The Morning Drive

KSON-Studio One & DJ Jolly

The Morning Drive

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Urban Music
The Morning Drive with the lovely and very talented Linda Nop (DJ Jolly) who brings to your mornings, R&B, Soul, Urban Contemporary Music, also known as Urban Soul, a musical genre of the 1980s and ’90s defined by recordings artists with broad crossover appeal. Urban contemporary began as an American radio format designed to appeal to advertisers who felt that “black radio” would not reach a wide enough audience.
DJ Jolly has placed her heart into her work here at KSON. The Morning Drive we her baby right from the very start. DJ Jolly worked with KSON’s “Afternoon Lounge Host and Program Director Mimosa Hong, were the two ofg them came together and placed Linda Lop in the Morning Drive spot which DJ Mosa had hosted previously.

After going over which format DJ Jolly would place in the Mornings..the two girls along with the General Manager Dr. Aaron Ramsey came up with R&B Urban Music.

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Responding to disco’s waning popularity in the late 1970s, African-American-oriented radio created two new, nearly synonymous formats, retronuevo and quiet storm (the latter named after a Smokey Robinson hit); both were characterized by a subtle, smooth musical approach that looked back to the rhythm-and-blues ballad tradition. Among the artists who found the greatest success in these formats were Anita Baker and Luther Vandross, both of whom reached the large crossover pop audience in the early 1980s that gave rise to the urban contemporary radio format. Although not as light and pop-oriented as the Motown sound, the format eschewed grittier or blues-driven music (like Southern soul) that was deemed “too black.” Targeted at the multicultural diversity of large cities, urban contemporary came to include artists such as Chaka Khan, the Commodores, Earth, Wind and Fire, Janet Jackson, and Jeffrey Osborne, as well as white performers such as Phil Collins and David Bowie. In the late 1980s a number of artists began melding rhythm-and-blues-style vocals and hip-hop rhythms, distancing themselves from urban contemporary (while pushing it toward a rawer sound); called new jack swing, this new style was most notably practiced by producers Teddy Riley and Babyface, singers Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown, and the vocal group Bell Biv Devoe.

DJ Jolly can be heard each morning from 11am-Noon (pst) Monday-Friday.

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