In 1877, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph.

He had no idea how far-reaching his actions would be.

He planned to use the phonograph to record voice messages.

As we all know, it also became a means of disseminating recorded music throughout the world.

Walter Winchell coined the term "disc jockey" nearly 60 years later.

and those who played records over the airwaves altered the course of music history.

The 1950s saw the rise of celebrity DJs, whose musical tastes influenced what the rest of the world listened to.

A microphone and two turntables have become an iconic platform for reaching a global audience.