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Spirit of Acadiana: A local legend celebrates national D.J. Day

Posted at 7:42 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 20:42:34-05

"99.9 KTDY... The best variety of the 80's, 90's and today. Acadiana, gonna be a great day--some rain though, 40-percent chance of showers later on today --- how about 73? You have a great day..."

He’s as welcoming as he’s every been. The voice belongs to the name….

"CJ Clements. C-l-e-m-e-n-t-s. That's all you're getting,” laughs Clements.

He is the morning show co-host and brand manager of radio station KTDY... A place he's called "home" for 24 years. But.. Is CJ Clements a disc jockey? "Are we disc jockeys anymore?” Clements asks rhetorically. “I don't know. Are we? We're clickers!"

It all began in the Morgan City area, specifically at K-Q-K-I in Bayou Vista 41 years ago where Clements went by the name "…your country eleven d.j. C.J."

And after playing Ramblin’ Man by Waylon Jennings---a practice exercise in fact--- Clements knew this was the job for him. “When I pressed that button, I thought it was the best thing ever in the history of the world. ‘There's nothing better than this moment’, I remember thinking.”

Clements fine-tuned his skills with stops at KOOL 96 and KSMB, and then in 1996--- his current place of residency. 99.9 KTDY. Now, clearly, things have changed a bit in the industry. There’s website management, preparation and production of material for the station. All kings of stuff in the ever-changing world of radio broadcasting.

“Let’s face it: People can get music anywhere,” he explains. “You can get free music and nothing but music anywhere. But at least 93% of Americans come to terrestrial radio to get what's between the songs. You can only get CJ and Jenn here.”

It's the people of Acadiana who keep Clements turning on the microphone five days a week. “They keep saying we can stay. I can't say enough about this community. I adore the people of this area.

He's 57 years old now... And the ever-youthful Clements doesn't necessarily have a timetable for when he'll turn off the turntable. Or in this day and age, shut down the computer. “I always said if I couldn't come in here in and smile it would be time to go. And I'm still smiling."

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