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Ralph McDaniels

Way back in 1983, Video Music Box became the first televised show to exclusively market to the booming hip-hop scene. Thanks to host and founder Ralph McDaniels — it’s cool to call him Uncle Ralph, though — the show gained extreme prominence in the rap community for being the premiere spot for upcoming urban acts to have a place to shine. The style of the show was also a game changer with Uncle Ralph reaching outside the limitations of a studio set and hosting the show live from city parks, schools and various spots that made it easy to capture authentic man-on-the-street moments. McDaniels’s VJ skills went on to help broaden his career into radio and also receive a few top honors, including the 1994 Role Model of the Year award from the City Council of New York.

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