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How Joey Namou, better known as Joey Radio from Channel 955’s ‘Mojo in the Morning Show,’ found his voice

Joe Namou listens for sound with his headphones in the iHeartRadio studio

Proud Golden Grizzly Joey Namou in the iHeartRadio studio. Photos by Adam Sparkes.

Joe Namou does a sound check in the iHeartRadio studio

Proud Golden Grizzly Joey Namou in the iHeartRadio studio. Photos by Adam Sparkes.

Joe Namou rests on a couch at the entrance of the iHeartRadio studio

Proud Golden Grizzly Joey Namou in the iHeartRadio studio. Photos by Adam Sparkes.

Joe Namou does a sound check in the iHeartRadio studio

Proud Golden Grizzly Joey Namou in the iHeartRadio studio. Photos by Adam Sparkes.

Joe Namou does a sound check in the iHeartRadio studio

Proud Golden Grizzly Joey Namou in the iHeartRadio studio. Photos by Adam Sparkes.

Shout-out

icon of a calendarNovember 15, 2017

icon of a pencilBy Megan Krueger

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After visiting other college campuses, Joey Namou explains, “I just had that vibe with Oakland University.”

Namou graduated with a bachelor’s degree from OU’s School of Business Administration in 2015. Now he is the vice president of social impact at Channel 955 and a radio personality with the “Mojo in the Morning Show,” where he is known as “Joey Radio.”

“I started my freshman year at OU as an accounting major and my goal was to be a CPA,” the 23-year-old West Bloomfield native says. But after his first internship, it hit him: “It wasn’t for me.”

Then, on a morning drive to OU, Namou heard a call for interns on the “Mojo in the Morning” show. He quickly called in and declared, “Trust me, when you meet me, I am going to be your guy.” The internship led to a promotions gig, which led to some time on-air. After switching his major from accounting to marketing, the rest is history.

Looking at Namou’s social media pages, it’s apparent he’s got a zeal for his job and the community, too. Recently, he was featured in the Emagine Theatres’ hush reel promo with CEO Paul Glantz. He was named a celebrity ambassador for Wish Upon A Teen in Birmingham and also volunteers at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“I like to give back because so many people look up to me in this metro Detroit area. I want to lead by example,” he says. Namou admits he was not the outgoing individual he is today until his experiences at OU in student organizations — his favorite being Student Congress. “I encourage everyone to get involved in as many organizations and events as possible during the days as a student. It will pay off,” he says.

As a proud OU alumnus, Namou uses every opportunity he can share his pride for the Golden Grizzlies with his fans. He still attends basketball games and even meets up with former teachers for lunch.

“I am proud and it’s one of those things where they’ve always supported me,” he says of OU. “It was a life-changing experience and really molded me to become the person I am today.”

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