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The Koolest Legend: Uncle Red Continues To Kill The Airwaves After 35 Years

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The legendary Kool DJ Red Alert celebrates 35 years in radio. Known as Uncle Red, he is a member of hip hop culture who is credited for “bringing music to the people.” With more than three decades in the business, he continues to spin on the ones and twos at WBLS.

Red Alert was interviewed in our very own WBLS studios which premiered over the weekend on NY1. See full interview here.

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Kool DJ Red Alert is known as one of the founding fathers of hip-hop music.

He took to fame on 98.7 Kiss-FM. He was one of the first DJ to be part of the Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation. Red Alert built his fan base and listeners within the Tri-State area by breaking some of your favorite artists like Queen Latifah, Black Sheep and A Tribe Called Quest.

Appearing in over 40 music videos, he has received numerous awards and accolades including a special award at the first annual Rap Hall of Fame Awards show. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from IMPACT music trade publication for 1998 and the 1997 Mix Show DJ of the year award from GAVIN. Rolling Stone magazine named DJ Red Alert as one of the 50 most influential people in music by Rolling Stone magazine. He is also featured in an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. He also was the first mixshow disc jockey to introduce dancehall to mainstream radio on his KISS 98.7 FM during the early 1980s.

Today he is rocking the airwaves at HOT 97 on Sunday evenings from 8pm – 9pm EST and mixes Wednesdays 6pm – 7pm on 107.5 WBLS during Déjà vu In The Afternoons.

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