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Top-notch entertainment since 1982

The DJ Ray Show has been providing top-notch entertainment for its clients since 1982.

What does that mean to you?

It means Ray has amassed a HUGE collection of music and he knows how to play it for your entertainment. DJ Ray is one of Cleveland's most versatile DJs.

 

Five-Star Testimonials

Don't just take our word for it. Here's what others think of Ray's work:

 

 

Trella/Megas Wedding

September 19, 2014

Ray Carr was our first choice as master of ceremonies and DJ for our wedding reception! We have worked with Ray before with Cleveland’s Blondes vs. Brunettes women’s flag football fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. The charisma, professionalism, experience, and personality he displays for the Blondes vs. Brunettes game as the announcer is a fan favorite, and I knew his skills would translate well to working as a DJ for our wedding reception.  Ray was very helpful and responsive in helping us craft a wedding reception that met our goal of being “different” than the traditional, formal, sit-down reception.  While Ray could certainly deliver on that standard approach, we wanted a reception that is more interactive, less stuffy without formal seating or meals and only hors d'oeuvre (essentially we wanted to throw a party with drinks, food, and dancing).
 
We had not ever attended a similar wedding reception that we wanted for ourselves, so the flow and format was a concern of ours going in – however, we met with Ray a few times at the reception location and via phone/email, and he helped us to build the best and most fun reception for us.  We recommend trying the “Shoe Game” and having Ray host it, as for many of our guests it was a highlight of their night with us (Google the “Shoe Game”).
 
Ray was also very good at playing music and changing the music to accommodate the mood of the attendees, so there was always healthy and fun energy.  We provided Ray with a list of songs that we definitely wanted and songs to consider and he worked them in.
 
Ray’s ability to ad lib and play off the audience to make the night engaging is second to no one, and I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a professional announcer or DJ for their event.  Thanks Ray!
 
Joe Trela & Lindsay Meggas (married August 8, 2014)

 

 

The Alzheimer's Association

September 1, 2014

Dear Ray,

On behalf of the Cleveland Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, thank you for generously volunteering your time and talents to serve as the play-by-play announcer, deejay and host of Cleveland’s Blondes vs. Brunettes (BvBCLE) women’s flag football game.  Since our inaugural game in 2012, it has been a privilege to have your professionalism, great follow-through and clever and crowd-pleasing humor part of our event.   

Every year the BvBCLE players, coaches and spectators give stellar reviews about the entertainment and excitement you add to our competitive game day atmosphere.  Our sponsors are also pleased with the verbal recognition you give them throughout the game.

From pre-game preparation to the post-game handshake, your commitment to the event and the cause is appreciated by the players, coaches and committee members who also donate their time to fight Alzheimer’s.  Thank you for all you do to help us deliver winning results with more than $120,000 raised to date for free programs and services and research to find a cure!

With gratitude,

Sheryl Berman

Community Events Coordinator
Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter

 

 

Jenkins Wedding

April 26, 2014

My husband and I were married on April 26th, and we had the pleasure of having Ray Carr as our DJ. Ray was an absolute professional during our wedding planning experience. Not only did he guide us on typical wedding protocol, but he also offered tons of invaluable experience. It’s evident that his 30+ years in the wedding business are well-earned. Ray has a natural ability to read any crowd. I don’t think there was a time that the dance floor wasn’t filled with people! Ray was even playing tunes that inspired our crowd to lift the groom up joyously in a crowd-surfing spectacle.  He’s that good!

Ray also kept in close contact with us throughout our wedding planning experience, and did not leave a single detail untouched. In fact, there were several times Ray called to make sure we were on the same page with song choices, the order of events, and other fine minutiae I missed. When things did not go exactly as planned during our ceremony (they never do!), Ray was able to discreetly cover up our mistakes. Ray truly thinks on his feet, a crucial trait for a wedding DJ to possess.

Many of our guests also commented that we had the best music of any wedding they attended, which is a wonderful thing to hear. While we did supply Ray with a playlist, we also gave him free reign to play songs of his choosing. His collection of music is astounding, and his knowledge of all musical eras will easily accommodate all wedding couples and other events

Ray Carr comes highly recommended! His skills and expertise are unrivaled. He promised us an awesome wedding experience, and he definitely delivered. Bravo!


Sarah Jenkins

 

 

Brook Park Memorial Elementary School

April 19, 2014

To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to highly recommend Mr. Ray Carr as a Disc Jockey for any event. Ray has the ability to keep an event moving with high energy. His musical selections please both young and old and the dance floor is never empty. Ray is well organized and professional, yet is very flexible. He plays every request and also makes impromptu announcements willingly and smoothly.

Ray's hula-hoop and limbo contests are a joy for everyone. His humor and good-natured manner insure a fun time for all.

