Best jobs in Columbus: DJ Lesley James

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From the August 23, 2012 edition

I knew I wanted to work in music. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I just wanted to be involved.

I had graduated in ’03, I was serving tables at a restaurant and I remember meeting [former CD101 DJ] Michael Palermo … I asked him if I could guest DJ. He told me to send in a list, and I did. And within a couple of months, I was a guest DJ.

I took in my resume … just in case. Afterward, [Palermo] introduced me to the one, the only Andyman [Davis]. I walked in, I passed him my resume. I said, “Andy, I grew up listening to this radio station. I’ve gotta work for you guys!” He laughed at me and said, “Honey, we’re a small independent radio station. I don’t need to look at a resume. I liked what I heard.”

It’s a dream come true. I was a guest DJ … a guest DJ! We do this every Friday … invite listeners, send in a list, 12 to 15 songs. And my dream came true. I never thought it would be possible. It’s unheard of.

I was very, very persistent, because I knew if I didn’t try to go after it, somebody else would and was going to get it.

I’m living the dream. I say that every day. Ask anyone here. And I get to wear jeans every single day! That’s a bonus.

I enjoy interviewing bands, but it’s very nerve-racking for me. I need several days to prep. But meeting some of your favorite bands of all time? That’s pretty special.

I’ve gotta mention the family here … best family in the world. I see these people more than I see my own family, and they live in Columbus.

I love what I do when I wake up every day. A lot of people can’t say that … Come Monday morning, I’m ready. Let’s go! Let’s start another week!

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