A trailblazer and industry leader, DJ Ekin has been entertaining radio audiences for more than a decade. He’s well known as “The Most Connected DJ” around and maintains a contact list of the who’s who in hip hop to prove it. Beginning in Tampa as an on-air personality for iHeartMedia (WBTP 95.7 The Beat) and Cox Media Group (WPOI HOT 101.5 FM), Ekin’s ability to connect with audiences over the air waves established him as an influencer voice of the community. His influence extends beyond the Tampa Bay area and includes affiliations with brands like Budweiser, the NCAA, the NHL, Def Jam, Adidas, Heineken Light, Puma, and Live Nation.
Ekin recently shelved his Top 40 radio gig to refocus his attention to his first loves—hip hop, sports, and technology. You can hear him exploring all of those things and more on his recently launched podcast, Southern Hospitality. When asked “Why the name Southern Hospitality?” Ekin sums it up in one sentence; “…Because the south got something to say.”
He is a much sought-after host and has appeared on BET, and the FOX Network. Fresh off of the success of his MyPlace series that featured his witty and informative interviews with entertainers like Ice Cube, The Chainsmokers, DJ Khaled, T.I., 50 Cent and the rising Disney star Zendaya, you can be sure that there is so much more to come. Keep up with all the action on Youtube at DJEkinTV.
Ekin makes philanthropy a priority too. He is the creator of i Care About Me, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to make a positive impact in their communities and beyond. As the Founder and Chairman of the Board Ekin acts as the driving force behind the nonprofit realizing that progress starts with the community; and his job is not only entertainment but a much greater responsibility which consists of giving back and showing the youth that they matter on every level. i Care About Me was created to inspire and motivate youth to care about themselves as individuals including: believing in themselves and their potential, expanding goal setting capacity, and increasing overall personal self-esteem and self-worth. You can find Ekin in local schools across the globe using his influence with celebrity friends in tow inspiring kids to make a positive impact on our world and encouraging them to take the i Care About Me Pledge.
Ekin says that the vision of his docuseries ASK (Absolute Street Knowledge) is “To create informative, engaging content that will make you want to learn more, hear more and keep coming back to seek inside knowledge of many industries and often the hidden secrets that fall within them. The plan is to go beyond the surface to find the interviews and stories from those who know their industries best.” More info on ASK is coming soon. Stay tuned!