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Marc Crifasi

The voice on the left side of the dial


Marc Crifasi has worked at Georgia State's WRAS 88.5 FM as a DJ, music director and promotions director for nearly four years.

A broadcast journalism major at GSU, Marc picks up shifts at Criminal Records in what little spare time he has. He is originally from Fort Washington, Md., just outside Washington D.C., and has lived in Atlanta since 1994.

Marc has worked all different shifts at the radio station, including the 2-6 a.m. graveyard shift. Everyone has to do graveyard shifts when first starting out at 88.5. "Most of the callers were drunks. Around 5:30 a.m., you started getting calls from people waking up ... [Sometimes] the same guy would call five times in 20 minutes trying to fuck with you."

He is currently the host of two specialty shows: the "All Request Show" (Fridays 6-8 p.m.) and the "Quintessential College Show" (Saturdays 1-3 p.m.). "When I took over the 'All Request Show,' my joke was that you could bring a Cure, Smiths and Pixies CD, and you'd be all set."

As suggested by its name, "Quintessential College" features mostly indie and college rock. Local band the Silent Kids wrote the theme song for the "Quintessential College Show." "Unfortunately, they couldn't think of anything that rhymes with Crifasi."

Some of Marc's more notable on-air interviews include: Elvis Costello, the Flaming Lips, Damon Albarn of Blur, Mogwai and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Japanese trip-hop maestro DJ Krush presented Marc with a unique challenge: "I didn't know I was supposed to interview him. The guy that was supposed to do [the interview] froze up, so I took over. It was also done through an interpreter."

Marc is far from a one-trick pony. He worked at WSB AM 750 for five years as a board operator and producer. He also worked at AM 680 The Fan as a full-time producer for the "Max and Perry Show" and the morning show.


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