Quiet Storm: How 1970s R&B changed late-night radio

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Quiet Storm is a late-night Black radio staple.

Link to the extended interview with Fredara Hadley: incds.info/goon/hp6knJiem2J5mqw/v-iy

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Late one evening in the summer of 1976, a Howard University student named Melvin Lindsey was tapped to fill in as a host at WHUR, the university-owned Black radio station. He chose a lineup of his favorite R&B ballads to soundtrack Washington, DC, that evening. The show was an accidental success. Shortly thereafter he was hired, and his show had a name: The Quiet Storm.

Quiet Storm radio shows have since become a staple of Black communities across the United States. In the video above Estelle Caswell, along with ethnomusicologist Fredara Hadley, break down exactly what makes Quiet Storm such a beloved black radio tradition. Also featured in the episode are radio hosts, Angela Stribling, Al Wood, and John Monds.

The playlist is called "Quiet Storm Odyssey" you can find it on Spotify here: open.spotify.com/playlist/6cg...

Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class by Karyn R. Lacy

The Death of Rhythm and Blues by Nelson George

That's the Joint!: The Hip-hop Studies Reader by Mark Anthony Neal

The Quiet Storm by Eric Harvey for Pitchfork

Quiet Storm Sweeps Black Radio by Nelson George, Billboard Magazine Oct 4, 1986

Airing the Moods of Melvin Lindsey by Roger Piantadosi, The Washington Post, February 3, 1979

New, Lower Voice Deliberately Cultivated by Smokey Robinson by Jean Williams, Billboard Magazine April 12,1975

Blacks Rise by 110,000 in Suburbs by Lawrence Feinberg, The Washington Post, May 18, 1975

Blacks Total 77 Percent of District’s Population by Paul Valentine, The Washington Post, January 24, 1976

The Voice of the Evening by Jacqueline Trescott, The Washington Post, September 5, 1985

Black Perspective on the Move, The Pittsburgh Courier, February 19, 1977

Durable Radio Format Survives Shift in Tastes, Tod Beamon, The New York Times, February 19, 1987

