EVENT: I Was There – The Evolution of Hip Hop Radio in Canada

Hey Toronto, I just read some very cool news for the Canadian Hip Hop community.

Remember 88.1 on Saturday afternoons with D.J. Ron Nelson?

So does Ryerson University and apparently they are going to be celebrating his contributions to the Canadian Hip Hop community.

They have partnered with North Side Hip Hop to put on this event.  The best part is … it’s free! Here is the description of the event:

Hip Hop Radio in Canada emerged from the efforts of a select few community radio DJs in the early and mid 1980s. With open formats and innovative DJs connected to the culture, hip hop radio in Canada blessed the airwaves with numerous shows, personalities and soundcrews. Stations like CHRY, CIUT and CKLN have largely been responsible for the depth of high quality DJs that are both local and international in their react and relevance.

We will be celebrating DJ Ron Nelson’s & The Fantastic Voyage’s contribution to hip hop culture with a 1-day symposium on hip hop radio in Toronto and a keynote address by DJ Ron Nelson himself. Ron Nelson is a pioneering DJ, radio personality and concert promoter. With the creation of the Fantastic Voyage radio program on CKLN 88.1fm, a primarily funk music show, Ron introduced Toronto’s airwaves to the still emergent multidisciplinary subculture of hip hop. In addition to cultivating a hip hop community in Toronto, Ron also played a pivotal role in organizing concerts, building new audiences for future hip hop megastars like Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and Run DMC. The legacy of the Fantastic Voyage show reverberates to the present day with more than 25 years of both commercial and community radio shows, as well as hugely successful careers of Maestro, Michie Mee and Rumble, all of whom Ron Nelson helped launch.

Registration @ 10:30AM – 11:00AM

Panel discussion begins @ 11:00AM

Register here


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