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A world traveler, Corny O'Connell is always seeking new discoveries. As a WFUV DJ, he is constantly making them.
Though his dulcet tones rarely betray his excitement, Corny is as thrilled by hearing new, innovative artists for the first time as he is by visiting such far-flung locales as Machu Picchu and Macao. "I'm a sucker for female vocalists such as Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and Norah Jones," he confesses. "The best part of my job is sharing this music with an audience that I know is open to it." While he can't pack up every WFUV member in his luggage and take them along on his trips, he can take them on his musical journeys.
After years of hosting the evening music mix, in 2012 Corny took over the anchor chair hosting WFUV's morning show, weekdays from 6-10am.
"Hosting the morning show is a nice change of pace and it's fun to make friends with the morning listeners," he says.
Corny obviously relishes unconventionality and the freedom to explore. He says WFUV stands out on the dial because "it's adventurous, independent, intelligent, personable and fun."
If he sounds like a cheerleader for WFUV, that's only fitting: in addition to his hosting duties, Corny also produces the station's membership drives. And he can be persuasive. After all, he learned the art of the argument at Fordham Law School before being sidetracked by a career in radio, thanks to his days as a student engineer and DJ at the station. His fundraising motto is: "Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."
Joking aside, Corny takes his job seriously, making sure to stay on top of the latest releases and to constantly educate himself and his listeners. "As a public station playing lesser-known artists, it's important to provide some perspective along with the music," he posits. "And I love working at a station that allows the hosts that freedom."
Corny grew up in Westchester, and now lives in Manhattan with his wife, Amy, and their son, Leo.