For Brad Ewing, it has been 40 years of being a Rec Center deejay

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And: Thanks Brad for all of the great lights and music over the years. Keep it up! Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 204 weeks ago Brad is a real class act! Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Fedup215 78p · 203 weeks ago Great job Brad! Report Reply 0 replies · active 203 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jason · 203 weeks ago To this day, every time I hear “Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC it still reminds me of Brad and the rec center dances back in the 80s! You are the best, Brad. Report Reply 0 replies · active 203 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — When Brad Ewing was in high school, his father needed someone to be a deejay for his 43rd class reunion dance.“I really enjoyed music, and my father needed someone to play the dance,” Ewing said.After that, Ewing started playing music for 4-H dances, other events, and eventually, landed the job as the deejay for the Wellington Recreation Center. This year, he celebrates his 40th year of playing music for Rec Center dances.“I started at the Rec Center my senior year, for the last dance of the season,” Ewing said. “Kenny Everhart was the director then, and he asked me to come play for the last dance, because he heard I was playing for dances.”Ewing said that over the last 20 years, dances have increased from two to four per year to at least one a month during the school year.“I’m on my fourth generation of junior high kids at the Rec Center,” he said.He started out with just a single turn table and reel to reel.This was a Wellington Rec Commission dance on the Wellington Tennis Court for which Ewing was a deejay. “I didn’t have a mixer at first, just switched back and forth, it was very primitive,” Ewing said.Eventually, he invested in dual turn tables.“I can remember when kids used to jump up and down on the dance floor and make the record skip,” Ewing said. “Then I’d have to turn the music off and tell them if they want to listen to music, they can’t do that.”Ewing really enjoys being a deejay.“It’s very enjoyable, some years kids dance really well, other years you have to work at it harder,” he said. “I’m a very social person, and I definitely like talking with the kids.”Ewing started out with vinyl, then technology changed to CD’s, and now all songs are in MP3 digital format. He brings his computer to events, and pre programs a lot of the songs, but also takes requests.“With taking requests from kids, the dancing completely changes throughout the evening,” he said. “This year I started having kids write their requests down.”Ewing also plays many weddings and reunions. And when he does, sometimes he runs into former junior high dance attendees who still remember him.“It’s pretty amazing that a lot of the kids will come up to me at other events that I’m doing and say ‘hey, you’re the guys that plays the music at the Rec Center,’ and they might be 30 years old now, but they still remember the Rec Center dances,” he said.Although he doesn’t have a favorite song to play, he begins each event with “Hotel California” by the Eagles.“I always start with “Hotel California”, that’s how I adjust the system,” Ewing said. “They’re music is recorded really crisp and clean.”Although he has played music at many events throughout the years, he says that he really enjoys the Conway Springs Fall Fest, which he has played at for about 25 years.“They have different groups come in during the day, and the dance starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until midnight,” Ewing said. “It’s open to all ages, and it’s really interesting to come up with the music.”The Conway Springs Fall Fest is held the last Saturday of September every year.“I really enjoy doing that, it’s always outdoors, and pretty interesting,” Ewing said.As far as favorite memories go, he said that he couldn’t think of just one.“I have played at a lot of wedding dances,” Ewing said. “To me, that’s something I really enjoy because of the diversity of the crowd, and they’re a little more challenging. They’re not just one age group, but lots of different age groups, and every wedding dance is different, so you’re not set in concrete.”Ewing said his favorite part of being a deejay is working with people.“It’s the ultimate chair for people watching,” he said. “People do some pretty funny things on the dance floor.”He said that’s the fun part, watching the people and figuring out what the crowd is wanting to dance to, and getting a feel for them.“That’s the key to being a deejay, figuring out what a crowd wants to listen to,” he said.Besides being a deejay, Ewing is also in charge of the sound and lights during the Kansas Wheat Festival, which he has done almost as long as he has been a deejay at the Rec Center.With 40 years of being a Rec Center deejay under his belt, Ewing plans to continue.“I told them I’m going to work until my son graduates, and he passed away about a year and a half ago, so I guess that’s a sign to keep working,” Ewing said.Ewing and his daughter participate in the Suicide Prevention Walk annually in Wichita by getting a team together.“That’s something else that I participate in,” he said.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more