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Women Behind the Music in Cincinnati: Jennifer Fritsch

Jennifer Fritsch is the Executive Producer for the Jeff & Jenn morning show on Q102. Jennifer went to Holmes High School and then to Northern Kentucky University where she studied French and Speech Communication. In 2001, she started working at Q102 and told her parents, “Q102 will be a fun place to work until I have to get a “real job.” It so happens that working at Q102 ended up being Jennifer’s dream job and she never left. Lucky for us! 

We were thrilled to sit down with Jennifer about being a Woman Behind the Music in Cincinnati! 

Everyone knows you from Q102. What are some things we may not know about you? 
I started playing the trumpet when I was in the 6th grade and I was in Marching Band from 7th grade through High School. I marched trumpet for one year and did Color Guard. I attended grade school, high school and college all in Northern Kentucky. I can also speak French.

As a woman in Cincinnati music, do you feel that your gender has ever hindered your path? Do you feel that you must work harder to get your voice heard? 
I personally don’t feel that my gender has hindered my path.  There are a lot of men that work in radio but I am fortunate enough to work at Q102 which has more women than men on staff.  It’s quite amazing to work with so many talented women.

What women in music (or behind the music) do you admire? 
I have a total love affair with Lady Gaga. I love how she stands up for small voices that aren’t always heard. She’s not afraid to be herself and put herself out there no matter what. She’s faced a lot of hate throughout her career and comes back stronger than ever every time. 

Tell us about the craziest second date update you have heard that you may have not been able to air.  
Sometimes people are pretty graphic with what happens on their dates.  It can get shocking. HA!

What do you want people to take away with them when they think of you? 
I want people to think of me as a kind, giving, loving person who cares a lot about her family, friends, and career.  I also want people to think of me as someone who loves where she comes from and represents Northern KY and Cincinnati in a positive light. 

March is Women’s History Month, in celebration, CincyMusic.com will be featuring important women behind the music scene in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is the home of so many amazing women within the music industry. These women include; an activist, a Director of Marketing, Music Editor, Producer, musicians, and many more!

Stay tuned to CincyMusic.com for our Features on these talented women this month!  


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