英会話ブログ その781      Shock Jocks (1)

2016/03/21

Although the influence of the internet and social media has very much reduced the popularity of radio, some types of radio entertainment still have many fans.

Since the early days of rock and roll, "disc jockeys" or radio hosts who play the records (disks) on air, have been very popular.

In fact, the phrase disk jockey is where the term "DJ" originated, although that term has now taken on a different meaning connected to rap and dance miusic.

Notable early disc jokeys included Alan Freed (who originally used the phrase "rock and roll"), Wolfman Jack, and others.

Gradually, in addition to playing the music, disc jockeys began to talk between the records, and adopted personlities on air that were funny or "wild".

Fast forward to the 1980s.  The first disc jockeys to say or do shocking things on air began to become well known.  They were called "Shock Jocks".

Although there had been others before him, Howard Stern of WNBC in NYC became hugely popular by saying things on air that many people thought were offensive, but that equally many found very funny.                                               (G.K)


英会話表現&英単語
reduce the popularity of radio     ラジオの人気を奪う
on air                             放送中
take on diffeerent meaning         違う意味合いを持つようになる
notable                            注目に値する
fast foward to 〜         〜に早送りする
WNBC                               NBC放送の支局
offensive                          攻撃的な、不快な

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