Following the closure of Fat Beats, another legendary Hip Hop institution is bieng threatened, as Columbia University has apparently decided to pull the plug on the Squeeze Radio show.
In a public letter, current host Sucio Smash explained that Columbia University has decided to pull the plug on the show, which was started by Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia in October 1990. After eight years, Stretch left teh show, and Bobbito continued with Lord Sear. Two years after, Sucio jioned, until Bobbito and Lord Sear retired from the program in 2003.
“In the past the program introduced NY and the world to Wu-Tang, Nas, Jay-Z, Big L, Fat Joe and more,” wrote Sucio Smash in his letter. “Since 2003 The Squeeze Radio show has introduced NY and many listeners in the world to Kanye West, Consequence, Lupe Fiasco, Blu, Roc Marciano, Torae, Tanya Morgan and more.”
The letter asks that “[i]f you are an artist that’s been in the show, a listener, a Hip Hop fan or just someone that’s tired of how we are being pushed around and shut down [sic] let your voice be heard” by signing a petition.
“We are running out of time,” wrote Sucio in the letter’s closing statement. “As of now [sic] we have one show left this thursday night and I believe and hope that with your help we can make sure that that is not the case. “
To sign the petition, please go to http://www.petitionvoice.com/save-the-squeeze-radio-show-petition.html. (October 14)
UPDATE: KevinNottingham.com pointed out that the legendary duo of deejays Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito the Barber will return to WKCR 89.9 FM this week. The announcement was made two days ago:
Yoyoyoyoyoyoyo- this Thurs night, myself and Bobbito will be back on WKCR FM-NY 89.9 at 1am. Oh my.
Lord Sear has also agreed to be involved in the event as well.