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J Angel, DJ Young Kingston, DJ Marlon Bring the right mix
In this world, there are two types of people—talkers and doers. Jenelle De Leon falls squarely in the latter category. “The words ‘no’ and ‘can’t’ are definitely not in my vocabulary,” she insists. Known in the world of entertainment as J Angel, the 23-year-old is one of the leading personalities on the hippest radio station in the nation, SLAM 100.5FM…Progressive Urban. Her soothing voice can be heard every Monday-Wednesday from 9 pm-midnight and on Fridays from 9 am-noon, slamming alongside DJ Young Kingston. She’s back at it again with DJ Marlon on Thursdays from 9 pm-12 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 6 pm-9 pm. And just in case, you’re wondering, yes she’s a workaholic! “But there’s no better thing than to be at your second home doing something you really love,” she declares, laughing.
Describing SLAM as a “futuristic station,” J Angel said the urban frequency is asserting itself as a leader in an increasingly competitive radio market. And when it comes to her segments, her steadily growing fan base is evidence that she’s also doing something right.
“They love that I’m real and that they can connect with me. I always try to put on a show,” she told the T&T Guardian. DJ Young Kingston, real name David Sheppard, concurs. The New York City-born, St James resident, is committed to bringing his energy through the airwaves and he’s moving with an accelerated pace to leave his musical mark in the local industry. Also the station’s production assistant, DJ Young Kingston is marching to the beat of his own music and loving every minute of it. “It’s been a nice experience. It’s new and there’s so much to learn,” he said.
Also flying the SLAM flag high, DJ Marlon, a National Four Mills Utility Attendant said he brings to the SLAM team, experience and versatility. Describing himself as “different,” the former St James Secondary student said with features such as Slam Your Lyrics and The Slamming Question of the Night—fans are afforded “that interactive feel.”
A DJ for the past decade, the 32-year-old, who picked up the art of mixing music as a teenager from his uncle, stated that fans are already experiencing a new dimension in sound. “A lot of people loving it…It’s time for a change, time for something different. We’re bringing that change.” J Angel interjected, “We are like Spanish, we have a mixture of everything. It’s like a chemistry in the slam lab.” Enjoying the fruits of her labour, J Angel’s rise to fame is indeed an interesting one.
“At the age of 13, I would walk to the phone booth every afternoon after school just to listen to the TSTT operator. Remember, the days when you had to use the companion calling cards at the phone booth and when you put in the number, the operator would tell you what to do? I loved how she sounded and I told my aunt I want to be just like her!” After two months and “plenty buff” from her aunt, J Angel perfected the recording. She would also improve her diction by reading newspaper stories aloud to anybody willing to listen. Today, her dedication continues to pay off. Her humble beginnings, however, serves to keep her grounded.
“People look at me now and assume that I had it all. They don’t know that as a child I used to help my parents sell vegetables and fruit in the Port-of-Spain market. They don’t know that I grew up in the garden digging yam and mango to sell. Looking back now, I think that’s the reason why I could connect so easily with people on air. I never forget where I come from.”
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