Say hello to Jenny Lyte, the new afternoon personality at Q92 WDJQ
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Jennifer Novakovic is the new afternoon radio personality at Alliance Q92 (WDJQ). She resumed the 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday time slot earlier this month. The radio station broadcasts pop and “today’s hit music”.
Novakovic, 41, grew up in Clinton and graduated from Northwest High School. She lives in Canal Fulton with her husband and their children, and has worked in the Akron-Canton radio industry since 2001.
What’s the story behind your radio name Jenny Lyte?
When I had my first stable radio gig it was at WQMX (94.9) and my boss Kevin Mason named me after Genny Light beer. It works! I also try to keep things light at all times.
What was your favorite radio moment?
I would say probably meet and kiss Ed Sheeran, but meeting the love of my life / my husband / my best friend is probably the best thing the radio has given me.
We have always worked at the same stations until recently. Ike does in the morning at 99.9 WTUZ. Previously, we both worked on Mix 94.1. Many listeners have followed our journey, from our engagement to marriage to children.
We never left the region to pursue radio elsewhere.
What are your favorite musical genres and artists? Do they match the music you play on the air?
The Top 40 / Pop has always been my favorite. Since then, I have always remained the NSYNC team. I love our “Back in the Day Weekends” when we play 90s and 2000s stuff.
I definitely adapt the music to my mood. Norah Jones, Florence and the Machine, John Mayer, Harry Styles, Niall Horan are my favorite vibes.
I love following all the TikTok trends that my kids are listening to and watching so that I come across as a cool mom. This work certainly helps.
In the age of satellite radio and with so many digital music options, what does a DJ and pop radio station like Q92 have to offer that you can’t find anywhere else?
Live and local content! Q92 is certainly one of the few live, local stations that has local personalities from 5:30 a.m. to midnight. We actually answer our phones, interact with our listeners, and mess and laugh at ourselves – because we’re live.
The amount of legends that have run through these rooms and also if these walls could speak. I’m just excited to be a part of this energy. It feels good and it feels like I belong now in my life. Every part of your life is a journey and this one is new and exciting for me. Life is short, you should do whatever you want to do and live without regret.
So many of my listeners have become my friends. I love to meet people, whether on social media or in person. I connected with amazing people over the radio.
Pop radio DJs seem to be perpetually happy and upbeat. How do you maintain that energy level for hours on the air, especially if you’re in a bad mood that day?
Radio never seemed like work to me. Even on a bad day when that mic comes on it’s rainbows and sunshine and you’ll hear that smile in my voice.
I like to be there for people to make them laugh or just to be super random and weird. I like to be a bright spot in someone’s day. Even if it’s for a few minutes.