What Is a Video Jockey?

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A video jockey, known as a VJ, is the equivalent of a disc jockey on a radio station, but he or she plays and organizes music videos on television channels such as MTV and VH1. Understand the job of a video jockey with information from the executive producer of a video production company in this free video on digital video.

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Christopher Rokosz here, actor, director, producer and we're discussing what a video jockey is. Well a video jockey or VJ was actually a term coined at the onset of MTV music television and that's where just like a DJ or a disc jockey on the radio, would host and actually play and introduce and do the breaks between music, a VJ was actually a video visual host or disc jockey if you will for the music videos coming up. So again just like a radio station has a DJ to tell you about what's happening at the radio station and what's coming up, what we just saw, promotions, call in and email, talk to us type of deal. That's what a VJ is or was for MTV or MTV2 now or VH1. Any time somebody comes on and says, you know, "Hi, I'm Bob Smith on MTV and we just saw Weezer and coming up we're going to see the Beastie Boys, and don't forget to go online and play our little contest." That is a video disc jockey. Actually one could make the argument now that radio disc jockeys with these live real time web-cams could be both VJs and DJs. It's hard to say, so again just to recap a video jockey or a video disc jockey is anybody who hosts a group of music or group of videos on not just MTV but if you're going to come up and say, "Hey we've got a whole list of news clips for you to check out online." Well, you can be a VJ online too, or video jockey. I'm Christopher Rokosz. We'll see you on the net.

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