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KEVIN’S SUMMARY: The Death and Rebirth of the “DJ,” Remembering the Mom and Pop Turkeys

 width=I have to write something in this section cause I’m tired of seeing Tom Joyner’s face on the front page of this blog (lol).

First and foremost Bristol Palin’s win over is absolutely repulsive and I’m not watching DWTS ever again. That sh… is totally set up and her dingbat mother’s friends called in to make sure her non-dancing ass got the votes.   Her baby brother can probably dance better. I HATE bullsh… politics. When WHITE people get pissed at something like this you KNOW something’s wrong. A white man actually shot his TV he was so pissed her lopsided ass won (lol). See story here.



I was writing the story about the best jocks and DJs of all time and I realized something that I had never given much thought to until last night. I remember entering radio in the mid 80s and having great sympathy for the station’s mix jocks.   They were not invited to meetings, they were ignored, they weren’t paid sh… and the program directors just didn’t allow them in the radio circle. I would often see them hanging around the PDs office making a futile effort to be noticed and respected. They were simply mistreated. Me, being the champion of the underdog, some of my closest industry friends were the mix jocks at the various stations that I worked at.   The program directors were no longer going out to clubs and what the DJs did was irrelevant to them but it was relevant to the audience. If they wanted to work a regular shift, they were all but laughed at and not taken seriously. I’m not saying it was like that at all the mom and pops back in the day because I think of us who entered radio in the 80s on the urban side were treated like sh… our first few gigs. The 80s was not a to enter or work in urban radio.

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1 comment

chris carlisle November 27, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Hey man, I feel ya all the way. I was THERE in that kind of mess doing Urban radio in the 80’s doing Quiet Storm / night radio. We were all working for min wage except the management. My station had cashflow problems and sometimes was late meeting payroll; and so a number of times I had to sell my records to a 3rd shift convenience store clerk to get the gas money for the trip home. 20+ years later it ain’t changed much: particularly after the 96 dereg sucked any remaining margins out of the biz. I shoulda hopped over to TV weather when I had the chance — but I had a brain fart and didn’t close on that deal. Hindsight is 20/20 — but what a fun ride it was anyway for a nice long minute. Definitely NOT an industry for grown folks or responsible parents though. Hobby money is all it ever was and ever will be with few exceptions. Peace.

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