Antedating of "D.J."

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 4 03:59:38 UTC 2012

Great cites! This may be a little earlier. A section within Billboard
called "Vox Jox: A National Accounting of Disk Jockey Activities" has
two instances of "D.J." that appear to correspond to disc jockey in
the March 13, 1948 issue.

Cite: 1948 March 13, Billboard, Vox Jox: A National Accounting of Disk
Jockey Activities, Quote Page 20, Published by Nielsen Business Media,

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Zimmer, incidentally, is the jock who has staged two Midwest D.J.
roundtables in recent months. Latest, in January, was attended by Paul
Roberts, WFBM; Bob Pruitt, WIRE; Paul Buchanan, WSUA; ...
[End excerpt]

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Shreveport, LA.
Station KENT has a new D.J. show daily from 3 to 5 p.m. featuring Joe
Monroe and Steve Briar on Anything Goes.
[End excerpt]


On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM, Jesse Sheidlower <jester at> wrote:
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> On Mon, Sep 03, 2012 at 02:12:44PM +0000, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>> D.J. (OED 1961)
>> 1949 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 19 June W8 (ProQuest Historical
>> Newspapers) On the typical disk jockey show where pop tunes are played
>> it is usually the personality of the d. j. that makes the show.
> 1948 _Billboard_ 24 Apr. 42/1 Byfield found that heā€„received plenty of
> valuable free air plugs from the d.j.
> We also now have a 1946 for "deejay", also from _Billboard_.
> Jesse Sheidlower
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