Revolutions On Air

the golden era of new york radio

I clearly remember how I listened to a mix compiled by the Latin Rascals in the late 80s for basically one year straight - it was just too good to be true, from rare Arthur Baker dub versions to The Dominatrix, from latin grooves to some early party breaks hip-hop, it was their anything goes approach that made it such a standout. Red Bull Music just released a short doc that examines the golden era of New York radio, that happened between 1980 - 1988.

“New York City Radio during the 1980s featured the most dynamic and influential soundtrack the city has ever heard. Revolutions On Air is the story of mix show legends and studio wizards like Shep Pettibone, Tony Humphries, The Latin Rascals, Marley Marl, and Kool DJ Red Alert - innovators whose “anything goes” attitude pushed the emerging hip-hop, electro, freestyle, and house music scenes and kept radio listeners citywide hooked to their tape decks in order to record these now-classic mixes.“