Behind the music at Radio City Music Hall

DJ Ray keeps the music going during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Click on the photo to view the gallery. (Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com)

NEW YORK — Time for more behind-the-scenes flavor from Radio City Music Hall. We’ve got about an hour before the Rams (well, maybe the Rams) are on the clock, so wanted to hit you guys with a look at a couple of people who make the draft spin (literally).

A big part of being in RCMH for the draft is the in-house music and video that keeps us entertained during the down time. And, there is down time. In addition to the house music, there are four video screens that display draft information, NFL Films footage and the simultaneous draft broadcasts from NFL Network and ESPN. Most of it you can see on the broadcasts.

But what you don’t see is that the whole thing is under the direction of DJ Slammin’ Sammy and his music director, DJ Ray, who have been doing this for 10 years. truTV actually documented the NFL Draft on NFL Full Contact and has an interview and slick bio of Sammy.

The details are pretty interesting. Inside Ray’s mega iTunes set up, he has 30,000 songs to fill the approximate 15 hours of draft time. No song gets played twice. The first round is mostly themed to the team’s picking, while the rest of the draft is an open mix. This year, fans took part in an in-house text vote to select first-round songs for four teams: St. Louis (Nelly was the winner), Oakland (California (here we come) by Phantom Planet), Denver (Joe Walsh’s Rocky Mountain Way) and the New York Giants (Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys).

Come to think of it, I didn’t hear any A Tribe Called Quest (that’s right Steve Wyche!) during the 200 songs of round one, so I’m going to see if DJ Ray takes requests.

– Frank Tadych

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