Janelle's favorite thing as a kid was listening to late-night Chicago radio on her little transistor. She first got into radio at age 16, when she hosted a program on her high school radio station, WHSD, in Hinsdale, Illinois. WXRT-FM, still an innovative force in Chicago radio, was a big influence on both her radio style and her listening choices.
She majored in Broadcast Communications at Columbia College in Chicago; interned at a couple of radio stations while still in school; and began her career as a radio traffic reporter in her early 20's, moving with the news and traffic suppliers Shadow Traffic from Chicago to Los Angeles, and finally to San Francisco. After a move to the Central Coast in the 90's, she worked for KXTZ-FM, and then later as morning host at its sister station, K-OTTER, 94.9 FM.
She has volunteered for KCBX for many years, serving as a program host for "Music of the World's People" and "Caravan 9", and as an occasional board operator. She currently hosts "The Broken Spoke Folk Show" on Saturday afternoons. She's involved in lots of volunteer activities and events in the community - including our very own Live Oak Music Festival.
Janells's an artist, specializing in assemblage from found and recycled objects. She also enjoys playing the mandolin, which she plays enthusiastically, but by her own admission, "not very well". Janelle says that live local music is her "favorite thing ever".