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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

SONGS YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS TO

IF YOU'RE A D.J.

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If you're the radio D.J. there is an old stable of songs you can count on playing if you ever need to go to the bathroom during a show.

Weather Meister Craig Koplien began this discussion on Live at Daybreak. I believe we had played both "Stairway to Heaven" and "American Pie" that morning. Craig quipped that those two songs, in addition to "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights" are on a short list of titles well known and quite valuable to jocks on the radio.

They're less important now, given the era of automation, but yes children, D.J.'s used to play records and then carts (like 8-tracks) for every song. So if you ever really had to hit the bathroom... you only had as long as the song would give you. That's why those popular marathon songs were so valuable.

Susan seemed to question the reality of the claim made my Mr. Koplien and myself, and in a moment the words came out of both of our mouths, "Seriously. Ask a D.J."

So I did. As many of you know I do news updates in the morning on 94.5 Lake FM. When I brought up the topic, morning host and program director J. Pat Miller instantly agreed with the afore mentioned titles on the list, and added a few of his favorites.

"Life's Been Good," by Joe Walsh. Queen's 2-for of" We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions." On the contemporary chart, Guns & Roses "November Rain" gets the job done. And then there's "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang. Of it Miller said, "If you have to read the Sunday paper, that's a good song."

I would add Frampton's 13 plus minute "Do You Feel" in there... but I'm not a D. J. I just go to the bathroom during the long weather reports. Sorry Craig.

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

 

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