R Dub! is the creator, producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show, Sunday Night Slow Jams, currently heard on over 200 radio stations in 14 countries. He started the show when he was just 16 years old.
His second passion is travel: he’s currently on a mission to see all 193 countries on the planet. At the time of this entry, R Dub! has been to 175 countries. He helps bring clean water to African villages that don’t have safe water sources.
R Dub! lives and works in San Diego, California where he broadcasts Sunday Night Slow Jams from his home studio. During the day he manages two top-rated San Diego radio stations and hosts a live afternoon drive show.
He is the self-appointed Grand Leader and Sultan of The People’s Republic of Slowjamastan – an 11-acre sovereign nation created for people who love Slow Jams.
It Was All a Dream
R Dub! was just 16 and in high school when he created Sunday Night Slow Jams in the summer of 1994, and has since hosted and produced the show throughout the years.
Born in Chicago and growing up in L.A. and Orlando, Florida, R Dub! spent his time staying up late at night listening to various “Slow Jams” type radio shows around the country. He loved the music and the overall mood of Slow Jams, and at age 13 decided his dream was to host his own Slow Jam show.
At age fifteen, after moving to Tucson, Arizona with his family, R Dub! got his first chance in radio, volunteering at the local public radio station. Although he was on in the middle of the night, broadcasting out of a tiny radio station that didn’t have many listeners, he was happy to be playing his Slow Jams…and even if just one person was listening, he hoped he was making a difference in their night!
One of R Dub’s first DJ gigs–he was hired as a mobile DJ at age 15.
By the time R Dub! was a junior in high school, he was the full-time Slow Jams show host at the local hip-hop station, where Sunday Nite Slow Jams was born in 1994. As the years went by, and radio stations came and went, R Dub! managed to keep the Sunday Nite Slow Jams alive, taking them with him whenever he changed stations.
1994: The studios of Community Radio KXCI, Tucson, Arizona.
In 2001, R Dub! spent a year constructing his own broadcast studio inside his home. Shortly after the facilities were completed in 2002, Sunday Nite Slow Jams went national, debuting in two new markets: Tulsa, Oklahoma and Nogales, Arizona.
R Dub! visiting his station in Tulsa, OK.
On his birthday, December 1st, 2005, R Dub! launched his very own 24-hour Slow Jams internet radio station, so people could enjoy Slow Jams seven days a week!
In December of 2007 R Dub!’s fantasy of creating an actual 24-hour all-Slow Jams radio station came true, when he launched Slow Jams Radio 92.3FM in Los Angeles. The station was Hot 92.3‘s HD Digital “Side Channel” and was heard in Los Angeles at 92.3FM digital channel two on any receiver with HD technology. Soon after the launch of Slow Jams Radio in Los Angeles, iHeart Radio picked up the format as part of their national programming. You can hear Slow Jams Radio by simply searching “Slow Jams” on the iHeart Radio app.
Recently, R Dub! decided to follow his dream to live (and do Slow Jams) in Brasil. After being granted a work visa to live in Brasil, he bought an apartment on the beach, packed up his stuff, and gave notice to the radio station in Tucson where he worked full-time as Program Director and Afternoon host.
In 2007, R Dub! hired Slow Jams icon Al B. Sure! to work alongside him at Hot 92.3 in Los Angeles.
But Brasil just wasn’t in the cards for Dub just yet, as only four days before departing to Brasil forever, he received an offer for the dream job at his favorite radio station on the planet–Hot 92.3 in Los Angeles. He completed a two-year contract of service as the radio station’s Program Director, which finished in March of 2009. It was then, when he was finally able to escape to Brasil, where he lived for two years.
R Dub! in Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.
Today R Dub! lives between residences in Tucson, Arizona; Recife, Brasil; and San Diego, California, where he can be heard weekday afternoons from 3PM to 8PM on Magic 92.5FM. His Sunday Night Slow Jams still airs every Sunday night, in addition to a weeknight version, and can now be heard all across the country and around the world in over 170 cities.
R Dub! has won various industry awards including Gavin‘s Music Director of the Year, is a three-time S.I.N. Music Director of the Year recipient, has collected two ADDY Awards and has been nominated for Billboard‘s Music Director of the Year numerous times.
In his spare time, R Dub! loves to travel and is currently on a mission to visit all 193 countries on the planet. He’s seen 125 so far, including North Korea, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Venezuela and South Sudan. He’s on track to finish in 2022.
Country #100 for R Dub! – Iraq.
R Dub! has released a book and a feature film (that has won multiple awards) and was featured on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank with his buddy Brian McKnight.