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Reggie Rutherford, veteran Operations and Stage manager for numerous television shows, died March 10 in Los Angeles, CA. The 66-year old Rutherford, passed away following years of various health issues, including sleep apnea, according to surviving family members.Born Reginald Rutherford on June 15, 1952, he grew up in Carson, CA. He formed his own security company, Unique Protection, and provided private security for Quincy Jones and Don Cornelius, among others. He promoted concerts for a variety of artists, including Prince, Luther Vandross and Anita Baker and handled tour management duties for James Ingram, Marvin Gaye, O’Bryan and others. Known as the “gentle giant”, he joined Don Cornelius on his music-dance syndicated television program, Soul Train, and served as their Operations Manager until the show ended. He went on to work as Stage Manager for the entertainment magazine Extra! for 20 years. He handled Stage Manager duties on TV shows and specials, including The Oprah Winfrey After-Oscar Party, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Steve Harvey sitcom series, The Grammy Awards, NFL Monday Night Football, various Super Bowl telecasts, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon and many more. His production company, Rutherford Entertainment, is credited as Executive Producer for 2 short films, The Exchange and Jack The Reaper, a documentary, Racism, and Creator for The Spirit Awards for Black college football players. Rutherford was an all around entrepreneur and content creator. Rutherford is survived by 4 children, Chanel, Christopher, Rias and Aara and 3 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending. Contact: Reggie Brass, 323-816-1750, [email protected]
Radio Facts: There always seems to be something going on with TGT and usually Ginuwine is the center of attention when it comes to the drama. In a brief rant on Twitter,the "Same Ole' G" explains why he was absent from the Soul Train Awards- sort of. Hopefully this isn't a big deal and these brothers can keep it business and make some good music together.
Radio Facts: In anticipation of the upcoming SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2013, CENTRIC, a BET Network, has kicked off the Soul Train Effect Tour (#soultraineffect). Throughout November, CENTRIC’s Soul Train video team is taking over top clubs in six east coast cities and inviting locals to show their old school flavor in front of the cameras. The best moves from each night will be hosted on video clips airing on www.bet.com/soultraineffect. The second stop on the “Soul Train Effect Tour” was Washington, D.C.’s Bar 7 where hundreds showed up on November 9nd to show off their Soul Train spirit. The Soul Train “effect” was in full swing, as fans put on their best moves in the Soul Train video booth. Guest also won tickets to next years awards, did the iconic Soul Train line and took home photos of themselves. The next stops on the Soul Train Effect Tour were Chicago’s Funky Buddha Lounge on November 13 and Detroit’s Flood’s Bar & Grille on November 14. Coming up soon, and wrapping up the tour, are Philadelphia’s Mezzanine Super Club on November 16, and New York’s Sounds of Brazil (SOBs) lounge on November 19th. “The Soul Train Awards is a celebration of the artists we feature but also the importance and rich history of the Soul Train show itself,” said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. “To get our viewers up close and personal – and encourage them to put on their own best Soul Train performance – we decided to take the show on the road.” From Atlanta to Detroit, we are seeing the “Soul Train Effect” in the real world. “Soul Train” ignited a national passion for moves and music when it first aired in 1971 and has remained a cultural icon ever since. Soul Train is the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. This year’s Soul Train Awards, direct from Las Vegas, will air on CENTRIC TV December 1, 8P/ 7C. Hosted by comedian and actor Anthony Anderson, the show will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson, K. Michelle, Ron Isley, Wale, Eric Benet, Candice Glover, Kem, Chrisette Michele, Bobby Caldwell and Joss Stone. For more information, please visit www.bet.com/soutrainawards, follow us at @centrictv and @bet, and join the conversation with #SoulTrainAwards #WeGotSoul.