Kind of an odd classics mix, not one of his best, makes me wonder how happy he was working for Hot 97 (I’m not sure how many shows he did for them). I’d forgotten the date but the R&B records mentioned during the ad break were released in 1996; this was the point at which disco and house were about to almost completely disappear from NYC radio. Can’t recall hearing Tony playing “The Message” on any other mix show I’ve heard.
When I first moved to NYC in 92, radio was great: weekends would have Red Alert followed by Tony Humphries on Kiss, and the late John Robinson did a weekday midday mix on WBLS (which I would wake up to, during a long pathetically lazy period of unemployment that year). My favorite Tony tape is posted on the main site (side A, side B); although the file is titled differently, I’d scrawled, “Tony Humphries Pumping it to Fuckery” on the cassette case. Have very fond memories of listening to it on a Sunday back then, lived on West 93rd and we’d leave Sound Factory late Sunday morning wacked out of our gourds, have an amazing cab ride up the West Side Highway staring twinkly-eyed at our new home, then get back to the apartment and rock out to the tape, smoking joints and drinking tea until we were no longer capable of speech. Even the bit where the announcer comes on and says “it’s definitely snuggle weather, that’s for sure” ends up being part of the ride, and I just love the moment where he cuts out from “If I can’t have you” into this amazing long dubby track (now ID’d, it’s Paradise Inc. – Get Together Now). His mix of First Choice’s Pressure Point also makes an appearance, along with many other great tracks (Beats International – Change Your Mind, Ronny Jordan – So What, Sure is Pure – Is this Love Really Real? Eve Gallagher – Love is a Master of Disguise).
Finn Johannsen’s blog has an interesting recent interview with Tony Humphries (“house music genres have broken in so many fragments it looks like a subway map”).