By Tools of War
Kool DJ Red Alert is recognized and respected worldwide as one of the founding fathers of Hip Hop music and culture. Red is considered an icon of contemporary DJs and a pioneer of the radio mix show format.
Red began his career on commercial radio at 98.7 Kiss FM in October 1983. After eleven years, he moved down the dial to Hot 97 where he rocked for seven years. He then returned to 98.7 Kiss FM for two more years. In 2002 he switched over to Power 105.1. In 2007, Red Alert returned back to where it all started for him: 98.7 Kiss FM!
To commemorate Kool DJ Red Alert’s 25 years on the radio, many events have been planned, culminating with a special tribute celebration hosted by 98.7 Kiss FM to be held at the Izod Center in New York on November 21st, 2008.
– Kool DJ Red Alert was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Music by Rolling Stone Magazine.
– Red Alert founded Violator Records and Management, now headed by Chris Lighty.
– Kool DJ Red Alert was a major catalyst and influence in the career development of such artists as A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, The Jungle Brothers, Fat Joe, Black Sheep, Funkmaster Flex, Kid Capri, DJ Enuff and many others.
– Red Alert has six compilation albums to his credit.
– Kool DJ Red Alert is Honored in the The Bronx Walk of Fame with a street named after him!
– Red Alert Productions will soon present new artists.
– Kool DJ Red Alert will be featured in the upcoming Wendy Williams biographical movie and Red has a role in “Sip’n Sin” an International Short Film.
– Kool DJ Red Alert honored at 2008 Harlem Week!