I have employed Ray as a disc jockey on two occasions, and I have been extremely pleased both times. I enthusiastically recommend Ray Carr as a Disc Jockey. Please feel free to contact me should you need any further information.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Kostyak
Principal
Brook Park Memorial Elementary School
 

 

Digney-Hales Wedding

March 15, 2014

Ray,
I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for our wedding reception on March 15th! The night went so smoothly, and that is mostly because of your great planning and organization! We received so many compliments about the selection of music that was played throughout the night, how everything flowed so well, and, specifically, how great the DJ was. Jes and I had a wonderful experience working with you, and we recommend you to anyone we know who is needing a DJ! Hope all is going well, thank you again!


Shannon Hales (Digney)


 

Brian and Carol Barrett Wedding

December 3, 2013

Ray,

I wanted to thank you for your DJ services that you performed for our wedding in October. When we were getting all the other things arranged for the wedding, it was calming to know that we had the music taken care of. When the day came, you were nothing but a professional. We were set up outside, and when it started to hail outside, I saw you bringing in your equipment and going with a backup plan you already had, and I didn’t even know you had this. It ended up being outside, and you were ready. From the time we entered the hall for the bridal introductions to the last song, it was all great. We supplied you with a request list and it was all played with great execution that only a pro could do. The wedding ended early on our part, and you made sure that the songs you played kept the crowd on the floor. It was the first wedding I have been to were the dance floor was never empty! And it was mine! The guests all wanted to know where we found you, and they were very impressed by your talent. Once again, thanks for your AWESOME SERVICE.

Brian & Carol Barrett

 

 

Laura and Brent Flood Wedding

September 28, 2013

Ray,

Words can't express how much we enjoyed working with you! You did an amazing job. Our guests loved the music all night! Thank you for bringing the party alive. We hope to work with you again in the future.

Best Wishes,

Laura and Brent Flood

 

 

Juleen Russell

Berea Animal Rescue Friends (ARF)

6th Annual Monster Mutt & Howl-O-Ween After Party

October 13, 2013

Ray,

All of the Paws 'N Whiskers of ARF want to extend a huge paw of thanks to you for Emceeing our 6th Annual Monster Mutt Dash and Howl-O-Ween After Party. You were both upbeat and fun, and the consummate professional, keeping our face-paced, mulch-faceted event on track and focused, all while entertaining our 1,200 guests and their furry family members. Anyone looking for someone to help their event run seamlessly should give you a call. Thanks again for making this year's "Dash" the best one yet!

Juleen Russell, Berea Animal Rescue Friends

 

 

Sheryl Berman

Community Events Coordinator

Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter

July 16, 2013

Dear Ray,

Your generous donation of time and talent has helped to create a successful fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Cleveland Area Chapter.  It is a privilege to have you serve as our game day announcer, DJ and host for the Blondes vs. Brunettes women’s flag football game.  The players and coaches hone their fundraising and football skills prior to the much anticipated event day.  Once the big day arrives, they look to you to parallel the excitement on the field with your pre-game music to pump up the teams, player and coach introductions, play-by-play announcements, and color commentating. 

Our sponsors are also pleased with the “on-air” recognition you give them throughout the game.  Your humor, coupled with your genuine care and concern about our cause, shines through everything you do, resulting in a fun and meaningful for the participants, sponsors and fans alike. 

We literally look to you to put on a one-man show from the press box!  We have a winning recipe for continued growth in game day attendance and revenue with your talents behind the microphone.  We look forward to having you back for the 3rd annual Blondes vs. Brunettes event.

With gratitude,

Sheryl Berman

 

 

Brian P. Quinn

Gentilli/Quinn Wedding (6/22/13)

House of Blues

July 8, 2013

Dear Mr. Carr,

Sherie and I had a great time had a great time during our recent wedding reception. Having the opportunity to spend time with all our friends and family at the most special event of our lives was a fantastic experience. Everything went according to plan, and you were a vital part to that plan.

We had a great feeling about working with you after our initial meeting. Your immense knowledge of music, spanning several genres and time periods, is very impressive. Equally impressive is your large collection of music. Your knowledge and vast collection of music would be assets to any future events.

We would be more than willing to ask for your services for any of our future events that would require them. Not only were you responsive during the lead up to our wedding, you also did me a personal favor by getting me in touch with a contact of yours in a non-related matter. That personal touch was above and beyond our expectations. You actually care about helping your clients, and it shows.

You were a consummate professional. We cannot say enough concerning how pleased we were with your performance, and would highly recommend you to anybody.

Sincerely,

Brian P. Quinn

 


Daniel W. Lenhart
Student Media and Web Specialist

Cleveland State University

April 10, 2013

Hi Ray,

I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for donating your time, equipment and your DJ voice for WCSB during Cleveland State University's "Open House" on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The event was a huge success (CSU had over 2,000 visitors) and WCSB and you played an important roll in making our visitors feel welcome and enjoy their visit.

