Luka

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Luka Carsen (born in Bury St Edmunds, England) is a radio deejay who became known in the Birmingham market while hosting "LukaWorld" late mornings and afternoons at WRAX FM 107.7 "The X". She spent two years with the X before being fired on February 23, 1998 by station owners Dick Broadcasting. Ostensibly, the firing came as a result of ratings concerns, but later returns showed that her time slots had increased in listenership before her firing and her morning show was fourth-rated of all stations. Nevertheless her perky attitude and distinctively chirpy British accent polarized X listeners and her firing sparked cheers as well as protests.

After her firing, Carsen was constrained by a one year non-compete clause in her contract, she was able to negotiate a release, however, that allowed her to return to the air as the afternoon host for Clear Channel's WQEN FM 103.7 "The New Q" beginning on August 12 of that year. She left there in 2001 to take a job at WKRQ in Cincinnati, then moved to Minneapolis to host a talk show on WFMP.

She returned to Birmingham in 2004 and eventually found a home back at WRAX, which had been purchased by Citadel Communications. She left due to "philosophical differences" when the station moved from 107.7 to FM 100.5 on March 31, 2005.

In May 2005, Carsen and fellow radio personality Roxanne (Lisa Holifield) were baptized together by Pastor Chris Hodges at the Church of the Highlands.

References

  • Colurso, Mary (March 6, 1998) "Stay tuned for Luka, 'me luvlies'." Birmingham News.
  • Tomberlin, Michael (August 9, 1998) "'X' ex-DJ Luka 'Q'-ing up for return." Birmingham News.
  • Bird, Rick (July 9, 2001) "'Luka' accentuates FM morning drive." Cincinnati Post.
  • Carlton, Bob (August 22, 2004) "As the world turns, Luka's back at 'The X'". Birmingham News.
  • Garrison, Greg (May 13, 2005) "Baptized Deejays Luka and Roxanne 'take plunge' for Christian renewal". Birmingham News.

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