July 9, 2020

Radio Hall of Fame: The Breakfast Club, Donnie Simpson, Sway, and Angie Martinez Are Nominated

This year's nominees for The Radio Hall of Fame include The Breakfast Club morning show with Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy; along with Donnie Simpson, the long time Washington, D.C. radio personality, former BET host, and current WMMJ  Majic 102.3/92.7 afternoon host, who got his start in radio at age 15 at WJLB in his native Detroit; Current Sirius XM host and former 106.1 KMEL personality and MTV host Sway Calloway; and the Queen of New York Hip Hop radio Angie Martinez for her contributions at Hot 97 and Power 105.1. A Radio Hall of Fame committee will determine the winners in each category by vote. Listeners are able to participate in two of the six categories by going to the website to vote. www.radiohalloffame.com

The Radio Hall of Fame has announced this year’s 24 nominees in a total of six categories. Industry voting in four of those categories begins next Monday, July 13. Listener voting in the other two categories begins on July 20. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the 2020 induction ceremony will be a live radio broadcast from multiple locations this October. The exact date and additional details will be announced along with the inductees later this summer.

“2020 marks 100 years of radio and, while we regret that we cannot hold an in-person event this year, we’re looking forward to the excitement of a live, multi-location radio broadcast,” stated Kraig Kitchin, Chair of the Radio Hall of Fame. “I want to thank Dennis Green, Chair of this year’s Nominating Committee, and all the radio professionals who are volunteering their time and expertise to the difficult task of selecting inductees from such an impressive list.”

The Radio Hall of Fame honors notable radio personalities and showcases their accomplishments in the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications. Each year, 24 nominations in six categories are determined by the organization’s nominating committee, which is comprised of industry leaders.

Here are the categories for the above mentioned urban radio personalities in this story:

Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)

Donnie Simpson-WMMJ-FM Washington D.C.

Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more)

The Breakfast Club-Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, DJ Envy, Premiere Networks

Music Format On-Air Personality

Sway Calloway-Sirius XM Shade 45 Channel

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)

Angie Martinez-WWPR-FM New York City

UPDATE: The Breakfast Club members Charlamagne and DJ Envy interviewed Donnie Simpson following the nominations announcement the next day.

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