They were pioneers and blew away the cobwebs in people’s ears—and in their heads. Spirited DJs and DJanes sent the music of their era out into the ether and infected listeners with their enthusiasm.
Thomas Kraft spoke with forty important protagonists from the German DJ scene and let them tell their stories—from Karl Bruckmaier, Wolfgang Doebeling and Gitti Gülden past Fritz Egner, Elke Heidenreich and Thomas Meinecke all the way to Alan Bangs, Jürgen Kuttner and Angie Portmann. His conversational partners stand for passion and innovation, for a creative diversity that had a formative influence on the German-language radio landscape. For this reason, the work of these individuals should be documented and acknowledged before Spotify and other digital audio platforms have taken their place forever.
This book is an oral history of the development of radio DJing and looks back to the heyday of radio. At the same time, it presents a history of the reception of pop and rock in German-language radio.