Em Star may have traveled from coast to coast, but she grew up in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania. At first look, you may never know she was a farmer’s daughter. But growing up on a cattle farm solidified her values of hard work, drive, and enthusiasm for a simple life.
From a young age, Em surrounded herself with entertainment media, communication technology, and of course music. She joined her school’s A/V club in junior/high school, producing commercials, feature reports, and reading the daily news. In high school, she and her friends created their own independent film troupe and from start to finish produced a full length feature film in addition to several shorter movies. As far as music is concerned, she found her love of it in the late 90s with artists such as the Spice Girls, Savage Garden, and No Doubt. Not only a fan of music, she took it to the next level learning to play the guitar and forming her own all-female band. Em even took the reigns on all aspects of their public relations creating their website, press kits, and recording of their songs. For her college education, she attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to earn a BA in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism, and a BA in Sociology. She continued to be active in the music scene joining WUPJ radio and performing with various local bands.
Deciding to see beyond her hometown, Em traveled to Bolivia on a humanitarian service trip, then onward to Oregon State University for an interdisciplinary graduate education. There she taught courses on women’s studies, volunteered at Girls Rock Camps, and studied audio engineering. Moving to Seattle, WA, she worked with Sarathan Records helping their latest acts gain exposure, hosted her own show for Women Rock Radio, and founded a female-focused music blog called Jukebox Heroines. While active, the blog was number one on Google’s search for “women in music blog.” At this time, she also recorded her latest album, spent her free time in the indie music scene, and remained active as a trend watcher in the business.
In a strange twist of fate, Em landed back in PA in 2011, looking for a new way to continue working in the music industry. In less than six months upon returning home, she interviewed for the night DJ position at Hot, and as they say, the rest is history.
Like any modern girl, her interests are vast. Calling her style “all things that glitter and rust” Em is a huge fan of DIY projects, from up-cycling thrift store clothing, to making your own laundry detergent. She loves to create diva-style fashion without breaking her budget. She is an avid Netflix watcher, enjoying classic TV shows like Beauty & The Beast, Seinfeld, Baywatch, and more recent shows like South Park, Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad. Her favorite movies include School Of Rock, The Lord of The Rings, and Back to the Future. While she knows the in and outs of current pop music, she has a soft spot for 1980s hair bands and 1990s riot grrrl music. Her favorite Top 40 artists include Lady Gaga, David Guetta, OneRepublic, Jesse J, and Nicki Minaj. She enjoys curling up with her two cats, a latte, and a trashy romance novel on the weekends.
Em brings sass and energy to Hot 92 an Hot 100. She asks the tough questions of her interviewees, such as Christina Aguilera and Janelle Monae, and dominates social media interaction with some of the biggest acts from Ne-Yo, LMFAO, Nelly Furtado, Hot Chelle Rae, Lupe Fiasco, and Gavin DeGraw.
Em Star’s show “Em Star Nights” was live from 7pm to midnight weeknights from May 28, 2012 to April 4, 2014. The program featured Jam It or Slam It New Music, NightTime Trivia, The Hot 9 Countdown, Hot Fashion & Beauty, The Pop Culture Redux and Gen DIY.
On April 7, 2014, Em moved up to afternoons with "Em Star LIVE", 2-7pm weekdays with Trivia, The Hot Happy Hour, and of course continuing her original segments The Pop Culture Redux, and Hot Fashion & Beauty.
As of Sept. 8, 2014, Em moved at lightning speed to the coveted morning show position with "Em in the A.M." A solo host, she brings her signature pep and pizzazz from 6-10am weekdays. She continues her fashion and pop culture segments, and has added movie/music recaps, Girl Talk Fridays, and local interviews to her lineup.
Don't worry, she's still sassy.