DJ Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Return to the Airwaves

DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia will be returning to their former home on New York’s 89.9 FM WKCR to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their legendary radio show. Sucio Smash, the current host of the underground rap program, confirmed with that the duo will be taking over the airwaves from 1 to 5 a.m. EST on early Friday morning (October 22).

Many of hip-hop’s biggest stars—including The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Big Pun, the Wu-Tang Clan, DMX, Cam’ron, Mobb Deep, Big L and Fat Joe, among others— got their start on Stretch and Bob.

Debuting in 1990, the show ran until 1998 when Armstrong left to go to Hot 97. Bobbito stayed on the air creating the CM Famalam Radio Program with co-host Lord Sear. Smash joined the fold in 2001, and was selected by Bob to take over after he retired a year later.

Ever since Sucio has been holding down the ranks on the newly minted Squeeze Radio, but unfortunately he was asked to end his tenure at the station two weeks ago. WKCR is run by Columbia University, and Smash says the board of directors blindsided him when they informed him that they will be replacing his show with a student run program.

“As of now Columbia has decided to have students do the show, so tomorrow will be the last time anybody affiliated with Stretch and Bob will do the show,” he said. “It’s just sad, they think well the hip hop show is gonna continue, but it’s not the same.”

Soon after he broke the news, fans of the show started a petition to save the show. Currently over 1,500 listeners have signed up in support. Fans can log onto for more information on the protest.

Listeners outside of the New York area can tune into the show on WKCR’s website. —Jesse Gissen

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  • KidPanama

    Stretch & Bob show was the shit

  • menace

    I love these guys! people are comparing these dues montana and menace to em

    chek out

  • Don mcCaine

    This needs to be streamed or something. Straight Hip Hop history right here.

    • oskamadison

      $yk, what up?

      I still have all my Stretch Armstrong tapes to this day. Some of my best Hip-Hop memories came from that show. I didn’t care what I had to do Friday morning, work, class, whatever, I didn’t miss it.

      • Don mcCaine

        Fam I know these dudes from the Nyorican Cafe on the LES of Manhattan. I can’t even begin @ tell u da stories…

        These newbies be complaining about a Kanye song when it’s late on Friday…they don’t know what we sacrificed just to hear the new sh^t on 89.9…

        “Many of hip-hop’s biggest stars—including The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Big Pun, the Wu-Tang Clan, DMX, Cam’ron, Mobb Deep, Big L and Fat Joe, among others— got their start on Stretch and Bob.”

        ^ regardless of those out theres’ regional bias, acknowledge the importance…

        All these so called “Hip Hop heads” won’t even ask…

        • oskamadison

          Yo, remember when Nas’ buzz was so off the chain before Illmatic dropped, Stretch and Bob was playing his DEMO on the air. They played joints that wasn’t comin’ out for months, hell, they played joints that were NEVER comin’ out. They played shit from other radio shows (the Casual/Saafir battle from KDay back in ’95, a Kool G Rap freestyle from the Marley Marl In Control show from ’89, etc.) I remember when Mista Sinista and Rob Swift was up there wilin’ on the 1′s and 2′s (that was the first time I heard Sinista’s Theme From SWAT routine. Ill.) That show was truly Hip-Hop in its purest form.

  • B Eazy

    That show was /is the single most influential radio program of my life. I first heard some of the greatest hip-hop records ever on their show. Big up Stretch and Bobbito forever, true icons!

  • B Eazy

    Btw all that “pause”, “no homo” that dudes are obsessed with to this day, these are the guys that you got that from.

    • Farty

      So youre saying theyre gay as hell? Wow

  • that nigga

    First time I heard Nas.

    “I walk the streets mega hard,Like whatever God/You couldnt count how many niggas my Baretta scared”


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      “I like them marijuana smoking chicks/most of ‘em I smoke it with/couldn’t take it, my ganja left ‘em motionless/I leave your brain stuck, giving hoes a plain fuck/they call me Nasty but I’m not with the strange stuff…”

      Straight classic.

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    Hands down, the illest radio show in the history of the FCC.

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