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


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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November 17, 2014

Radio One Blows Up Tom Joyner & K-SOUL for Classic Hip Hop Boom 94.5

Over the weekend Radio One launched a new Classic Hip Hop format in the Dallas Fort Worth area as Boom 94.5. The format change saw the end of the Classic Soul and R&B format of K-Soul 94.5 (KSOC). Also with the change was the surprising end of the Tom Joyner Morning Show. The Reach Media program that is in partnership with Radio One is based in Dallas. The move seemed to come as a shock to Tom Joyner himself as he broadcast from the show's studios in Texas.

November 11, 2014

DJ Herb, Radio's Best 5 O'Clock Mixer on the Frank Ski Show

Frank Ski Afternoons 3-7 on 96.3 WHUR
Many stations, be it Hip Hop or Urban Adult R&B stations feature a 5 o'clock music mix. Many stations employ a mix DJ whose sole purpose is to make the ride home from work more pleasurable or less stressful depending what the traffic looks like around you.

We've taken a listen to many of these mixes across the country, but for our money, DJ Herb out of Atlanta is by far the best there is. He mixes Monday through Thursday on 96.3 WHUR (Washington, D.C.) on the Frank Ski Show. Listeners can stream WHUR on a smart phone or computer
and get a taste of the mixes heard throughout the DMV each afternoon.