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Encyclopedia > WQHT
WQHT-FM
City of license New York City
Broadcast area New York City area
Branding Hot 97
Slogan Where Hip Hop Lives
First air date 1960s
Frequency 97.1 MHz FM
(Also on HD Radio)
97.1-2 FM classic hip hop (HD Radio)
Format Urban-leaning Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio
ERP 6,700 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning HOT
Owner Emmis Communications
(Emmis License Corporation of New York)
Sister stations WQCD, WRKS
Website hot97.com

WQHT, more commonly known as "Hot 97", is a high-profile Rhythmic Contemporary radio station in New York City under the corporate ownership of Emmis Communications. The station broadcasts on 97.1 MHz FM and first signed on the air in the summer of 1986 as "Hot 103" (103.5 FM). Through out the years the radio station has seen controversy involving celebrities such as 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige, among others.[citation needed] Up until recently, WQHT was considered to be an Urban station, but has gradually moved back to the Rhythmic side, while maintaining its Hip-Hop edge. In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The New York metropolitan area is the most populous in the United States and the fourth most populous in the world (after Tokyo, Seoul, and Mexico City). ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... In most of the world, the FM broadcast band, used for broadcasting FM radio stations, goes from 87. ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... Old school hip hop is a term used to describe the very earliest hip hop music to come out of the block parties of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. ... HD Radio is a brand name of a method of digital transmission of AM and FM radio stations. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Mainstream Urban, a term used to describe a radio format similar to an urban contemporary format. ... Rhythmic Top 40, as known as Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio and Rhythmic Crossover, is a music radio format that includes of a mix of dance, and upbeat rhythmic pop, hip-hop, and R&B hits. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and Mexico. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Emmis Communications is an Indianapolis, Indiana-based radio and television group. ... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... WQCD, known on-air as CD 101. ... WRKS-FM (98. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Rhythmic Contemporary, also known as Rhythmic Top 40, Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio and Rhythmic Crossover, is a music radio format that includes of a mix of dance, and upbeat rhythmic pop, hip-hop, and R&B hits. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Emmis Communications is an Indianapolis, Indiana-based radio and television group. ... FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... For the currency amount, see 50 cents. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop soul singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, and actress. ... Mainstream Urban, a term used to describe a radio format similar to an urban contemporary format. ...

See also: Media of New York City

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History

WNBC-FM and variants

The history of the 97.1 frequency goes back to 1940, when station W2XWG came on the air. After several frequency and call letters changes, WNBC-FM was established at 97.1 by 1948. It usually simulcast WNBC's AM programming. In 1954 it changed its call letters to WRCA-FM, but reverted to WNBC-FM in 1960. In radio (including television), a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for amateur, broadcast, and sometimes military radio use, as well as for broadcast television. ... Simulcast is a contraction of simultaneous broadcast, and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one medium at the same time. ... For other uses, see WFAN (disambiguation). ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ...


WNBC-FM played classical music in the 1950s; it later switched to pop music. It ran automated network programming for some time, such as the NBC Monitor weekend show. By the 1970s it was playing a pop/rock format. Beginning on June 4, 1973, it experimented with a fully-automated programming scheme with local inserts known as "The Rock Pile", but technical glitches were frequent and listenership dropped. For a brief period starting in late 1974, the station attempted a fully-automated beautiful music format for a younger demographic, called "The Love of New York". Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Monitor host Dave Garroway NBC Monitor was a weekend radio program broadcast from June 12, 1955 to January 26, 1975. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A demographic or demographic profile is a term used in marketing and broadcasting, to describe a demographic grouping or a market segment. ...


NBC Radio then came up with the notion of the NBC News and Information Service (NIS), an unusual attempt to place an all-news format on the FM band. Thus on June 18, 1975, the station became WNWS and branded itself "NewsCenter 97". This failed miserably and on January 1, 1977, 97.1 dropped "all news" and adopted an "Adult Contemporary" (AC) format with a rock lean (to compete against WKTU), under the moniker "Y-97". The call letters WNWS were still in use at the time but shortly afterward the station became known as WYNY. All-news radio is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of news. ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... WNBC-TVs Chuck Scarborough presenting NewsCenter 4 in 1974. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... WFNY-FM, known on-air as 92-3 Free FM, is a radio station with a talk radio/rock format in New York City located at 92. ... WYNY was the call letters of radio stations on three different FM frequencies in or around New York City. ...


