Community, Events, Initiative with Hip Hop has Heart, Incite, and Where Hip Hop Lives




New York is more than the city that never sleeps.  It is the heartbeat of entertainment, the focuspoint in finance, and the center of dozens of cultures converging together to form our community.  More than 20-million people live and work throughout the New York tri-state area, celebrating the good times with one another, and helping each other through the unfortunate bad times.  Emmis New York is committed to serving our community through the Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation and Incite.  Music + Brand + Cause = IMPACT

At Emmis New York, our mission is to use our place in media to empower the communities we serve by providing Support, Assistance, and Information with a special emphasis in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Social Action
  • Health & Wellness.

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Hot97 & WBLS Bronx Fire Victim FundHOT 97 and WBLS’ Hip Hop Has Heart and Heart & Soul Foundations are committed to empowering the communities we serve in the greater New York City area. Please join us as we raise funds for the victims of the tragic fire in the Bronx. Find out how to help.




Spread the warmth Coat DriveOn Saturday, December 9th from 12-4pm at the Mall at Bay Plaza in the Bronx we had our annual Spread The Warmth Coat Drive presented by Fidelis Care!  Find out More 



Macaroni awardsMacaroni Awards for Emmis NY HUGE congratulations to our own Funk Flex of HOT 97 and the entire team on WLIB! Learn More about Macaroni Awards



NYMRAD New York Market RadioNYMRAD and The International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) held its annual Multicultural Career Workshop on Friday, October 13th.  The event draws approximately 130 outstanding students and recent graduates who are pursuing careers in the broadcast industry. Find out more More about the NYMRAD


Lisa Evers Street SoldiersStreet Soldiers Town Hall Meeting: Hosted by Lisa Evers for HOT 97 & FOX 5. This panel will help strengthen the relationship between the community and the NYPD. Find out more Street Soldiers Next Town Hall Meeting




Charity Softball GameSoftball Charity Game: The HOT 97, WBLS and WLIB family attended a charity softball game at Castle Hill little league in the Bronx. More about Softball Charity Game



Ed Sullivan Fellows Program: 

Established in February 2016, the Ed Sullivan Fellows Program launched as a music production and industry mentorship program for young people at the Music Experience Design Lab at NYU. More about Ed Sullivan




Lisa Evers Street Soldiers Push for PeacePush 4 Peace 2017: In 2017, the 7th annual Push 4 Peace Town Hall event, a significant community meeting that has and continues to have very relevant and earnest dialogue about music, the community, and cultural issues, was a huge success! More about Push 4 Peace


Summer JamSummer Jam (June):  Summer Jam is the biggest Hip Hop concert in the world!  Over 55,000 people come together at MetLife Stadium to join the biggest artists and celebrate Hip Hop.  A portion of the ticket sales go towards the Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation for community events throughout the year.


Kutz for KidsKutz for Kids Babershop & Beauty Tour (August/September):  During the back to school season, Emmis New York partners with local barbershops and salons in the New York tri-state area to provide free haircuts for children ages 13 and under.   More about Kutz for Kids.


Spread the warmth coat driveSpread the Warmth Coat Drive (November/December):  One of New York City’s largest and most cherished philanthropic traditions, the Spread the Warmth Coat Drive collects coats to be given out to homeless men, women, children and infants, the working poor, and at-risk senior citizens from partnering nonprofit agencies.  For more information & photos from previous years, go to Coat Drive.
spread the joy holiday toy driveSpread the Joy Holiday Toy Drive (November/December): Each year, HOT 97 teams up with an organization to collect new toys to be given out to children during the holiday season.  For more information & photos, go to Toy Drive.
push for peacePush 4 Peace:  Push 4 Peace was created in 2011 in Newark, New Jersey by HOT 97's Lisa Evers and her “Street Soldiers” team, and then Mayor Cory Booker, to promote alternatives to violence and gang involvement.  To learn more about the cause, and see photos from previous events, go to Push for Peace.
Check out some of the other events HOT 97 has been a part of .

Want to join us in our efforts to empower our community?  Check out Upcoming events .



  • ­NYSBA Serving New York Award recipient (2013) 
  • National Association of Broadcasters Celebration of Service to America Award recipient (2013)
  • Emmi Award for Best Community Service (2013, 2010) 
  • National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award recipient (2012)



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