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mongoland.com is the online residence of dj mongo, or sometimes simply, mongo. Mongo has a day job, but he doesn't really like to talk about it. Suffice to say that by night mongo is a dj at KUNV 91.5fm Las Vegas, and also plays out live whenever he can.
dj mongo got his start in radio in 1980 while serving as an intern for Cleveland's classical radio station, WCLV. There mongo worked primarily in the Qualitapes division, syndicating Karl Haas' "Adventures In Good Music." What this really means is that he ran a high speed reel-to-reel tape duplication machine that had one master and eight slaves. However, mongo also studied for and earned his 3rd class broadcasting license, and learned to do other interesting things like edit tape the old fashioned way.
This experience provided sufficient foundation to enable mongo to not only get his own radio show at the University of Richmond's WDCE, but also to become Production Manager while still a Freshman. In this capacity, he recorded PSA's and other short announcements on "carts" which looked like the old 8 track tapes but were much shorter. Here mongo was allowed to let his creativity fully blossom.
Unfortunately, after college mongo made the mistake of going to law school. So we'll fast forward 20 years to the point where mongo showed up at KUNV Las Vegas. In the interim mongo played drums and percussion in a garage band called The Morals of Space. Many of those sessions were recorded on cassette tape and are no longer available due to the 21st Century phenomenon of data rot. However, shortly after arriving in Las Vegas, mongo got involed with the Las Vegas Jamband Society, and from there started recording live concerts, first on minidisc, and later on laptops, and still later on digital recorders. mongo honed his recording skills, while also helping produce small concerts and music festivals.
When the opportunity arose to join The Lyons Den Radio Show, mongo jumped at the chance to get back on the radio, and he's been on the air ever since. At this point mongo really focused on building his music collection for the sake of the radio show. Eventually this led to djing live, which excited mongo, so he invested in some decent djing gear and now continues to evolve his dj persona on this front, inspired by the likes of Gilles Peterson of the BBC's Radio One.