Donnie Simpson Set to Return to Washington, D.C. Radio
Donnie Simpson posted the following to his facebook fan page:
"This hit the press yesterday and I thought you should know about it. Yes, I am exploring a number of opportunities that have presented themselves to me. Radio is one, but TV is also a possibility.
I've been out for 3 1/2 years now and that time off has rekindled a creative fire in me. I'm ready. I've got some things I want to say and some things I want to play. I look forward to hooking up with you again. I miss you. Plus Pam wants me out of the house."
Following the post on facebook, the Washington Post quoted our story in connection to Donnie Simpson's desire to return to radio. We are in total agreement with The Post along with Dave Hughes at DCRTV.com that WHUR would make a great place for Donnie Simpson.
Donnie Simpson was last on the air as morning host at CBS Radio's 95.5 WPGC in January 2010.
Read more at The Washington Post
Here's the PRESS RELEASE:
Ready to explore various radio opportunities, broadcast icon Donnie Simpson taps Ed Pearson, owner of talent and program development company Esome Media Group and president of Doug Banks Media, to lead that charge.
Simpson says, “I consulted with my management team, looked at the landscape and after careful deliberation, decided Ed was the right person to partner with. He knows radio and he’s a friend. I’m confident that Ed will deliver something really kool.”
“Donnie brings tremendous value to the radio and entertainment industries because he’s a proven ratings winner with a timeless brand,” says Pearson. “I look forward to planning his return to radio and finding the right partners to do that with.”
Simpson started his radio career at WJLB in Detroit when he was 15 years old. After eight years on Detroit airwaves, he moved to Washington, D.C. to host the morning show and serve as program director at WKYS-FM. In 1993, he accepted a disc jockey position at WPGC-FM. Simultaneously, Simpson’s television took off in the early ‘80s when he was the backup sports anchor for George Michael on NBC’s WRC-TV in D.C. This led to his 14 years at BET, where he started as one of the nation’s first video jockeys hosting the hit show Video Soul.
As an active community volunteer, Simpson has served as Honorary Chairman of the National Black Family Reunion and has been instrumental in fundraising efforts for AIDS research and the United Negro College Fund. He and his wife also established The Donnie & Pam Simpson Scholarship Fund to assist minority college hopefuls.