The year was 2000. A local DJ & Microphone Master found their way onto the grounds of KPFT and pitched a volunteer mix-show that would focus on eclectic soul music. The program director gave them the shot they ask for, but requested they play majority blues. The blues programming lasted about an hour into the first show until the DJ decided to drop in an Outkast track and that was the birth of 'The Groove'.
That DJ was me (GOOD GRIEF) and that MC is Bobby Phats.
Bobby Phats has stayed on the air to present day, with the show changing its scheduled hours and days but being consistent with it's early format of 'Progressive Soul' and Hiphop from the underground as well as gems from the vault. With a wide variety of guests to sit across from Bobby for an interview, the show stays politically unbiased and shows appreciation to local musicians hungry for a play of their unheard hit on air. Among the guests Dwele, The Real Rick Ross, Little Brother, and Sheila Jackson Lee visited with the show to promote and open up and be themselves. The warm welcome that Bobby greets his guests with gives an always positive vibe.
The show is broadcasted locally to Houston, Bryant, Texas City, Huntsville, Livingston, and streams live on KPFT.org. The station holds a strong communication to it's incarcerated listeners and 'The Groove' keeps a bag of jail mail every month with requested songs and shout outs to family members and other friends who may be unfortunately incarcerated in separate units. Some fans of the show, upon release, get on a mission to find Bobby Phats and thank him for the entertainment which got them through some difficult times. DJ Jim Hat, who was a formerly incarcerated fan of the show, ended up becoming a co-host for a year with Bobby after his release.
'The Groove' has seen many talented DJs and personalities contribute to it's production. Currently, the crew consists of K-Dub (co-host) and DJ Elevated (live mixer) bringing the show into it's 15th year.
Congratulations Bobby Phats!
The Groove airs live on 90.1 FM (Houston) Monday nights 11pm-2am (Texas Time)
KPFT is an audience supported station and the shows are produced by volunteers. For more information go to KPFT.org