Here's my periodic reminder: if you (or someone you know) had a radio show (or obsessively taped others' radio shows) and you want to get episodes preserved for the future, DM me. Doesn't matter if tapes have been digitized or not. Let's make it happen.
The most enjoyable things to share about the HHRA are new partnerships and newly added long, lost episodes. But often, what's happening is much less outwardly exciting. It's bulk updating metadata for 50 shows at once (like what happened this weekend) or quietly adding a new section that is setting the stage for something bigger down the road (also happened this weekend), or prepping a giant spreadsheet to import (happening this week).
None of this stuff is terribly thrilling or worthy of a post every time it happens, but something to keep mind. The gears are always grinding. The archive's steadily growing and improving.
A new gem by way of DJ Step One: London's Friday Rap Show with Dave Pearce (perhaps best known as the guy from the intro of Nation of Millions). Likely from the summer of 1989.
DC heads, relive an Albie Dee "Club 95" episode from PGC in March of 1994, courtesy of Matt Wright (DJ Butterfingers).
Excited to be helping out DJ A-L in getting Boulder/Denver, Colorado's "The Eclipse Show" archived! The show's been running for nearly 40 years (!!) which makes it "the longest running hip-hop show on the planet!" Here's a dope one from May 5, 1996.
Yesterday I posted what was my very first radio tape, a Roxanne mix, presumably from Lady B's "Street Beat" on Power 99 in Philly in 1985. My cousin gave it to me when I was 10 and it changed my life. Features great live Roxanne spinoff track by Philly's Disco C. https://hiphopradioarchive.org/show/198
Just added a great episode of the Radio 1 Rap Show with Westwood just after Big L's murder. Features a solid tribute mix from Max Glazer. Rob Swift is also in studio with Gudtyme promoting Rob's "The Ablist." (credit to @PaulDJStepOne).
Thanks to Matt Wright (aka DJ Butterfingers) for contributing nearly 11 hours of 90s radio to the archive this weekend!
This classic episode of Club Krush from 28 years ago today features Tony D (RIP) at his promotional best.
Thanks to Dutch for today's KDAY Supermix from 1985 featuring none other than Dr. Dre on the mix.
Big up to @randomrapradio for this Tim Westwood Capital Rap gem from 30 years ago today.
Peep this great 1998 episode of the Dutch Masters/Mastaz show featuring guest @BizMarkie ("Oh, you can curse on the radio?"), courtesy of DJ Step One and Tobes.
We've got a bonkers addition thanks to Irish Craig from Random Rap Radio: the UK Fresh '86 performance that aired on Mike Allen's Capital Rap Show. Word of Mouth, Steady B, the Real Roxanne, Mantronix, Sir Mix-A-Lot, World Class Wreckin' Cru... Imagine the vibe!
From 25 years ago today, this solid "Best of '92" episode of London's "KISS FM Rap Show." (peace to DJ Step One)
Added a handful of shows yesterday well worth checking including a pirate radio show from Kent, England and two more mid-80s Awesome Two eps. As always, peep new stuff at...
Stretch Armstrong's "Cassette Culture" pieces on Medium were so dope, like this one discussing hip-hop radio in NYC in the mid-80s.
"In terms of their radio programs, just about the only thing that Red Alert and Marley Marl had in common was that they were both presenting hip-hop music in a mix-show format. Other than that, they couldn’t have been more different."
Added a couple of new mid-80s NYC shows courtesy of new contributor Ted Sonnenschein, including this Awesome Two episode from July 1986 featuring an interview with Eric B. and an 18-year-old Rakim. More goodness to come from Ted's collection.