Stryker (disc jockey)

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Stryker
Birth name Gary Ramón Sandorf
Born (1971-06-04) June 4, 1971 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Show KROQ-FM Afternoon Drive DJ
Station(s) KROQ-FM
Time slot 2pm-6pm Weekdays
Style Music/Talk
Country United States

Theodore "Ted" Ramón Stryker (born Gary Ramón Sandorf on June 4, 1971)[1] known on-air as simply "Stryker", is an American radio personality and disc jockey.

Biography[edit]

Stryker began his radio career while attending the University of Arizona where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.[2] During those six and a half years, he began working at 92.1 KFMA in Tucson, Arizona, taking his air name from Robert Hays' character in the movie Airplane!. He eventually moved back to Los Angeles, California and worked at KROQ 106.7 FM as a music DJ in the afternoon from 4pm to 7pm (PST). After the departure of Adam Carolla, who left to host his own morning radio show, Stryker took over on the nationally syndicated talk show Loveline[2] from 10pm to midnight (PST) with Dr. Drew. He would later admit on the air that he'd never actually listened to Loveline before he got hired. From September 4, 2007 to September 9, 2008 he was the on-stage DJ for the 5th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Stryker voiced the in-game radio disc jockey ("The Voice") in Burnout 3: Takedown as himself. He has also hosted shows on MTV, Fox Sports, VH1, Fuse and Direct TV and has acted in several feature films, including Grandma's Boy, Out Cold and The Sweetest Thing (he played a club-goer who stumbles upon the sight of Christina Applegate being felt-up by two other women in the restroom).[2]

During the August 2, 2004 episode of Loveline with guest Randy Jackson, it was discussed that he had been hired as one of the original judges on American Idol, a position which he turned down before filming began over image concerns. Jackson related Stryker's position as "It's going to blow my cool."

On February 3, 2009, Stryker announced on Loveline that he would be serving as a Dean for the 3rd season of VH-1's Charm School along with "LaLa" Vasquez and Ricki Lake.[3] Coincidentally, he will be replacing Riki Rachtman, who also hosted Loveline from 1990-1995.[citation needed]

During the September 24, 2008 episode of Loveline, both DJ Samantha Ronson and actress Lindsay Lohan spoke to Stryker regarding the plane crash involving DJ AM and Travis Barker. During the conversation, Stryker casually asked Lohan how long she and Ronson had been together, to which Lohan confessed that they had been in a relationship for "a very long time". Despite obvious evidence before this incident, this remark unintentionally became what is widely regarded as Lohan officially 'coming out'.

Stryker has a handful of quirks, such as being able to spell and pronounce people's names backwards on the fly and formulate palindromes, as well as being mildly mysophobic. He revealed during several interviews that he was born with a tail, a benign protrusion of his coccyx (tail bone) from his lower back.[4]

On April 22, 2009, Stryker announced his departure from Loveline per Westwood One. Ann Wilkins-Ingold briefly explained on the air that Stryker would be greatly missed, and the decision was solely based on Westwood One's unfortunate need to tighten its financial belt. Stryker was sad to leave, but upbeat during his announcement. He mentioned he would be back from time to time (as Westwood One has invited him to guest host periodically in the future). Stryker signed off officially at 10:56 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on April 22, 2009.

Stryker was on the air on KAMP 97.1 AMP Radio 3pm to 7 pm weekdays.[5] However, it was announced on February 26, 2010 that Stryker would return to his former position at KROQ-FM as the afternoon drive host on March 1, 2010.

Discography[edit]

Mixed compilations[edit]

  • 2008: Total Dance 2008, Vol. 2

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Adam Carolla
Co-host of Loveline
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Psycho Mike