Volume 11, Number 30
17 May 2005

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The DJs have been selected, the questions are ready, and the place is obvious.
I'm at Radio Bilkent, which has become like home to me, since I stop by there every so often to interview the announcers. It's sad saying goodbye to this column, preparing the last questions, doing the last interview…
But here I am at Radio Bilkent again, patiently waiting to meet the DJs of the "Rock Park" program.
I say that I'm from BilNews, and a group of people I don't know come towards me. Once we all shake hands and the chaos settles down, I find that there are only two people, Mustafacan and Onat, coming with me to the room where we'll have the interview, so I know that they're the DJs I've come to see.
Mustafacan Doðan, a first-year Tourism and Management student, joined Radio Bilkent after four months of training and began his five years as a DJ. He describes his program as "a little funny, a little serious, a little informative and also interactive." He has as much fun as his audience, playing rock music and talking about a subject he is interested in. As a listener, Mustafacan generally prefers punk, ska and other kinds of rock.
Before a program he searches for information about the groups and singers whose music will be played. He says that everything happens spontaneously on Rock Park, but it's not a show where two people are in competition with each other to tell the funniest jokes. They're simply cool about it--they don’t aim to be either funny or serious. It's just like two friends you'd hear talking in normal life.
Rock Park's other DJ, Onat Ünver, also does the “Reçel Kavanozu” and “Hidden Soul of the Rhythm” programs on Radio Bilkent. The story of how he became a DJ is different from that of Mustafacan. Onat first worked in the public relations department of the station. He had to leave Radio Bilkent when he graduated, but when he came back to Bilkent as a master's student in International Relations, he wanted to be a DJ. He rejoined the station and now has three programs a week. (How's that for success?) As for his taste in music, he says he likes oldies from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, in areas from jazz to rock. But despite his interest in and knowledge about music, he is planning to work in a job related to his department after graduating.
When I asked them to share a memory from one of their live broadcasts, they looked at each other and started to laugh. Obviously, they have lots of memories in common, both as program partners and as friends. Another thing I can tell you about these two men is that they are really respectful. Once or twice while I was watching them during their show, when a listener called in and said something that sounded funny, they shut off the microphone and began to laugh. So be careful. The second thing that I want to warn you is to NEVER ask them to play any Turkish song or anything by Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys.
Anyway, if you like rock and want to listen to two people who know a lot about it, tune in to Radio Bilkent on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. and be ready to get addicted to Rock Park.

Gülay Acar (COMD/II)


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