WYNY

Ratings were fair at best and by the end of 1978, after toying briefly with an all-Beatles format, WYNY evolved to an MOR format featuring Frank Sinatra, The Carpenters, Elvis Presley, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Carly Simon, and Billy Joel among others. They were an easy listening station without all the elevator music heard on WRFM or WPAT-AM-FM. Ratings went up gradually. The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe in the early 1970s. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Carpenter (disambiguation). ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Barry Manilow is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ... For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter and sometime Actor. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945 in New York City) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy Award winning American musician who emerged as one of the leading lights of the early 1970s singer-songwriter movement. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... WWPR-FM, also known as Power 105. ... WPAT is the callsign of a radio station licensed to Paterson, New Jersey. ... WPAT-FM, known on-air as 93. ...


By 1980, WYNY moved away from Frank Sinatra and The Lettermen though they continued running "Saturday with Sinatra" hosted by Sid Mark. Musically they added Motown songs, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Donna Summer, and soft hits by hard rockers. The Lettermen are a pop music vocal group. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City), where it achieved widespread international success. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... First formed in 1961, The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band that gained popularity for their close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California youth culture of surfing, girls and cars. ... This article is about the band. ... The Eagles are an American rock music group that originally came together in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, on December 31, 1948) is a legendary American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on... “Hard Rock” redirects here. ...


By 1981, the station format was that of pop hits from 1964 to what was then current music, with an occasional pre-64 rock & roll song. Ratings went up from 1981 through 1983. By 1982, WYNY trimmed the '60s music slightly. Some of the air personalities included Dan Daniel, Bill St. James, Bruce Bradley, Randy Davis, Carol Mason, Mike McCann, Floyd Wright, Steve O'Brien, Bill Rock, and Ed Baer. On Sunday evenings, the station aired a pioneering advice show, Sexually Speaking, which made its host, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a national celebrity. Sid Mark continued hosting a Frank Sinatra show. Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Ruth Westheimer, Ed. ...


In 1983, rival stations Z-100 and WPLJ adopted a "Contemporary Hit Radio" (CHR) format, attracting younger listeners. WYNY continued with its AC format. Then in January 1984, Lite FM 106.7 WLTW signed on, taking away older listeners. WYNY ratings plummeted, and in 1986 the station was revamped with the music staying "Hot AC" but marketed as a "Z-100 for Yuppies". The station had new jingles and imaging, and became known as "The NEW 97.1 WYNY". The format, however, was that of the same pop hits from 1964 to the then-present. The station continued to rate low. NBC had problems with sister station WNBC as well. Then in April 1987, a country music station, WHN, announced plans to go sports full-time on July 1, to become all-sports WFAN. In response, WYNY announced it would change to country music on July 1. WHTZ, also known as Z100, is a radio station that serves New York City and the neighboring Northern New Jersey region, broadcasting at a frequency of 100. ... WPLJ (95. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Top 40 (radio format). ... WLTW, known on-air as 106. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... For other uses, see WFAN (disambiguation). ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... WEPN (1050 kHz), branded as 1050 ESPN Radio, is a 24-hour sports radio station in New York City featuring national and local sports talk programs and live broadcasts of sports matches. ...


This format change was announced to the press in advance but not over the air except on Saturday With Sinatra. At 12:01 a.m. July 1, WYNY ended its AC format with "Hello, Goodbye" by The Beatles and went country, playing "Think About Love" by Dolly Parton. The airstaff all remained, though some gradually left later in the year. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated American country singer, songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ...


Dan Daniel (who had left WYNY in the mid-1980s and returned), Randy Davis, Carol Mason, Lisa Taylor, Floyd Wright, and others survived the format change and remained with WYNY's country unit long after it would leave 97.1 FM and move to 103.5, where it remained until its 1996 demise. The WYNY call letters resurfaced on the suburban 107.1 frequency in late 1998 at a country station that had started up later in 1996; the format lasted until 2002. As of 2006, the WYNY call letters reside on a station in Gainesville, Florida. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Location of Gainesville, Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Alachua Incorporated (city) 15 April 1869 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan  - City Manager Russ Blackburn Area [1]  - City  49. ...


