Rhythm Revue Host
In 1983, Felix Hernandez began a two-year project travelling the U.S. collecting hundreds of hours of interviews with R&B artists. Some of the interview material was used for a 13-part radio show called Harlem Hit Parade, which was syndicated to 70 NPR stations in the mid-80's.
In 1986, Felix introduced Rhythm Revue, New York's first radio show devoted exclusively to "classic" soul and R&B. It premiered on WBGO. It also aired on New York stations WTJM (Jammin'105) and KISS-FM. In 1989, Felix was awarded a major production grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NEA for BluesStage, a weekly radio series hosted by Tony-winner Ruth Brown and writer/director Melvin Van Peebles. BluesStage ran six years on 200+ NPR stations, with blues and R&B performances recorded and produced by Hernandez on location at clubs and festivals nationwide. The original BluesStage recordings will be donated to an educational institution dedicated to the study of African-American music.
In 1991, Felix did his first Rhythm Revue Dance Party at Tramps in New York City. The party outgrew Tramps and moved to the Roseland Ballroom, where it's been held since 1992. Felix's mix of classic soul, disco and funk consistently draws a crowd of 2,500 to 3,500 dancers.
In addition to the regular dance parties, Felix hosts a series of free dances at various parks in New York City during the summer months. These events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the City Parks Foundation.
Felix has dedicated much of his time to community and fundraising events, most recently a dance to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief.
Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue radio show, now in its 26th year on New York radio, is heard every Saturday 10am-2pm on WBGO-FM.
Felix lives in New York with his wife and children. He's a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.
His parents met at a dance.