A quarter century ago, a show called African Alert invaded the airwaves at St. Louis' community radio station, KDHX (88.1 FM), exposing listeners to the golden era of hip-hop as it trickled throughout the country in steadily increasing streams. Ronald Butts, a.k.a. DJ G. Wiz, acted as a key player behind the mixing board, undoubtedly inspiring future generations of St. Louis DJs as well as hip-hop fans and historians. He throws a party to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary and the positively tinged music of its time at 2720 Cherokee (2720 Cherokee Street; 314-276-2700) this Saturday, December 7.
Courtesy of G. Wiz G. Wiz (center) with rapper Paris and DJ Mike at the Double Helix Studio in 1991.