An Oldie But a Goodie: A Trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ever wanted to play pinball with Mick Jagger? Wear Michael Jackson’s sequined glove? Aside from getting tackled by security for touching the artifacts, experience the history and lasting legacy of rock and roll at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. (Featured image via Destination Cleveland)

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: He successfully passed a kidney stone on 5/4/2018
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.
Email: (if you send me unsolicited MP3s I won’t listen to them)
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