JEFFERSON MANGUM
In late 2002, when Jeff briefly held a slot as a DJ at WFMU, a free-form public radio station in the New York / New Jersey area, he was officially referred to as Jefferson Mangum, at least on the station's website. I'm guessing this was a half-hearted attempt at anonymity. On the air, he referred to himself simply as "Jeff," as did the other DJs at the station. As far as I can tell, not once did he nor anyone else give any mention to Neutral Milk Hotel or even a hint of his past accomplishments. He didn't even give himself credit for the original sound collages he played. Online indie news website Pitchfork broke the news about Jeff's DJing gig just three weeks into his tenure, so the secret didn't stay under wraps for long. In all, Jeff spent just over two months at the station.

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