Volunteer Profile: Ren Morrill

Name: Ren Morrill
DJ Name: Thee Secret Chief
Show Name: Invisible College Radio
Broadcast Time: When you least expect it but when you most hope for it

Local or Transplant? Local

What do you do at WMPG?   I’m a volunteer DJ and at large glamorous personality.

How did you get involved at WMPG?  I was a long time listener. Shows that really stood out to me were Land of the Lost, Junk Drawer Radio, Aching Spirals of Black Vinyl. Deb On-Air and I worked together and we got talking about music. She convinced me to do the DJ training.

How long have you been at WMPG? Since 2014.

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering? Besides practicing radiomancy, I work doing HIV prevention and testing for Frannie Peabody Center. I also play dungeons and dragons, and make small pieces of performance art.

Why is WMPG meaningful to you?  WMPG is power. It gives the community unparrelled access to a vital form of media. The example I like to give comes from the Pulse nightclub shooting. A lot of LGBTQ+ people felt pretty powerless after that but at the time I had a regular show so I was able to respond very directly. I had this weekly platform where I could say whatever I wanted. So on the show, I performed a radiomantic ritual involving music and chanting where I invoked 99 queer saints to give strength and comfort to the LGBTQ+ community. So for me, WMPG is this totally unique platform where anyone can express themselves and represent their communities in a way that is personal and political. I’ll be doing some fun events with WMPG for Pride as well so keep an eye out on the website for those.

Facebook Page for Thee Invisible College

Photo: supplied by Ren
Interview: Annella Linton