How Many Venues Have I Worked At?

I’ve been a DJ for a long time now (28+ years) although I’ve had a love of music for as long as I can remember.

I started out in my teens at the Youth club in March 1987 doing the weekly disco on a Friday evening.

The record decks I first used at the youth centre looked like this.

Old Record decks

It’s been a fun ride along the way over the last 28 or so years even if it hasn’t always been plain sailing…

How many venues have I worked at? Now there’s a damn good question!

This is a list of some of the places I’ve been a DJ at in my time.

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Hey Mr DJ Can You Play…

In all the years I’ve been a DJ I’ve worked in some great places & I’ve lost count of the amount of requests I’ve taken from people for songs at some special event such as birthday or wedding.

Although requests were usually OK, Some nights you would get that one person who constantly kept coming up to the booth or stage demanding you played the song(s) they wanted to hear.


At one venue in Scunthorpe in 2008 I ended up quitting the Friday night DJ position after someone threatened me with violence for not playing the songs he wanted to hear… Thankfully that venue has long since been demolished to make way for housing.

What these IDIOTS need to remember is DJ’s are creative people & they’re paid to entertain a crowd!

DJ’s are NOT a Jukebox! You don’t dictate the playlist.

It takes a lot of skill and thought to get the playlist/set just right for the audience you are entertaining.

Next time you’re at a party and there’s a DJ playing the party tunes leave him to it he knows what he’s doing.

Although If you do feel the need to ask a DJ for a request at a party/pub etc…

Don’t start threatening them it will only get your song request put to the very bottom of the DJ’s playlist!

Stability? RadioDJ has that in Spades

I’ve been into Internet radio for a long time now. In all those years I’ve learnt a lot of things about streaming on the Internet.

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It’s been a fun thing to learn about. Other times it’s been hard work because software wasn’t doing the job it was designed for.

“The biggest issue we’ve encountered when it came to the Internet radio automation software offerings has always been the lack of stability or reliability, We could never get a stream to hold up for longer than 2 days with certain software”

We don’t appear to have that problem with *RadioDJ FREE radio automation software.

We began using RadioDJ v1.3.7.0 about 5 and a half years ago now and that worked like a Trojan running our stream.

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The newer versions of RadioDJ are far more powerful than was.

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RadioDJ just sits quietly in the background automating my local music stream. (Gave up running an online stream ages ago)

“We know of one user who has gone 234 days (Roughly 7.5 months) without having to restart RadioDJ”

So if you’re looking for a stable & reliable DJ program for use on Internet radio then RadioDJ is what you need.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

(Click on the logo to download RadioDJ or right click and “Save Link As” to download it to your PC)

Once you get past the Installation of RadioDJ the program just runs and runs without the need for a restart.

Usually the only reason RadioDJ needs a restart is because of Windows updates.

We’ve tried nearly all the available software for Internet radio and nothing comes close to RadioDJ.

Stability? RadioDJ has that in “Spades” – Try it for yourself today, It’s 100% FREE so you have nothing to lose by trying it…

*RadioDJ free radio automation really is FREE (NOT Misleading)

Free alternative to Sam Broadcaster

Q: Is there a free alternative to SAM Broadcaster?

A: Yes RadioDJ is a free alternative to SAM Broadcaster & is suitable for DJs of all levels/ages and makes for a perfect AutoDJ system.


Based on an easy to install MySQL Database this software can integrate with your web applications and has a multitude of plugins available to customise to your hearts content.

Special Features
  • Integrated Shoutcast/Icecast encoder (by plugin);
  • Now playing artist-title exported to file, web or serial (by plugin);
  • Custom number of auxiliary players (by plugin);
  • Audio Processor plugin (with AGC, Compressor and 10 band Equalizer) for a great sound;
System Requirements
  • Supported operating systems: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Works on systems with as little as 512MB of RAM;
  • Multiple sound card outputs;
  • Works with any sound-card supported by Windows;
  • Database back-end for fast and safe operation;
Supported formats
  • Compatible audio formats: mp3, wav, wma, flac, etc;
  • Additional formats can be added by using plugins;
  • Podcast support;
  • Support for Shout-cast and other HTTP stream relaying;
  • Support for ID3 tags;

Playout System

  • Auto DJ function, based on category and subcategory rotation for 24/7 automation;
  • Advanced rules for selecting tracks in Auto DJ mode, to avoid playing same track or artist in a user’s set time interval;
  • Custom song and jingle rotations which can be loaded and saved anytime by operator or by programmed event;
  • RadioDJ comes with some predefined main categories that will help you organize all of your sound files. Beside those, you can add virtually unlimited categories and subcategories for your music, jingles, sweepers etc;
  • Integrated cartwall for short tracks like beds, sweepers, effects etc. Every setup can be saved and loaded when needed (by plugin);
  • Assignable sweepers per track;
  • Assignable title per track type for now_playing.txt and internet broadcasting. This allows you to show or hide track titles for jingles, commercials etc;
  • Multilingual support. More languages are available on the forum;
  • Monitor (pre-listen) option for any track in search window;
  • UN-obstructive cue points saving for any track (start, intro, outro and end);
  • Custom fade duration for start and end of the track;
  • Manual or auto advance mode for the playlist tracks;
  • Advanced scheduler for events (radio shows, advertisements etc) which allows you to set more actions for each scheduled task;

User Interface

  • Clean and intuitive interface;
  • History window;
  • Intro countdown;
  • Time until sweeper countdown;
  • Time calculations for easier back-timing in live operation;
  • Advanced reporting system;
  • Integrated advanced search, by artist, title, category, subcategory and genre;
  • Integrated web browser (by plugin);
  • Every event is announced in the main window, a minute before launching;
  • User set colors for cartwall buttons;
  • Artwork support (by plugin);

Special Features

  • Automatically overlap sweepers over start/intro/end;
  • Voicetracking support;
  • Integrated Shoutcast/Icecast encoder (by plugin);
  • Now playing artist-title exported to file, web or serial (by plugin);
  • Custom number of auxiliary players (by plugin);
  • Audio Processor plugin (with AGC, Compressor and 10 band Equalizer) for a great sound;
  • Auto skip silence from start and end of the tracks;
  • Backup and restore database option;

Free Alternative to SAM Broadcaster
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