In 1987 Emmis agreed to buy NBC radio stations giving them 97.1, 103.5, 660, and 1050. Emmis opted to sell AM 1050 to SBS and then it would be sold to a Jewish group and become WEVD. They would keep 660 AM and shut down ratings troubled WNBC and move the WFAN intellectual unit to 66 AM. The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination...


On FM Emmis sold 103.5 FM to Westwood One and the Intellectual Country 97 WYNY unit would move there. Emmis kept 97.1 and moved Hot 103.5's Intellectual WQHT unit there.


WQHT Hot 103

See WKTU for a full history of the 103.5 frequency. 103. ...


After the original 92.3 WKTU signed off the air in 1985, New Yorkers demanded a Dance music station. Indianapolis-based Emmis Broadcasting purchased WAPP-FM and transformed it to Hot 103 in 1986. It played a variety of R&B, Pop music, Hip-Hop, Freestyle, House and Rock recordings. Hot 103 was the first radio station to play Latin Hip-Hop (Freestyle) regularly. The station played hits by Freestyle singer Shannon known for her hits "Let the Music Play" and "Give Me Tonight". It also broke ground for new artists such as Judy Torres, TKA, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Exposé, Safire, Debbie Deb, The Cover Girls, and George Lamond, among others. These artists were played in the same rotation as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, George Michael, The Bangles, Belinda Carlisle, Jody Watley, etc. WFNY-FM, known on-air as 92-3 Free FM, is a radio station with a talk radio/rock format in New York City located at 92. ... 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TKA is a Freestyle/Dance-pop trio prominent in the 1980s and early 1990s, mainly in Freestyle hotbeds such as New York City and Miami, Florida. ... Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez on January 15, 1967) and her band Cult Jam were one of the original American latin freestyle groups of the 1980s. ... Exposé is a popular music girl group of the 1980s formed by record producer and songwriter Lewis A. Martineé. // Exposé was initially formed in 1984 when Martineé and his Pantera Productions talent scouts hired Sandra Casanas (Sandeé), Aléjandra Lorenzo (Alé), and Laurie Miller as the groups lineup. ... Debbie Deb is an American dance-pop singer, best known for 1980s freestyle dance classics such as Lookout Weekend, and When I Hear Music. Debbie was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in North Miami Beach, Florida. ... The Cover Girls are a New York City-based Freestyle, Urban/Dance-Pop trio, the brainchild of music promoter Sal Abbatiello. ... Bad of the Heart album George Lamond (born George Garcia on February 25, 1967 in Washington, DC), is an American Freestyle music singer of Puerto Rican descent. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an iconic American Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, and pop icon. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... This article is about the musician. ... For the jewelry item, see Bangle. ... Belinda Carlisle, born Belinda Jo Carlisle (also known as Belinda Kurczeski); on August 17, 1958 in Hollywood, California, is the lead vocalist and a founding member of the all-female rock & roll band The Go-Gos and also a successful solo artist. ... Jody Watley (born Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1959) is an American pop singer/songwriter, producer and label owner. ...


One special thing about Hot 103 is the fact that they played 12-inch singles usually heard in clubs around New York. Urban Contemporary stations WBLS and WRKS were playing long versions of the records played as well. 12 single for U2s Beautiful Day The 12-inch [30 cm] single gramophone record came into existence with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ... “NY” redirects here. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ... WBLS is an Urban Adult Contemporary FM radio station that is licensed to New York City, operating on 107. ... WRKS-FM (98. ...


The station was in the Top 5 in the ratings from 1986 to 1988. Hot 103's major competitors, WHTZ, WPLJ as well as WBLS and WRKS, responded by adding more Dance music to their playlists. In the fall of 1988, Emmis purchased 97.1 WYNY from NBC. That same day the stations did a frequency swap with Hot 103 moving to 97.1 and WYNY to 103.5. Hence, Hot 103 became known as Hot 97 and continued with the dance/freestyle format and featured full-length versions of the records played. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... WHTZ, also known as Z100, is a radio station that serves New York City and the neighboring Northern New Jersey region, broadcasting at a frequency of 100. ... WPLJ (95. ... WBLS is an Urban Adult Contemporary FM radio station that is licensed to New York City, operating on 107. ... WRKS-FM (98. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...


