He goes by just one name, but Nazzy the DJ inspires in a big way
CONCORD — No character style: Nazzy once camped out atop a scissor lift for five days and four nights to raise nearly $35,000 for children with cancer. It's one of the WJYY morning drive host's proudest moments.
Some people give till it hurts, as the saying goes. He admits he contributed until it scared him half to death — perched there 30 feet in the air above the State House plaza to benefit Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
It's one of a number of charitable endeavors for Nazzy, and what inspired people to nominate him for the 2014 class of 40 Under Forty. Whether on air at 105.5 FM, or on his own time, he has helped the cause for numerous organizations, including the Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club of Concord, Concord SPCA, Concord YMCA, March of Dimes, New Hampshire Food Bank, and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Capitol Region.
"I'd like to help more people. I haven't helped enough people," he says.
His parents instilled in him a kind of pay-it-forward philosophy.They taught him that, "We are fortunate in life, and that we should do what we can for our neighbors and the less fortunate."
"That's the way I was raised by my parents," Nazzy said. "They are big-time givers."
Cancer benefits are dear to his heart, in part, because he lost his mother and father to cancer, as well as his mother-in-law. And his son — who is now 4 — spent the first couple of hours of his life at CHaD, he said.
Donating to CHaD is so empowering, he adds.
Nazzy, 38, a father of two who lives in Concord, is the heart of the Morning Wake Up Show on JYY 105.5. The DJ also runs Nazzy Entertainment.
Nazzy started at JYY 12 years ago as a weekend disc jockey. He then was a night-time radio personality. Ten years ago, he became the voice and face of the Morning Wake Up Show.
He loves New Hampshire for its natural beauty and for its residents. "I love the people of New Hampshire. They're genuine. They're hard-working."
Aside from volunteerism, one of his goals is to one day expand his talents to television, in a program fashioned after his work as JYY morning host.
"I'm doing what I love," he says. "I've got a dream job."