Drue Mitchell has worked for 97.1 KEGL in promotions, as on-air jock at (old frequency) 94.5 KDGE and 89.7 KVRK, and now does television for a Christian music network in Los Angeles. He also tours with an artist named Manafest, who's signed to Tooth & Nail records, as the band's onstage DJ.
And, like so many folks that ended up making the music industry their careers, he started as an overzealous fan and paid his dues at the bottom of the totem pole. Mitchell's story is reminiscent of local radio success Josh Venable. Like Josh, he called his radio station (Mitchell's was KEGL back in the day; Venable's was the earliest incarnation of KDGE), talked to the DJ like crazy, and ended up an intern and a part-timer. What's funny is, his first Dallas radio experience was KVIL and Ron Chapman.
What's ironic is how he started to show signs that radio was his path before he even realized it was. Mitchell would make tapes of new music for his friends. He'd record himself talking about the artist before he played it. He started out being all about the metal, but his tastes these days are as expansive as his CD collection.
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