FIT Radio just got nominated in the Top 7 for Best Music Service/App on Mashable.com right along with Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Grooveshark. Maybe you’ve heard of them? This is a huge honor and an incredible opportunity for us! All of us here at FIT Radio would like to thank all of our fans for their support!! We couldn’t have done this without you. There are only 8 more days left of voting, so VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
Getting to know your favorite FIT Radio DJs…
FIT Radio flew DJ HOHME down to Atlanta back in July to spin at one of the Top 3 Nightclubs in the Country, Opera Nightclub. Before his set, we took him out to dinner for a little pre-gaming. During dinner and while he was down here, we all got to know him a bit. We were quickly blown away by how humble and courteous he was… must be those North Western roots! During his set, the FIT Radio Team and I partied in an Opera Box; We had a blast! HOHME has great energy behind the decks, and he really knows how to make sure everyone on the dance floor is having a good time.
I recently received the opportunity to chat with him and ask him a few questions. Here is what he had to say…
Where is your favorite place to spin? Anywhere people go specifically to let go and dance. I’d say my recent favorites have to be my sets at Burning Man back in early September, a private beach party in Rincon, Puerto Rico in October as well as my set at Opera Nightclub in Atlanta back in July.
Where do you live now? I’m currently based in NYC, specifically the East Village.
How did you come up with the idea for your iPad DJ MixBoard App? I was looking for a way to make my DJ efforts as mobile as possible, and having to bring/rely on turntables/cdjs at every event was not something I wanted to do…so I took all the main features I use the turntable for and designed them into the interface of the app. Now I can control basically everything I ever did with a turntable wirelessly on my iPad.
What was the hardest part about launching the iPad app? The hard part was designing it in a way that included everything i needed (gain, effects, loops, cues, pitch control). Other than that, considering it’s based on open-source framework off an existing app, I didn’t really have to worry about launching it at all (which is why I ended up giving it out for free download). More
The Rimby Report
Welcome! For my weekly blog, I will be calling attention to some of the best new mixes on FIT Radio.
FIT RADIO TIP: You can find mixes on demand by searching for a specific DJ under the DJ tab. Every mix they’ve produced will be listed under their name and is available on demand.
We are fixing bugs as soon as they come up, but if for some reason you come across something, please let us know. Just follow the SIMPLE steps below.
My name is Dirk and I’m going to help you help us make FIT Radio as close to bug free as possible. With any new app, there are going to be bugs. Last I checked, FIT Radio is available to over 746 Android devices. Wow, that’s a lot. Now, we test on a lot of devices, but it’s impossible to test on every single one. The first step you should take is to make sure you have the latest version of FIT Radio. We put out updates every few weeks.
If you’re having trouble while the app is running, there’s a very quick and easy way to submit a bug. Recreate the problem, Hit Menu, then Submit Bug. Simple as that. The app does all the work of collecting the log, phone model and setting up the email. All you have to do is describe the problem… in detail. 🙂
If the bug occurs during loading time or you cannot access this for any reason you can pull your own log… More
The premise of my blog posts will basically involve me morphing into a guinea pig and trying out any compelling articles that I come across while tweeting for FIT Radio. These articles feature fun undertakings, such as getting a workout while working at the office by sitting on an exercise ball (to improve posture and strengthen your back/core). This is exactly what I did for an entire week last week! I made notes throughout the process as to how I was adapting to my new fangled “office chair”, and (I have to admit) I am thrilled that the experience of the balance ball is no more.
Looking back at my notes from Monday, I thought it was going to be a piece of cake… maybe even a little fun. Psh! When I got to the office that morning, I pumped up the ball with excitement and looked forward to regaining the posture I had in the days I danced ballet. Dirk, our tech guy, was pretty jealous and kept trying to (unsuccessfully) steal my ball throughout the day.
Some notes I made included, “It might not be a good idea to cross your legs, Cari”. I also jotted down that my back muscles were definitely engaged after the first hour, and by the end of the day, I was convinced I was getting SOME kind of workout (my back was feeling pretty sore and as the hours passed, the harder it got)! The week went by just like the last couple hours of that first day, slowly. It worked my back from between the shoulder blades to all the way down my lower back. However, there were no feelings of soreness in the abdominal region (sad, I know). “TGIF!” We have a shorter workday on Fridays, so when 4:45 PM rolled around that day, I was pumped to trade in the ball for a chair with actual back and arm rests (you really don’t know how much you miss something until it’s gone).
Next time, I will just incorporate the balance ball every so often instead of multiple days in a row. I am happy to report my posture has improved! I sit up straighter at my desk and my posture is even better when I walk. Today, I finally let Dirk have the balance ball; he was already back in his chair after 2 hours! 😉 Ha!
