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Josh Wilkinson

Josh joined Penguin Entertainment in 1993 and, due to his success as an MC, he was quickly promoted to Executive Director of the company. During his career he served as President for the Austin Mobile Disc Jockey Association from 1998-1999 as well as on the boards of the National Association of Catering Executives and the Austin Wedding and Event Coordinators Association.

He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Film and Television production and worked on numerous feature films, music videos and TV commercials. He began his DJ work in 1984 and hosted his first reception in 1990. Handling all his events with grace and a sense of fun has earned him several industry awards and made him one of the most sought-after MCs in Texas.

Here’s Josh in his own words:

Wedding receptions are about so much more than good music. Of course great music is crucial, but a truly amazing celebration happens when guests are deeply engaged and emotionally moved.

My approach is very collaborative and creative. We design a timeline together that best suits your tastes and those of your guests. We customize the music for every part of the day — from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner to dancing — and I learn from you not just the important songs but WHY they’re important. These details help me tailor everything to your tastes and, more vitally, help connect the guests emotionally to what’s happening. When guests are moved like that, they spontaneously join the celebration on the dance floor — not just because they hear a good song, but because they want to join in all that good feeling!

As a master of ceremonies, I’ve been hosting weddings professionally since 1993. I’ve trained with some world-class emcees and continue training to this day. I’m warm, witty, and sincere, without resorting to canned routines, generic announcements, or empty chatter. I know I’m representing you in front of all your friends and family, so I should understand you and your style very well. I also know that the best emcees aren’t intrusive but serve instead as hosts and guides, and that anything said on the microphone should have real meaning.

For me, weddings aren’t just “gigs”: I think of each as I did my own wedding — a truly rare occasion, very possibly the only time this exact group of friends and family will share an evening, a chance to celebrate both this momentous day in your relationship as well as all the loving people in your lives. Serving as emcee and DJ, presiding over the entertainment at your reception, is a huge honor and an enormous responsibility. I treat it with all the respect, humility, and joy that that entails.

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