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Eight days after news of the affair between GMA3 hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes broke, Robach gave (UK's) DailyMail.com an update on their relationship: 'It's kind of over now.' Robach will reportedly return to the show next week, but Holmes has been suspended 'indefinitely' from the show as ABC management launches an investigation into his affairs with other staff members...


Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records in Memphis, dies at age 92. During an era of racial strife, white musicians and producers worked alongside Black singers, songwriters and instrumentalists to create the “Memphis sound” embodied by Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Bar-Kays and many others...


They're on STRIKE for at least one day! The New York Times Guild, the union that represents more than 1,000 members at The New York Times is asking readers to not engage in any of the paper's online platforms and stand with them on the digital picket line on Thursday, December 8, 2022. The union and newspaper management were not able to reach agreement on a new contract after 20 months of negotiations...


Bomani Jones who appeared on the 'CNN This Morning' show this week now says, "Nothing I’ve said has spread like my Deion Sanders comments on CNN." He adds, “The only thing in my career that I can think of that has gone as viral as this Deion thing has, is the Donald Sterling thing in 2014.” "Coach Prime" Deion Sanders has announced he is leaving Jackson State for Colorado. He will coach JSU in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on December 17, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.>Read more...


Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy announce The Breakfast Club will add rotating guest hosts until a permanent one is named to replace Angela Yee. >Read more...


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January 6, 2014

The Rickey Smiley Morning Show Debuts in Memphis on Hot 107.1

Beginning today the number one Hip-Hop morning show with nationally renowned comedian Rickey Smiley, will debut on Memphis’ HOT 107.1 (KXHT). The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, known for its personal appeal, raw humor and personal authenticity; delivers an entertaining show of entertainment and empowerment with a cast of characters including Ebony Steele, Gary with da Tea, Headcrack, Juicy, Special K and Rock T. The show entertains urban audiences daily in over 60 markets now including Memphis, TN.

Excited about joining the Memphis market and HOT 107.1 Smiley commented, “I’m really excited about coming to the Bluff City! The Rickey Smiley Morning Show team looks forward to being a part of all that Memphis has to offer.”



Gary Bernstein, SVP Programming, REACH Media, says, “2013 was an amazing year for the program. Rickey continued his amazing growth blazing to over 60 radio stations. He not only has been a ratings leader in the majority of his markets, but he has taken the extra time to visit his affiliates and help those that are less fortunate. I clearly remember the impact behind his delivering turkey's to cancer patient's homes in Miami as well as bailing an 80 year old female out of jail in Dallas. Truth be said, there is only one Rickey Smiley. That is why we intend to do big things in Memphis and beyond in 2014.”

The HOT 107.1 weekday line-up beginning January 6th will include The Rickey Smiley Morning Show from 5am-9am while the afternoon and evening line up will remain constant with 107 minutes of non-stop hip hop.

“We are so excited about the launch of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show on our airwaves. The program has the perfect balance of music, funny, community and overall brilliance! The program is a winner and that is why we are proud to have Rickey on our airwaves!” stated Chris Taylor, Operations Manager for Flinn Broadcasting in Memphis.

The Rickey Smiley Morning show is distributed by REACH Media, Inc.


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