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Nov 10

Film Screening: NPR Music Presents 'Stretch And Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives'

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Date November 10, 2015
Time 6 PM - 10 PM

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National Public Radio
1111 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

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Today, hip-hop is inescapable, but in 1990 if you were in New York and wanted to know 'who got next,' you had to turn your radio to WKCR’s 89.9 (a.k.a. 89 Tec 9), a college station broadcasting from Columbia University. There, once a week, in the wee hours of Thursday night/Friday morning, DJ Stretch Armstrong and the host Bobbito Garcia curated what was next to blow.


A new documentary film called Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives looks back at the early ‘90s before hip-hop was America’s cash cow, before Hot 97 was where hip-hop lived, and tells the story of two friends who started a radio show that will go down as one of the most important in rap history. The film is directed by Bobbito Garcia.


On Tuesday, Nov 10 at 7:00PM, NPR Music will host a screening of Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, at Studio One in Washington D.C. at the NPR Headquarters. The film features amazing archival footage of rap giants while they were still virtually unknown, and follows it up with current interviews.


Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia will be on hand after the screening to answer questions during a panel moderated by Microphone Check’s Cedric Shine.


Doors and reception begin with DJ Cuzzin B at 6PM, screening at 7PM, and a Q&A with Stretch and Bobbito to follow. To request a press ticket, contact Caitlin Sanders with NPR Media Relations: CSanders@npr.org.


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