by WCP IV
The history of the Radio/Radiotron is long and interesting. First opend as a nightclub in 1980 by a guy called "AJ" who was a close friend to Ice T. Together with Chris "The Glove" Taylor they formed the legendary "Radio Crew". In 1983 it was closed and reopend as a kind of youth center under the name Radiotron in the Mac Arthur Park area of Los Angeles. It was not just a community youth center; it also served as a safe place for young dancers in Los Angeles to focus on their creativity, leaving the negativity that plagued the inner city at the door. Kids from different neighborhoods, beliefs & backgrounds came to RADIOTRON, ignoring their differences and participating in recreational activities that had a definite Hip-Hop flavor & ultimately played a part in defining Hip-Hop culture.
RADIOTRON soon became the focal point of early Hip-Hop culture, playing host to Breakin's 1st underground event in 1982. Movies like Breaking 1, Electric Boogaloo, Breaking and Entering, as well as many music videos were filmed at RADIOTRON. It was the foundation and continues to be the mother of Hip-Hop in Los Angeles. RADIOTRON not only provided a strong base; it also carried the past to the present for the future of breakin.
David Guzman formaly "MC SIN" meet Ice-T and AJ at the Roxy's in NYC throught Africa Islam. David came to California for a job looking for AJ at the Radio but is was closed down. Dave was hired by Carmelo Alvarez to run the RadioTron in 1983.
In 1985, the community center that had become affectionately known as RADIOTRON was demolished due to legal issues. Although only one wall stands of the community center that once housed the original RADIOTRON location, it continues to live in the hearts & minds of b-boys and b-girls throughout the hip hop nation, so from now on think of the RADIOTRON event as a super global hip hop family reunion.
Big name stars that are synonymous with the international hip-hop movement have supported & appeared at prior RADIOTRON events. Old school legends such as: Air Force Crew, Kurtis Blow, Ice -T, Dre, Shake City Rockers, Greg Mac, Egyptian Lover, Mr Freeze, Fresh, Chain Reaction, Don Camballock, Jurassic 5, Huey, New York City Breakers, Rocksteady, Tony Bazel, Pop n Taco, Fabulous Lockers, Boogaloo Shrimp, Baka Boys, Sway and Tech, Pop n Pete, Orko, Mr. Wiggles, Renegades, Style Elements, LA Breakers, Rockin Wizards, Project Blow and Michael Jackson Productions are but a few of the names that have attended prior RADIOTRON events.