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Hot 97

By Andrea Ferguson

Hot 97

Hot 97 © Emmis Communications

Basic Info on Hot 97:

Call Letters: WQHT-FM

Frequency: 97.1

Popularly Known As: Hot 97

Location: New York, NY

Owner: EMMIS Communications

Hot 97 On-Air Personalities

  • Miss Jones (Morning Drive)
  • Fat Man Scoop (Middays)
  • Angie Martinez (Afternoon Drive)
  • Funkmaster Flex (Nights)


HOT 97 broke barriers by becoming the world's first hip-hop formatted radio station in 1994. Known for breaking new artists and setting trends, the station features an on-air lineup that includes award winning mixers, personalities, and artists.

HOT 97 was one the first stations to broadcast in HD. HOT 97 also has a secondary channel that also brodcasts in HD titled "HOT 97 Throwback" and features artists like Notorious BIG, RUN DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Wu Tang Clan and more.

Popular Shows:

  • Throwback at Noon with DJ Mister Cee
  • Rush Hour with DJ Enuff
  • Street Soldiers hosted by Lisa Evers
  • On Da Reggae Tip with Bobby Konders and Jabba
  • Midnight Mixtapes (Kay Slay, Absolut, Green Lantern, Whoo Kid)

Significant Songs Premiered on Hot 97:

  • Mary J Blige - "You Remind Me" (1992)
  • The Notorious B.I.G. - "Juicy" (1994)
  • Jay-Z - "Dead PresidentsII" / "Ain't No Nigga" (1996)
  • Nas - "The World is Yours" (1994)
  • Mobb Deep - "Shook Ones II" (1995)
  • Busta Rhymes - "Woo-Haa" (1996)
  • Eminem - "My Name Is" (1999)
  • 50 Cent - "Wanksta" (2002)
  • Keyshia Cole ft. Kanye West - "I Changed My Mind" (2004)
  • Chris Brown - "Run It" (2005)
  • Ne-Yo - "Stay with Me" (2005)

Notable Events:

Summer Jam - The annual Summer Jam celebrated its 13th edition by selling out New York city's Giants Stadium (over 50,000 attendees) in 2005. The 2005 event featured live performances by Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Jamie Foxx, by LL Cool J, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

Full Frontal Hip Hop-Fashion Event: This event combines the music and fashion of hip-hop.

April Fool's Day Comedy Show: This comedy event comes to The Theater at Madison Square Garden every year and has featured top comedians like DL Hughley, Tracy Morgan, Mo'Nique, Sheryl Underwood, abd John Witherspoon.

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