Stay tuned for my next blog post and make sure to follow @FITRadio on twitter so you can give me ideas on what to try next! Also, please feel free to leave comments!! Actually, please DO! 😀
The FIT Radio office stays energized with hard work, new ideas, excitement, laughter, and (of course) music. We work together as a team, but within our team we have the perfect array of people and personalities, which we believe will make for very interesting blogging. We are all extremely busy, but we have decided to each take an hour or so out of the week to share our lives and information with the people we love the most, our users. This blog will take you behind the DJ Booth at one of the best nightclubs in the country, to a music conference in San Francisco, to keg-stands at a local fraternity house, to the streets of Vegas, to a meeting with Pauly D, and so on. Not only will we take you places, but we will teach you things (maybe even as we learn them) about Music, Technology, Fitness, Health, Business, and Media. This is the exciting life of working in a Music Startup. So, Follow our blog and check back with us daily!
Let me introduce you to our team…
Russell Greene, CEO
Boss, skipper, number one, numero uno, honcho, sachem. You will (occasionally) hear from Rusty when we have some really big news or information to share.
Lexi Bellassai, Director of Operations
This is me. I have been involved with FIT Radio since day 1 and couldn’t be more excited about where we are headed! My posts will feature FIT Radio news, events, and globe-trotting.
Carolyn Seaman, Social Media
Cari loves having fun and trying new things. She is a huge believer in the trial and error method, and her posts will feature the trials and tribulations she faces while testing out interesting health and fitness articles she comes across while tweeting about them to our fans. Be prepared to learn from her mistakes and accomplishments!
Chris Rimby, Music Director
Dance Music Producer, Rimby, has been involved in music his whole life and is on a mission to spread great music throughout the world. His posts will feature reports on FIT Radio’s latest mixes, DJs, and anything else you need to know about music.
Dirk (yep just Dirk), Director of Technology and Development
Dirk keeps our printer working, phones up to date, and (much more importantly) our development on track! His posts will teach you little tricks on how to improve your cell phone, FIT Radio app, and anything technical that he thinks can improve your life with a simple push of a button.
Trey Smith, Intern
Trey is one of our newest Interns at FIT Radio. Since growing up listening to music in his father’s record store, he has always wanted to be involved in some aspect of entertainment. His posts will give you an inside glimpse of the life of an 18 year-old working as an intern at a new, exciting startup company.
Joey Commander, Intern
Joey is a GSU student studying journalism with a concentration in public relations. His posts will feature the world of communications and Internet Radio through the eyes of a young college student.
Before I joined the rest of humanity and got a smart phone, I honestly thought my workouts were great; I was enthusiastic and motivated and thought I pushed myself hard enough to make a difference. Boy, was I wrong. This past weekend, September 9th to be exact, I became a proud owner of an iPhone 4. Yes, me, Cari, the girl who has been promoting a smart phone app for nearly 8 months, can finally boast about actually being able to use the app! I always listen to FIT Radio while I work at the office, however, I’ve never actually been able to enjoy it for its original intention (to amp your workout) until now.
I brought my brand new smart phone with me to the gym with my mixes favorited and ready to go. However, I was without a trusty armband to keep my little baby safe. Seeing numerous cracked smart phones, I was super paranoid of the thought of this happening to me. Needless to say, I kept the arm flailing to a minimum and rested my iPhone in the cup holder on the machine.
During my workouts, I typically start with a little warm up on the stationary bike and try to burn a few cals and get my HR up a bit to kick start the gym sesh. I’m kinda lazy, so my goal is to burn about 50 calories in no specific amount of time at level 7. Mind you, I generally listen to whatever Top 40 tunes are playing on the radio. Last night, I was on the stationary bike and chose to listen to a favorite mix of mine, Top 40 vol. 6 by Chris Rimby (an oldie but a goodie in my book), and all of a sudden I thought, “screw level seven, let’s go nine!” And so up to level nine I went. I’m sure anybody reading this is like whoa big whoop, 2 levels. But really, for music to give you that kind of motivation is kinda cool; it’s just a song! It gets better. As I get up to 50 calories, and I’ve got a solid HR of 157 and think “kk, time to get off and go row” (my newest obsession), it happened again. One of my favorite songs, I Am No Angel by Wynter Gordon, comes on and I have a sudden urge to go harder and longer on the stinking stationary bike, just as I was about to hop off and call it quits! I got through the rest of the song burning about 75 calories and was pretty proud of myself for the little extra umph.
