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Tom Joyner Announces Rickey Smiley as his Replacement on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS)

[caption id="attachment_231610" align="alignright" width="1920"]rickey smiley replaces tom joyner Rickey Smiley will replace the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) . David Kantor, CEO Reach Media & Radio One; Rickey Smiley, Host of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show; Tom Joyner , Host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) ; Eva Marcille, Co-host of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show; Gary Wit Da Tea, Co-host of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show; In announcing Rickey Smiley’s new Urban AC show for 2020 (June 28, 2019)[/caption]

Rickey Smiley in Conjunction With Tom Joyner Announces That He Will Debut a New Urban AC Morning Show Beginning January 2nd

Excerpts:Tom to Rickey: “You’ve got to keep the party with a purpose going and find a purpose to the party.”Rickey to Tom when asked on what he was going to do: “…want to keep bringing community service…focus on education…I have 3 kids at HBCUs…health and care, voting, elections… the right people in office…”

Smiley to take his popular morning show to a new and expanded audience as Tom Joyner retires his groundbreaking Morning Show

June 28, 2019 – Today on The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) , Tom introduced listener favorite Rickey Smiley as the successor to the morning anchor position established by Tom over the course of 25 years. Joyner, who is retiring at the end of the year, acknowledged that Smiley has established himself as a trusted leader on-air and in the community with his current show, captivating audiences with his authentic humor but also his unique perspective on topics important to his audience. Smiley also announced that Eva Marcille and Gary Wit Da Tea would be among the on-air cast members joining him to broadcast out of the Dallas studios beginning January 2020. Additional details about the show will be shared in the coming months.Joyner reflected on his accomplishments and the future, “I’m happy to see the landscape of Urban AC morning radio continue to expand with Rickey, and I’m proud of the doors the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) opened. Twenty-five years ago, there was no template for a syndicated Urban radio show and we worked hard to prove that we could successfully produce and market a national platform that would entertain, inform and empower African-American listeners. We broke some ground, raised the bar for what audiences expected from Black radio all while partying with a purpose. Yeah, we’ve done a lot but there’s still a lot left to be done. I’m confident that Rickey’s activism along with his love for radio, the community, and HBCUs, will pick up where we left off.”Making the announcement public, Rickey Smiley shared his excitement, “It’s an honor to continue the legacy of my boss and frat brother Tom Joyner . Not only has he been a friend to my family and me over the years, but we consider him family. Tom’s mentorship has instilled in me valuable wisdom that I will carry with me through this new morning show.”


