DJ Jake Rudh enters Mad Men casting contest

Earlier this week, we told you about local music lover Jessa Alt entering the Mad Men Casting Call contest for a second consecutive year, and mod madness continues just days later with yet another Minneapolis contestant throwing his hat into the ring: veteran local DJ and all-around tastemaker Jake Rudh. Rudh's popular Transmission Wednesday nights at Jager adopted retro themes from the start, and he's definitely known to rock a throw-back style. We caught up with him to ask him about his hopes of winning the contest and why he likes the show.

Photo by Stacy Schwartz
Photo by Stacy Schwartz

Jake, how do people know you in Minneapolis?

I've been a DJ in the Twin Cities for over 15 years now, so most know me from either my on-air, event or club experience. Though some know me as a former recruiter, so I may have hired or fired you.

You are a huge Mad Men fan -- why? When did this madness all start?

The attraction to the Mad Men series started immediately. Since college I've been known to wear vintage clothing, suits, skinny ties and furnish my surroundings with retro and mid-century art and furniture. In my first couple years of school I hosted a jazz/lounge/bossa nova program, so when this show came along and mixed all of these things together, I was instantly hooked. The exceptional writing and acting are a big plus as well.

How did you decide on a photo for the casting call?

As for the photo submitted, it was a shot that City Pages photographer Stacy Schwartz took at last years Mad Men season three premiere party. It seemed to get a lot of comments, so I just rolled with it.

What's your favorite thing about the mid-century modern style?

My favorite thing about mid-century modern style are probably the simple, clean lines. I like things clean and simple. (Ed. note: Jake runs a group called Twin Cities Mid-Century Modern on Facebook)

What will you do if you win?

If I win, I think I'll celebrate by having a cocktail...and maybe a Hamm sandwich.

Vote for Jake Rudh here

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