This is nothing short of amazing! Holy Radio Announcers, Batman! This kid is eight years old and he already has his own radio show and a world record. I had to wait until I was a freshman in college! For the radio show that is — I never managed the world record part.
To make it easier on those reading this through an RSS feed (in a reader or on the News page of RadioHeardHere), I’m going to link to the videos. Some feed readers have trouble with video embeds so this way no one loses out.
Let’s start with the TV news story about DJ Jack Hill, the world record-setting 8-year-old manning the soundboard at Star Radio 107.7.
Wow! And people tell me I’m a ball of enthusiasm? I’ve got nothing on this kid; few do! In all of my prior writing about the next generation of radio talent, I never envisioned being able to share a story like this. That’s one of the things I love about writing this blog: the amazing and inspirational stories I discover while I research what I’m going to write about.
There is just something about that kid that puts a big grin on my face as it reminds me of one of the greatest things about radio (as an announcer): it’s fun.
I believe that radio was the first social media. Call in shows in the dawn of broadcast provided a heretofore unknown level of interactivity compared to what had gone before. (I also saw someone refer to radio as “the original wireless device” recently but I cannot recall where.) It’s that connection that fuels the popularity of our industry’s greatest announcers be they DJs, sportscasters, or talk radio personalities. When the on-air voice is having a great time, the listeners often do as well. In my experience, being on the air is fun at a very visceral level. Now think about that while you watch the following two-minute video as the World’s Youngest DJ sends you off with something upbeat!
For more on DJ Jack Hill check out the article on the World Records Academy Website