David Kantor, Reach Media and Radio One CEO, acknowledged the collaboration, “Tom changed the entire urban radio marketplace. He entertained and educated multiple generations of listeners over the last 25 years. While there is and will always be only one Tom Joyner , we are excited that Rickey will be moving to Urban AC in January. Like Tom, Rickey’s talent, community consciousness and commitment to his audience will serve his listeners well.”Reach Media’s other current morning Urban AC program, The Russ Parr Morning Show, will also continue in syndication into 2020.BACKGROUND: Rickey Smiley Morning Show Brand and TrajectoryThe Rickey Smiley Morning Show has been recognized for its excellence in connecting with its listeners, and continues to grow with the belief that “Radio is community”. The industry took notice in 2017 awarding Rickey with the NAB Radio Marconi Award as the top national/syndicated talent. Rickey uses personality, humor, conviction and relevant information to deliver a high-energy morning show engaging his listening community in unexpected ways. His show has distinguished itself with its innovative mix of entertainment and an unfiltered view on contemporary black life and parenthood, focusing on family, community and mentorship.Smiley uses his radio platform to express his belief that “we are responsible for each other”, including purchasing a car for a young man profiled on social media who persisted through a daily 3-hour bus commute to his high school for well over a year in order to graduate. Similarly, the discovery of a co-host’s history with domestic violence prompted Rickey to put a spotlight on the urgency of the issue along with the resources available to provide support to victims.Having attended Alabama State University and participated in numerous HBCU tours, Smiley is an ardent supporter of education – especially Historically Black Colleges and Universities.Rickey reinforces his radio brand 24/7 interacting online, socially with 5 million followers, through his stand-up comedy, reality-based TV shows, and publishing – all amplifying his voice!Gary Wit Da Tea, well established as everyone’s favorite diva, dishes the hottest gossip on the world of entertainment and his colorful opinions on all topics. With over 22 years on radio, along with numerous TV and charitable initiatives, he’s someone whose thoughts listeners look forward to hearing.Eva Marcille, while originally known as a high fashion model and television celebrity, contributes a relatable women’s point of view with her sharp wit and sometimes challenging position, bringing balance to the show. She shares her life with listeners from entrepreneurial pursuits to marriage and motherhood.[audio mp3="https://radiofacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/062819_FRI_INT_617_TOM_ANNOUNCES_THAT_RICKEY_SMILEY_WILL_TAKE_OVER_THE_SHOW_AND_TALKS_LIVE_TO_RICKEY_652.mp3"][/audio]BACKGROUND: Tom Joyner ’s Career and InfluenceIn his 25 years as a leader in the industry, Tom Joyner ’s impact and influence have never wavered. His morning “Party with a Purpose” revolutionized radio when it became the first morning show with music in syndication. Known widely as “The Hardest Working Man in Radio,” Joyner has made a career of doing the extraordinary in order to serve his audience: flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago five days a week for seven years hosting morning drive and afternoons in two different cities; raising money to support students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities with The Tom Joyner Foundation; producing and hosting a celebration of black families and communities, the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion; galvanizing his listeners to provide relief funds for survivors of natural disasters. The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) is heard as a guide to the future of communications in the African-American community, consistently promoting relevant issues and social causes that need attention and action.

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Cumulus Appoints Kelly Mac as PD


BEAUMONT, TX, June 13, 2019  – CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed award-winning media professional Kelly Mac as Program Director of Urban AC radio station KTCX-FM/Magic 102.5 in Beaumont. Mac joins Cumulus Beaumont with nearly two decades experience in broadcasting, including stops in: Charleston, SC (WWBZ and WWWZ); Mobile, AL (WBLX); Greenville, SC (WJMZ); Philadelphia, PA (WDAS and WUSL); Indianapolis, IN (WTLC); and Charlotte, NC (WBAV). The National Association of Broadcasters honored Mac with a Marconi Award for “On-Air Personality of the Year” in 2010 (WJMZ) and “Station of the Year” in 2009 (WJMZ).

Bo Brown, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Beaumont, said: “Kelly Mac is the creative, talented and professional leader that we need to lead Magic 102.5. She is a perfect fit for our team and the Magic family.”

Mac said: “It’s an honor to rejoin forces with the Cumulus family and I look forward to expanding the KTCX team and brand. As a BIG FAN of Cumulus’s new programming initiatives, I look forward to exercising my creativity and programming experience in this exciting new role.”

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KBLX PD Elroy Smith, Laser Focused, Still Eager to Win

radiofacts.comElroy Smith has always been a larger-than-life figure in our great industry. He was one of the first people I met when I started in the industry when he invited me to the table to eat with industry notables when I was in my early 20s at a Jack the Rapper convention in Atlanta. I was dead broke and had left my job as a waiter at the (then) new Marriott Marquis in Atlanta a few months prior. I quit that job and my pay was cut into a fourth of what I was making as a waiter.  I was making a paltry $210 a month at WIGO and my rent was $350.00.

I snuck into that convention, I was young, poor and thrilled to be on a journey into the music industry but I felt incredibly out of place sitting with the people that I had seen in the trade magazines while working at WIGO. The late Nate Quick and I nicknamed the station “Nam” (as in Vietnam) and I almost quit the industry by working there before I really got started, but the trade magazines that were sitting around the station gave me insight into the industry, most notably “Jack the Rapper.” Sitting at that table, I felt like I was sitting with a bunch of stars and Elroy treated me just like he treated them and I never forgot that.

