Meet KCR Djs: Jini Shim and Nick Mararac with K-Pop and More

Kpop N More! Tune in Tuesdays 10-11am for an hour of Korean music and mini Korean language lessons to quench your curiosity beyond that so-called “Gangnam Style”.

Some artists that we feature on air:

Big Bang


Epik High



Lee Sun Hee

Seo Taiji

3rd Line Butterfly

and more


Some Korean language topics we talk about:

What does ‘물끄러미’ mean?

What are some idioms that contain the word ‘poop’?

Why can’t you say 당신 to say ‘you’ in real conversation while you hear it so often in song?

Yep. And some more.


About the DJs:

Jini Shim is a graduate student of Applied Linguistics at SDSU. Her research interests are in Korean language translation/interpretation process and 1.5 generationers’ second language acquisition. Aside from being a walking Korean culture ambassador, she enjoys attending film festivals, discovering the next tasty stout, and noshing on vegan desserts.

Nick Mararac is a student at SDSU. He studies linguistics, french and Korean. He received his BS from the US Naval Academy. He enjoys traveling around the world, analyzing language, reading reddit, and lifting weights. You can probably find him on Grindr, or at a North Park cafe.

Follow us on Twitter @jjini


Jini’s Kpop Hour – Show Recap: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

photoKpop fans! In case you missed today’s show, here’s a recap of today’s Jini’s Kpop Hour:

Starting today off with Esmeralda’s song request: This is Love by Super Junior

Here are a few newly released songs:
APink’s LUV

Hyolyn x Jooyoung’s Erase , featuring Iron

A fellow KCR-ian, Cameron, who does a sports talk show, is doing a series of interviews of several KCR DJs, and he interviewed me today. I had a great time because he asked questions that made me reflect back on what brings me to KCR to play Korean music and why I enjoy doing it. I want to play Kpop on KCR not only because I like Korean music and I’m Korean myself, but I think it’s meaningful to promote culture and diversity anywhere, everywhere you are–especially at a space like SDSU, a university where all these young smart people of all backgrounds are gathered to learn and share cultures.

And of course, it’s just cool to be sitting in a nice studio being able to play the music you like, controlling the soundboard. 😉

Son Dam-bi – Bad Boy

Zia – Rumor

The 2014 MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) happened on Dec 3rd and here are a few songs of the winners.

10cm – Sseudam Sseudam

Hi Suhyun – I’m Different

Album of the Year: EXO – Overdose

Song of the Year: Taeyang – Eyes, Nose, Lips

Out of the many other categories, let me play you a few more winning songs.
Female artist of the year: IU’s Good Day

Female group of the year: Sistar’s I Swear

Jini’s Kpop Hour – Show Recap: Nov 6, 2014

Hey KCR listeners!
Hello everyone- 안녕하세요- that’s hello for you in Korean. (Ahn-nyung-ha-se-yo)
If you missed today’s Kpop Hour, do not despair! Here’s a recap:
Starting today off is the song ‘Don’t Touch Me’ by Ailee, followed by a newly released song and which is currently ranking number 1 on the Korean music chart ‘melon’ is the girl group SPICA’s new single “Ghost”.
Fall season calls for a more mellow, slower-tempo music and the Korean music chart is currently full of such romantic and melancholic songs, if you know what I mean.  Representing this autumn season is Yun-gun’s “Fall is Blowing”.
Followed by Block B’s “HER”
and Girls’ Generation’s “Europa”
Let me say something more about Block’s B’s song title. So it’s HER, most likely referring to a certain female love interest, but ‘HER’ in Korean is also a slang. So you can use it when you’re like, surprised at something, kind of like a ‘oh my gosh’. It’s not vulgar so you can use it in public and won’t get the mad stare, but it’s still slang and not the most proper to use among elders.
Here’s another fun slang. “Dae Bak”. This implies something like “that’s the best!”— an exclamation at something that is pleasantly surprising and awe-inspiring. (e.g. “Jini’s Kpop Hour is dae-bak!”
Next let’s take a look at what’s the latest in the Kpop world. I’m looking at for some Kpop related news.
Super Junior celebrates its 9th anniversary since debut
Fans celebrate Kris’s birthday. Happy birthday to Kris (Wu Yi Fan)! (he is a former EXO member)
Subunit INFINITE F release teaser video for ‘my heart is beating’
Last week I mentioned that a lot of Kpop groups often release new music that has only a few of their group members involved, so this is another one of those cases. We can speculate that this happens often because there are just so many members in Kpop groups and they are able to divide up and still work as a boy/girl group band. Famous for having a lot of members is Girls’ Generation with 9 girls, and Super Junior with 10 guys (they started off with 12!).
There’s also news about a new movie that’s released, called ‘Tailors’. It looks like it’s like a historical drama. Korea often has movies or TV dramas that are a historical piece and it’s known for its elaborate traditional costume “Hanbok”, worn by the royalty back in the day. Since this film is titled “Tailors”, I say we can expect to see even more luxurious and beautifully made traditional clothes.
Last article to review for the day: the girl group AOA revealed a highlight medley for “Like a Cat”, their upcoming single.
Check it out here:
Speaking of films, there is an opportunity for those of you in San Diego to enjoy Korean movies this week:
I invite you to the 15th San Diego Asian Film Festival – from November 6 – 15.
This year’s line-up includes 140 films from 21 different countries, including the following films from Korea:
A HARD DAY, Korean action thriller
VENUS TALK, romantic comedy about middle aged women living young
NON-FICTION DIARY, documentary about 1994 serial killing case
You can see the full line up at:
Song request by my friend Thomas:
Cherry Filter’s Nang-man-go-yang-ee “Romantic Cat”. Isn’t that cute?
Cherry Filter is a South Korean rock group formed in 1997. This is one of their best known songs.
Thomas says he likes this song because it’s a good song and it’s fun to also sing along to.
That’s all for today! Tune in next week: Wednesday from 11am to 12pm here on KCR, Sound of State

Jini’s Kpop Hour- Show Recap Oct 1, 2014

Hello everyone!
If you missed Wednesday 11a-12p Kpop Hour @ KCR with DJ Shimmy, here’s the playlist of what played on-air:
Girls’ Day – Darling
Psy – Burning Goodbye
Big Bang – Monster
Sistar – Touch My Body
Miss A – Independent Women
San E & Raina – Summer Honey
Park Myung-soo – Dduk-bok-ee
SoYou & Jung Gi-go – Some
Big Bang – Still Alive
god – Sky Blue Promise
Park Bo-ram – Beautiful
Don’t forget about the District 6 city council forum happening on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:30p – 8p @ Mira Mesa High School Library (10510 Reagan Rd, San Diego, CA 92126). Candidates in attendance will be Chris Cate and Carol Kim.
Also the Taste of Asia event is this weekend. Go and try various ethnic foods including Korean cuisine! Sat&Sun 9/27-28 from 12pm – 5pm @ Balboa Park’s International Cottages area. For more information, visit
See you next week!