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The Hip Hop Agenda, Los Angeles

KDAY 1580 AM begin broadcasting hip hop 24/7 (1983)

Release Date July 1, 1983

KDAY Hires Greg Mack and Becomes America’s First True Hip-HopRadio Station July 1, 1983. KDAY would go on to help kickstart the careers of some of the most influential and successful rappers of all time, including MC Hammer, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Tone Loc, Queen Latifah and N.W.A, all of which received their first-ever radio airplay on KDAY. Later, the station would become the home of gangsta rap in Los Angeles, and KDAY’s success helped establish rap’s commercial and artistic viability in the decades that followed. The station’s influence locally was so wide that despite being shuttered in the early ’90s, the KDAY brand would be revived as an FM station in 2004. Today, it operate-hopclassic hip-hopstation.