Vote For Your Favorite HBCU DJ Now till June 2!
In 1935, the term “disc jockey” was coined by American radio commentator Walter Winchell while describing Martin Block, an early radio announcer. Block is thought to be the first to play pre-recorded music on the radio during a broadcasting he called Make Believe Ballroom, where he played records to give the impression that he was broadcasting from a ballroom. Years later, in 1943, the first DJ dance party was held in Otley, England by Jimmy Savile, who also became the first DJ to ever use twin turntables. The turning point in the history of DJing came in 1955 when Bob Casey brought in the two turntable system and sound systems were developed in Kingston, Jamaica. DJing has evolved and become more prevalent throughout the years, making its way from block parties to nightclubs, to raves, and college campuses.
Historically, black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are known for many things—black excellence, community, and of course student life and social gatherings. Social gatherings on HBCU campuses would not be complete without a DJ. No matter what the event is, whether it’s on-campus or off-campus, DJs set the mood and can make or break a party. By playing off the crowd and feeding off their energy, a good DJ keeps the crowd hype and the event lively.
Most HBCUs have a go-to DJ for events and we want to know who your favorite is. Cast your vote for Top HBCU DJs below!
- You can vote daily (every 24 hours)
- Poll ends 6/2 at 11:59 pm ET