100 Words or Less: On Being a DJ for a Top 40 Station

Radio DJ

This was when a DJ was actually in control of his/her own life.

These poor people.

At one point, being a Top 40 DJ actually meant something. Now, there is nothing to do but pimp the exact same playlist each and every hour with increasing – and baffling, almost mentally unstable – enthusiasm, as if we’ve never heard “Royals” before, despite it playing ten minutes ago.

This isn’t a job. There is no room for creativity or an individualistic flair. You are bound to play certain songs, tell a horrendous joke and move things along. You are a cog in a merciless, sadistic machine. Where is God’s mercy for these souls?

Steve DiMatteo

Author: Steve DiMatteo

Steve is an editor for Robot Butt. You can follow him on Twitter @steve_dimatteo.

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