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Z100 Radio DJ Crystal Rosas leads a wild dating life in New York

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If anyone understands the difficulties of dating in New York, it’s daytime radio Z100 DJ Crystal Rosas. The 28-year-old girl sometimes goes on two dates in the same day – with bankers, hipsters, musicians and a guy who became known to her fans as “King Venmo”.

“For the first few weeks, I thought, ‘I could marry this guy. Even my mom was interested in a relationship!” she told The Post. Everything was going smoothly until the couple went on a New Year’s Eve trip to Atlantic City. “When I got home, he sent me a Venmo fee for literally half of everything we did on the trip,” including Ubers, gas, and chicken dinner from the Costco food court. “I couldn’t believe it, but if he thinks it’s good enough to ship, I figured I’d just complete the payment.”

Apparently overjoyed at this breakup, the next day, King Venmo asked Rosas to officially become his girlfriend.

“Obviously not,” she said with a laugh.

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$232 Hemant & Nandita

$232 Hemant and Nandita “Amal” top and $266 skirt at Revolve.com. $1,550 Izobel Sandal 100 heels and $1,595 Varenne Quad XS bag at JimmyChoo.com. Earrings, $495, at US.DolceGabbana.com. “Limelight” chain ring, $350 at SeniaNewYork.com. Location: Gitano, Governors Island.


$232 Hemant & Nandita

$232 Hemant and Nandita “Amal” top and $266 skirt at Revolve.com. $1,550 Izobel Sandal 100 heels and $1,595 Varenne Quad XS bag at JimmyChoo.com. Earrings, $495, at US.DolceGabbana.com. “Limelight” chain ring, $350 at SeniaNewYork.com. Location: Gitano, Governors Island.


Rosas chronicles his dates—the good, the bad, and the cheap—in his weekly podcast “Crystal’s Nightcap,” available on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Music, and Spotify.

It debuted in 2018 while she was living in San Francisco, but “started to gain momentum in 2020…during the pandemic, when there was nothing for anyone to do, I definitely got more listeners,” Rosas said. “The listeners liked the relationship I had with my ex and [nicknamed him] “A stepping stone” because “they thought he would be a stepping stone until I found the true love of my life.” The two have been in and out for years, with many listeners rooting for them.

Although it’s not entirely clear to her what will happen to Stepping Stone, she said: “He will always have a special place in my heart. He taught me unconditional love and how a man should treat me. Now we are in different places in our lives, but I will never say that one day we may be reborn.

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L’Academie Janeiro dress, $198 at Revolve.com. Diosa 50 sandals, $850 at JimmyChoo.com. Negative Space Puzzle Earrings, $375 at ElizabethHooper.com. Location: Gitano, Governors Island
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However, one of Rosas’ most serious and enduring relationships is with her listeners. “I constantly interact with my listeners on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. They often have more understanding of what’s good for me than I do,” she said.

Rosas grew up in Oakland, California, the son of Mexican immigrants and the middle child between two brothers. Her father is a driver at a nursing home and her mother owns a property management business. She studied business marketing at California State University, East Bay, and her first radio appearance was an internship at a local radio station. She later hosted The Crystal Show on San Francisco’s Wild 94.9 FM radio station before moving to New York City and the Z100 in July 2021, which draws around 2.9 million listeners a week.

She said the move to the Big Apple has energized her podcast and her personal life. But she wants to be clear: “This is not a sex podcast. It’s about dating and my life. New York also plays a big role, because all these dates take place in wonderful places in the city, ”she said.

One of them is Soho’s Lure Fishbar, where Rosas took three friends on a date with a “typical financier,” she said. Shortly after they sat down in a swanky downtown establishment, the three women were shown a slideshow on Finance Bro’s mobile phone.

“He showed us pictures of his Rolex collection. He was just trying to trick us,” Rosas said. But when the $300 bill arrived, the guy offered to split it with the ladies. “Here’s this guy showing us his expensive watch but not paying the check,” she said. “Of course, I brought three friends, so I was perfectly fine helping to pay. We were just a little taken aback by the hypocrisy and arrogance.”

Rosas, a daytime anchor at Z100, is in the studio five days a week covering what she calls "desired slot from 14:00 to 18:00."
Rosas, a daytime anchor at Z100, is in the studio five days a week, covering what she calls “the coveted 2-6 p.m. interval.”
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As for where she finds these guys, she said, “I’m on every dating app because I like variety.” However, she has the type: “As the daughter of immigrants, I like foreign guys. I think they are less authoritative, more respectful and more gentlemanly.”

As for her ideal partner, “I want someone who is really fun, with a stable career, generous and understanding about my career and my life,” Rosas said.

And while she relies on apps, she’s also old-fashioned about some things: “I don’t date in DM,” Rosas said of the guys who slip into her Instagram posts. This is because she doesn’t want potential partners to know what she does for a living before meeting her.

“It’s hard for me to tell if they’re trying to date me because of me or because of my job or status,” she said. “I get amazing perks and access to great opportunities, events and people through my work, and I understand why anyone would want to date me just because of that.”

Although she isn’t particularly secretive when it comes to dating, Rosas often bids her time before revealing the true nature of her profession to potential boyfriends. “I usually say on the first date that I’m a writer because they might feel awkward if I say I host a dating podcast,” she said. “This guy that I’m actually still dating didn’t believe me, so he googled me and listened to the podcast without telling me.”

She didn’t mind, but there was only one problem.

That same day, she went on a second date with another man, and it didn’t go well – he seemed more excited about his future plans to watch a Rangers game with friends than to date her. “So I talked about a bad date on a podcast that night and the first guy heard it! He thought I was talking about our date.

“I felt so bad, but he was very sweet,” she said, adding that they still see each other by chance. “He said at this point he knows he’s going to be discussed on the podcast so he’ll stop listening, but I’m sure he’ll tune in from time to time.”

Rosas is in no hurry to settle down, but he thinks about the future.

“I plan to have a family and children with someone when I am closer to 30 years old. But for now, I’ll keep enjoying Crystal’s Nightcaps until I meet a guy who’s worth closing the bar.”

Photos: Steven Young; Stylist: Nicole Zane Hair: T. Cooper using ECRU New York; Makeup: Markfong with Pixi Beauty; Stylist assistant: Alexa Hempel; Nails courtesy of Maria “Betty Cakezz” Castillo on @bettycakezz on Instagram; Location: Gitano, Governors Island.


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