Updated: Mar 29
Tommy Fox grew up drumming in legendary Cleveland rock band The Mice in the second half of the 1980’s, before spending the 90’s playing with respected mod-rock band The Revelers. Throughout the years, Fox was an avid collector of reggae records, having a particular fondness for Jamaican music from the mid 1960’s through the early 80’s. A friend encouraged Fox to train as a DJ. Fox eventually began hosting his own Reggae show in January, 2000, and has remained active at WCSB ever since, producing fresh episodes of “Rudie’s Hi-Fi” every week.
Fox has assembled a dedicated listenership, and it’s easy to see why. He is passionate, knowledgeable, and respectful of the music. His enthusiasm for the genre is evident. Over the years, Fox has conducted extensive interviews with foundation artists such as Eric “Monty” Morris, Larry Marshall, Winston Jarrett, Dennis Alcapone, and Winston Francis. Fox has also welcomed Luciano, Mikey General, Jr. Reid, Malibu, and countless others as guests on the show. In 2010, Fox moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. There, he continues to produce new weekly pre-recorded episodes of “Rudie’s Hi-Fi” at his very own, Studio H-1.
“I was initially reluctant to be a DJ,” Fox admits. “I’m primarily a record collector. It took some convincing before I realized that I had a lot of great records that people actually wanted to hear. My friend convinced me that as a DJ, I’m ultimately just sharing the music I love with other people who also love it.”
In 2021, Mashup Reggae Radio approached Fox with the idea of syndicating his weekly edition of Rudie’s Hi-Fi. Reggae fans of the deep cuts can catch Tommy Fox and “Rudie’s Hi-Fi'' every Sunday at 9am and 3pm (EST) on Mashup Reggae Radio, and at 6pm (EST) on WCSB in Cleveland.
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