In the DJ booth at KEXP

Cheryl Waters never thought her volunteer gig would lead to a job, much less a 25-year career in live radio.

Back in 1994, Cheryl was volunteering her Friday nights (Saturday mornings, technically) to work 1 to 6 a.m. in the DJ booth at KCMU. Twenty-five years later, the station is now called KEXP, and Cheryl can be heard at a much more reasonable time: weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s been a journey, and along the way Cheryl has embraced music as a way to build community and weather life’s rough patches.

“We’ve come to realize over the years the power that music has — both to heal and to bring people together,” Cheryl says.

Interested in getting a first-hand look behind the scenes? The station offers free public tours every afternoon.

By Eric Keto
Eric is a video producer based in Seattle, Washington.