From left, Kevin Nguyen, Peyton Dixon, and Jordan Steer
on-air debuting Dixon's new song "Best Man."
Australian Foreign Exchange Students, Jordan Steer and Kevin Nguyen became friends back home in Sydney, Australia but began their time at Ole Miss in the fall of 2016 with the intention of experiencing new things and enjoying each moment.
Steer and Nguyen became interested in the possibility of hosting a radio show on UM’s student run station when Austin Hille, Music Director at Rebel Radio, encouraged the Aussies to try out for a DJ position.
After tryouts, both exchange students were eagerly accepted into the DJ staff at Rebel Radio and formed their engaging radio show, "DJs Down Under."
Their desire to bring a bit of their culture to Mississippi’s radio waves is often reflected in their talk
about the differences between Australian and American cultures. One of their more popular on-air segments is devoted to busting myths about Australians and their homeland. “We don’t really go around saying crikey to everyone,” Steer said. “It’s a bit of a stereotype, but there are lots of Australian terms that American’s probably aren’t aware of and we try to educate our listeners on those.”
With friends and family listening in from numerous places throughout Europe and Australia, the Aussie duo brings not only an international flavor to their listeners in Mississippi, but also draws an international audience to Rebel Radio.
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Steer and Nguyen have also been heavily involved with athletics throughout their time at Ole Miss. Steer joined the Ole Miss Men’s Club Soccer team and Nguyen became a member of the Ole Miss Rugby Football Club.
“The one thing that I will never forget about my entire experience at Ole Miss is the Hotty Toddy chant,” Nguyen said. “It’s one of the things that I will remember for the rest of my life because it has become so ingrained in me.”
The two plan on heading back home to Sydney, Australia after this semester to finish their degrees at Macquarie University.