A trailblazer and industry leader, DJ Ekin has been entertaining radio audiences for more than a decade. He’s widely known as “Tampa’s Most Connected DJ” 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 influential voice of the community. His influence extends beyond the Tampa Bay area and includes affiliations with brands like the NFL, NHL, the NCAA, Anheuser Busch / Bud Light, Disney, 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 podcast, Southern Hospitality, with co-host Brittany Gonzalez. When asked “Why the name Southern Hospitality?” Ekin sums it up in one sentence: “… Because the south’s got something to say.”
Ekin is not just any other DJ; he is an all-around entertainment professional. He parlays his influence and infectious energy to dominate every endeavor he touches, including the small screen.
He is a much sought-after host and has appeared on BET, ESPN, and the FOX Network. In addition, DJ Ekin actively creates his own content for DJEkinTV, taking people behind the scenes of the industry, highlighting the local community, and showcasing one-on-one interviews with today’s most popular entertainers.
Ekin is the creator of i Care About Me (iCAM,) 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. iCAM 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. The newly launched Hip Hop Study Hall outreach program is an example of Ekin in action. The program utilizes the exploration of careers in the Hip Hop industry to inspire middle and high school youth to achieve their own personal, educational and career goals.
Interested in bringing Hip Hop Study Hall to your youth group? Email DJ Ekin.