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The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, one of the nation's fastest growing morning shows in any format, adds 8 new stations.
New affiliate markets include Cumulus owned WWWZ-Charleston, KKND-New Orleans, WEMX-Baton Rouge, KRRQ-Lafayette, as well as Tony Neal's WNOV-AM and FM in Milwaukee. Also included in the 8 new stations is Williams Communications WZZX-AM and WTXO-FM in Anniston, Alabama. This breaking news was celebrated at The Rickey Smiley Show TV ONE watching party of his new weekly TV series "the Rickey Smiley Show.” Syndication One President Gary Bernstein presented Smiley with a wrestling belt emblazoned with the number 60 (affiliates) and plaque signifying this historic accomplishment.
Rickey Smiley says, "This is a hallmark achievement for the entire Radio One Family, the morning show crew and staff, and myself. I sincerely thank everybody! We will stay steadfast on our journey towards 100 stations and more. It is my privilege and hope to continue to proudly represent Radio One and to serve our much appreciated listeners. To these things, I am dedicated.”
Gary Bernstein says, "Rickey Smiley is a marketing force with a weekly cume audience of over 3 Million people airing in approaching 60 percent of the nation’s top African-American markets. When you combine his existing PPM ratings strength with his two new huge TV programs, there is going to be nothing stopping Smiley in further growing his audience and popularity. He's a winner! That's why we gave him a belt!”
Cumulus SVP Programming Mike McVay adds, "Rickey is a proven force in Urban radio. His track record in PPM is unprecedented, especially in a format that struggles with that ratings methodology. We are excited to add him to more of our stations!”
Smiley and the Morning Show crew can be seen weekdays/nights on FOX Television’s DISH Nation. Rickey Smiley recently launched his new weekly TV series, The Rickey Smiley Show, which airs on TV ONE, Tuesday nights @9pm EST.