There Was One Aspect Missing: Me

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 20, 2006

Hello Louis,
    My name is Jabari Warfield, formerly of News 8 Austin. I am pleased to see your latest issue profiling the 2-3 ZIP code ["Life Is a Rhythm," Music, Nov. 17]; however, there is one aspect missing; that aspect is me.
    You see, I grew up in the 2-3. Not only that, my parents – Dr. John Warfield, a UT professor, and Jan Warfield – were the driving force behind the creation of KAZI FM. In addition, I was the on-air personality that kids who were coming home from school were checking out back in 1984. I graduated from LBJ High in 1983 and was on KAZI for all of six years. Back then, I was known as DJ Beare and would do my show from 3 to 6pm. I spun the latest cuts from various rap groups that were out at that time and was the first deejay in Texas to play 2 Live Crew (the clean version, of course). I was also the one who interviewed Run-D.M.C., Roger Troutman, and the S.O.S. Band. I also was the DJ for many parties at Dottie Jordan Recreation Center and Rosewood Recreation Center, as well as the nightclubs on East Riverside, where many rappers mentioned in the article, like Candy Fresh, Papa Chuck, and the Project Crew would attend.
    Lately, I have been a traffic reporter for News 8 Austin and was a 2002 Chronicle "Best of" award winner, as well as a Villager Newspaper award winner, and garnered No. 1 ratings for my smooth jazz show on Majic 95.5.
    While I appreciate Robert Gabriel's article, I just wanted you to know that there are some of us from the 2-3 who are still out there doin' our thing.
Peace and blessings,
Jabari Warfield
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