August 4, 2015

Donnie Simpson is Back on the Radio at Majic 102.3

 
There was a time when radio called the radio announcer a DJ (Dee-Jay, or Disc Jockey) and he or she was expected to have a personality, spin records, and create their own playlist. In other words--perform and do a show. Now that announcer is called an "on-air personality"-- and ironically they are expected to not have a personality, punch up tracks on a computer, and follow an over researched playlist. Now the DJ plays in a club, a bar-mitzvah, or stands in the background and plays music for a rapper. So with great expectation a radio "DJ" returns to the airwaves.

After five years Washington, D.C. radio legend Donnie Simpson is returning to the local DMV airwaves. Simpson is coming out of retirement and has signed a multi-year radio deal to host “The Donnie Simpson Show” on WMMJ Majic 102.3. [Check out the bank of Video Resources below and Donnie's thoughts about his return] He will also host a television program, that's in development, for the cable network TV One.

Simpson’s radio show will be on the air from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting on August 17. Huggy Lowdown his one time sidekick at WPGC (Now with the Tom Joyner Morning Show) will join him on air at Majic 102.3. There is no word yet on whether his other one time partner comedian Chris Paul (also on the TJMS) will join him as well. As of now Paul has a gig at a local DC sports station. 
This will be only the fourth radio job in Donnie Simpson's legendary career. He hosted mornings on WPGC 95.5. and 93.9 WKYS. He began his career at WJLB in Detroit at the age of 15. Simpson also hosted the long running program Video Soul on BET.

Earlier this year Donnie talked to his one time producer Tony Perkins (who you may remember as the weather anchor on ABC's Good Morning America) on a podcast about his radio career. Check out the podcast from May of this year. His announcement of a return to radio in retrospect is quite a surprise.





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