Thanks again for all you do for WCSB!

Best,

Dan


 

Mark Wagner
Rocky River High School

April 9, 2013

Ray Carr worked in the Athletic Office at Rocky River High School from January, 2013 - April, 3013. He did an outstanding job, and was always very thorough and punctual with his work. Ray was a consummate professional in his "public" duties as a basketball announcer for both our boys and girls basketball teams. He also served as an announcer for our Community College Challenge charitable game.

In addition to Ray's "public" duties, Ray did great work behind the scenes in the Athletic Department, where he was a great asset in helping to input and cross-check athletic schedules for the 2013-2014 school year. His work was very thorough, detail-oriented and accurate.

Lastly, Ray was given the task of evaluating our outdoor sound system in the stadium, and helping us find a solution to repair and improve the quality of our sound for our outdoor events. Ray worked with several contractors and found a very suitable, sustainable solution to repair and improve our outdoor environment.

Ray is a conscientious and hard worker. He helped make Rocky River Athletics better from his work.

Sincerely,

Mark Wagner
 

 

John and Heather Mould

Wedding day: November 10, 2012

My husband and I just got married in November. All the planning you do for one day is so stressful and you just hope things go right. A lot of times you go to weddings and the sign of a great reception is the DJ. We have been to a few weddings and the DJ’s have not been the greatest and we had heard too many horror stories. When we booked our venue we were recommended right away to DJ Ray and were told how fabulous he is. We took a chance and I called Ray up and we set up a meeting to talk about specifics. The minute we got done  with the meeting I called my husband and said we had out DJ and I did not want to look for anyone else. The whole time leading up to our wedding Ray would check in to make sure everything was still on schedule and to get our song list. He was so professional every step of the way.

Fast forward to our wedding day. Ray was such an amazing addition to our wedding. He felt like he was a guest as opposed to just our DJ. Ray played the songs we requested and any song our guest wanted to listen to. His choice in delivery of the music just flowed so well and got the crowd dancing the whole time! There was not one time that there wasn’t a crowd on the dance floor! Ray even took time out to get into the photobooth to give us a picture to remember him by. Ray is so amazing at what he does and anyone who has him at their event should not worry about a thing. I just recently had a friend get engaged and my first advice to her was to get in contact with Ray because without a good DJ it just is not a party. Any event that we have that needs a DJ we will be calling Ray right away! We are so lucky that we had Ray recommended to us and we will recommend him to anyone we know. Thank you Ray for making our day just that much more special! Everyone is still talking about how awesome our reception was and what a fabulous DJ we had! Thanks Ray! We now consider you a friend!!!!!
 

 

Michael & Allison Wolferd

September 15, 2012

"Dear Ray,

We are writing a very special thank you letter for the completely wonderful service that you provided for us on our wedding day. When you get married, you plan and plan and then hold your breath that it all comes together. We can honestly say it was the best day of our lives and we owe so much of it to you. You did an amazing job hosting our event. You played everything we asked for (and our guests), and we soon realized that we did not need to worry about making sure things were going smoothly because you had it under control. We loved that we were able to relax and actually have fun with our family and friends.

We appreciate your professionalism; you showed up in plenty of time, looked professional, and you respected our request to keep everything going in a timely fashion. But most of all, you allowed us and all of our guests to have the most enjoyable night. The music was great and your stage presence was impeccable; many people said you were the best DJ they have ever heard. We have been to many parties where the DJ was awful and it ruined the whole night. We can do nothing but sing your praises.

Rest assured we (my family and many of our guests) will call you for any future parties. For the many years to come when we look back on our wedding reception, we will always remember how you helped make our evening so special and so memorable. From the bottom of our hearts - we thank you.

Many thanks,

Michael & Allison Wolferd

 

Alzheimer's Association

July 6, 2012
Click HERE for a wonderful letter.

 

City of North Olmsted

"Dear Ray,

As Mayor of the City of North Olmsted, and on behalf of all residents, please accept my most sincere thanks for the music and entertainment you provided at the North Olmsted USA Salute to Veterans event on Friday, August 26, 2011. This event was a great success and had a sense of community and gratitude that was enjoyed by all. We are thankful for the effort you made to help us celebrate the men and women of our armed forces, past and present. There is no greater sacrifice than their service to our nation.

My administration was pleased to work together with you in this venture and we look forward to partnering with you again in the future. If I can ever be of service to you please let me know. I can be reached at (440) 716-4164.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Kennedy
Mayor"

 

Normandy High School

"I wanted to thank you for becoming the voice of the Normandy Invaders Boys Basketball team. Your gameday enthusiasm was infectious and created an environment that fostered school spirit and Invader Pride. You truly are in a league of your own when it comes to announcing high school basketball games. The community has embraced you as one of their own. I can’t tell you the number of spectators that have sought me out to thank me for bringing you into our program. Your commentary and player nicknames have created an “event” atmosphere at Normandy home games. I appreciate the professional preparation that you brought to every game. I look forward to having you in this program for as long as I am here. Thanks again."

