DJ Doc Martin
2018 Grand Marshal

 

 

 DJ Doc Martin “The Resident Mixologist”

Spinning records for appreciative admirers for years has been just one of the many blessings in the life and music career of our “Resident Mixologist,” DJ Doc Martin. Born and raised in Connecticut and deejaying since high school, Doc simultaneously held it down for many years working various clubs, and gaining a strong following behind the microphone as an announcer for both a college (WRTC-Hartford) and a commercial (WNHC-New Haven) radio station. In addition, he has been a mobile DJ owner/operator for over 30 years and was the resident DJ at Vibz Uptown (Hartford) for over a decade and half. Although his specialty is Old School R&B/Club music, he has a vast music collection for all demographics and generations. He specializes in weddings, proms, private parties and corporate events, and many a patron has left his live DJ events with great memories and sore feet!

In 1997, Doc set off for New York to work for a radio syndication company. While there, he had the opportunity to write and produce shows for many radio and music industry greats including Ed Lover & Doctor Dre, Fatman Scoop, and BeBe Winans. Doc says his greatest achievement was working with the late legendary Frankie Crocker. Doc learned a lot of valuable programming information, while writing and producing Crocker’s nationally-syndicated Classic Soul Countdown. Doc was “The Chief Rocker’s” last producer before Frankie’s passing in 2000. Later, Doc Martin followed in Crocker’s footsteps and came to WBLS in 2007 and was assigned to work with another legend, the incomparable Vaughn Harper. For almost two years, Doc produced the “Quiet Storm”, working with one of radio’s most recognizable voices. He successfully kept Vaughn’s show at #1 during his time slot.

In 2008, Doc passed on a CD to the WBLS hierarchy and he was immediately added to the radio station’s weekend lineup. Doc’s versatility and music knowledge has made it easy for WBLS to plug him into various weekend slots, playing all types of urban music genres. But his love of Club Classics and Soulful House music has led him to be involved in a lot of successful Tri-State area projects, and he continues to be a connoisseur and programmer of great Dance music every week on WBLS’s airwaves.

One of the things that Doc learned from his influences and some of his peers is the need to bring real beat-mixing back to the New York airwaves. That is why he spends hours studying music, looking for R&B and Club tracks that make the listener say, “Oh, wow!” Doc says the ultimate thrill will always be the reaction of the crowd when he plays a song at the right time of the evening. The good Doctor is in, check him out!

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