To The White Suburbs by Carlie Douglas, Ebony Magazine, April 1973

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Juliette Robinson
Juliette Robinson 9 दिन पहले
Thank you for this explainer, Vox. To the reporter whose name I missed, great job!! Quiet Storm is my childhood, and I am one of those Northern Californians who grew up listening to the format 24/7 on 102.9 KBLX. I actually didn't even realize that it was just a nighttime thing in other parts of the country until I moved away in my 20s. Everything here was so well researched and presented. Also, thank you SO much for posting your full interview with Prof. Hadley. Keep it up, Vox. I seem to always enjoy your musical analysis productions.
biker 16 दिन पहले
WMJQ magic 92 !
dignafelicisima 18 दिन पहले
Sergio Renatti
Sergio Renatti 21 दिन पहले
Excellent film. I remenber specially a song of 1980 by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway tittled "You are my heaven"
K Johnson
K Johnson 25 दिन पहले
I grew up in the 90s and some of my earliest memories are of falling asleep to the Quiet Storm in the backseat of my dad's old Nissan as soft Philadelphia rain pattered outside -- Luther, Sade, Marvin, Smokey, Anita, Isley Bruhs, Patti, and so many more. Always put me at peace. And as a current D.C. resident it's cool to know that my new home played a part in that experience -- great work!
Raja 28 दिन पहले
My great grandma and grandma n grandparents still listen to the quiet storm channels in the car.
tataroglu85 29 दिन पहले
amazing series. Thanks lot for it!
Chestnut Bowl
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Growing up, I often listened to Quiet Storm while riding in the back of a family member's car. Having such intimate music playing while riding somewhere at night left a strong impression on me. I'm glad to see (hear?) that the format is still going strong. I'm glad Earworm is back: weaving in the historical context with the creation of the music is why I love this show.
Tonk Jon
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This splaing the radio station in the warriors!?
Willam Martinez
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Can never forget listening to the Art Laboe connection on 92.3 every Sunday night.
A H महीने पहले
Another great video. Thank you Vox!
T. Brookshire Harris
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Awesome 👏🏽
Famous Geo
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Mann I remember growing up and my grandpa had radios in every room playing this💀
Tian Xie
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This is so good!! I love this video so much, thank you guys for making this💜
Qiniso Mbuyisa
Qiniso Mbuyisa महीने पहले
Amazing short doccie!!!! Keep it up
Jimmy Jones
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KMJM Majic 108 back in the day was putting it down with those Quiet Storm jams 📻🎧🎵🎶
shiningzimra महीने पहले
Love teeth worm...I mean ear worm.
jang go
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I super love this Episode. As an Asian, it feels good to understand the history of music that I relate to.
Léon Alexandre
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Love from France
R. Hewlin
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Joyce Littel in Atlanta (V-103 WVEE) was my Quiet Storm growing up....
Vladiatör Amöndinejad
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You lost me with Drake, sorry...
Nicole महीने पहले
VOX DOES NOT SKIP A BEAT! I love this channel
montagistreel महीने पहले
There were so many other better segues into Quiet Storm samples than [hey look at what Drake did] 😒
Hyung Kyu Lee
Hyung Kyu Lee महीने पहले
had to start singing a little Marvin Gaye half way through this
Tiffa Kang
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Come on Ms. Cathy!!! We appreciate you!
Dewan Greene
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The Art of Noise’s “Moments In Love” was always the first song they’d play on my local Quiet Storm and everyone would look forward to that song 😂. It would put me to sleep as a kid
Isi Smalls
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Great video. Wealth of information. Love it.
IV League
IV League महीने पहले
So that why everyone has a "quiet storm" segment
Jack M.
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INcds decided to give me the notification for this video a month late lol
leticia महीने पहले
im not from the usa, but grew up in the 2000s listening to these kind of radio shows at late night but never knew how to call those type of song or how to find them but now i know where to find more, thank u
Hilda’s Mood
Hilda’s Mood महीने पहले
I really love my city 💕
Dee Derry
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Reminds me of 'Waiting to Exhale'
Chuckscott 2 महीने पहले
As a white boy, I grew up in the 60's to the sounds of Motown. In the 70's, it was "The Sound Of Philadelphia" and disco ( I always hated that term disco. I prefer dance music And most dance music stems from early soul). The 80's, it was The Quiet Storm. What gorgeous music! I was so lucky growing up in those years. And even luckier to have most of this music on vinyl and still listening to my own Quiet Storm.
Queen Jasz
