This day is dedicated to all of the DJ's who entertain by playing the music we love at clubs and events. Remember that one song that you just couldn't get out of your head? Remember how the beat just kept coming back to you again and again? Well, we have DJ's to thank for that! Every January 20th we show those DJ's a big thank you for bringing the music to us.
Music has shaped our every day life. Even in every other form of media, music allowed us to emerge into a new world. Music transforms us, and the DJ's are the practitioners that guide them to a song or new world. Where did the term Dj or Disc jockey come from?
History of Disc Jockeys
In 1909 16-year-old Ray Newby became the very first disc jockey, playing records on a small spark transmitter under the authority of Charles "Doc" Herrold. This would begin a spark all over the world, Disc jockeys would sprout into the radio world. However, the term "Disc Jockey, " wasn't coined until almost 20 years later, by Walter Winchell to describe another radio announcer. From then on, the term was widely used to describe other Disc jockeys.
Over time, the art of DJing had changed from vinyl to more technologically advanced tools. Soon this would help singers, rappers, and artists of all kinds to use the skills of the DJ to make their work have a bigger impact on others.
Disc jockeys allow us to have that special party, that great wedding, and most of all those favorite songs that forever stick with us. Music wouldn't be what it is today without the efforts of a disc jockey, so let us give thanks to how important Disc Jockeys are to our world.