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!

They are NOT a Jukebox! You don’t dicate 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!

You’re Running a Radio Station NOT a JukeBox

User on the RadioDJ forums wants the demo request (PHP) script to offer a bit more flexibility for user requests.

(i.e 2 listener requests from an IP per hour like SAM Broadcaster)

While it’s nice to have the request function in RadioDJ you have to remember you’re running a radio station not a jukebox.

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Requests from listeners are all well and good but treating your station like a jukebox isn’t going to win you many listeners.

Radio is supposed be creative and entertaining.

If you just have listener request after listener request you might as well call your station “The World’s Biggest Jukebox”

I think a daily limit on requests (i.e No more than 5 requests from 1 IP per day) is actually better than allowing so many requests per hour per IP address.

You don’t have to play a request that someone has made. It’s just a bonus for live shows really.

If people email you and complain that you’re not playing their requests.

Just ignore them it’s your station & it’s up to you to decide what gets played (& what doesn’t).

The less your stream sounds like a jukebox the better it will be for your core base of listeners.

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