Disc Jockeys, Night Club DJs, Trivia Game Hosts, Video Jocks (VJ), Event Announcers
The 1st PCDJ as seen on MTV, VH1, ESPN and live performances around the globe.
Professor Jam offers the best in personalized "award" winning Disc Jockey and Emcee services.
"I'm known for consistently treating each event as though it was my own".
A successful business reputation built solidly on "word of mouth" the primary goal at each event has always been to insure that the overall performance is exactly what you and your guests expect.
ProfessorJam will personally talk with you to help with all of your music planning so that you can relax without stress and enjoy the affair.
If you are looking for a personable and professional DJ for your next wedding reception, wedding ceremony, corporate event, holiday party, or any other type of gathering that requires one of the industrys best professional DJs contact Professor Jam , and learn why he is one of the countries highest awarded mobile DJs.
Feature Story On This DJ................
The Incredible, Unforgettable Professor Jam
BY DJ TIMES WRITER JEFF STYLES
Ever since they are little, children throughout the world dream of taking part in the Olympics. Tampa Bay's young W.P. Rader was no different, except that his dream actually came true. On July 3&4, 1996, the full-time mobile and club DJ had the privilege of being the final bearer of the Olympic torch in his hometown, using the torch to set off a huge fireworks display to a cheering crowd of 140,000+.
Who is this guy-known the world over today as Professor Jam-and how did his achievements all come about?
Well, for one thing Rader is one of the highest-awarded mobile DJs in the country for charity work, a notoriety that has resulted in his name being entered into the congressional record of the U.S. House. Various declarations and proclamations have been made on his behalf by mayors, congressmen, governors and U.S. senators from throughout the country.
During what is considered the "Oscars" within the mobile DJ industry, his peers presented Professor Jam the "Humanitarian of the Year" award during the American Disc Jockey Awards show in Las Vegas, Nevada and he was once named "Man of the Year" by the M.A.D.D., American Cancer Society and American Lung association organizations, and has even ridden a bicycle 3,500 miles across America to raise money for charities.
But truth be told, Rader's involvement in a variety of national and local charities is only a small part of this futuristic DJ's story.
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The Professor Jam story all started when the young teenager, in exchange for free skating, began assisting a disk jockey at a southern California roller rink in 1973. By 1975 Rader was DJing Friday-night teen dances and for occasional Saturday-evening parties, and in 1977 he was finally invited to DJ outside the roller rink for his first mobile gig-at a skateboard park in Covina, California. "I tossed together a mosh-pit of equipment and the event went off good," he recalls fondly.
While studying communication broadcasting in college, Rader lived out of his car while enjoying his first two DJ residences: Wednesday nights at Shakey's Pizza Parlor, and Thursdays and Fridays at Club Zanadu. "The plan was to save enough money to rent another apartment," he recounts.
Unfortunately, what actually resulted was a fiasco. With no actual mailing address-license tags on a Ford Galaxy 500 do not count-Rader never received the renewal notice for his mobile apartment, and one evening while working the booth inside a club his home outside was being towed away for expired tags.
"Now, I was not only homeless," says Rader, "but I was really homeless!"
To make bad matters worse, by the time enough money had been saved to redeem the car from the impound lot, everything in Rader's car had been stolen. Thankfully, he had made some friends at the college, who allowed him to sleep at the college radio station (where he was the late night jock), and within a few months he was able to afford a new apartment-as Rader today tells it, "with a little help from my friends."
During this time in our nation's history, disco was becoming the sensation in nightclubs, and Rader began DJing at more and more of those clubs-including the famous Studio 54 in NY. "I picked up a lot of corporate events for surfing competitions," he explains, "along with DJing cast parties for groups such as ABC's General Hospital-back when Luke & Laura were a hot topic, of course."
Eventually, all this celebrity DJing led to Rader spinning at the celebrity-studded Battle of the Network Stars, CBS Sports Spectacular events and live mixing on the famous Las Vegas, Freemont street during Dick Clarks televised New Years eve bash. "I eventually was offered a residency in Las Vegas for State Street, the after-hours hangout for celebrities after performances on the strip," he says. "These were great times, especially with the CBS Sports Spectacular events, which for example once featured me sharing the spotlight and stage with the Smothers Brothers comedy team and comedian Sinbad, during a private birthday party for the daughter of a Godfather movie celebrity." Another event had Rader mixing for pre-psychic-days singer Dionne Warwick and an up-and-coming singer named Whitney Houston.
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Building on those early DJ encounters, the man today known as Professor Jam has since mixed at clubs across America, South America and the Caribbean he has presented seminars, participated on panels and/or demonstrated at all the major music industry and DJ conventions in America-speaking on such topics as_
Computer DJing 101; The Reality of Mix; Weddings 101; Weddings Ground "0"; and New Technology In The Clubs.