WQHT Hot 97 from 1988

Hot 97's ratings fell slightly in 1989. The station started to lean towards Top 40 artists such as Milli Vanilli, Bobby Brown, Paula Abdul, Taylor Dayne, MC Hammer, De La Soul, New Kids on the Block, and more. In the summer of 1993, Hot 97 decided to target a share of WRKS-FM's (98.7 Kiss FM) hip-hop audience by playing rap songs. It also added Ed Lover and Doctor Dre (not to be confused with producer, rapper and C.E.O. of Aftermath Enertainment , Dr. Dre )of as its morning hosts. The ratings rose to number-three in one rating period. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Milli Vanilli (milli is a word meaning national in Turkish, picked up by the artists while visiting Turkey on one of its national days) was a duo, Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus, formed in Germany in the mid-1980s. ... This article is about the R&B singer. ... Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American multi-platinum selling Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. ... Taylor Dayne (born Leslie Wunderman, March 7, 1962, in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York) is an American pop vocalist, dance artist and actress. ... MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962) is an American MC who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, known for his dramatic rise to and fall from fame and fortune, his trademark Hammer pants, and for leaving a lasting influence on hip hop culture... De La Soul is a Grammy-award winning hip hop group from Long Island, New York. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WRKS-FM (98. ... WRKS-FM better known as 98. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Ed Lover in Whos The Man? (1993) James Roberts, better known as Ed Lover, (born on February 12, 1963 in Hollis, Queens, New York) is an African American radio personality and former MTV VJ. He is best known for being the co-host of MTVs hip hop music... André Doctor Dré Brown (born on December 5, 1963 in Westbury, New York) is an African American radio personality and former MTV VJ. He is best known for being the co-host of MTVs hip hop music specialty program Yo! MTV Raps with partner Ed Lover. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...

WQHT logo from 1988-1994
WQHT logo from 1994-2000
WQHT logo from 1994-2000

From Summer 1993 to Spring 1994, the station gradually abandoned its Dance music format and became New York's new Urban Contemporary (rap) station, putting it in battle with WRKS-FM ("Kiss FM"), which responded by adding more mix shows and moved Wendy Williams to the morning drive time. Though Kiss FM remained number-one in the ratings, Summit Communications Group still included it when selling seven of its radio stations in order to concentrate on technology and Internet services. Emmis discussed purchasing the station from Summit, but needed federal approval to own two FM stations in the same market. In December 1994 the purchase was approved and Kiss FM's format was changed to Urban Adult Contemporary (Urban AC). Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 211 pixelsFull resolution (1998 × 528 pixel, file size: 102 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Joel Salkowitz, http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 211 pixelsFull resolution (1998 × 528 pixel, file size: 102 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Joel Salkowitz, http://www. ... Image File history File links Old_Hot97_logo. ... Image File history File links Old_Hot97_logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... WRKS-FM (98. ... Cover of The Wendy Williams Experience Wendy Williams (born July 16, 1964) is an African-American radio host and television personality. ... The Summit Communications Group is an Atlanta-based communications company once owned sixteen radio stations around the United States. ... ... Urban Adult Contemporary is the name for a format of radio music, similar to an urban contemporary format. ...


In 1995, Hot 97 again became New York's top station in the Arbitron ratings. Hot 97 was the only radio station in New York for hip-hop until mid-1997 when WBLS reintroduced it on its playlists. In March 2002, Clear Channel Communications launched WWPR-FM (Power 105.1 FM) to challenge Hot 97, and went to number-five in the ratings. In the fall of 2005 Power 105.1 edged slightly ahead of Hot 97 for the first time ever during the same period of time as the Tsunami song parody. Most recently the station resurged back to the top of the ratings. Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... WBLS is an Urban Adult Contemporary FM radio station that is licensed to New York City, operating on 107. ... WWPR-FM, also known as Power 105. ...


In May 2007, R&R and BDS moved WQHT back to the Rhythmic Airplay panel after a long tenure as a Urban reporter. R&R (aka The New Radio & Records) is a weekly music trade publication that follows the radio industry and tracks the monitoring of current songs by format, station and audience cumes. ... Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, better known as BDS, is a service that tracks monitored radio, television and internet airplay of songs based on the number of spins and detections. ... The R&R Rhythmic Airplay panel is a list of Rhythmic Contemporary Hit stations that are monitored by Nielsen BDS. The stations are ranked by the highest audience cumes based on Arbitron ratings and are modified twice a year. ...


