triad dj profile

by Ryan Snyder

Ralph Shaw

Name: Ralph Shaw

What I play: My music library contains thousands of songs from the ’50s to today’s hits with emphasis on classic rock, beach, Motown, disco, oldies and Top 40. I design my shows to fit the audience, location and requests. Catch me at: Plum Krazy’s in Greensboro where I also provide some of the recorded house music.

Upcoming shows: Numerous wedding receptions and holiday parties around North Carolina. Also, at a street festival on Sunday, Oct. 25 on Trade Street in Winston-Salem, sponsored by AFAS (Arts For Arts Sake). Got in the game: In May 1972, I started work as a part-time disc jockey at WIFM in Elkin while I was a junior in high school. That same year, I also started my mobile DJ service where I did small, private parties. Why I do it: I love all kinds of music and was amazed at what I heard on the radio.

Influences: Jocks from the ’60s and ’70s from WLS and WCFL, Chicago; WTOB, Winston-Salem and WBT, Charlotte. First professional gig: Radio: May 1972 at WIFM, Elkin; Private party: August 1972, Elkin; Nightclub: November 1974 at Tobacco Road (a nightclub in Wilkes County just outside Elkin). Studio work: I have more than 37 years of experience producing and hosting radio shows, recording commercials for radio, television and industrial videos. Most recently, I have launched a new syndicated radio show called “Tobacco Road Dance Party,” which features the greatest dance hits of all time from all formats. I produce the show in my home studio. Favorite technique: I’m an old-school DJ, so I like to keep the music tight and flowing.

Personal playlist: A little bit of everything so I can keep up with the different kinds of music and format lifestyles. Equipment used: MTX Soundcraftsmen MX 250 Preamp Mixer (4 channel, 8 inputs, 6 band graphics equalizer), Numark CDN 25 Pro CD Player (Dual Tray), Denon DN-T620 CD/Cassette Combi-Deck, Gator GRC-10 x 8 slant top rack, AKG- D190E and AKG D-880 mics, two JBL EON Power 15 monitors and Sony MDR-V600 headphones. I’d like to add: During my radio career, I have worked at several radio and television stations around the Piedmont Triad as an on-air host and newsman: WSJS/WTQR and WMQX (Oldies 93), Winston-Salem; WMAG/WHSL and WGHP-TV, High Point; and WKRR (Rock 92), WRQK and WFMY-TV, Greensboro. I have also worked as a disc jockey at Chips, North Wilkesboro; the Forum, Winston-Salem; Green’s Supper Club, Greensboro; and J-W’s, Mebane.