August 20, 2010

VIDEO: John Legend and The Roots featuring Melanie Fiona and Common - “Wake Up Everybody”

Gotta love the video concept as a tribute to Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and Black Thought's portrayal of Samuel L. Jackson's character from the movie, "Mister SeƱor Love Daddy". Wake Up Y'all!

August 19, 2010

D.L.Hughley is Done at 98.7 Kiss FM, Now What???

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...

Who is this woman? What did she do?

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

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

News Talk Station WSB Kicks Hip Hop and 95.5 The Beat to the Curb

Do you remember folks were upset when 95.5 The Beat began calling themselves "The New Number 1 for Hip Hop, in of all places, the "durty, durty", the ATL?

It's a move that Cox Media feels will help to protect their highly rated AM talk station with a look to the future. Today the media company decided to take their powerhouse news and talk station, 750 WSB to the FM dial at 95.5. The move effectively kills the rhythmic/hip hop station 95.5 The Beat. Although "The Beat" will now be heard on 97.1 HD-2 channel without on-air personalities. (But who even listens to or has an HD Radio?)

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

Don't Look for Rickey Smiley in Philly Anytime Soon, Not with Imaging Like This

Radio One's popular morning host Rickey Smiley would seem to be a natural fit for a station without a major "big name" morning host. 100.3 The Beat (WPHI) has been without that "big name" since last November when Charlemagne left the station. We are not a fan of syndication generally, but Rickey Smiley and his cohorts put together an entertaining morning show including his alter ego "Miss Bernice Jenkins". So why not in Philly?

The Rickey Smiley Show has generated #1 ratings in several markets across the country and is right on the heels of the Frank and Wanda in the Morning Show in the 18-34 demo in the Atlanta market where they broadcast the show (WHTA - Hot 107.9). Since Charlamagne's departure, the station has gone with a more music intensive show with less emphasis on the on-air personalities who hold down the shift currently, Izzo and Sasha LaToy.

However it seems that 100.3 The Beat is bucking the trend of most music formatted radio stations. THEY ARE actually using sweepers to promote that listeners are tuning in to hear the DJ's, and not just the morning host.

The sweeper we heard sort of went like this: A female voice says, "I tune into 100.3 The Beat to the hear the DJ's I love, Michael Shawn, Kendra G., Poochman, and Izzo."

"WHAT??? Promoting local on-air personalities!"... Hmmm this is interesting indeed... Radio One is using morning syndication in every other market in the country, regardless of format, except at 100.3 The Beat. (On WPHI's sister stations; Tom Joyner is on 107.9 WRNB and Yolanda Adams is morning host at Praise 103.9) The Beat competes with Power 99's local morning show hosted by Miss Tarsha Jones aka "Jonesy."

Is this the beginning of a trend in urban radio, is it unique to the Philly market, or will The Rickey Smiley Morning Show eventually be added to the lineup at 100.3 The Beat?

August 10, 2010

Regis & Kelly name the 10 Finalist for the "Women in Radio" Contest

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:

Erykah Badu Brings the Funk At Chicago's Lollapalooza

A bleach-blonde mohawk? Erykah Badu rocks her new hair with a ladylike vintage-looking dress and accessorized with a Louis Vuitton belt, full arm cuffs, wing earrings, rings and black booties. Hate it or love it?

Read more from BET Lifestyle.
YouTube video from the concert.

August 9, 2010

A Film on Legendary DJ Georgie Woods

"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.

R&B Vocalist Tank Stops By KISSing After Dark with Lenny Green

Popular R&B vocalist Tank stopped by Lenny Green's syndicated KISSing After Dark radio show in New York recently, to present his new single, "Sex Music," from his upcoming new CD, "Now Or Never," which will be released on September 21st.
Lenny's female listeners were undoubtedly glued to their radios that night! Shown, left to right: Tank & Lenny Green. Photo credit: A.J. Miller. Click on image for larger photo

VIDEO: Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna

Is it worthy to be added to urban radio? Is there that much difference between urban/hip-hop and rhythmic top 40 radio anymore?

August 6, 2010

LaDawn Black Nominated for African American Literary Award

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.

Kevin Liles Talks Trey Songz, Def Jam and Youth Mentoring

Kevin Liles talks to SoulCulture TV about the ventures he's currently pursuing and reflects on his Def Jam days, managing Trey Songz and his plans for the future.

August 5, 2010

Guest Hosts Bob Slade, James Mtume and Boyce Watkins talk Montana Fishburne on "Keeping It Real"

New York's (WRKS) 98.7 Kiss FM "Open Line" talk show hosts Bob Slade (center) and James Mtume (right) are joined by Dr. Boyce Watkins on the syndicated Al Sharpton Show "Keeping It Real."

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.

HD Radio - Do they really want you to listen to it?

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

Cathy Hughes to be Inducted into Radio Hall of Fame

The Radio Hall of Fame will induct Cathy Hughes this fall. The Hall of Fame will be bestowing its Emerson Award to the founder of Radio One.

Hughes is being recognized for her influence and lasting impact on the world of broadcasting. The annual Radio Hall of Fame ceremony will take place November 6, 2010 in Chicago.

August 3, 2010

Cathy Hughes at it again... But This Time She Has Support

Huffington Post blogger Zondra Hughes interviewed Radio One's Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes on the performance royalty tax. Their discussion was on the Performace Royalty tax and the Plight of Black radio. (Is there such a thing as Black Radio anymore?) It is reported that if this tax goes in effect then Radio One will have to fork over at least $14 million.

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:
But let me say this, I ain't mad at her, and the reason why is because the record industry, SoundExchange and musicFIRST--according to a source at the White House--they have already spent about $28 million to get this legislation passed. Dionne and them are on the payroll. They are getting like, $200,000-300,000 paychecks, flying on corporate jets, being put up in suites at the hotel. They are getting paid, they are professional lobbyists on this issue.

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.

Where do you stand on the issue? Check out the article on Huffington Post and be sure to read the interesting comments.

August 2, 2010

Elle Duncan of V-103 Promo Video for Regis and Kelly Women of Radio Contest

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?

The Gayle King Talk Show - Is She a Good Fit for Urban Talk Radio?

Gayle King, the Sirius XM satellite radio host has been recently added to the midday lineup two urban radio talk show
stations. Those stations are 900 AM WURD in Philadelphia and 1380 WAOK in Atlanta.

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

Checking in with Triscina Grey, Midday Host at 96.3 WHUR Washington, D.C.

Talkers Magazine Names Seven African American Talk Show Hosts in their Top 100

The Number One talk show host in the country according to Talkers Magazine's "The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time" is Rush Limbaugh.

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.

Read more in the Redding News Review

August 1, 2010

Dr. Boyce Watkins and Others Respond to the Essense Magazine Controversy

Syracuse University professor and social commentator, Dr. Boyce D. Watkins gives his view on the recent controversy.

-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.

On the other hand, Davis’ position might be considered to be extreme by those hoping for a more open and inclusive society. While Davis’ concerns about America at large are certainly accurate and relevant, I am sure that Elliana Placas, the new fashion editor, feels incredibly uncomfortable being caught in the racial and gender-based cross-fire that continues to plague America. In other words, she’s just a white woman trying to keep a damn job.