HD2 Operation

In early 2006, Hot 97 launched a HD2 station called Hot 97 Throwbacks. Hot 97 Throwbacks, located at 97.1-2, uses the format of Classic Hip-Hop. The format is comparable to XM Satellite Radio's The Rhyme and Sirius Satellite Radio's BackSpin, but censored. Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... “XM” redirects here. ... The Rhyme is the name of XM Satellite Radios uncensored Classic Hip-Hop channel. ... Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is one of two satellite radio (SDARS) services operating in the United States and Canada, along with XM Satellite Radio. ... In racquet sports, Backspin a. ...


Controversies

Under the corporate ownership by Emmis Communications Hot 97 has seen many controversies. Citing a litany of recorded complaints and controversies, including violence and disagreements over station security, the landlord of Hot 97's Greenwich Village studios in May 2006 moved to evict the station. The case is pending in the courts. Emmis Communications is an Indianapolis, Indiana-based radio and television group. ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (pronounced Grennich Village; also called simply the Village) is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City. ...


Mocking death of Aaliyah

On August 25, 2001, a charter plane with R&B superstar Aaliyah nose-dived during take off, killing all nine people aboard. The following morning, host DJ Star (Troi Torain), played sound effects of a woman screaming in a crashing airplane to mock the death of Aaliyah. Hot 97's broadcast drew criticism and the Hot 97 morning team, including DJ Miss Jones, were suspended without pay for two weeks. Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For Aaliyahs self-titled album, see Aaliyah (album). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ...


Tsunami Song and racial epithets

On January 17, 2005, Hot 97 DJ Miss Jones provoked a controversy by airing a song entitled "USA for Indonesia" a month after approximately 187,000 people died in the Asian tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The song, a parody sung to the 1985 tune "We Are the World", was criticized for overtly racist mocking of the Asian and East African victims; the song lyrics contain the racially derogatory words "chinks" and "Chinamen," and calls the drowning victims "bitches." Some of the lyrics included the words "Go find your mommy. I just saw her float by, a tree went through her head. And now your children will be sold. Child slavery". This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... USA for Indonesia is a parody sung to the 1985 tune We Are the World, which was performed by USA for Africa; a parody of charity supergroup songs, it ridicules the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. ... The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, known by the scientific community as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake,[1] was a great undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time) December 26, 2004 with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... We Are the World is a 1985 song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced and conducted by Quincy Jones and recorded by a supergroup of popular musicians billed as USA for Africa. ...


Miss Info, a fellow DJ of Korean descent, was outraged and spoke against the song on the station. She excluded herself from producing the song and said it was wrong for it to be played. Miss Info immediately found herself subjected to a four-minute, on-air lambasting from the other DJs. Miss Jones accused Miss Info of always distancing herself from the antics of the others, and of acting superior because she is Asian. Another jock on the show named Todd Lynn muttered "I'm gonna start shooting Asians." This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Asian people[1] is a demonym for people from Asia. ...


Following angry protests from the Asian-American community, bloggers, and networking sites, and other New Yorkers, Miss Jones, DJ Envy (whose wife, ironically, is half Black and half Asian), and Tasha Hightower were suspended while Todd Lynn and Rick Del Gado (the writer of the song) were fired. The station issued an apology on its website. Both Sprint and McDonald's pulled their advertising from the station. The suspended employees' pay was diverted to charities helping victims of the tsunami. Miss Jones has since been reinstated. An Asian American is generally defined as a person of Asian ancestry and American citizenship,[2][3][4] although may also be extended to include non-citizen resident Asians as well. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Donned the Mix Tape Assassin after churning out four volumes of mix tape mayhem from artists such as Camron, Beanie Siegel, Jay-Z & the Lox, Dj Envy. ... Rick Del Gado was a producer for the Opie & Anthony Show on WNEW-FM. He was fired along with O&A after the Sex for Sam incident. ... Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S), headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ...


