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Karaoke, fun for anybody
A talk with Ohio's D.J. Sam
Written, Submitted By Tabitha Vulgamore
I have been doing karaoke since I was 16-years-old. I love it. Its fun, and exciting.
Anyone can do it. You don’t have to know how to sing to do karaoke. You just
have to know how to have fun. I have done karaoke at a lot of places. By far my
favorite D.J. is Sam. Sam makes karaoke fun, fair and sometimes educational.

I have done karaoke at the K.J. ( karaoke jockey- some prefer this title over D.J.)
Sam would rather let his customers sing before him. Unlike some of the people
who work the karaoke business, Sam understands that the customers pay his
salary. Sam tries to make everyone sound as good as they can--which helps the
singer become more comfortable while being on stage.

I think what makes Sam a professional D.J. is his love for music. When Sam was
asked why he loved his job he said, “I have been a musician all my life, I still am.
This is a way for me to work and still have fun. This is my full time job.”

If you like to do karaoke Sam can be found every Monday at Beer Goggles Bar
and Grill in Ashland, Ohio from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Tuesdays at BW-3. 2016 W. 4th
St. in Mansfield, Ohio from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Wednesdays and Sundays at Kostas
Night Club, 924 W. 4th St. in Mansfield, Ohio from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.;
Thursdays at The Den, 282 Lexington Ave. in Mansfield, Ohio from 8:30 p.m. to
12:30 a.m., and Friday nights at Park Lanes, 1410 Park Avenue West from 9:30 p.
m. to 1:30 a.m. Sam can also be found at

There are various disputes about who first invited karaoke. One claim is that the
styled machine was invited by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in Kobe, Japan in
1971. Karaoke spread throughout the world and came to the United States in the
90’s. Sam has been doing karaoke since 1991.

When he started they used laser disc and there were only 700 karaoke songs.
Now he uses a lap top and has over 75, 000 songs. When Sam was asked why he
switched over to the laptop he said, “It’s more convenient for the D.J. There is
less equipment to carry and set up and it takes less time to get the next singer up.”
This is true. With the lap top you can have the singer in line to sing without having
to wait for one singer to finish and put another disc in.