongolian variety). He was only mentioned on "The DJ's from Hell" show one time (without any explanation) when Brian dedicated a Happy Flowers song in his "memory." The song in question was called "Why Can't We Eat Our Babies Like My Gerbil Did Last Night?" For anyone unfamiliar with Happy Flowers songs, the titles are all usually rather long and cumbersome.

But, Sparky was the subject of a series of humorous mock public service announcements featured on Jason's KTEQ show. These were actually written by Brian Hass and emailed to Jason before each broadcast. They proved to be popular enough to where one listener phoned Jason to tell him that he was collecting them on audio tape. There were four in all; but, since each one pushed the envelope a little farther back, Jason finally reached the point where he was unwilling to read the fourth one on the air. And, this said something; because, Jason was usually daring enough to do practically anything for a laugh. A note to KTEQ, these mock PSA's were read in addition to the legitimate PSA's (as opposed to replacing them). And, it was quite clear that these were jokes (they were too weird to be mistaken for the genuine article); so, everything was on the up and up. But, this was not to say that the messages in the mock PSA's were necessarily bad ones either, in spite of their tongue-in-cheek nature.

Q: What characters were portrayed on the show?

A: Brian Hass impersonated Dana Carvey's Angry Old Man and Mike Myer's Deiter characters. Shawn Stickler did his impression of Jim Schwartz, a Chicago area radio announcer.

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