Wall-to-Wall Sound and Video & Listening Booth In-Store Promo Tape: May 1989

November 16, 2017 – 7:18 pm

This is the second tape in the Flush collection from Wall-to-Wall Sound/Listening Booth and I’m guessing this one comes from about May 1989 based on the promoted songs. Read more in the original post.

This tape is in the Flush collection because during his college years, Greg worked in a Wall-to-Wall Sound and Video at the mall in Pleasantville, NJ, a town on the Jersey shore not far from Atlantic City.

Download episode or stream below

(See more in the DJ Flush Collection.)

96.7 KCAL-FM (1991)

November 5, 2017 – 3:00 pm

This early 1990s tape from the “inland empire’s rock-n-roll station” 96.7 KCAL-FM has an interesting story behind it. In the early 1990s I was on GEnie, an online service that was a contemporary of Prodigy and CompuServe. When I was 15 or 16, I was active on a teen forum on GEnie called the ERT (Education RoundTable) and it was there that I met a guy named Bob. He was my age, lived in California, and was an all-around nice dude. We chatted a lot online and got to be pretty good friends. We exchanged pictures and occasionally tapes through the mail. This is one of the tapes he sent me, presumably in the second half of 1991 based on the mention of Tom Petty’s new album Into the Great Wide Open which debuted in July, an ad for this Tom Petty show, and a giveaway for this Huey Lewis & The News show in November. On it, he sent a song out to me (13:00) and the DJ noted that Bob would be “heading back [to the East Coast] with a tape in hand to show him how it’s done here in southern California.”

The thing is… Bob was kinda not who he said he was. He wasn’t 16. He was actually in his 50s.

Fortunately, he came clean before we ever met in person and, honestly, seemed like just a very confused dude. Nothing inappropriate was ever discussed between us (though that may not have been the case with others he talked to). He was an aging, lonely guy who reached out in a way that was really wrong and creepy and luckily it never went further.

Nevertheless, as a result, we’ve got a 45-minute tape of 1991 FM rock radio from southern California.

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Announcing the Hip-Hop Radio Archive

October 31, 2017 – 1:45 pm

I tweeted about it but realized I never wrote a proper post. So here it is, a post announcing the new Hip-Hop Radio Archive. The HHRA is the next logical step after Normal Bias and Raw Deal Radio, serving as a place to save and discover hip-hop radio from the 1980s and 90s.

I’m very excited about this project and its potential, so I hope long time Normal Bias fans will give it a look. (Normal Bias isn’t going anywhere, of course. Plenty of new stuff on the way here.)

For more information, check out a piece on Medium that I wrote and have detailed more about it on the site itself here and here.

Radio Rap Pt. 3 [1989]

October 8, 2017 – 4:12 pm

Radio Rap Pt. 2 Side A

This was the last in a series of three “Radio Rap” tapes that were recorded around 1989 of Power 99’s “Street Beat” show. Jeff Mills (“homeboy is really def!”) is featured. Great stuff on here, including Krown Rulers, Masters of Ceremony, and T La Rock.

Download or stream below

(See more in the DJ Flush Collection.)

Radio Rap Pt. 2 [1989]

October 4, 2017 – 6:08 pm

Radio Rap Pt. 2 Side A

This was the second in a series of three “Radio Rap” tapes that were recorded around 1989. Side A features some tracks from Power 99 but may end with some Jeff Mills, Detroit techno legend that was also a dope hip-hop DJ. Side B features 16-minutes of Philly legend DJ Cash Money with Lady B on Power 99’s Street Beat followed by a few more gems.

Download or stream below

(See more in the DJ Flush Collection.)