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August 20, 2010
August 19, 2010
We have a solution!
The official word from WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM Program Director Jill Strada is this, "Mornings will remain local on Kiss FM with some familiar voices and a heavy dose of the music we're known for... stay tuned!"
OK, sounds like not much of a plan at all. Sounds like another comic host has caused a station to get caught with their pants down. "...Did a radio show because it sounded like a good idea at the time until something else came along..." "...Got canned from CNN, so let's do radio...", You know the drill.
We expect the former resident comedian Talent, to re-emerge on the morning show. He of course is a familiar voice. "Kiss" cannot however bring back former host Jeff Foxx, to take the place of the now departed D.L. Hughley. Foxx is now doing afternoons over at 107.5 WBLS. But as promised, we have a solution...
She hosts a syndicated radio talk show on mostly static filled AM radio stations. On formats across the country that figure her voice is slightly better than dead air. Oh, she gives advice too!?! Really? Wait, she is neither a medical doctor nor a psychologist. Her PhD is in physiology -- a degree which has nothing to do with human interpersonal relationships. So she's not a therapist, she only plays one on the radio...
...and still people call and listen to her for advice...lol.
She used to have over 500 affiliates, now it's about half that amount. She was a major radio star about 10 years ago and she said the "N-WORD." Hmmm... Not once, but several times. Raise your hand if you were listening to her show on the day she said the "N-WORD", several times!
We've wasted too much time on her already... as P.T. Barnum once said, "I don't care what they say about me as long as they spell my name right."
August 16, 2010
The move supposedly comes to keep WSB fresh and up to date. “Fewer people under the age of 40 are listening to AM,” said Tony Kidd, vice president and market manager for programming, said during an interview. By being on FM, this will enable WSB to draw from a bigger pool of potential listeners.” The station will continue to broadcast on AM radio as well.
Another reason WSB is making this move to get a boost in their own ratings. For years they have been competing against urban station WVEE. V-103, despite lots of competition continues to lead the Atlanta radio ratings, while WSB has slipped to a tied number 3 position.
It will be interesting to see where 95.5 The Beat former listeners will filter out to for hip hop. Will V-103 get a slight boost in their own ratings, which would mean part of Cox Media's plan could backfire.
August 11, 2010
August 10, 2010
Among the finalist are two urban radio personalities Malikha Mallette, co-host on the Ed Lover Morning Show on Power 105.1 and Anji Corley the midday host on 95.5 WPGC in Washington, D.C.
Continue on to see their videos:
Read more from BET Lifestyle.
August 9, 2010
"The Georgie Woods story from the Eyes of Minister Joshua Coates", is the working title of a movie on the legendary Philadelphia DJ. Release date for the film is some time in 2011. The movie includes fascinating interviews with Dick Clark and the late Ed Bradley from CBS News.
An integral part of the film is Georgie Woods' connection with the once vibrant, now dormant Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia. Some of you may recall during the 2009 BET Awards that The Ojays mentioned the Uptown Theatre as the place where they first met Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5.
The following videos on the process of putting together the bio-pic of Georgie Woods are from 20/20 Visions Entertainment Group.
August 6, 2010
Baltimore's 92Q (WERQ) personality, LaDawn Black has been nominated for an African American Literary Award in the erotic novel category. Her book, "Tease: Steamy Short Stories," is one of four titles that are being considered for the honor.
The African American Literary Awards will be held on September 23 at the Harlemstage Gatehouse in NYC. Besides being an author and radio host, LaDawn is a relationship expert. Her show "The Love Zone" airs Sunday - Thursday evenings at 10p.m. ET.
You can vote here online for your choice in each catergory. Other media (TV) personalities that have been nominated for their literary work include The View's Sherri Shepherd and CBS News' Byron Pitts.
August 5, 2010
The first topic they discussed was the recent news about actor Laurence Fishburne's daughter Montana and her efforts to break into the entertainment industry.
