Why Radio Personalities and DJ’s Won’t Play YOUR Song

Interesting. Since posting this picture on Facebook a while back, I’ve received a few public and private message comments. So, for everyone here NOT working in radio or doing a DJ gig, let me shed a little light on our jobs as radio personalities and/or DJ (and yes; some of us do both).
I’ll sub-title this post: PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT 102.

For the record people, as a radio jock and “sometime” public DJ, I do my “rejections” of music requests with A LOT MORE CLASS than that pictured here! I’m sure my colleagues do likewise! I simply thought this picture was funny because, although I – and many of my colleagues are professionals, each of us has to admit to FEELING this way sometimes! Believe me, I often have the SAME listeners calling nearly every week asking for the SAME song(s) or asking for some song which I know WON’T work for the program I’m running, the audience I’m playing to/for, or which I know is simply no good! People like this tend to get annoying!  They seem to think that the radio station and/or the DJ’s booth are strictly for THEIR PERSONAL listening enjoyment! A few will actually get angry if “their song” isn’t played! Every radio personality and DJ experiences people like this all the time!  We try to be professional in such cases but there are always going to be those select few who test our patience. This is ONE of the reasons why radio stations have locked doors and many DJ booths are either raised high off the main floor or are positioned in a corner of a room, or perhaps barricaded away from the dancers/audience.

LISTEN: we (DJ’s, radio personalities) are NOT anti-social, egotistical, or anything of the sort!  We often don’t mind visitors coming to check us out and POLITELY requesting a song or making song suggestions. In fact, most of us ENCOURAGE this and will TRY to entertain such requests!  Bear in mind however, radio personalities and DJ’s get MANY song requests! Yet, WE ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING SOMETHING ABOUT THE SONG; i.e. whether or not it is appropriate and/or IF it will flow the way we need for it to for EVERYONE’S benefit. It’s simply our job, people; a job that LOOKS easy enough but one in which NOT EVERYONE can do it… efficiently! Heck, sometimes selecting /playing music and entertaining audiences is a “hit and miss” with us jocks, too! Often, while you’re talking to us (and we try to listen and be pleasant as possible with you), our minds are already thinking and planning the NEXT song or songs to play (if such is not already queued up to go), the announcements that have to be made, among other things, and do all that as our EARS listen and EYES watch the audience, gauging THEIR reaction.
Hopefully this little explanation helps everyone appreciate our jobs just a bit more and why we in this business can relate to the DJ pictured doing what he’s doing.
Keepin’ it…REAL!