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JJ Roth, newest on-air deejay for Seacrets’ Irie Radio station

(Oct. 18, 2013) A new deejay is on the air at Seacrets’ Irie Radio, FM 98.1, week days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

JJ Roth, of the self-titled “The Show with JJ Roth,” described his most recent career move as “the perfect storm,” offering better hours, a shorter commute and a more cooperative studio than his previous radio jobs.

“It’s all led to this point,” Roth said, “and I’m happy to be here.”

The Hollywood, Md., native’s nine-year career in radio started at age 21 as a college student, when he received an offer for a full-time job at a Maryland radio station.

“I had to make a decision: Do I get a degree and search for a job, or do I do something I actually enjoy every day?” he said.

Roth went on to spend more than five years at the now-defunct 96 Rock station in Salisbury, moving for another three years with 93.5 The Beach in Georgetown, Del.

For the last five years, he’s been commuting from Ocean City, and said he’s happy to have landed a job closer to home.

“It’s amazing,” Roth said. “It’s like night and day compared to where I’ve been.”

At his previous jobs, Roth worked late nights and early mornings.

“I would go to bed when people get up, and vise versa,” he said. “This is the first time in my professional career that I’m loving to do what I love, if that makes sense.”

Roth joins other radio personalities like Bulldog and Big Al Reno of the Rude Awakening Show and DJ BK at Irie Radio.

“He is a perfect addition to our family,” BK said.

Roth started working at Irie Radio Oct. 3, and summed his experience so far in one sentence: “When I wake up in the morning, I actually wish I’d gotten up a half hour earlier to go to work.”

Catch “The Show with JJ Roth” on FM 98.1 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.ocean98.com to learn more about the station and deejays.

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