There goes the last DJ, who plays what he wants to play, and says what he wants to say
- Long time fixture on Los Angeles radio, freeform disc jockey Jim Ladd
surfaces once again on satellite radio
after been unceremoniously booted off
terrestrial radio. Ladd, the inspiration of Tom Petty's Last DJ album
, is one of the few remaining DJs allowed choose what to play and not follow a playlist from a program manager. (via blogging.la
The days of the legendary late-night FM DJ are pretty much behind us...with one notable exception. Vin Scelsa
, whose radio career spans 43 years on six different New York City FM stations, has developed a uniquely passionate following through his free-form show Idiot's Delight
, which blends an idiosyncratic array of music new and old, commentary, and book recommendations
. For decades, Vin has used his on-air time to read entire chapters of books, wax philosophical, and add to his remarkable roster of guests
. Faithful fans
chronicle every aspect of the show
, archive past playlists
, and even create works like this very homemade but very informative and worthwhile Unofficial Documentary: Parts 1
. [more inside]
Alan "Fluff" Freeman
has died at the age of 79
he gave up broadcasting in 2000
, due to poor health, he will always be remembered as the man who invented the chart rundown, complete with background music and jingles.
He is probably best known for Pick of the Pops
, which reached a mainstream audience, but was also a champion of rock music. Along with John Peel
and Tommy Vance
, Fluff was the last of the three great DJ's I grew up listening to on late night radio. I'm too young to remember his Radio Luxembourg shows, but The Saturday Night Rock Show on Radio 1 was compulsory listening, part for the music and part for Fluff's unique catchphrases and jingles, particularly Sign of the Swingin' Cymbal (rm)
which became his theme on all his radio shows. He was also the inspiration behind the Harry Enfield character Dave Nice
. We'll miss you Fluff. Not 'arf!
Irritation: A radio saga. NSFW (language) Dead Air Dave
is a New York Disc Jockey, (in)famous for being the man who hit the dump button on the Howard Stern
show. An interesting look at a day in the life of an overnight radio DJ.
" as the singer for Brazilian rockers ACC
storms the studio, so to speak, and forces a DJ to play his band's record over and over for an hour. Are things really this desperate?
A radio DJ's prank on travelling friends.
...involved faking an Interpol officer and the suggestion of "concealed" bird eggs. [More inside...]