Prolific author Haruki Murakami will try his hand at being a DJ and host his own radio program for the first time on Aug. 5.

The program, titled, “Murakami Radio—Run & Songs,” is scheduled to air for 55 minutes from 7 p.m. on Tokyo FM, which has a nationwide network of 38 broadcasting stations.

In the program, which will be recorded in advance, Murakami will talk about his lifelong love of music, literature and running, according to Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co., operator of Tokyo FM.

Murakami ran a jazz cafe as a young man, and music references crop up all the time in his books.

He is also a keen runner, having taken part in full marathons on many occasions.

For the Aug. 5 program, Murakami will play songs from his extensive music collection as well as those on his iPod, which he carries when running.

He said he will bring his favorite songs from home into the studio to play for his audience.

"I want to make the program as personal as I can by talking about my favorite things," Murakami said in a message to the radio station.

Listeners will be able to ask Murakami questions about music. He will answer selected questions.

For details, visit the program’s website (http://www.tfm.co.jp/murakamiradio/).