14-year-old DJ spins oldies
Even though Hot August Nights has come and gone for the year, oldies music is available year-round to residents of Carson Valley.
Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Hits Mobile Music, a new mobile disc jockey service, is available to play at weddings, dances, parties and much more, said owner Tim Rainey.
“I’m a disc jockey at KGVM Saturday nights so my business is kind of like having your own radio station at your party,” Rainey said.
The business came about when all other disc jockeys in town were booked and someone asked Rainey if he would be interested in playing at an event, he said.
“I thought it was a great business,” he said. “You meet new people every day.”
Rainey moved to the Carson Valley from Palo Alto, Calif. shortly after he was born in 1983. He is a freshman at Carson Valley Middle School.
Some may wonder how such a young person got into listening to music from an era way before his time.
“I was sitting in my room listening to my radio and a stupid song came on,” he said. “I changed the dial and found “Wild Thing.” And then another cool song came on.
“I thought, ‘wow, I know all these songs. It’s great music.”
Rainey lists among his favorite songs “Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl” by Looking Glass and “American Pie” by Don McLean. He said the Beatles are one of his favorite groups.
Rainey became interested in the radio business a few years ago when he was listening to the radio and a disc jockey in Reno, Charlie Simmons, got his attention.
“I thought he was the funniest disc jockey I had ever heard,” he said.
Rainey thought it would be a good job to have, and his confidence was boosted even higher by the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam” in which a disc jockey entertains the troops overseas.
Since he was hired by Lloyd Higuera in January, Rainey has had the opportunities to interview James Brown, Neil Sedaka, one of the Turtles, one of the Mamas and the Papas and Chubby Checker on the air.
Rainey has been in business with his mobile music service since June and owns all of his own equipment and music selections.
“It’s been pretty steady for the summertime,” he said. “I have to get my advertising up a bit and after that, it should be booming.
“You won’t find an oldies mobile music service anywhere in the Carson Valley. My business is completely based around oldies. No modern stuff.”
To experience the sound of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Hits Mobile Music, call Rainey at 782-0097 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.