This acronym represents the phrase “Dread At The Controls”. This was a radio show in the late 1970s, early 1980s that was featured on the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) featuring a man named Michael George Campbell, better known to fans as Mikey Dread.
Origin of DATC
The radio show that this acronym represents debuted in the late 1970s. Dread began working for the JBC shortly after graduating college and was disgruntled with the lack of reggae the stations were playing. He convinced management to give him his own radio show which he hosted for a couple of years and played mostly reggae music. In 1978, Dread quit hosting the show as a form of protest after becoming angry with management. His career continued to evolve and he produced his own music in addition to helping and touring with many other well-known artists up until his death in 2008.
There are a few other things that this acronym can represent. Some of these other representations are “Diplomacy Adjudicator Test Cases,” “Digital Audio Time Code,” “Design Automation Technical Committee,” Dincannon Appalachian Trail Community,” and “Datatec Systems, Inc.”
A text message exchange between two friends.
Friend 1: Do you remember back in the day growing up in Jamaica listening to DATC?
Friend 2: Yes! I loved that show! The host was awesome!
Friend 1: I thought so too. I found a station today on SiriusXM that sounds just like it though and thought you might want to take a listen.