Fights and shootings

In February 2001, a shootout erupted between rapper Lil' Kim's entourage and an entourage of a rival rapper in front of the offices of Hot 97 on Hudson Street, which led to one of Lil' Kim's bodyguards injured. In February 2005, gunfire erupted in front of the same place between 50 Cent's entourage and The Game's entourage. A member of The Game's entourage [Kevin Reed aka Pnut] was wounded with a bullet wound in his leg.[1] Both incidents also led to the nickname "Shot 97" by Wendy Williams.[citation needed] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hudson Street between Grove Street and Christopher Street. ... For the currency amount, see 50 cents. ... Jayceon Terell Taylor (born November 27, 1979 in Los Angeles,[1] California), better known by his stage name The Game, is a multi-platinum American rapper signed to Interscope Records. ...


Other controversies have included Hot 97 on broadcasts in which women slapped each other on the air for money and prizes, three shootings, and two false bomb threats. In 2004, as a result of continued indecency complaints, Hot 97's corporate owner Emmis Communications, signed a consent decree with the FCC and paid the US government $300,000. DECREE - The judgment or sentence of a court of equity which corresponds to the judgment of a court of law. ...


On May 2, 2006, the company that owns the building that houses Hot 97 filed a lawsuit demanding the station's eviction. The lawsuit came after the shooting of rapper Gravy a week earlier, and amid concerns by the New York City District Council of Carpenters about the safety of those in the building's neighborhood.


DJ Envy and DJ Star feud

DJ Star, whose real name is Troi Torain, previously worked at Hot 97 before switching to rival hip hop station Power 105 and had a running on-air feud with Hot 97's DJ Envy, whose real name is Raashaun Casey. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... WWPR-FM, also known as Power 105. ...


In a May 3, 2006 broadcast, Torain mentioned DJ Envy's wife and two children and threatened to find and sexually abuse Casey's 4-year old daughter. Torain said he would pay $500 to any listener who told him where the girl attended school. Torain, who is black, also used racial and sexual epithets about DJ Envy's wife, Gia Casey, who is part Asian.


After protests by the New York City Council, detectives from the New York City Police Department's Hate Crimes Unit charged Torain with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and required him to surrender his target pistol license and 9-millimeter handgun. The charges were later dropped.


Miss Jones Vs. Mary J. Blige

Another controversy heated up on June 4, 2006 at the stations' annual Summer Jam, where performer Mary J. Blige made shout outs to the airstaffers of Hot 97, but neglected to mention Miss Jones. On her morning show on June 6, 2006, Jones lashed out against the singer by calling Blige a "Sluty ass bitch." June 4 is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop soul singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, and actress. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


50 Cent's February 1, 2007 Visit

On February 1, 2007 50 Cent appeared as a guest on Hot 97 of Angie Martinez. While talking about his upcoming album and other artists Angie informed 50 that were people on the line calling in to talk to 50. One of these people was Styles P.(More information on this discussion coming.) After the Styles P conversation ended mostly peacefully Angie informed 50 that more people were calling in. The next person who came onto the air was Cam'Ron. The conversation started out peacefully but soon escalated into argument as 50 claimed that Koch records was a 'graveyard'. After some incipient tension, the conversation precipitously changed into a rhubarb about how many record sales from their respective artists Lloyd Banks and Jim Jones. Cam'Ron ridiculed Banks for selling only 300,000 records on a major label when Jones sold as much while having a lesser fan base and being on an independent label. Martinez later had to cut Cam'Ron off from the conversation due to his frequent use of profanity. For the currency amount, see 50 cents. ... Angela Martinez (born January 9, 1971 in The Bronx, New York) is an American radio and television personality, hip-hop recording artist, actress, and model. ... David Styles (born November 28, 1974), better known as Styles P is an American based rapper. ... Cameron Giles (born February 4, 1976), better known as Camron, or Killa Cam, is a platinum selling rapper from Harlem in New York City. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Christopher Charles Lloyd (born April 30, 1982 in Baltimore, Maryland), better known as Lloyd Banks, is an American rapper and is a member of G-Unit. ... This article is about the rapper; see also Jim Jones (disambiguation). ...


