1. Revolutions On Air: The Golden Era of New York Radio – ’80-’88 (VIDEO).

    Had the pleasure of helping out with Red Bull Music Academy ‘s short form documentary film Revolutions On Air – a celebration of just a few of the essential innovators of NYC mix show radio of the 1980s. This would, of course, include the giants of hip-hop radio – Mr. Magic and Marley Marl , and Kool DJ Red Alert – but also garage/house broadcast pioneers like Tony Humphries , and tape edit maestros the Latin Rascals and Shep Pettibone . And though the subject matter could easily merit a way lengthier treatment I think we managed to pack a lot into our allotted 15 minutes or so. Also featured: Stretch Armstrong ‘s vintage cassette collection, DJ Spinna ‘s Frankie Crocker reel-to-reel audition tape (!) for WBLS, and narration by MC Lyte . The film is directed by Joey Garfield, whose credits include the definitive human beatboxing doc Breath Control as well as being the Dreadloctopus monster from the Beasties’ “Intergalactic” video. His parallax vision for telling this story is pretty ill. Hope some of youse dig this.

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