It is an incredible irony some 30 something years later that I would have my own trade site and magazine (started 24 years ago) but maybe not. Perhaps we get clues to our future by how we start the journey. Over the years, we’ve seen a LOT of changes, a lot of people are either no longer with us or have left the industry. To still be in the industry is an incredible blessing. I’ve noticed over the last few years that Elroy, once the accomplished industry celebrity, has been very laid back and much more reserved. This had to be the first question I asked him during this interview…

You have really been very laid back over the last few years. What happened?

Kevin, you are right about me being laid back in recent years. The San Fransisco market has consumed most of my time as I have been laser-focused in understanding such a diverse market that I have ever programmed. I have been in the Bay Area for almost three years. The last year has seen a sudden surge and injection for KBLX. Through continuous studying this market, we finally have positioned KBLX to be a contender in The Bay Area. We have a healthy weekly cume now-over 600 thousand listeners instead of a cume in the upper 400 thousand.

How do you like the SF market?

Prior to coming to San Fransico to interview for my current job, the last time I was in The Bay Area was for a radio conference in the late ’80s and I never left the venue where the conference was held. Therefore, I had no idea what The Bay Area was like until three years ago. I said to myself that San Francisco has a feel like downtown Chicago, the other city that is dear to my heart. I am so grateful that God gave me this opportunity to program such an iconic radio station. After almost two months of being in the Bay Area, my wife made it clear to me that she does not want to move again. My family and I are making the Bay Area a place that we cherish and hope to be here for many years to come. Furthermore, working for a company that loves their employees like BONNEVILLE INTERNATIONAL, it is clear to me that this where I should be.


What are your thoughts on the future of radio?

Well Kevin, according to Nielsen, ninety-three percent of the country tunes into radio every week. With that said, as long as commercial radio continues to evolve, I believe that this medium is in good shape. According to Deloitte Insights Report, “…..radio is not going away, and it should be a big part of the ad mix for those buying advertising…” The report also states, “…driving around in a car and listening to music, news, and a loudmouth DJ is still very much part of the US cultural fabric in 2019.” CNN reports – for the most part – the same news stories or commentaries all day long. However, what it all boils down to are the hosts. Don Lemon’s angle is always different from Chris Cuomo and Chris Cuomo’s views will be juxtaposed by Poppy Harlow’s opinion. This formula is reflected in radio. How our on-air personalities find ways to deliver similar subjects that our competitors talk about. My morning show Dream Team co-host on KBLX-Tony Sculfield’s unique views on current events humanizes the topic instead of relaying it in a dull or common manner.

What about the current talent pool of Radio DJs?

You’ve been in the business for quite some time and you may remember back in the day, the number of people gushing to get into radio was expansive. To date, I do not see the same type of vigor or interest. This lack of desire has to do with programmers not making radio stars anymore. I am in a fortunate situation at KBLX, SF. I have a team of people on the air that thrive on making themselves better every day and they are always excited to help and nurture new talent. 

Have you considered looking at Podcasters as potential Radio DJs? 

There is one podcaster that I am enamored by. His name is! On second thought, I won’t say because he is on my radar if ever the appropriate opportunity should come along. This podcaster is entertaining, topical, engaging, amusing and relatable. That is all I’ll say about this mystery podcaster.

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 Who would you consider to be your biggest competitors in the market?

The two stations that we share a high percentage of the audience with is KMEL and KRBQ (Q102).

Some programmers say “All” when you ask about the biggest competitors. Why are stations with different formats also important?  

No radio station should be ignored; however, a radio station can’t be all things to all people. Therefore, a focused strategy is key in a competitive market like San Francisco.

How do you make your events different from the competing stations?  

