Today In History We Honor Deejay Carlos De Jesus
Deejay Carlos De Jesus was part of the deejay team at WKTU, Disco 92.3, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The original WKTU for a time was the hottest station in the city, one of the first to topple long-ruling WABC from the top of the ratings.
De Jesus was known for a friendly, conversational style on the air, and an ear for music that was hot on the streets. He is credited as one of the first DJs to play rap on a commercial station, spinning the Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” on WKTU. He later said he did it as a joke, but then got such a response that he knew something was happening.
He eventually became program director of WKTU and hosted the WABC-TV show “New York Hot Tracks,” which played dance videos that had De Jesus announcing from different city clubs. via David Hinckley/NY Daily News
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