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January 17, 2017

Classic Old School Hip Hop Radio is Dead, Houston Has a Problem!

Over the past few months Classic Hip Hop format has been killed off in Houston and St. Louis. In Philadelphia it has been tweaked to play very little Classic Hip Hop. So what happened? Back in 2014, Houston's BOOM 92.1 garnered historic ratings (it tripled its ratings) and kicked off the BOOM format changed in many cities. Large media companies (Radio One, iHeart, and others) soon initiated copycat formats across the country. In Atlanta, the BOOM station met direct competition with a station called OG 97.9. In New York, Radio 103.9, goes Boom Box format on the weekends. It's the reason Reach Media developed The Ed Lover Morning Show with Monie Love into syndication. However like Jammin' Oldies from years ago, Classic Hip Hop just doesn't seem to have the legs to sustain itself in the long run. The success enjoyed in Houston has not been duplicated in any other market. In that city the previous unsuccessful formats at 92.1 FM were Gospel, then All-News, and finally Sports Radio.

Perhaps there are several reasons the novelty, the "WOW" factor, soon lost its appeal to many listeners. (The ratings for Boom 92 were dismal at the time of the format change. That along with the lost of the Hot AC format at another Houston radio station triggered the change.) Playing the right songs at the right time on any type of classic or oldies radio station takes a talented programmer who needs to know the market not just an algorithm. Listeners were no longer buying in and grabbing hold of the format.

January 16, 2017

Michael Baisden is Back On the Radio!

Michael Baisden re-launches his radio show today on Martin Luther King Day in Atlanta on Kiss 104.1 and in the Washington, D.C. DMV area on 96.3 WHUR. The show, which airs 3-7 PM ET also debuts in Tampa, Oklahoma City, Memphis, along with a host of other cities including Flint, Michigan. Joining him on the show is the stress reliever, comedian George Wilborn and veteran South Florida radio personality Tamara G. The crew went LIVE on Facebook before the show. [Watch here.]

January 15, 2017

Steve Harvey Issues Statement on Trump Visit, D.L. Hughley Blasts Trump and Black Celebrities

Steve Harvey's meeting with president elect Donald Trump has received hard hitting criticism, but the harshest backlash has come from his fellow Kings of Comedy partner D.L. Hughley.

Hughley posted a video [see below] to voice his displeasure with the President Elect. He also went to Twitter to blast Black celebrities who have met with Trump and used a quote from a landmark Malcolm X speech from the 1960's. A few weeks earlier Trump met with All-time football legend Jim Brown and Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis. Trump also participated in a 5 minute photo-op with Kanye West.

“It amazes me that to convince Black people that Donald Trump cares about them, he takes pictures with celebrities,” he said. “If Donald Trump cared about Black people, he would not have denigrated the President with those claims of ‘birtherism.’ He would not have stoked fears and racist fears, saying that this man is less than, or not one of us to become President.”

Harvey, who endorsed Clinton for president last year, spoke to the media about the visit last Friday saying he connected with both Trump and newly nominated Head of Urban Development Ben Carson. Expect more commentary from both Harvey and Hughley on their syndicated radio shows this week.

January 13, 2017

SZA Gives Amazing Performance of 'Drew Barrymore' on Kimmel Live!, Announces Album ‘CTRL’

(BILLBOARD) Before taking her talents to the Jimmy Kimmel stage on Thursday, SZA released her breezy number "Drew Barrymore" and announced her forthcoming album titled CTRL. (See performance below)

At an intimate show in New York City earlier this week, the TDE soulstress debuted the track inspired by the actress and her ‘90s flicks like Never Been Kissed and Poison Ivy. "I just imagine this being the soundtrack to one of those movies. Cue Freddie Prinze, Jr.," she said during the event.

SiriusXM Hits 1 Channel Expands its Daily Live Broadcasts to Los Angeles

New daily music show hosted by Michael Yo, Tony Fly and Symon kicks off live from the Capitol Records Tower on January 17 on SiriusXM Hits 1

SiriusXM announced today the launch of a new daily show on SiriusXM Hits 1 starring comedian/television host Michael Yo, radio personality Tony Fly and singer Symon. Hits 1 in Hollywood, broadcasting live from the SiriusXM studios in Los Angeles, will officially expand the channel's live broadcasts from coast to coast, as SiriusXM Hits 1's The Morning Mash Up will continue to air live from New York City weekday mornings.

Toyota Donates to Tom Joyner Foundation and HBCUs In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is continuing its support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their communities, by providing $60,000 to five HBCUs as well as the Tom Joyner Foundation.

"For the third year, we're so glad to partner with Toyota Financial Services in supporting the vision of HBCUs," said Thomas Joyner, Jr., President and CEO of the Foundation.  "These scholarships are an important investment in these schools, and are critical in helping students pursue their dreams."

The following universities will each receive $10,000:

January 10, 2017

Boom Philly 103.9 Completes On-Air Staff with Megan Ryte, DJ Caesar, and Hala Maroc

 Just in time for the new year Boom 103.9 in Philadelphia have bolstered their on air presence and have added personalities to all dayparts. Joining the Ed Lover Morning Show with Monie Love is Megan Ryte for middays, DJ Caesar with "The Afternoon Wave", and "On the Block" with Halamaroc completing the schedule from 7-midnight.

When Boom Philly 103.9 moved their dial position from 107.9 (Radio One did a swap with Praise, the gospel inspiration station), they transitioned away from playing Classic Hip Hop. The station now features an Urban/Hip Hop/R&B format with the occasional Hip Hop Throwback. The station had been running jockless since September outside of the Ed Lover Morning Show.