159 Mary Nichols | Mixing the Serious and the Silly

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Here’s the Recap:

Mary Nichols, a.k.a. DJ Fusion, is a seasoned radio DJ and podcaster. She hosts the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast, FuseBox Radio with her co-host and business partner, John (The Black Hawk), which focuses on bringing a diverse mix of independent and mainstream Black Music from all over the world along with relevant commentary, news, and guest interviews.

Mary got her start in radio while she was a student at Rutgers University where she hosted her first radio spot that ran from midnight until two in the morning and where FuseBox radio was founded. Since then, she’s gone on to have a long and illustrious career spanning almost 20 years and started the media based entertainment company, FuseBox Media LLC that delves into the mediums of photography, DJ’ing and writing.

What We Covered:

  • 09:04 – Mary recounts the story of when she first stepped into a radio station
  • 10:37 – When she first learned of podcasts
  • 12:28 – The bird watchers podcast I discovered through Twitter
  • 15:43 – Spotify’s growing number of podcast downloads
  • 20:43 – The format of Mary’s show
  • 24:44 – The founding of her media based entertainment company
  • 27:48 – The fans of her show
  • 29:22 – Our mutual love of DJ’ing
  • 36:13 – The origin story of her moniker, DJ Fusion
  • 42:06 – The first time she got the opportunity to inject her opinion on a matter as a DJ
  • 45:24 – How she handles using copyrighted music on her show
  • 50:59 – Where she sees her show going in the future
  • 01:02:28 – What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:03:37 – The one most misunderstood thing about her


Links Mentioned

Mary’s website
Fusebox Radio Blog
Social Media
Dave Jackson’s School of Podcasting
DC Podfest
Where’s My 40 Acres podcast

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