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August 28, 2015

Frank Ski Makes It Official, He's Leaving 96.3 WHUR

The Frank Ski Show with Mo Ivory
After two years as the afternoon host at WHUR, Frank Ski is leaving the station. He made the announcement official on his show that today was his last show. In a press release he stated, “Working with the people at WHUR Radio has been one of the best experiences of my radio career. The DC listeners embraced me as soon as I hit the airwaves."


August 4, 2015

Donnie Simpson is Back on the Radio at Majic 102.3

 
There was a time when radio called the radio announcer a DJ (Dee-Jay, or Disc Jockey) and he or she was expected to have a personality, spin records, and create their own playlist. In other words--perform and do a show. Now that announcer is called an "on-air personality"-- and ironically they are expected to not have a personality, punch up tracks on a computer, and follow an over researched playlist. Now the DJ plays in a club, a bar-mitzvah, or stands in the background and plays music for a rapper. So with great expectation a radio "DJ" returns to the airwaves.

After five years Washington, D.C. radio legend Donnie Simpson is returning to the local DMV airwaves. Simpson is coming out of retirement and has signed a multi-year radio deal to host “The Donnie Simpson Show” on WMMJ Majic 102.3. [Check out the bank of Video Resources below and Donnie's thoughts about his return] He will also host a television program, that's in development, for the cable network TV One.

Simpson’s radio show will be on the air from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting on August 17. Huggy Lowdown his one time sidekick at WPGC (Now with the Tom Joyner Morning Show) will join him on air at Majic 102.3. There is no word yet on whether his other one time partner comedian Chris Paul (also on the TJMS) will join him as well. As of now Paul has a gig at a local DC sports station. 

January 19, 2015

The Fly Jock, Tom Joyner, Is Hitting the Road in 2015


After visiting 40 markets in 2014 Tom Joyner sets out on the 2015 “Meet Every Listener” Tour!

 After going to 40 markets in 2014 Joyner sets out again to visit more listeners on a monthly basis.  The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) launched the first leg of the 2015 “Meet Every Listener” tour on January 19, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Each month Tom Joyner, along with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown, will broadcast live from a different region of the country from local radio station affiliates, meet and greet listeners and sponsors, and generally have a great time meeting thousands of people. 


January 5, 2015

Stuart Scott Remembered in Touching ESPN Tribute

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday morning following a long battle with cancer. Immediately after reporting the news of his death, ESPN released a touching video tribute to the sports anchor. The impact he left at the network was far more reaching that anyone could have imagine when he joined the network in 1993 with the launch of the ESPN 2 channel. His "New Jack" hip hop style definitely change the way the media reported sports highlight on television. Although he was not the first, Stuart did help open the doors for many reporters and anchors of color to bring their own unique styles to cable sports networks besides ESPN. [READ MORE] at ESPN.com.

 Stuart Scott is survived by daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He was 49.



December 4, 2014

Frank Ski Gives His HONEST OPINION on Black America

MY HONEST OPINION




We need God back in Black America NOW!
This is not meant to be a criticism, but a Wake Up Call.  Black America Wake Up! We have lost ourselves being too Hollywood! Yes, I said it.  I'm in the media, and I see it. We have Sold Out ourselves.

We are too concerned with being entertained, and not being educated! We live for the "Turn Up.”  We need to go back to "Lifting Up.”

December 1, 2014

Tony and Nina of 'The Morning Riot' Let Go at WGCI

Tony Sculfield, Nina Chantele, and Leon Rogers
Tony Sculfield and Nina Chantele of 'The Morning Riot' have been relieved of their duties at Chicago Hip Hop/Urban station 107.5 WGCI.  Leon Rogers the third part of the former morning show stays on board with weekend personality Rob Nice. The reason given for the change is low ratings in the all important morning drive time. The show ranked 15th and 7th among 18-34 year olds.

The station personnel shakeup also included the WGCI program director Kenard Karter. His duties will be handled by Derrick Brown, director of urban programming for iHeartMedia Chicago. Naturally speculation about the new morning show will center around The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne tha God. The show is syndicated by the same owners of WGCI, iHeartMedia. The show hails from the studios of Power 105.1 in New York City and is syndicated to several cities around the country. There has been no announcement about the next morning show or permanent hosts on WGCI.

November 28, 2014

Classic Hip Hop Radio: We've Been Down This Road Before Right?

"A great idea when you think about it. Play oldies that thirty and forty something’s remember without playing older music they don’t remember. Then, on top of that, don’t play the slow boring stuff that many oldies stations are married to, and you should have a winner. Sounds good to me."

These comments are NOT about the new Classic Hip Hop format that has hit a number of cities. [Here's the original comments from the article]

No the comments were about a radio format that swept across the country to a greater degree than the Classic Hip Hop format is doing right now about fifteen years ago. Currently there's Radio One "Classic or Throwback Hip Hop" BOOM stations in Houston, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Atlanta. In addition Radio One in competing with two other Classic Hip Hop stations in Atlanta (Old School 99.3, OG 97.9) and one other station in Dallas.

November 19, 2014

Hip Hop: The Billion Dollar Industry that Criminalizes Black People

In 2006 Nas declared that "Hip Hop is Dead." So anything that appears to be Hip Hop now should be thought of as the music industry's version of "The Walking Dead." A post-apocalyptic horror that plays out through media images that affect minds and ill-advised actions by young people each and everyday. Urban radio is essentially giving free advertisement, each time a song is played, to the well-documented private prison industry. There is a cause for alarm. As many states are relinquishing their control of incarcerating their disproportionally affected African American population and turning it over to "for profit" private companies throughout the United States. It's probably the only business in America that doesn't have need for an advertising budget! Just call it what it is: Inmates for profit.

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