Bend, Oregon - McKenzie McCulloch — he also goes by DJ Ken — is proud of his many achievements. McCullough is autistic, has overcome many obstacles in his young life and prides himself in his personal growth over the past eight years when he first began his journey in the working world.
He has served as a radio DJ and host of his own show The KEN & The Kindred Spirits On The Airwaves Show Hosted By Ken McKenzie every Sunday at KPOV Community Radio for the past six years and also worked for Bend Radio Group at KSJJ 102.9 before the pandemic hit.
“I think community service is important, being how our world isn’t in 2019 anymore and it is going to be a while for things to return to normal,” he said. “I am the only autistic radio DJ (in Central Oregon) and know that I am a role model to other people with challenges. I love music and I share my music, too.”
During his community service with KPOV on weekends, McCulloch does theme shows in tribute to music artists who died in the past year, as well as women artists and holiday theme shows. He does a cultural live segment in the mornings during his holiday shows and is currently training to do radio news.
Sheila Jordan, founder and managing director of the inclusive job board www.workability.one was so impressed by the segment she saw on the Central Oregon Daily News ▶️ Autistic DJ breaks barriers, finds his true voice at KPOV in Bend (centraloregondaily.com) that she contacted KPOV right away to find out how she can support McCullough’s radio show.
“Breaking barriers is the goal of our job board,” she explains. “The #1 concern we hear from the autism community about the traditional job interview process is if, when and how to disclose their diagnosis to a prospective employer. With www.workability.one, all the cards are on the table. Employers are intentional in seeking out neurodiverse talent, and job seekers have another barrier taken away, because the anxiety caused by the need for disclosure has been lifted.”
"We at KPOV are so excited to partner with Work Ability One and their mission to promote inclusive hiring. Once again, DJ Ken is making authentic connections in our community and acting as a role model for people with and without disabilities." Sam Corti, Director of Development KPOV.
The sponsorship began March 20, 2022, and will run for six months after which Jordan fully expects to renew www.workability.one’s sponsorship agreement. “DJ Ken represents the best in all of us,” she said. “He is an incredible role model and a force of nature.”
You can tune in to hear DJ Ken live, Sunday, 9-10am on KPOV 88.9FM or stream online at kpov.org
www.workability.one is a recruitment advertising platform and Internet job board that connects inclusive employers with neurodiverse job seekers nationwide. Oregon’s Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) has certified www.workability.one as an Emerging Small Business (ESB), a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). www.workability.one is registered as a diverse supplier on the Ariba Business Network under ID AN01695504703.