Quiet Storm is a late-night Black radio staple.
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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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