Matcha, Manga, Miscellaneous

A look at Japan from the proverbial magnifying glass–because the little things can make the biggest difference (Image via Illusion 360)!

Kris Yambao

General Manager
Major: International Relations
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I find a lot of enjoyment in sharing stories on-air. I’ve met so many people from so many different walks of life and organizations. All of them have a unique and beautiful story to tell and I get to be the one to help tell it! Ain’t nothing better than that.
The last song I want to hear before I die: In My Life – the Beatles
Favorite Quote:“Better sexy and racy than sexist and racist.” -Stephen Fry
Random Fact:I have an extensive knowledge of 18th century breads. Go on, ask me.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where:Postmodern Jukebox – Englert Theatre

Elin Dejus
Assistant General Manager of Strategic Communications
Major: Theatre Arts and English (with a Sustainability Certificate)
Hometown: Hinsdale, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: College radio is one of the last major platforms for up-and-coming artist to be discovered through—I feel honored to be involved in this culture.
My show at KRUI: Currently taking a hiatus from being on air! Will be back soon!
The last song I want to hear before I die: probably something depressing off of The Antlers’ Burst Apart
Favorite Quote: “If anybody asks you what you’re doing with your life, you should tell them that you’re doing great.” —Imaginary Tricks
Random Fact: The word crustacean derives from crustulum, the Latin word for cookie.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Andrew Bird at Hancher Auditorium, for the sheer talent of it.
Office Hours: MF 1:30-3:30pm

Asa Crowe
Programming Director
Major: Art (plus Geology Minor & Sustainability Certificate)
Hometown: Charleston, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: Fame and riches.  And getting to watch all kinds of people spread what they truly care about through the airwaves into all kinds of other people’s ears on a daily basis.  But mostly fame and riches.
My show at KRUI: Crowe’s Nest
The last song I want to hear before I die: No Cigar by Millencolin
Favorite Quote:“I like being weird.  Weird’s all I’ve got.  That and my sweet style.” – Maurice Moss
Random Fact: The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Jeffree Star at Wooly’s
Julian King
Training Director
Major: Journalism/ Mass Communication, Leadership Studies Certificate, Entrepreneurial Management
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I love KRUI because it gives students in the Iowa City community a voice!
The last song I want to hear before I die: Bodak Yellow by Cardi B
Favorite Quote: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
Random Fact: My favorite color is sky blue.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: PartyNextDoor at House of Blues in Chicago
J.T. Ward
Finance Director
Major: Journalism and Sports Studies
Hometown: Sycamore, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: The creative opportunities given to me.
My show at KRUI: It’s a Date! With JT, John and Max. AND NFL Sitdown
The last song I want to hear before I die: Ghost Love Score- Nightwish
Favorite Quote: “Come on and slam, and welcome to the jam.”
Random Fact: One of my biggest dreams is to see a tornado from start to finish.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Gaelic Storm: Egyptian Theatre
Evan Bittner
Music Director
Major: History/English
Hometown: Carlisle, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: Rad tunes, rad peeps, and a chance to work with great people to turn out some remarkable things.
My show at KRUI: What’s Up With Music?, 10-11PM Fridays
The last song I want to hear before I die: Sleeping on the Roof – The Flaming Lips
Favorite Quote: “I can’t be played. A person trying to play me plays themselves.” – Prince AND “Swerve me? Ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve yourselves!” – Captain Ahab, Moby Dick, ch. 37
Random Fact: Some scholars argue that the reason Japan was able to industrialize in such a short period of time in the late 19th century was due to its unique cultural past as a society dominated by the samurai-warrior class, not because they got the idea from Europeans.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: This is a tough question…either Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in Portland, OR  Moon Hooch at Gabe’s in Iowa City. Shout out to Black Mountain at the Mill, though, a close third.
Office Hours: M 2:30-4:30pm, W 3:30-4:30pm
James Bongiovanni
Underwriting Director
Major: Computer Science and Marketing
Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois
Why I love working at KRUI: There is always room for improvement and opportunity within the station.
The last song I want to hear before I die: San Holo – Light
Favorite Quote: “Take care of your problems today because tomorrow will bring new ones”
Random Fact: I am a producer and make electronic music.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Martin Garrix at Spring Awakening 2017

Robby Brod
Production Director
Major: Communication Studies w/ English Minor
Hometown: Media, PA
Why I love working at KRUI: It’s a great community of people who all genuinely care about each other and about making the station the best it can be.
My show at KRUI: Boggy FM
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Montezuma” by Fleet Foxes. Makes me wanna die just listening to it.
Favorite Quote: “All I know is that my gut says maybe.”
Random Fact: I had a kidney stone as a teenager. Drink water, children.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: I may or may not have cried upon seeing Björk at Governors Ball 2015 in NYC.
Shannon M. Mulligan
Operations Director
Major: Computer Science, Art, and Writing Certificate
Hometown: Dubuque but Iowa City is more my home now
Why I love working at KRUI: There’s never nothing to do, I’m always challenged to make the station a better place. This station has countless opportunities, and is a great way to satisfy my need for both logical and creative thinking, It’s a place where people can collaborate and make something bigger than themselves.
My show at KRUI:Happy Hour, 5-6pm Fridays! Listen for good news, neat music, and a lil’ bit of comedy.
The last song I want to hear before I die: Really depends on the context, but if I wanted to die in good humor, Panic Station by Muse would be a good one.
Favorite Quote: “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” ~ Winston Churchill
Random Fact: I am Canadian.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: By far the most emotional one for me was White Lies in Edinburgh, 3/8/17, but Saint Motel at King Tut’s Wahwah Hut in Glasgow 2/7/17 was pretty rad.
Office Hours: TTh 10:30am-12:30pm, F 4-5pm
Camden Palmisano
Sports Director
Major: Journalism and Sport Management
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Why I love working at KRUI:I love connecting with other staff members and creating memories.
My show at KRUI: Off the Ivy (MLB Show)
The last song I want to hear before I die: Go Cubs Go
Favorite Quote: “I never lose. Either I win or I learn.”
Random Fact: I was named after a baseball field (Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles).
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Zac Brown Band at Wrigley Field


Claire Dietz
News Director
Major: English and Journalism (Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies minor)
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I love the opportunity to be on air and really grow as a journalist.
My show at KRUI: Don’t have one… yet
The last song I want to hear before I die: Defying Gravity from Wicked
Favorite Quote: Keep going. — Everyone, ever
Random Fact: I have a black belt in taekwondo.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Hamilton in Chicago

Laura Jaime
Major: Communication Studies and Cinematic Arts, Event Planning Certificate
Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: Everything about it including the people.
The last song I want to hear before I die: La Temperatura” Maluma ft. Eli Palacios
Favorite Quote: “Live your best life”
Random Fact: I can speak 2 ½ languages.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: DXS, somewhere in Mexico