Now, onto the rowing machine… Again, I am faced with the iPhone flying to it’s death I. tried putting it in my shorts (don’t get grossed out, you would have tried it too) and that was not going to work with the type of movement my legs do while rowing so I put it in the next best spot, right between the girls in my sports bra. It worked fine but as you can imagine, not super easy access. I bent over to put my water down and I was kinda nervous it was going to slip out of my shirt and at this point I was trying to conjure an armband out of thin air. But, I figured as long as I stay upright the phone would be safe enough.
I am happy to say FIT Radio greatly improved the quality of my workout. However, if you are having the same issue of not knowing where to put your phone or ipod touch, pick up an armband. I ordered a TuneBand, and it worked great! On the treadmill, I was able to fully concentrate on my workout without having to worry about accidentally dropping my phone. It was super easy to navigate FIT Radio while on the machines, and I ran a solid 3 miles at 6.5 🙂 Woohoo!
You can pick up a TuneBand or something similar on Amazon.com
Let me start off by saying, here at FIT Radio, we are avid Red Bull drinkers (by this, I mean we have CASES of Red Bull in our office at any given moment). No lie. So, of course, we all wanted to start flying around the office when we heard the news that we were partnering up with Red Bull. Not only were we excited to work with Red Bull, but we were also pumped to have a number of our own DJs be invited to compete in the competition.
As our DJs got ready for their 15 minutes under the spotlight, our Marketing Team got buzzing. On the night of the event, 1,870 people came out to participate in the “dance floor mayhem” this event promised to produce. I can assure you, this promise did not fall short. The dance floor was packed; all you could see was a sea of people from the stage to the wall.
It was a night full of energy (We can thank the “Red Bull Perfect Pour” for that!) and, yes, mayhem. The crowd went nuts when they heard a song they loved, and they all joined in to cheer on and support their favorite DJs. All in all, it was a night to remember – especially for the DJs who participated. They all rocked it out! And, I am happy to point out, a number of our FIT Radio DJs placed in the competition!
Placed: 1st) DJ Jelly, 2nd) DJ KO, and 3rd) DJ Chris Rimby.Great job guys!
FIT Radio has put together a Red Bull Thre3Style Station playing mixes from DJs who competed in the event. Check it out, and, of course, tell your friends!
DJ Jelly will go on to Vegas to compete in the National Final. The winner from National will then go on to compete in the Final Competition against 9 other countries in Vancouver, Canada in December. Good Luck Jelly; Atlanta will be rooting for you!
SEE THE EVENT!
Some Insider Information: Working with Red Bull. We cannot say enough wonderful things about the experience we had in working with Red Bull and our Red Bull Event Marketing Manager, Michael Vaughn. Everything ran seamlessly from the very beginning, and you could tell it was not Michael’s “first rodeo”. The event turned out to be a complete success. We look forward to working with the professionals at Red Bull again in the future.
See more photos from this event: FIT Radio Facebook Page
Head to the gym in your scrunchie, stirrup pants, and Reebok Pumps this week to get you in the mood for our new FIT Radio DJ, CO1, and his new station, ‘Back in the Day!’ Featuring artists like Salt n Peppa, Beastie Boys, Madonna, Boyz II Men, Run DMC and more. These mixes will have you saying things, like “It’s the bomb!” and “Cool beans!” again in no time. CO-1’s long history of DJing makes him a perfect match for FIT Radio with all of the best 80’s & 90’s classics blended to take you ‘back in the day!’
DJ CO1 started his mixing career in Orange County, California back in 1996. In 2000, he partnered with DJ Drew from 102.7 KIIS FM (L.A.) and collaborated to produce multitrack mixes featured on-air. A few years later, KWNZ Program Director Eddie GO! brought DJ CO1 to the Reno market to debut on Z 93.7 as a “Friday Night Live” mixer and later contributing to the “Saturday Night Street Party.” After a couple of years in Reno, DJ CO1 relocated and now performs in the Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orange County areas. You can currently catch him on-air at Power 106 in Albuquerque, NM and on 98.5 KLUC in Las Vegas, NV. As Mixshow Coordinator atKLUC, DJ CO1 has played an essential role in music selection, maintaining mixshow consistency and contributing to station events. His on-air schedule is filled with a non-stop agenda performing seven days a week on #1 rated mix shows.
The history behind the name, people ask…”What does DJ CO-1 stand for?” – well, it is the acronym for deputy juvenile corrections officer 1. In his previous life, CO-1 worked and volunteered for multiple law enforcement agencies. Before his early retirement, a colleague suggested, “hey, if you keep djing and do radio you should keep the officer title since it has the word DJ in it…” so he did.