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Rob Schenk loves music. As the programming director for KWVA 88.1 FM, University of Oregon's student radio station, Schenk hired, trained and managed the 97 DJs that volunteer for the station, created and managed radio schedules and handled technological problems daily. He worked there for four years, and currently hosts his own weekly radio program "The HooDoo VooDoo Beats Show" on Fridays from 12-2 PM. In addition, Schenk booked and hosted live artists for their weekly program "Basement Sessions: Sounds From The Underground" and also arranged and hosted DJ nights for local businesses in the Eugene community.
He also co-founded and is a former president of the Music Industry Collective, an organization designed to help students learn about and find opportunities in the music industry. Schenk facilitated partnerships with local businesses, built club membership to more than 80 members and worked with industry heavyweights GoldenVoice, Pickathon, Japanese Breakfast, Anna Bulbrook, December Carson and more. He also created and taught a music industry education curriculum with longtime friend Allison Del Fium, designed to introduce new college students to the music industry.
Rob also worked as a marketing representative for In2une Music, a music promotion company that has representatives in more than 45 different colleges and universities. Schenk coordinated promotional campaigns and targeted advertising for artists on In2une's roster, running social media campaigns and organizing events with artists like Kim Petras and De La Soul.
At the University of Oregon, Schenk was a Ken Warren Scholarship recipient for four years, an award presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public media. He graduated in June of 2019 cum laude with two BAs in journalism and cinema studies respectively, with a minor in music technology.
Schenk currently works with Dub-Stuy Records out of Brooklyn, NY as their digital marketing director and with Harmonic Laboratory in Eugene, a nonprofit arts organization. He is also a graduate student in the Masters in Education program at the University of Oregon and continues to DJ professionally.