If there is one thing that continues to be a feather in our hat at KBLX is our community involvement.  Our commitment to the Bay Area has given us  “The Soul Of The Bay.” We impact the heart and soul of our listeners. For example, our participation in San Francisco’s MLK Day, creating The Men and Women Of KBLX forums and recently partnering with local agencies in a gun buyback program which collected 400 guns. When hurricane Harvey hit Houston, we pulled our resources together and did a promotion entitled “From the Bay To The Babies” – collecting over 600,000 diapers and baby wipes and sent them immediately to the Houston Diaper bank.

What is your greatest challenge as a programmer? 

With 40-years of proven success, it is crucial that we continue to evolve our brand to sound like we are a music radio station today.

 Where have you seen other programmers go wrong in their approach to radio?  

Who I am to judge another programmer? I have made mistakes in my career. I admire programmers taking risks and not playing it safe. To quote Pastor Charles Stanley, “You do not know your potential in life until you take risks.”

What advantage does have over other stations in the market?  

KBLX attributes:

  • Community oriented
  • A staple in the Bay Area for 40 years
  • Advertisers achieve results from KBLX
  • Most of our on-air personalities are from the Bay Area
  • The music is mass appeal and timeless
  • Parents can enjoy KBLX with their kids because the programming is family friendly   
  • Community leaders rely on KBLX to talk to their base
  • We have a very popular morning show, “The Dream Team” with Tony Sco., Antoine Davis & Kimmie Tee
  • We are topical & timely with our content
  • All our day-parts exude personality 
  • We still own the iconic slow jam show, “The Quiet Storm”
  • We have the most dedicated & passionate listeners in The Bay Area

Tell us about your Full-time line-up?

Morning Drive: The Dream Team-featuring Antoine Davis, Tony Sco. & Kimmie Tee.

Mid-day: Market Veteran Sterling James, is a mainstay on KBLX. Her vibe is perfect for at work listening. She is informative, warm and pleasant.

Afternoon Drive: A Bay Area favorite, Ms. Nikki Thomas. She is a vibrant, fun, positive, upbeat and engaging personality to listen to.

Nights: The Quiet Storm hosted by Jefferson Award-winner Armand Carr. This is the perfect show to wind down your day.

[caption id="attachment_216723" align="alignnone" width="692"]radiofacts.com Antoine Davis, Kimmie Tee and Tony Sco.[/caption]

How does your morning team compete in the market? 

Antoine Davis, Kimmie Tee and Tony Sco. show is listener interactive, informative & funny. In 2018 this trio was nominated for the Marconi Major Market Personality of the Year, which is rare for a Morning show team. The audience interacts and engages in daily topical discussions important to our community.

What does life look like for you after radio?

I am like Clive Davis. Retirement is not in my immediate future. I am still enthralled with this business. I give my deepest appreciation to God for allowing me to enjoy the only industry that I love and that is Radio. In addition, I take my hat off all those who have contributed to my career. If I had to list them all, the list would be too long for this interview.

Have you ever thought about running for office? 

Are you serious? Absolutely not! Lol.

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2017 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Hosted By Rickey Smiley Winners Announced

radiofacts.comRadio Facts: Winners of the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday night at the 28th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by Xperi and held at the Radio Show in Austin.Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.

