RAMSEY, N.J. — Three deejays from the Ramsey High School Morning Program took a field trip to Q104.3 in New York City for mentoring from veteran Rock & Roll Morning Show co-hosts Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein.
Jacob Ziff, Andrew Mattera and Nick Zysman — accompanied by supervisor and former Q104.3 intern Keith Lyle — were on the air for a few minutes during an experience that they say they'll never forget.
"Standing and shaking hands with Jim Kerr is a dream come true," said Ziff, who goes by DJ Jazzy. He recalled being practically speechless upon greeting the 104.3 co-host last month.
The 15-year-old students followed Kerr into a room that he said was covered in vinyl records, music memorabilia and a massive computer station equipped with three microphones.
Sonstein invited Jazzy to stand next to her "so I could see exactly what was going to happen at what time," he said, "including what song would play next."
Jazzy knew his field trip was taking a turn for the best when Kerr announced on-air that three Ramsey High School students and their teacher would say a f ew words after commercial break.
"All four of us looked at each other in shock, we had to contain our excitement for now," Jazzy said.
"We were on the air for only a few minutes, but now anyone who was listening to Q104.3 at 8 a.m. knows that there are kids out there named DJ Jazzy, Andrew, and Nick from Ramsey High School.
"That's a huge deal for me since it brings me a lot of pride and a little bit more business to my DJ business that I do on the side."
Ramsey's four DJs went on a tour of iHeartRadio after the rock n' roll show, where Jazzy said he "met one of my idols, met Elvis Duran from Z100."
And all other DJs in the station including some from 106.7 LiteFM. They all seemed to be very kind, inviting and supportive of the Ramsey DJs' work at the high school.
"Best field trip ever? Most definitely," Jazzy said. "Especially since working as a Q104.3 DJ is my dream job."
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