In reality, isn't Montana Fishburne generating the buzz that she had hoped for. Who even knew who she was two weeks ago? Seems like it's working.
96.3 WHUR in Washington, D.C. broadcasts in HD. So that must mean they are a high definition radio station, right?
What is HD Radio? (Hopefully you will know a little more after reading this post) The quality of the sound in HD is better...that's a given. But the radio industry is marketing the HD Radio as a subscription free radio alternative with superior sound. However the programming on the side channels (HD2 or HD 3) is no where near the quality of Sirius XM Satellite radio. So why are they marketing themselves that way? Shouldn't the emphasis be on sound quality? Therein lies the problem. Many people experience drops in coverage like the iPhone 4.0. Besides do they really want you to listen less to the main FM or AM stations? Probably not, because that would mean a drop in ratings for those stations.
After the introduction of HD Radio a few years ago, the public still has some misconceptions about it:
The "HD" in HD Radio does not mean High Definition.
Studies have shown that many listeners believe they are already listening to "HD", because the announcer when giving the station ID might say "now in HD" or "Power 99 - Philadelphia - HD1."
The HD side stations would seem to be a perfect place to give a platform for local artists, news, and overall local content. However what is there, is not even as good as Pandora or Slacker pure play radio stations. As we have said before, WHUR World 96.3 HD-2, is the only commercial station in the country that does anything innovation or creative with their HD side channel.
But there are some cool stuff you can do with HD Radio tuning. However the technology of it all, is probably a little overwhelming for the average consumer. The bottom line is this; is all the cool stuff enough for consumers to go out and buy one?
Continue on to the see the videos:
August 4, 2010
August 3, 2010
In the Huff Post interview, Cathy Hughes' gives responses to her adversary singer in this legal debate before Congress, Dionne Warwick. (Who hasn't had a hit in years and we seriously doubt has any songs that are currently in rotation on any radio format across the country. Maybe "That's What Friends Are For" with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight. But that's about it.)
Hughes says of Warwick:
They're saying, "Oh, I'm an artist," and that is true, but you're also getting a paycheck from the record companies to come out here and say this sh**. I'm not mad because this girl doesn't have any other way to make this type of money, other than doing this. So I understand what's causing this and she ain't the problem.
August 2, 2010
Elle Duncan, is the first urban radio personality out the gate; and one of only a few other radio personalities that have posted their promo video on the 'net as of yet; in hopes of landing a co-hosting spot next to Regis Philbin sometime in August. (During Kelly Ripa's vacation)
Voting online will take place from August 9th-11th for the female broadcaster you would like to see co-host for a day with Regis.
We were wondering if the radio personality on V-103's "Frank and Wanda In the Morning" show that Elle Duncan replaced, "Miss Sophia" (comedian Joe Taylor) would have been eligible for the contest?
Gayle King, the Sirius XM satellite radio host has been recently added to the midday lineup two urban radio talk show
It may be a good financial move for both stations, with Gayle King being backed by Oprah Winfrey's star power.
However those listeners who like Gayle haven't taken the time to add comments in a recent AJC blog post. But those that aren't particularly thrilled with the changes in Atlanta have made their voice known.
What do you think? See comments
Former radio host and now daytime TV star Wendy Williams also makes the list. But you might be surprised to find out the African American radio host that is ranked the highest.
August 1, 2010
-It seems that the world has grown irritated with Essence Magazine for hiring a new white fashion editor. Michaela Angela Davis, a former employee, has blasted the organization for effectively betraying its constituents with the non-traditional hire. She cites mass discrimination that has historically occurred within the fashion industry and seems disappointed that “our space” no longer belongs to us.
I certainly empathize with Davis’ point. Davis is a strong and direct black woman (I had her on my show), one who has very little tolerance for those who deviate from what she perceives as righteous ideology regarding women and minorities. Her passion for the issues that affect us seems to come from a genuine place, like a black woman who has seen enough and refuses to allow herself or anyone like her to be victimized by a clearly racist and sexist society.