WTJX DJs of the Week: The Velvet Ongrounds

Isabella VanKesteren, Kathryn Fink, and Emma Wright host “The Velvet Ongrounds” every Monday from 4-6pm.

Isabella VanKesteren:
…a girl from the Eastern Shore of Virginia (the little Peninsula connected to Maryland that is often left off of maps) with a fiery passion for music, puppies, adventures, and s’mores. I am a second year still waiting for the right major to connect with me. I hope to one day escape reality and embark on an odyssey around the world, so feel free to recommend some interesting places to see along the way and some comfy couches to crash on.

Kathryn Fink:
Kathryn is a second-year English major who hails from Norfolk, Virginia. On any given day, you can find her stumbling out of Alderman in a coffee-induced delirium. She allots her time to consulting the thesaurus, attempting to beat her Tetris high score, finding inappropriate times to practice her Gollum impression, and grappling with a crippling addiction to beets (not to be confused with “beats,” though she likes those, too). One day, she hopes to become a vandal who rids the world’s signs of grammatical errors — kind of like Banksy, but with more semicolons. Her love of music is best described by a quote from one of her favorite movies, “Submarine” (2010): “Music can make things seem a bit more real sometimes.”

Emma Wright:
Emma is a lover of dragons (not a widely known fact), dogs, and a movie at any hour of the day. She always finds a way to mention the fact that she is a fourth Korean. While both an avid coffee drinker and a barista, she couldn’t tell you anything mind blowing about coffee that only baristas are supposed to know about. She longs for the company of her two dogs, Rudy and Fred, and thinks that dogs are just easier than people.

Her post college plan is to drop everything and move to Hawaii for a year, the island of Kaua’i to be exact. She plans on living minimally in a hut with a non-demanding job, with an end goal of finally being able to pull off dreadlocks. Her other end goal is to become officially recognized as a natural redhead, for she probably redyes her hair too often. Currently all end goals that she holds relate to her hair. Wishing she had more time to spend doing what she actually enjoys, which is creating art and she continues to blow through every mini series there is to offer on Netflix. She often complains about the amount of reading she has to do this semester, which she is sure is less than that of many other students. She doesn’t feel the need to mention that music is what often keeps her going.

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