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The Team


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HEX / Although Radio One Chicago was around long before Hex came on, he has been on the show for a decade.

Born and raised in Chicago, he started to follow the music scene in the ‘90s. He became very familiar with many of the bands, and eventually became part of the scene himself by playing in numerous bands.

In October of 2005, Hex was asked to guest host on Radio One Chicago while two of the DJs were on leave. MC Lean, originally from Michigan, knew Hex was familiar with the local scene. He asked him to come on and help fill in until Sean (Blam Studios) and Billy Ocean (Minimal Beat) came back.

With the departure of Billy Ocean to start Minimal Beat, and Sean taking a hiatus, Radio One Chicago was left in the hands of Hex, now our fearless leader.

SANDRA / Sandra Trevino is a music journalist and founder of Enchufate, Chicago’s first Latin alternative music website. When not writing, you can find her music selecting as part of DJ duo #ThePonderers.

MATT / Matt loves music, loves Chicago, and has an incredibly wide range of musical tastes. A Columbia College Chicago alum, he was brought in by Hex after his bandmates all moved away and a few of his other brief musical ventures had run their course. He’s in charge of the website, compiles the featured music submissions and stops in at the station to interview guests from time to time.

GABE / Gabe has covered the national and local hip hop scene since 2010, when he hosted a specialty radio show on WCRX, 88.1FM and studied as an undergrad on the campus of Columbia College Chicago. There he also interned at WBEW, Vocalo, 89.5/90.7FM and rose to be the station’s Senior Hip Hop Correspondent.

Currently, Gabe reviews new hip hop releases weekly on air for Vocalo’s Music Vox and Morning Amp programs. He can be read on Vocalo.Org, Mybsideblog.Com, Planetill.Com and Radioonechicago.com as a music and pop culture blogger. Working on his podcast IllSide Radio he said, “I think these online formats are open avenues of communication that can’t be disputed and are tons of fun and go hand in hand with terrestrial radio.”

In 2014, Gabe was welcomed in to the Radio One Chicago family, and can be heard every week conversing with some of Chicago’s finest hip hop artist including Psalm One, Grammy nominated Really Doe, and producers like A-Villa. Gabe is always working to push the brand of Radio One and truly represents the show’s motto, “All Chicago Everything.”