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Sterling Riggs swaps gigs with a local disc jockey

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Louisville, KY- (WDRB) Sterling Riggs got the chance to swap gigs with a local disc jockey to find out what it takes to do the job.

If you listen to Louisville's Top 40 station, you probably recognize Ben Davis's voice.  But chances are, you have no idea what he looks like.

 "I always get, wow you look different than what I thought.  Most people think that I'm a lot taller and heavier than I actually am," said Davis.

A big surprise for visitors is the size of the studio and the lack of Cd's. The studio is about the size of a normal bedroom. Radio stations now use digital music and computers to broadcast.  Davis says it saves time and money.

"Back in the day, you would use reel to reel which is kind of like the inside of a cassette tape. With razor and tape you would have to cut and splice," said Davis. "Now it takes seconds to do what used to take minutes."

And don't think this job is easy. 

"We try to make this job look as easy as possible. Is that true? No. We thrive on making the very difficult look very easy. I think when done properly, it's the test of a true talent" said Davis.

He says hosting the show is the fun part, but there's always post show work that needs to be done.

"I talk to different record labels about new music that's coming out. Why we should or should not play certain songs," said Davis. "I help formulate the music playlists and just do administrative boring this afterwards."

I couldn't leave the station without trying to be a DJ for a little while. Davis had me cut a commercial on a tight timeline. It went well, but I learned quickly this job is not as easy as it sounds.

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