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I remember being like 4 years old listening to smokey Robinson quiet storm. The radio station in Richmond VA would play it at the top of the hour before their quiet storm segment. I would literally cry to my mom to listen to the quiet storm 🤣🤣
gcb345 2 महीने पहले
Respect. From Hampton, VA.
jamlove954 2 महीने पहले
I'm loving this. The Quiet Storm was my jam back in the day. Music is LIFE! Thank you for these music stories, Vox.
HWWH 2 महीने पहले
The equivalent of Black radio in London (and I'm sure across England) when I was growing up was Jenny Francis, Lady of Soul, on Choice FM. Stormzy even used her in one of his songs similar to how Drake did.
Marvin Kelley
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More, more, more of this!
Thot_Juice _Papi
Thot_Juice _Papi 2 महीने पहले
Kim sellers was the host for the quiet storm here in Cleveland
Jerome Dumpit
Jerome Dumpit 2 महीने पहले
7:03 Anita Baker
Gregory Dunston
Gregory Dunston 2 महीने पहले
From Baltimore & I can tell u now, WHUR raised me, along with WWIN..that’s all my pops use to listen to
Eagle Eye
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I genuinely THANK YOU for putting together this small piece of Black History that I personally lived through. I was literally born in 1976.😀
nicolas gems
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love how they are paying homage and educating the people on this timeless movement. love from pg county♥️
Nakiah Wilson
Nakiah Wilson 2 महीने पहले
I grew up listening to WBLS here in NYC! The quiet storm was how I went to sleep as a child.
Jude Bautista
Jude Bautista 2 महीने पहले
And people are hating Drake. His contribution to rap and music in general is just astounding. 👏🏽👏🏽
Justin Van Meter
Justin Van Meter 2 महीने पहले
All I have to say is… don’t stop… ever loving meeeee
Jimmy Kingsman
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Wow!! Just wow! This was amazing!
lebohang mbeje
lebohang mbeje 2 महीने पहले
that transition at 03:33 from the Chocolate City collage to George Clinton's intro is SOOOOOOOO smooth. OH MY DAYS!!!
Abdelmadjid Dechmi
Abdelmadjid Dechmi 2 महीने पहले
Just wanna say . . . Thank you ❤️
Chris Holmes
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I love that you centered on the original quiet storm. Fantastic work 👏
Mr M
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Vaughn Harper did it best @ WBLS NYC....Music touches feelings words cannot. Early 80s R&B was unforgettable..God Bless Us All
lemont calhoun
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I grew up on this station in the DC suburbs
Ressie Thompson
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I thought the “Quiet Storm” was a NYC radio title lol. This is a great history listen. I grew up on quiet storm and I remain to listen when I have night time drives, I specifically turn on the station for quiet storm. It makes the drive so sweet
Ibong Addarrna
Ibong Addarrna 2 महीने पहले
Its’ nice reading comments on how the “The Quiet Storm” radio format affects individuals and sharing their experiences here. My share is that I grow up with the music influence of my late grandfather, here in The Philippines. Late night slow-jam segments goes by a different name/format in radio stations here, but the songs played are very much alike. The music sets the “mood” of the night.
Sharanna deep Roy Roy
Sharanna deep Roy Roy 2 महीने पहले
If any kolkatan here they will remember Jimmy valentine.
Rodney G Albert III
Rodney G Albert III 2 महीने पहले
Yes yes, I am a quiet storm baby 🙋🏾‍♂️, this brought back more memories than it should have.
Danielle Jackson
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Yess shoutout to STL radio legend Doc Wynter. Loved his show. lol, its funny how almost all of the hosts voices sound the same
Jonny Blaze
Jonny Blaze 2 महीने पहले
@vox thank you for covering WHUR 96.3 Howard University in your piece I worked the original quiet storm with Kevin Slow Jamming James 1997-2015. I was always shocked when people didn't know it started at Howard University
ra0929 2 महीने पहले
Spent many an evening in Brockport, trying to grab the WBLK signal out of Buffalo. Downstate NY, we had 98.7 KISS-FM and 107.5 WBLS that had Quiet Storm formats. KISS I preferred because they had the Open Line news shows discussing the topics of the day.
Paper Mario
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I’m a native Washingtonian. WHUR was a haven when your ears got tired of go-go and rap. Also, chocolate city is now chocolate chip city. Lol. I still work in my home, but I can’t afford to live there.
Al Pete
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Such a great watch!
Schquita Goodwin
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in Anacostia likes**t
QuakeBeatZ 2 महीने पहले
lloyd johnson
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This was Great💯
Courtney Moore
Courtney Moore 2 महीने पहले
I loved this so much! Wow. I know you slightly touched on Reggae/Dub with the Sicko Mode video previously, but could you do a full Fledge video/Doc. This would be beautiful! The Movie Yardie By Edris Alba made me think of this.
Marco Gonzalez
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Kblx use to have the San Francisco Bay Area On lock with the classic soul n r&b..
jaymillymills 2 महीने पहले
Wow. By the time I became a pre-teen, I simply expected Quiet Storm. We have no idea how fortunate we were
