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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)

TITLE: Disc Jockey Flashback
By Pam Ford Davis
01/26/13


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I still find it difficult to believe; for over twenty years, I played my favorite records and radio stations paid me for doing it. In the early 1970’s, when the sound of a female on the air was a rarity, I began spinning records. Music lovers heard my Yankee voice in households, businesses and in their cars. Faceless fans fastidiously tuned in to play my Rock & Roll Trivia contests.

My husband, with five years experience behind the microphone, taught me the trade. My Top-40, Rock & Roll delivery was in line with Good Guy D-J’s. I talked to my listeners with enthusiasm, introduced records by title and artist and repeatedly gave time-temperature and weather reports. Repetition worked; even the songs I played were in regular rotation.

Have you wondered why you hear certain songs over and over? Music Directors used information from Billboard and Cash Box magazines to determine the most popular songs. In the heyday of AM Radio, stations based record play upon record sales. The Top 40 programmers put records in rotation and I played them repeatedly. Telephone requests also increased airplay.

Listeners called the radio stations, asking the Deejay on the air to play a favorite song, often wanting the announcer to dedicate it to their sweetheart. I admit, at times receiving repeated requests for a hit record day-after-day was very annoying. I will never forget one listener’s phone call. I answered the control room phone with my cheerful “KELD!”

The male voice was not easy to understand. With a sarcastic Southern drawl, he blurted something out into the telephone that I could not comprehend. Trying to be courteous, I answered the unknown radio critic; “I beg your pardon.” He quickly repeated his profanity that I had missed the first time. His crude remark does not bear repeating!


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Camille (C D) Swanson 01/31/13
Interesting entry, and it carries an air of authenticity, so I'm believing you were the MC. I enjoyed this piece and the original way you brough the topic home.

Nicely done! God bless~
Dannie Hawley 02/01/13
You've given us a vivid picture of life as a DJ. I can almost hear the tunes repeating, and envision myself in that swivel chair with platter-like turntables spinning. Mean guy. Why not just turn the dial; there's lots of other stations from which to choose? Bet you were embarrassed! Great job sharing this snapshot of one of your past experiences with repeats!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/05/13
I found myself really intrigued in the first part of the story. My mind flashed back to the old WKRP in Cincinnati (The theme song is now running through my head)

Your ending felt a tad abrupt to me. I was eager to continue to read more of your escapades.

You did do a nice job on finding a fresh and fascinating take on the topic. Good job.