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WHUR Gets New PD

1WHUR 96.3FM NAMES FAMILIAR FACE AS PROGRAM DIRECTOR”Washington Based Radio Station Taps New PD to Lead On-Air TeamWashington, D.C. – There’s a new Program Director in town at WHUR 96.3FM. The flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network has nabbed veteran Programmer Hector Hannibal to lead the station’s on-air and promotional efforts. Hannibal who has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience is set to start Tuesday, February 16th.“We’re thrilled to welcome Hector aboard during this exciting period of growth for the station,” said Jim Watkins, WHUR General Manager. “We know he has a proven track record of success and we look forward to him lending his expertise to the WHUR team.”Hannibal is not a new face to WHUR. He led the station to radio heights from 1993 to 2002, creating the successful “Adult Mix” format, which can still be heard on the station today. Hannibal spent the past 10 years as the Vice President of Programming for Reach Media, Inc. where he was responsible for a 20 million dollar department budget.Hannibal will focus on increasing WHUR’s already impressive ratings and expand its listener base. “Jim Watkins had a very difficult choice to make and I am elated he chose me to be his next team leader,” said Hannibal. I’ve been a WHUR listener for many years now and feel an emotional connection to the brand. I look forward to serving my team, station management, and listeners’ proficiently and tirelessly.”About WHUR 96.3 FM – Howard UniversityWHUR 96.3 FM – is the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network. Broadcasting to the Washington region since 1971, WHUR is one of the few University-owned commercial radio stations in America. The station can be heard daily by nearly a half million listeners in five states and around the globe on the web at whur.com. The first radio station in the Washington area to broadcast in HD, WHUR is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious NAB Marconi for Best Urban Station of the Year and NAB Crystal Radio Award for Excellence in Community Service.

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Dallas/Fort Worth – Armando “El Chiquilin” Ulloa will host mornings (weekdays 5:00 – 10:00 a.m.) on La GRANDE 107.5 FM (KMVK-FM) beginning Monday, Jan. 12.

“Chiquilin has an extraordinary gift for engaging his listeners,” said Jimmy Gonzalez, vice president, Spanish programming, CBS RADIO and La GRANDE 107.5 FM program director, “and when it comes to Regional Mexican, he lives and breathes the music and the culture.  We’re incredibly excited to welcome him into ‘la familia’ at La GRANDE.”

Ulloa joins La GRANDE from Emmis Austin Radio, where he was afternoon drive host and assistant program director at 107.1 La Z and program director of Latino 102.7 FM. Prior to that, he was morning drive host and operations manager at La GranD 104.7 FM in Milwaukee, Wis.  He has also held programming/on-air positions in Chicago and Nashville. Ulloa is a three-time Marconi Award Finalist and has been nominated for Medallas de Cortez three times.

“CBS RADIO is one of the great companies in our industry, and I am very excited to join the La GRANDE familia,” Ulloa said. “I can’t wait to start working with the team and together make big things happen in Big D!”

Ulloa replaces Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo, who recently left the station to pursue another opportunity with CBS RADIO. Ana Cruz and Daniel “El Chorizo” Franco will remain on the La GRANDE 107.5 FM morning team.

La Grande 107.5 FM is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.  A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 117 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets.  CBS RADIO also owns and operates KRLD-FM, KRLD-AM, KJKK-FM, KLUV-FM, and KVIL-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth. 

Listen to La GRANDE 107.5 FM online at LaGRANDE1075.com or on mobile devices via the radio.com app.

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NAB OPENS NOMINATION WINDOW FOR THE 25th NAB MARCONI RADIO AWARDSNAB Marconi Radio AwardMarconi_25th VERT CMYKWASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will accept nominations from NAB member radio stations between May 1 – 31 for the 25th NAB Marconi Radio Awards, which recognize overall excellence in radio broadcasting. Winners will be announced during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards 25th Anniversary Dinner & Show, held September 11 at the Radio Show in Indianapolis.New this year, general managers may nominate NAB member stations and personalities for a 2014 Marconi Radio Award based on either market size or format. Categories include “Station of the Year by Market Size,” “Station of the Year by Format,” “Personality of the Year by Market Size,” “Spanish Format Personality of the Year” and “Legendary Station.” Member stations and syndicators may also submit nominations for “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year.”Also new to the awards is a category for noncommercial radio stations. Noncommercial stations may choose to compete in one category: “Station of the Year by Market Size,” “Station of the Year by Format,” or “Noncommercial Station of the Year.”Nominations must be submitted online by May 31. Finalists will be announced in July. Guidelines are available to help radio stations build strong entries.

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