Disc Jockey

A disc jockey is an announcer and 'host' on a musical radio programme who selects the music to be played on the basis of the programme speciality and listeners' tastes.

The disc jockey also comments on the music selected and provides listeners with interesting snippets of information about some of the selections and recording artists involved. The ‘DJ’ also comments on general matters such as the weather and traffic conditions, gives time-checks and runs station promotions and competitions. They sometimes interview recording artists and, depending on the structure of the programme, may run phone-in or e-mail requests. Some disc jockeys perform at nightclubs.

Personal Requirements

  • good speaking voice
  • excellent command of language
  • passion for and an excellent general knowledge of music
  • sensitive to listeners’ tastes
  • creative ability to present programmes in interesting ways

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

  • National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
  • National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution has its own entry requirements.

What to Study

Degree: BA Music - US, UP, NMMU, UV, UNISA, UCT, UFS, NWU, RU, Wits.

Diploma: various relevant diplomas are offered at most universities of technology and music colleges.
Formal qualifications are not essential, but preferable as this field is very competitive.

Prospective disc jockeys must compile a demo tape which they must send to various radio stations, whereupon they may be called for an interview.


  • radio stations
  • nightclubs and discos
  • self-employment, with enough capital, start own mobile disco

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a broadcasting station
  • make an appointment to speak to a disc jockey about this type of career

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