“The Legendary” John Silva
Boys Basketball Coach
Normandy High School

 

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

”On behalf of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, I want to thank Ray for being our guest MC the second year in a row for the Cavaliers Cheerleading Competition. You have brought the event to life by drawing the fans into the competition with your jokes and suspense. Your presence is invaluable when it comes to keeping the event on schedule, which is critical due to NBA timelines. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and look forward to working with you again!"

Meredith Scerba
Group Events Coordinator
Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Northeast Ohio Challenger Baseball

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude and commend DJ Ray for volunteering his time and effort to special-needs children at the 2009 Ohio State Challenger Tournament held in Parma on July 17, 2009. His interaction with the children was a great success and brought much joy and happiness to the participants of this tournament. DJ Ray’s performance was an enhancement to the three-day event and will be remembered forever in the minds of the Ohio Challenger baseball players. We thank DJ Ray for his generosity and kindness.”

James Cipriani
President, NEO Challenger

 

Cinadr-Veersteg Wedding

“Thank you for an excellent evening of music. The dance floor was packed the entire evening—a tribute to the fine selection of songs that you, Annie and Tom picked out. And thank you for playing the father/daughter song—that was very important to us. Thanks again on behalf of the entire family and all of the guests!”

Marty Cinadr (father of the bride)
Annie and Tom Versteeg, married May 2009

 

Russ-McJunkins Wedding

“We are so happy with the way that everything turned out at our wedding reception. We are keeping your name and number for future events, or for our friends who may need you!

Jennifer Russ and Stephen McJunkins, married August 2008

 

Vermillion Ballroom Benefit

”Thanks so much for your excellent work at the Vermillion benefit. You really made the event come alive with your running commentary, contests and games, and your knowledge of music. As usual, you did a great job, and I will continue to use your services in future events.”

Robert M. Warshawsky
President, Seven Oaks Financial Corporation

 

Lakewood High School Athletics

"I just want to take this opportunity to thank Ray for the Academy Award performance he put on at our Fourth Annual Al Gruss/Tony Dibiasio Early Bird Baseball Tournament. His sense of humor and short skits kept everyone in attendance on their toes and listening intensely to every word that came out of his mouth. His ability to keep the audience, of all ages young and old, involved was important to the success of our Tournament. He literally became one of the high points of the Tournament. He left all the baseball fans talking about the performance long after he had left. When you hire DJ Ray, you don't just get a deejay BUT an entire performance that keeps everyone at the event participating in all the activities that he provides.

Jerry Gruss
Head Baseball Coach

 

Lakewood Community Recreation & Education Department

"Ray has been our middle school football announcer for the past couple of years. Ray does an outstanding job as an announcer for the football program. He is very comfortable behind the microphone, and you can tell he has plenty of experience in this field. He does an excellent job of mixing music, play-by-plays and humor to entertain the spectators. I have heard nothing but high praise from the parents and coaches in regards to Ray's announcing. He keeps the audience involved by reading different trivia questions throughout the game. He also provides a prize to the spectator with the correct answer. I never have to worry if Ray will provide an entertaining game for everyone involved. He delivers every time."

Kurt S. Shoaff
Youth Athletics Manager

 

Lakewood High School

"Ray has been providing outstanding volleyball play-by-play game analysis and entertainment to spectators at Lakewood High School athletic events for past four years. Ray is a perfectionist, always arriving early to set up and to ensure that the evening runs smoothly. Ray is also dependable and will let me know in advance if he is unable to be at the match. Each year, spectators from the Lakewood community, as well as from opposing schools, compliment me on Ray's energetic, smooth, and often humorous commentary. I personally have never seen a better sports announcer than Ray, and am thrilled that we have such a talent at Lakewood. His abilities make our matches even more exciting."

Brigid Arbeznik
Volleyball Head Coach

 



Ray Carr on the air at WCSB

 

 

Joel Baker - 3/18/14

 

Joel Baker - 1/7/14

Big Chuck and Little John - 12/7/11

Guitarist Brian Henke and Comedian Josh Womack - 11/29/11

Cleveland History - with Abe Bruckman - 11/22/11

Trains - with Robert Tarr - Part 1 - 11/15/11

Trains - with Robert Tarr - Part 2 - 11/15/11

Radiothon - 11/8/11


photo by RPC Photo/Holly McGowan
Raymond Carr, with help from Karie Staudt, draws the winner of a raffle at the Hudson Community First Hudsonopoly fundraiser
Nov. 10, 2007 at the American Legion Hall.

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