Notable DJs, past and present

Cover of The Wendy Williams Experience Wendy Williams (born July 16, 1964) is an African-American radio host and television personality. ... Star & Buc Wild are TV and radio personalities and columnists. ... Ed Lover in Whos The Man? (1993) James Roberts, better known as Ed Lover, (born on February 12, 1963 in Hollis, Queens, New York) is an African American radio personality and former MTV VJ. He is best known for being the co-host of MTVs hip hop music... André Doctor Dré Brown (born on December 5, 1963 in Westbury, New York) is an African American radio personality and former MTV VJ. He is best known for being the co-host of MTVs hip hop music specialty program Yo! MTV Raps with partner Ed Lover. ... Lisa Lisa G Glasberg is an American radio and TV personality. ... Look up sunny in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Stephanie Miller (born September 29, 1961) is an American comedian and host of The Stephanie Miller Show, a liberal talk radio program produced in Los Angeles and syndicated nationally by Jones Radio Networks. ... Aston George Taylor Jr. ... Angela Martinez (born January 9, 1971 in The Bronx, New York) is an American radio and television personality, hip-hop recording artist, actress, and model. ... DJ Whoo Kid (born Yves Mondesir in West Orange, New Jersey) is the official DJ of the popular rap group, G-Unit. ... // Ernesto Shaw (born January 8, 1975 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA), better known as DJ Clue?, is a Mixtape DJ known for his involvement in the Mixtape circuit and for being one of the first DJs not to mix songs in his mixtapes. ... DJ Kay Slay, (born Kenneth Gleason in 1966) also known as the Drama King, is the ringmaster of the new hip-hop rivalries, played out on his mixtapes. ... Fatman Scoop born Isaac Freeman III is a New York City hip hop hype man and radio personality famed for his on-stage rough, loud voice. ... Raqiyah Mays Raqiyah Mays is a journalist and an on-air personality at New York radio station Hot97. ... Jimmy Howes, a radio DJ since 1981, some work with Hot-97 (on-air personality during Freestyle days, late 1980s), hosted Morning Show at Jukebox Radio, Mid-Day host with WVNJ. Jimmy is the Program Director and morning show host at WGHT. Radio Disney on-air talent under different...

Hot 97's 20th Anniversary (1986-2006)

Hot 97 is currently celebrating its anniversary. There is no indication that officials at the station will throw a 20th birthday party for the station although sister station 98.7 Kiss FM is celebrating 25 years on the air. WRKS-FM better known as 98. ...

See also

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References

  1. ^ The New Yorker: Where Hip-Hop Lives: Hot 97's turf wars
  • WNBC-FM Abandons Rock For Popular Music FormatThe New York Times, December 18, 1974.
  • Asian Media Watchdog - One of the high profile groups that organized Tsunami Song protest
  • Freestyle Music Information
  • Station info on New York Radio Guide
  • Former Presidents and the Hot 97 Controversy
  • World Music Central - British MPs deplore Hot 97's racist tsunami song
  • World Music Central - Demonstrations planned outside Hot 97 New York
  • Media Week Headlines
  • Asian Media Watch - Media watchdog
  • UK Chinese - Chinese Community ask George Bush and Tony Blair to take action against Hot 97
  • UK Chinese - British MPs and the Hot 97 Tsunami Song
  • Club LK.US - UK Sri Lankans denounce Hot 97's racist tsunami song
  • Sunday Island Sri Lanka - Two tsunami songs mentioned in the British parliament with kudos to Nimal Mendis by Nan
  • House of Congress Press Release from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: Pelosi Condemns Broadcast of ‘Tsunami Song’

The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ...

External links

  • hot97.com
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Hot 97 New Yorker article
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WQHT
  • Radio Locator information on WQHT

Preceded by
WYNY
FM 97.1 in New York, New York
October 7, 1988 - Present
Succeeded by
WQHT
Preceded by
WQHT
FM 103.5 in New York, New York
1986-October 7, 1988
Succeeded by
WYNY

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HOT 97 - The Official #1 Station for Hip Hop and R&B (1346 words)
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WQHT, Emmis Operating Company, Emmis Communications Corporation, their subsidiaries and affiliates, their officers, directors, agents, stockholders, insurers, and employees, and their advertising and promotional agencies and sponsors assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever for damages, loss or injury resulting from participating in any contest or acceptance or use of any prize.
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The new station, which played a mix of pop hits, dance songs, rap songs and randb songs, was an instant ratings success.
On September 22, 1988, WQHT would change frequencies, as Emmis acquired NBC's radio stations.
Since Federal Communications Commission regulations at the time required that a company can only own one FM radio station in a market, Emmis sold the 103.5 frequency to Westwood One.
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