Ralph McDaniels

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Ralph McDaniels
Born (1962-02-27) February 27, 1962 (age 59)
Station(s)Hot 97
Time slotSaturday afternoons
CountryUnited States

Ralph McDaniels (born February 27, 1962) is a music video director, DJ and VJ.[1] He co-created and co-hosts the music video program Video Music Box with Lionel C. Martin.[2] After interning at WNYC, and subsequently becoming a radio engineer, he created Studio 31 Dance Party, a television show revolving around recordings of music performances.[3] This show would transform into Video Music Box.[3][4] McDaniels studied communications at LaGuardia Community College and later started the video production company Classic Concepts with Video Music Box producer Lionel Martin. He now works for the Queens Library for Outreach Services.[5]


  1. ^ Stelloh, Tim (12 March 2012). "Telling the Story of New York's Hip-Hop Scene, Clip by Clip". City Room. New York Times. New York Times.
  2. ^ Williams, Chris (April 3, 2011). "Lionel C. Martin: A pioneer in visual production". Soul Culture. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Steve Stoute, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy (New York: Gotham Books, 2012), pp 78–82.
  4. ^ Manny Faces, "Ralph McDaniels interview: Speaks on 30 years of Video Music Box & upcoming celebrations on The NY Hip Hop Report", Birthplace Magazine website, 31 Jan 2013.
  5. ^ Keyes, Cheryl (2004). Rap music and street consciousness. University of Illinois Press. p. 101. ISBN 9780252072017.