Thirty some years ago, James Gates Sr. (a.k.a. "Gentleman" Jim Gates) dropped the needle on Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and became one of the first DJs in the world to play hip-hop on the radio. Today, he's still pulling in listeners to his evening show on WFUN (95.5 FM) by keeping old-school radio alive, playing what the people want and trusting his well-trained ear. This month, he'll be inducted into the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame. He took a few minutes to talk about this honor, how radio has changed and knowing a hit... More >>>
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Jim Gates was one of the first people in the world to play hip-hop on the radio.