Revolutions On Air: The Golden Era of New York Radio 1980-1988 (Documentary)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Here is a must-watch new documentary on the prime years of New York City radio from the Red Bull Music Academy as they gear up for their upcoming NYC Festival. Although it clocks in at under 20 minutes, it’s still a pretty comprehensive look at the Golden Era of Dance and Rap radio in the country’s biggest market during a time of musical breakthroughs.

Radio legends like DJ Spinna, Stretch Armstrong, Kool DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl and Merlin Bobb explain the innovations and influence of pioneers such as Frankie Crocker, Tony Humphries, Ted Currier and Shep Pettibone. From Tony Moran of The Latin Rascals showing us how he used to manually chop up reels, to tales of Boyd Jarvis playing live keyboards over on-air mixes, and the rise of Mr. Magic and Red Alert, this is a fascinating chronicle of a bygone era. Narrated by MC Lyte.

Previously: DJ Red Alert Remembers Mr. Magic

Funkmaster Flex & DJ Red Alert’s 2013 Christmas Eve Mix

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Flex and Red Alert did their annual Christmas Eve mix on 97 the other night, here it is in full. Five hours of straight classics.

Previously: Funkmaster Flex & Kool DJ Red Alert Christmas Eve Classic Mix

Funkmaster Flex & Kool DJ Red Alert Christmas Eve Classic Mix

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Happy Holidays and stay safe.

Props: Flex

Video: DJ Red Alert Remembers Chris Lighty

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Speaking to Jack Thriller, Red Alert speaks on the humble beginnings of Violator as a “crew” in the Bronx and remembers his friend Chris Lighty.

Previously: Dave Lighty Speaks on His Brother’s Death

Video: Cormega ft. DJ Red Alert, Parrish Smith, Grand Puba, KRS-One & Big Daddy Kane – Fresh

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Clearly Mega had to have this video animated because the gravitational pull of all these legends in one place for a video shoot would have knocked the Earth off its axis.

Off 2009’s Born And Raised, (titled as “Mega Fresh X”), which you can cop here or here.

Previously: Cormega ft. PMD, Grand Puba, KRS-One & Big Daddy Kane – Fresh