For 18 long years now, DJ Eclipse’s long standing Halftime Show on WNYU has been a staple in New York rap radio – an important anchor that held down the Big Apple’s underground Hip-Hop culture, while simultaneously introducing new artists who have since grown into their own.
When brought up in circles, both Stretch & Bobbito’s legendary 89 Tech 9 show and the aforementioned WNYU shows are the most talked about. And rightfully so. The former, which has gone off air years ago, is permanently written in the history books. Now, the latter will join the ranks, as Eclipse has decided to end the series on March 2nd.
In E’s words:
It’s been a great journey, but after 18 years I’ve decided to give The Halftime Show on 89.1FM an ending. March 2, 2016 will be the 18th anniversary of the show as well as the last show. We will have a big blowout show as we do every anniversary with a few producers, a ton of MCs and a DJ or two.
Thanks to all the artists that have come through over the years, guest hosts and DJs that have held me down while I was on tour and to the folks up at WNYU who continued to provide us with an outlet to play good music even after our time should have run out.
Special thanks to DJ Riz and Lynn Gonzalez who started the show with me 18 years ago and to all the staff that have contributed to the show throughout the years. Skizz, Petey Cologne, Marz One, Navani, Big Zoo, Soe, Naveen and anyone else that helped out in any way I thank you for your contributions and hope the listeners have enjoyed what we had to say/play.
Make sure to give Eclipse a shout out on Twitter and shower him with your favorite memories (as well as in the comment section below). Check out a vintage clip of Ill Bill, Q-Unique, A.L. Skills & Last Emperor tearing it down at Fat Beats live, circa 1996 below as well.