Professional endorsements, fairly rare in the DJ realm, have come to Professor Jam from Cadence Cases, Visiosonic, PCDJ, where he shared the lime light with legendary music producer and recording artist, Niles Rogers and most recently by the United Kingdom's Carlsbro World-Class PA & Amplification Systems.
Avoiding the scrutiny and excesses of the DJ spotlight, Professor Jam focuses his energies on pioneering the future of computer DJing. With his Space Jam system-an energetic hybrid that incorporates computer technology with advanced mixing hardware-this Florida-based DJ is capable of filling dancefloors throughout the country with booming hip-hop beats, an uptempo house sensibility, and lots of body-pumping bass.
Lurking in the shadows of Tampa Bay, we find this low-key musical visionary appearing throughout Florida's burgeoning dance music community-by day running Professor Jam Entertainment, Wholesale Entertainment Printing, serving as vice president of DJ Reporter newspaper and when the sun sets giving dancefloors across America his crafty mixing manner and futuristic mixing style.
"I'm basically not a shy person," says Rader. "I simply prefer to express myself through my mixing for a packed dancefloor,"
"Professor Jam in TAMPA" Audience Participation Level
> Low-Key/Formal - Very Little Audience Participation > Moderate Interaction - Medium Audience Participation > High Energy - Lots of Audience Participation
Years of Experience: 25
Locations of interest I was the DJ
First DJ to mix in Raymond James Stadium (Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
One-Buc-Place Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You can see Emceeing and me mixing on a Pirate Ship in ALL Tampa Bay area parades
Walt Disney World Resort - Orlando & Calif.
Islands Of Adventure - Orlando
Cesars Palace - Las Vegas
Busch Gardens - Tampa
The Don Cesar - St Petersburg
Crown Plaza - Kissimmee
The Vinoy - St. Pete
Hyatt - Tampa
Radisson - Clearwater
Daytona Beach Resort - Daytona
Sandals Beach Resort
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
University of Tampa,
The Tampa Club
Clearwater Yacht Club
Tampa Convention Center
Harbor Island Resort
Pappas Riverside Restaurant
Cuban Club Ybor
Belleview Medo Resort
St. Lukes Hall
The Greek Hall
The Italian Club
Holiday Inn & Resort
The St. Pete Womens Club
Tampa Garden Club
Tampa Womens Club
And way too many others to list
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What to Watch Out for When Hiring a Wedding Disc Jockey
Hiring a DJ is safe and easy with these tips from 800DJ!
It’s the hope of every couple getting married that their guests feel welcome, relaxed and entertained throughout their big day, which is why great entertainment is crucial to the success of any wedding reception. One of the best and most financially responsible decisions a wedding coordinator can make is to hire a professional wedding DJ who can do so much more than simply provide musical entertainment during the reception. But how can a coordinator be sure they’ve found the very best? Here are a few things to watch out for when hiring a wedding disc jockey.
The first thing to watch out for is the source from which the DJ was found. For example, be wary of any DJ whom you found on Craigslist or a similar classified advertisement site. Anyone can advertise on these sites without having their skills and work experience verified and accredited. It’s much wiser to seek out talent from a reputable agency with many years of experience promoting wedding DJs because they are held accountable for the skills and reliability of every DJ they promote. With their reputation on the line, they will do everything they can to ensure they are only working with the highest quality and most professional disc jockeys around.
After you’ve consulted a reputable agency and found a few DJs in your area that seem promising, the second thing to watch out for is the DJ’s history. You’re looking for a DJ with the happiest clients and longest history of performing at weddings like yours, so it’s in your best interest to book a face-to-face meeting with a few prospects as soon as possible. During those meetings, you can ask for a list of past clients’ contact information. Be wary of any DJ who hesitates to provide you with a list upon request. Call a few past clients and conduct further research of the DJ’s website, Facebook or other online profile pages. If it’s difficult to find positive reviews or if multiple previous clients provide you with negative feedback – it’s time to look elsewhere.
The third major thing to watch out for are hidden fees for services you did not agree to. When you’ve found a great DJ who can provide all of the services you are looking for, it’s important to get a quote from the DJ that itemizes each and every one of those services, taking into account the total size of your event space. These services can range from adding uplighting, to narrating a photo or video presentation, to providing a photo booth, etc. Once the final contract has been drawn up and is ready to sign by both parties, read through it carefully and be certain everything you need is listed and you are not being charged for anything you did not request.
Watch out for these simple things and you’re sure to hire no one but the very best wedding disc jockey available.