JUNE IS NATIONAL DJ MONTH!
National DJ Month is a new contribution to the collection of monthly celebrations but it’s roots are much older than you think!
Believe it or not, the first disc jockey was an experiment on the airwaves. Waaaay back In 1909, sixteen-year-old Ray Newby was a student under the supervision of Charles “Doc” Herrold at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless. He played the first records over the airwaves before the word disc jockey even existed!
This experiment from Garden City Bank Building in San Fernando, California (where the Herrold College was located) was soon being replicated by radio broadcasters across the country. It wasn’t until 25 years later that radio commentator Walter Winchell coined the term disc jockey.
Today, contemporary DJs play music from vinyl to digital. Regardless of the medium they use, the term disc jockey still applies.
Hip-hop DJs became popular in the late 70s and 80s using multiple turntables and using the turntables themselves as an instrument to alter the music. Mobile DJs often act as the master of ceremonies at events or parties directing the evening’s activities.
And it doesn’t stop there!
DJs have become an integral part of the way we celebrate and have fun. From weddings and birthdays to the hottest night clubs, cruise ships and resorts – they are a staple in the “good times” department. Not to mention their innovative music creations and new experiences (“silent party”, anyone?) that keep us on our toes.
So give it up for the DJs. You can spell FUN without DJ but why would you want to?! They’re here to make special moments magical, parties rock, and experiences that you won’t soon forget!