International DJ Expo Celebrates 20 Years in Atlantic City
It’s been more than 20 years since Vinny Testa, the publisher of DJ Times magazine saw a need for a publication to serve a little understood type of entertainer.
“I mean there were trade magazines for guitar players and musicians and everyone else,” he says in a telephone interview with Atlantic City Weekly. “I thought why not for DJs? And at the time, DJs were just starting to get hot.”
Two years later, with Jim Tremayne now as editor (who also spoke to Atlantic City Weekly), the two hit on an idea to hold a convention and expo for disc jockeys. Their choice of venue was Resorts in Atlantic City. But at the time, 1990, it was simply a logistical choice as Atlantic City hardly had an abundance of nightclubs and DJ venues.
“It was just centrally located,” Tremayne says. “There weren’t really too many venues in the city at the time that we used.”
But the idea worked, and about 800 to 1,000 aspiring young DJs showed up for that first expo.