Ask O’Brien – ‘Why Did You Become a DeeJay?’
I received another great question the other day, but I’m not sure how to take it. The question is ‘why did you become a deejay?’ Now, are they sincerely asking why, or are they pulling their hair out asking the Heavens ‘why, oh why, did you HAVE to become a deejay?’ I’ll go with the former.
I’ve always loved music and when I was in about the 7th grade I started listening to the radio religiously. I used to listen to a walkman (ask your parents) that I kept under my pillow when I went to bed at night, hoping to catch the ‘Phaser 5 Countdown’ with Vick St. John. I liked that I didn’t know what the deejay looked like. I liked the anonymity of the profession.
Later, a buddy of mine who was a few years older got a job pushing buttons at a local station and they needed someone else so he got me a job. I was hooked, at 15 years old. Years went by and I worked at other stations in lots of formats and every timeslot. Like everything the industry changed, but to effectively answer the question, for me it was all about the music.
Now answer my question - 'why did you become a listener?' Tell me on Facebook.