AJ “El Kallejero” Ramos is a dynamic, hard-working individual who always puts effort and enthusiasm into everything he does. Born on July 20, 1985 into a Salvadorian family, AJ has already made a name for himself as an excellent promotions supervisor, sales associate and an on-air personality for WXNY 96.3 WCAA 105.9 in the New York City market where he worked for more than 6 years. AJ obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, minored in Journalism and is currently pursuing a Masters in Communications. His passion for radio led him to work as one of the very first in WXNY 96.3 and WCAA 105.9 promotions department where he interacted with the listeners on activations and went live on the air from the streets, which provided AJ with his street credibility. AJ has been on the air around the clock covering every day shifts (11am-2am) and his regular on-air shifts (2-5am Friday and Saturdays) (3-7pm Sundays). Currently, AJ also hosts a variety of internet radio shows and interviews celebrity guests as well as demonstrates his talent as a host at various clubs, concerts, events and festivals all around the country. AJ’s celebrity interviews within the years have included celebrities such as Johnny Marines from Aventura, Kat De Luna, Bachata Heightz, Carlos Arroyo from the Miami Heat, Snooki from the Jersey Shore, and Cosculluela just to name a few. AJ’s notoriety within the urban Latino community and second generation Latinos around the world has provided him with artist credibility and even earned him the nickname “The Salvadorian Ryan Seacrest.” AJ’s 8-year experience in sales, marketing, and promotions has helped him exceed in client satisfaction and made him into the on-air personality he is today. AJ’s future goal is expanding his passion in radio globally. AJ continues to be a role model for today’s youth specifically with regards to higher education and is a big advocate of charities and community events. In addition, AJ accepted another challenge and brought his unique style and flavor to Las Vegas on KGRT 99.3 FM Monday to Friday from 7pm-12am. AJ’s show rated #1 in the Latin market and top 3 General markets in all demographics. He also increased sales and brought life to the Las Vegas community. AJ recently received an award by the Hispanic Coalition of New York and was named a “40 Rising Star Under 40.” Some people say that AJ “is the future of Hispanic radio, a Latino trendsetter and is a social network monster.” His fan base continues to grow nationwide and worldwide. His client friendly demeanor has led him to work with clients like, Marc Ecko, Hennessy, Verizon, T- Mobile, Voli Vodka, Heineken, just to name a few. AJ currently took on another challenge and recently became the newest member of the SBS family in New York City, bringing back home his unique style and flavor to WPAT 93.1 and WSKQ 97.9 If that is not enough AJ currently hosts on four different channels in Sirius XM and just made El Zol his new home in the DMV area.
I learned so much from this young latino talent during my interview with him and his story is truly interesting & inspiring. This is what AJ “El Kallejero” Ramos shared with me:
AJ, How are you feeling today?
First, I want to say Thank You for the opportunity. I am doing well now that you are here. God is good I work for many radio stations. I have been working at La Mega 97.9 FM and recently got a new gig with El Sol in Washington DC and I am also doing Sirius XM along with working for Google Uno, Dos, Tres chat channel. What am I not doing is the question I have like 100 jobs.
AJ, I am actually very interested in knowing more about this Google project can you please tell me more about that?
Google Uno, Dos, Tres is a channel owned by Jessy and Ulysses Terrero. They are very well know Directors and big Latino trendsetters. They started doing Google chats and webcasts with artists so I had the opportunity “shout out to L Boogs” on this one to be one of the faces as a host and doing interviews with many artists. It’s a great opportunity for exposure and for me to interact with people from South America, Caribbean and the whole United States.
I want to know when did you become interested in Radio?
It’s crazy because people always ask me did you always have “radio fever”.I went to college on a full scholarship to be in a Pharmacy program in Rutgers University fully payed for. I said you know what I don’t want to do Pharmacy let me try clinical laboratory scientist then I said you know what let me be a reporter then I ended up going to a 4 year college to be a Lawyer. When I was in my third year I was coming out of a night club hanging out with my boy and I saw this gorgeous blond lady. The lady says to my friend what do you think about this station La Kalle back then it was 105.9 FM so my friend was kind off drunk and embarrassed so I was walking I started saying La Kalle this, that and the third as I was walking to my car. I then see the radio station hummer and I see this guy named Guebin he was the street captain back in the day. I say what’s up to him and say Guebin what’s up man I need a job. He said ok hold on I am going to speak to my boss. The boss comes and it’s the same gorgeous blond lady so the rest is history. I still can’t believe it until this day that I work in radio but it’s a blessing from God it is not easy either I have worked a lot to be where I am today and still have lots to learn and grow.
In addition to your professional career in radio and the gig with Google what else would you like to do this year?
I would like to have a Television show or do a Segment for a major Television network. Also, my little sister has Down Syndrome she is a sophomore in high school now and I would love to start a non profit organization and create more awareness for Down Syndrome. I like going to schools and motivate children as a public speaker and that is something I would like to do more often. I came from an Urban area and I know how much this is needed in our communities. Our youth needs positive energy and to know that if I can make it they can make it. These are some of my goals for 2014.
What advice would you give all those young latinos that want to start a career in media but are afraid because this field is so competitive and has high demands at times?
Advice I would give is you have to have tough skin it’s a hard business. You can’t be doing it to become famous or the money. Learn from others who are already established in this field but don’t try to be like them. You have to be you. Never give up because I have sacrificed a lot in this industry from family time to love because I have worked long hours. On New Year’s Eve while my family is together I am working. A lot of sacrifices come with this industry and you need to work and pay your dues. Always stay humble, be hungry don’t get comfortable and most importantly believe in yourself!