Dial Straits


July 30, 1996

LIL’ KIM calls DJ WENDY WILLIAMS “full of shit” for talking about Kim’s alleged drug and shoplifting busts on air. Williams also says Kim was about to star in a low-budget porno film.

November 4, 1997

RASHEED “RON” MOULTRIE, 24, is found shot dead in Hot 97 DJ CLUE‘s Ford Expedition in Valley Stream, Long Island. Moultrie was a friend and employee of Clue, as was his killer, JEFFREY LOUISIAS.

October 14, 2000

A party sponsored by Hot 97 at midtown hot spot MARS 2112 erupts in gunfire, injuring two bystanders.

February 25, 2001

A shoot-out in front of Hot 97’s Hudson Street headquarters—during which at least 20 rounds are fired—wounds bystander EFRAIN OCASIO, 31, leaving a bullet in his back. Police link the shooting to a disagreement between LIL’ KIM and CAPONE-N-NOREAGA, who had allowed Kim’s rival FOXY BROWN to insult her on the group’s new CD.

August 28, 2001

Morning DJ STAR apologizes on air for mocking singer AALIYAH‘s death the day before with a sound effects tape of a woman’s screams followed by a loud crash. Hot 97 management suspends him indefinitely less than a week later; he returns to the air on September 10, 2001.

December 11, 2001

DJ ANGIE MARTINEZ plays a new JAY-Z track entitled “Super Ugly” in which the rapper takes aim (again) at rival NAS, referring to a relationship with the mother of Nas’s child, crowing that he “left condoms on your baby seat.”

June 26, 2002

NAS, scheduled to perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam, suddenly refuses to go onstage because the station won’t allow him to hang an effigy of JAY-Z. Incensed, he heads to rival station POWER 105.1, where he brands Hot 97 an “evil empire.”

September 22, 2002

Hot 97 DJ FUNKMASTER FLEX is arrested after allegedly slapping DJ STEPH LOVA of Power105.1 over a damaging interview weeks earlier accusing Flex of payola. He pled guilty to harassment.

September 24, 2002

Former *NSync frontman JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE admits on THE STAR AND BUC WILD MORNING SHOW that he had engaged in certain sex acts with ex-girlfriend BRITNEY SPEARS—in exchange for radio spins of his debut single.

June 3, 2003

The 10th annual Hot 97 Summer Jam ends with headliners 50 CENT and EMINEM taking potshots at JA RULE. Eminem also smashes his Source Award to the ground, alluding to a beef with the magazine.

August 3, 2003

Bystander ROBERT LOVE, 25, is shot to death outside a bar in Medford, Long Island, during a Hot 97 event.

September 10, 2003

Shortly after 50 CENT hits the Hot 97 airwaves with a freestyle dissing LIL’ KIM, gunfire erupts in front of a Jersey City hotel in an incident the police believe is related.

April 14, 2004

LIL’ KIM is charged with perjury concerning her grand jury testimony about the February 25, 2001, shooting outside the Hot 97 studios.

September 22, 2004

SUIF JACKSON, said to be a bodyguard of LIL’ KIM‘s, is sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in the February 2001 Hot 97 shoot-out.

January 18, 2005

Hot 97 morning DJ MISS JONES premieres the “Tsunami Song.” The parody, sung to the tune of “We Are the World,” refers to “screaming chinks,” “Chinamen,” and child slavery. It’s pulled off the air less than a week later, after protests from listeners, politicians, and civil rights groups.

February 1, 2005

Hot 97 fires morning show personality TODD LYNN and producer RICK DELGADO over the “Tsunami Song” controversy. DJs MISS JONES and ENVY and production assistant TASHA HIGHTOWER all receive two-week suspensions.

February 28, 2005

A man rumored to be a member of 50 CENT protégé THE GAME‘s crew is shot in the ass during a melee right outside the Hot 97 lobby. Minutes earlier, 50 CENT had announced on the air that he planned to drop THE GAME from G-Unit. The same evening, shots ring out in front of the midtown offices of VIOLATOR MANAGEMENT, which represents 50 CENT.

March 1, 2005

LIL’ KIM‘s perjury trial begins.