The American Disc Jockey

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The American Disc Jockey The American Disc Jockey is one of the most important aspects in the development of music, especially rock-n-roll. Many radio personalities became widely recognized on the notion of them having a specialized voice or that they are able to provide a wealth of knowledge about the artists that they play (Eliot, 92). Whatever the situation, the fact remains that disk jockeys have helped to build an excitement for radio, yesterday, today, and hopefully tomorrow. A day in the life of a disk jockey is not just about spinning records and announcing the latest contest. What really makes a good disk jockey is craftsmanship (Sklar, 13). The DJ has to maneuver tangible and intangible objects, as well as cue up records, spots, public service announcements, and plugs from other DJ’s. This is not an easy task. Most importantly, a DJ has to influence people’s minds. Most of this influencing is done between songs; the way he or she blends the music, and the way he or she creates the entire show (Sklar, 14). Whether it be a humorous sketch to a documentary or perhaps a jingle. A DJ must really be aware of his or her surroundings, and learn to use all of the tools given to him (Hall, 65). For example, bits of information about the records or artists taken from publications, back of album jackets, or publicity handouts from record companies (Hall, 66). These crutches provide valuable insight for the audience and give them a feeling that a confident and educated person is on the other side of the airwaves. KTLK disk jockey Jack Armstrong believes, “All in all, entertainment is the very key for any successful disk jockey, no matter what format or music he is working. For that matter, enterta... ... middle of paper ... ...hers were not so beneficial. One thing does remain constant. Radio will always be a source of entertainment, always ready to serve the publics needs. For radio provides us with something that perhaps no other media can. Seventy plus years after mainstream invention of popular radio, it is still going strong thanks to our pied pipers of rock and roll……the American disk jockey. Bibliography: BIBLIOGRAPHY Eliot, Marc Rockonomics. New York: Franklin Watts, 1989. Hall, Claude and Barbara. The Business of Radio Programming. Billboard Publications: New York, 1977. Passman, Arnold. The Deejays. New York: Penguin Books, 1981 Sklar, Rick. Rocking America. New York: Summit Books, 1987. Smith, Wes. The Pied Pipers of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Longstreet Press: Georgia, 1989.

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