Radio Industry

Radio Development

There’s a group of people out there who touch our lives every day. They come into our homes and hearts even into our cars to speak to us personally. Who are these people; radio DJs. They’re the ones out there on the airwaves spinning the tunes and helping us get through our day. They began early in the morning and provide us with the latest news, weather, sports, and the most important component; music. To help us get inspired to move forward, and bring us down at the end of the day to help us relax. How did these people began?

DJ

Radio really began as something to be used by the Army to transfer data across the airwaves quickly and efficiently. Radio hosts were given content and assignments to be passed on through various times of the day to specific listeners. It wasn’t until after the war that the radio became popular among the civilian class. Some of the first uses of the radio was to bring large band performances into people’s homes. These were live events such as a concert or dance that they transmitted across the airwaves for the enjoyment of millions of people.

During hard economic times, while music was still a very important component, comedy and plays were also used to brighten the spirits of whoever was listening. The goal was to make people laugh and sing to help them forget about the troubles outside their door. Some of the greats were Bob Hope and George Burns. They even broadcast their performances from troop locations that they visited.

George Burns on the radio

It wasn’t until around 1950 that celebrities started growing from the DJ field. The most famous of course of that time was Dick Clark. He hosted American Bandstand which brought all the newest and hippest music to the airwaves. It catered to more of a younger crowd who were itching to find their own sound in the world. The earlier tunes were popular were a form of swing mixed with early sounds of rock ‘n roll. It kept the kids glued to the radio and later the TV every afternoon.

Dick Clark American Bandstand

Down through the times, many musicians found their way into their field through the radio. Gene Simmons got his start playing a local radio station where he fell in love with the music that would later make him famous. Many other famous musicians found their way into the radio studio because music was just there calling, and he thought there was no other place for them.

Even Kois, who later went on to teach Drums for Beginners got his start spinning his favorite rock ‘n roll records after school. Many musicians were bound to be rock stars from the start. So naturally they gravitated to the airwaves at some point, because it was where they’d spent years worth of time growing up, and it truly became a friend for them.