Carlos De Jesus, Legendary Disco, Dance Radio DJ, Dies
Carlos De Jesus, Legendary Disco, Dance Radio DJ, Dies


Carlos De Jesus, legendary disco DJ on New York City radio station WKTU Disco 92.3 and the original host of New York Hot Tracks from 1983-1986 on WABC-TV, died Monday, according to the New York Daily News.

As a DJ in the late 1970s and early 1980s, De Jesus, along with co-DJs Paco, Rosko, Freddie Colon and others, he helped transform WKTU from a middling soft-rock station to a disco-centric tastemaker that rose to become the number one radio station in New York City during his time there, where he eventually climbed to a position as program director.

He later became the first host of the weekly hour-long television series New York Hot Tracks, which was syndicated to over 110 different markets in its seven-year run and often featured De Jesus introducing disco tracks from different nightclub hot spots around the city. De Jesus was the host from 1983-1986, leaving before the show's conclusion in 1989.

In addition to his widespread reputation as a leading proponent of disco music, he is also known to have been one of the first DJs to play hip-hop music on the radio, adding "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang to the station's playlist in 1979, a record that is usually cited as one of the first rap songs ever made.

Below, check out De Jesus' interview with Madonna right before premiering her video "Burning Up."