DroneGuy 2 महीने पहले
Quiet Storm in dc with host Melvin Lindsey was the original. PERIODT. Summertime nights in dc? Quiet Storm was the soundtrack to your dating life as you cruised down GW Parkway towards Haines point with the sunroof open just enjoying your young life..
Joy Popoola
Joy Popoola 2 महीने पहले
Countless babies conceived.....
E Davis
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C T 2 महीने पहले
Time to update my playlist
hajeraa 2 महीने पहले
these series are so beautiful. mashallah. 🥰💕
brie m
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TruthFLA 2 महीने पहले
Fantastic content!!!
Liv N.
Liv N. 2 महीने पहले
One of the better vox joints. Great job.
Edward Twiggs
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Congrats to Vox, for highlighting the talented Fredara Hadley (my friend since childhood). The commentary on R&B muisc, black radio, and the quite storm was more then a joy to hear. It took me back to my childhood listening to Freddie Cruz on Hot 105. Great Job!
Felix Garcia
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I love when earworm makes me appreciate the music I already love makes it feel more special. Thanks you guys
boogdoggtx 2 महीने पहले
Used to love the quiet storm in the early 2000s
Eddie Caligula
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I was born and raised in Washington D.C. and this is incredible 👏🏾 thank you Vox!
Getemralph_e 2 महीने पहले
bravo. I love earworm the series
92alpha13 2 महीने पहले
My god father used to work at a radio station back in the 80s. His section was 9pm to 11pm called Pillow Talk. He later left the station and found his own. 94.5 WJZD in Gulfport, Ms. It is one of the few black owned and operated radio station in America. Shot out to Rip Daniels and his sons! Edit: There is a radio station in Hattiesburg, Ms that plays slow jams 24/7. KIXY 107.5
J. B. Benefield
J. B. Benefield 2 महीने पहले
This was so sweet and great to watch! Thanks for doing this video. Remember Vaughn Harper on WBLS in NYC. I also remember on Sunday nights on 98.7 Kiss FM them closing every show with The Isley Brothers’ Don’t Say Goodnight. 💕💕
Colours Film
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Good job on this! Love this type of content
DJ 8PM 2 महीने पहले
This was so dope. Thank you for putting this together. I still listen to The Quiet Storm every chance I can catch it in NYC
B Jones
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Great informative video
Rodney Cooper Jr
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This episode almost made me cry. The nostalgia, and just the way the music feels. It just makes me want to take my woman in my arms, kiss her lips, and never let her go.
Chrissy Corey
Chrissy Corey 2 महीने पहले
Good drop. Our quiet storm theme song was moments in love.
mfasis crack beats
mfasis crack beats 2 महीने पहले
great episode! nice to see Bloodstone get mention, keep on!
Napturally Nawlins
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WYLD 98.5 New Orleans was on the radio every night when I went to bed as a kid. Those songs had me sleeping so good...
MArEaZi photos
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Phillys Quiet Storm ❤️🙌🏾🙌🏾
Van Dosa Live
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Brian Turner
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This video was put together very well
Brenande Mossita
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I love when the quiet storm comes on. Time for making love and having a drink.
Brenande Mossita
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B Wats
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Alli 2 महीने पहले
I still listen to The Quiet Storm! It brings me peace, joy and loads of nostalgia. WBLK was a major staple in my household growing up as a Toronto kid in the 80s. Back then that was the only radio station where our music could be heard. Thank you for this beautiful dedication and sharing a piece of the culture. Lots of love 🖤🖤🖤
Ronald Harvey
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As a proud Washingtonian born and raised 1206 5th St NW I listen to quiet storm every night when I go to bed I was one of the best things to do as a kid growing up whether it's with WHUR or whether it was WPGC or whether it was Magic 102.3 to watch this documentary about the quiet storm and where it all started in my own backyard in Washington DC brings back so many great memories I'm so happy and proud to have this incredible phenomenon that started in my own backyard. Thank you so much for posting this documentary
Jaime Brown
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David Clark
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DC Stand UP!!!!
logical 1
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Very well done and informative.
Falbert Forester
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At the same time, I was listening the "Music from the Hearts of Space" on Public Radio, instrumental, experimental electronic music works. But it was a similar vibe and pace, I think. There were no black radio stations near enough to listen to, or I might have discovered this, too. Interesting piece about a bit of history I never knew.
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