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January 16, 2010

Donnie Simpson may be leaving his longtime radio station 95.5 WPGC-FM

For months now rumors have been surfacing that Donnie Simpson will leave WPGC and be replaced by afternoon personality Big Tigger in the mornings at 95.5 'PGC.

Today's edition of the Washington Post reports on the contracts negotiations that would bring Donnie's 30 plus year radio career to an end, although we would think temporarily, by March 11th. The Donnie Simpson story was scooped first by the website DCRTV.com first; a great source by the way of news on TV and radio in the D.C. area; with a mention in the Washington Post's story.

Source: Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi -Iconic morning-radio personality Donnie Simpson has begun negotiating the termination of his WPGC-FM contract -- a move that could end his 32-year career on Washington airwaves, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Simpson, 55, known for his golden-throated voice and easy-going personality, has been one of the most popular DJs in the Washington region for decades. His weekday program has been a morning wake-up call for more than a generation; he has also been instrumental in introducing a long list of R&B and soul artists via his radio program and "Video Soul," the interview and performance program he hosted on Black Entertainment Television for almost 15 years. (Simpson occasionally appears on BET, hosting its annual Walk of Fame awards.)

Simpson joined WPGC (95.5) in 1993, after a long stint at WKYS-FM (93.9).

The unwinding of his contract would keep him off local airwaves for at least a year under terms of its "non-compete" provisions.

Contacted this week about the negotiations, the station managers and Simpson declined to discuss them publicly.

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