Hug Your Local DJ! June Is National DJ Month
What do you tell a kid who wants to be a DJ when he grows up? Tell him he can't do both. The best DJ's never lose touch with their inner child. We have fun for a living, and pass that on to our radio listening audience, the crowd in the club, or the people gathered for that wedding, office party, or family reunion. That's not always as easy as it sounds. I've had to go on the air 15 minutes after being told a friend just died, and once got a call, during a Saturday remote, informing me my father wasn't expected to survive the weekend. The show must go on. That mixmaster in your favorite club is probably working at least two jobs. Disc jockey work can be pretty tough on relationships. We sometimes catch ourselves wondering if there's any real value in what we do. I recall sitting in a broadcast studio at about 2 am, listening to a frightened caller, sitting alone in the dark, while a hurricane raged. That erased those doubts. I've DJ'ed weddings, Christmas parties, and high school dances. I've worked at radio stations in Colorado, upstate New York, and south Louisiana. I've had a lot of memorable experiences, and met many interesting people, wouldn't trade this gig for anything.