Radio Facts: LEGENDARY NEW YORK RADIO STATION 98.7 KISS FM CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY
KISS FM'S LEADING LINE-UP AND LEGENDARY ALUMNI KICK-OFF
THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION PARTY DURING
THE HARLEM SUMMER STAGE CONCERT SERIES
( New York , NY ) ““ The legendary and ground breaking New York radio station, 98.7 KISS FM (WRKS), celebrates its 30th year of excellence in music and the community and kicks off the 30th Anniversary Reunion Party during the Harlem Summer Stage Concert Series. On Thursday, August 11 on the plaza at the Adam Clayton Powell Junior State Office Building (located on West 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard), come out and celebrate during the homecoming of all of 98.7 KISS FM's legendary alumni like Ken “Spider” Webb, Mike Love, Diana King, DJ Ace, Tanya Simpson, Bobby Gailes, Dean Meminger, Nicole Brown, Raqiyah Mays, Funk Master Flex and many more alongside the current leading line-up including Bob Slade, Shaila, Lenny Green, Bugsy, Felix Hernandez, DJ Cocoa Chanelle, Chuck Chillout, Red Alert, DJ Qua, Ed Lover, Mike Shannon, Lil Nat and Venus.
“KISS FM is home! It's home for the old school music and memories,” explains the godfather of KISS FM, Bob Slade. “It's home for the KISSners who have enjoyed us through the years and home for past KISS FM personalities. Everyone who leaves and returns ALWAYS refers to KISS FM as HOME!”
From beat-boxing to break-dancing, from double-dutch to drumlines, 98.7 KISS FM's 30th Anniversary Reunion Party is set to bring you back in time for the biggest classic outdoor party on the plaza. Whether you are joining in to see the vintage DJ mix-off, or dance to the sounds of your favorite jams from the 80's, 90's and today, there will be nothing short of free fun under the sun for everyone.
“The difference that KISS FM has made in its community over the last 30 years has been extraordinarily meaningful because of the talent and unique people that have contributed individually and passionately. I love how much the KISS family of listeners and staffers take pride in their communities, heritage, values and each other,” expresses Alex Cameron, SVP Market Manager of Emmis Communications New York.
98.7 KISS FM was born on August 1, 1981 and was one of the first FM radio stations to specifically speak to the African-American community. Known for its heavy influence in the community, KISS FM was also a pioneer in the radio industry at that time being the first radio station in America to play Hip-hop music in regular rotation and hire club DJs as a part of their on-air staff. Along with the emerging music, 98.7 KISS FM is the main outlet in New York for Black community leaders and politicians to spread positive messages on the radio. 98.7 KISS FM was and still is a loyal and authentic voice for the New York African-American community. KISS FM has been the home to many influential figures and helped in launching the music careers of legends like Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Run DMC, Jaheim, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Keith Sweat and Janet Jackson.
Making its staple not only on the airwaves, but in the community, 98.7 KISS FM is also set to take the New York Tri-state area back in time on-air during an unforgettable journey of the last 30 years of KISS. On Monday, August 1, 2011, tune-in all day to hear memories and reflections from your favorite artists and legendary hosts and your favorite hits from the last 30 years.
“My most memorable moment at KISS was co-hosting the show with Lenny Green after the Intimacy album was released in 2010,” reflects R&B soul man KEM. “It was a great experience getting to meet everyone and being treated like family. Happy 30th Anniversary….the best is yet to come!”