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1580 KDAY AM, Los Angeles was the first Hip-Hop radio station

1580 KDAY AM, Los Angeles was the first hip-hop radio station

Los Angeles radio station, KDAY 1580-AM was the first radio station. KDAY disc jockey Steve Woods played The Sugarhill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight” on its 1979 release.

Radio executives and program directors in Los Angeles hated hip-hop, they thought it was a fad in but hip-hop still continued to grow in the late early ’. After Greg Macmillan Aka Greg Mack was hired to be the music director on the station, Hip-Hop/ became really dominant on KDAY 1580-AM in 1983. No other radio stations at the time could compete with KDAY as the radio station played rap 24 hours a day, with some making them the first hip-hop radio station.

Dr. Dre and DJ Yella Boy were the first mixer DJs at the station and KDAY is now known as 93.5 KDAY-FM.

KDAY helped boost the career of N..A. from an unknown group to one of hip-hop’s most infamous groups ever, KDAY helped launch the careers of many mainstream artists such as Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ice T, LL Cool J, Jay Z and Queen Latifah

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DMX opens up in his first post-prison interview with GQ Magazine

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