Yeah, I'm Pretty Sure These Things Are True...
Radio Facts has been in business for 24 years. In that time, as the CEO, I've had a LOT of ups and downs. There were times I wanted to walk away, times I've loved it, times I've been frustrated and times I wanted to give up on the industry. But something always kept luring me back. Where am I now? In a GREAT place, Radio Facts is at its peak and I'm focusing more on industry business instead of just an industry site because we NEED more black businesses in the industry.
As the industry is headed in a more entrepreneurial and online event production status, it would behoove current industry pros to educate ourselves on everything from SEO standards to affiliate marketing and blogging to increase side gig revenue for the future. I cannot say it enough, radio is a springboard NOT a reclyner. Radio is to be used to ADVANCE our careers not stagnate.
If I was a statistician and I was concentrating on the industry specifically, there are at least seven things I am confident I know for sure about our industry after 24 years from a national perspective. Ready? Here we go. Click "Next" below for the next segment.
Black People DO look out for other Black People
I can honestly say, had it not been for black people I would not have succeeded with my own business in the industry. This does not mean that ALL black people have supported me. There have been some (especially men for some reason) who don't support any of the black trades but both men and women from all races have looked out for me which is what I focus on. I can honestly tell you that, for the most part, black people DO lookout for other blacks and want to see us succeed.
Racism DOES exist in our Industry
I went to a conference once and went to an event on a hotel roof in downtown LA to meet the president of a big company. I was shocked to see that I was literally the ONLY black person in the entire room of 400 people. In all fairness, there were at least 8 other blacks in the room but they were walking around with trays of hors d'oeuvres and giving me that look like 'help us get the hell out of here, you must be somebody important.' I literally felt like I was in a scene from a slave movie. It was disgusting and this company which is a HUGE company in the industry consistently gets LOW marks for diversity but they make a TON of money from Black product. A few years ago I would have revealed who it is but I won't do it here.
Another example, I called a record label and spoke to the white head of the label who told me ... and I quote "I can't believe you actually have the nerve to call me." I was shocked but not surprised. This is a label that makes a TON of money of rap product.
There are people on the radio side who play a TON of black music and have a ton of black concerts and events who want NOTHING to do with black people in the industry no matter how many pictures they take cheesing it up with black rappers. This does not apply to all of them but way too many to count.
Racism is always ridiculous but when it's evident that the perpetrators are only here to make money off the black talent there is not much that can be done especially when the black artists don't speak up. They are the ones with the true power to change the situation.
Urban Radio Talent Do Not Promote Gigs and Good Quality Content Creation Enough
A MAJORITY of the press releases we get for Radio Facts for as long as I can remember are promoting gigs for everybody BUT black people especially black men. Black talent, especially at radio, RARELY are promoted and don't promote themselves to the trades. Promoting yourself on social media is OK when it's good quality content creation or great segments that happen in the radio studio but when it comes from a national 3rd party to THE INDUSTRY it has added benefits for the future of the talent. I've heard some people say, 'we're rarely promoted, so there is no news.' That, unfortunately, is true. The ladder for black talent in the industry is often missing many rungs but I also know many black radio people also fear self-promotion for corporate disciplinary action.
Please tell me what radio corporation has a policy against promoting yourself and I will call them myself and ask them what the problem is. That makes NO sense to me but I've heard it time and again. For those who don't promote themselves, I URGE you to look at the last segment.
We Rely TOO Heavily on Others to Measure our Efficiency and Effectiveness
I have seen countless Black people ESPECIALLY on the radio side sit too comfortably for TOO long waiting for others to approve of or measure our efficiency and effectiveness not considering that there are radio people in management positions who are lagging when it comes to social media and music trends. When I hire people to work for me. I look for people who are smarter than me. Only a damn fool keeps hiring people they can direct, especially in today's industry.
When it comes to YOU, if there is no risk to find a way to build your brand, without interrupting your radio corporation's rules, there is no reward and when the company is done with you, it can lead to disaster
depending on your age no matter WHAT your age. Be creative in your venture to build your brand and fill the current industry holes that are missing and on the radio side... there is a LOT. I have seen SO many black radio people keep getting the exact same positions after being laid off over and over for YEARS. At what point do we aim higher? If you are comfortable, it's not the time to rest, it's the time to WORK.
Black Women are More Compassionate and Participatory with Black Causes
I've heard black industry women talk about each other, mostly in positive ways. From this perspective, I see a LOT of support from black women for other black industry women and black industry business.
MOST of the complaints about nepotism often apply more to black men in power positions in the industry whereas black women tend to be more likely to give someone new a chance that she doesn't know that well but who is making a worthwhile contribution. When we do the Women of Color in Media magazine, we do run into a bit of animosity from some women who think they should be honored OVER other women but that's with ANY situation where people are being honored. Black women who are in competing positions with honorees still call and ask for copies of the magazine.
We Are Often Apprehensive About Stepping Outside the "Black Box"
Look at the greatest success stories in the Black industry and you will see that people like Cathy Hughes, Charlamagne, Tom Joyner , Wendy Williams and others stepped outside the box and created their own paths to success by daring to be different and using all of their options. Black culture is not only prominent and valuable it is OURS. The industry KNOWS how valuable black culture is but the question is do WE? I have seen SO many examples of us giving away our talent and culture to other races then complaining about them stealing it. We are without question the ONLY race that allows every other race to borrow, use and profit from our culture with little response.
Comfortability, Retirement, Misplacement, Layoffs or Ageing Out Often Means Death
This is the MOST important thing Radio Facts has taught me. Over the years I have written many death notices with headlines that say "Vet Dies" in your emails. I can honestly tell you, at one time it started to take a toll on me and sent me spiraling into a dark funk. Mostly because a LOT of it was preventable. Yes, you read that right, PREVENTABLE. A majority of the people who get sick and die almost always have the same set of circumstances, they are not working and can't get back in the industry. They really die of broken hearts that morph into ailments and diseases. They get frustrated then depressed then ill and then they die.
Out of 100% of the deaths I've written about over the years at least 90% of the cases are what I described above. No joke when I say this... KEEP WORKING, PLAN FOR LIFE AFTER THE INDUSTRY AND PURSUE YOUR OTHER PASSIONS... NOW!!! When you get up each day without goals, drive, passion or purpose you develop the soul of an invalid and it's hard to bounce back. Quite often this comes from a lack of preparation while we are working or failing to plan for the future and the refusal to accept a consistently changing industry. It will not change back to the industry that you once knew in your lifetime, accept the changes and be willing to go with them.
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show Debuts on Monday February 17, 2020
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is set to debut on Radio One Philadelphia’s 100.3 RNB on Monday, February 17, 2020. The show will air weekdays from 6:00am-9:00am EST and feature the renowned radio personality, comedian and actor and his morning show team- Da Brat, Gary Wit Da Tea, Eva Marcille, Rock T, and Special K.
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is a quick-paced show that perfectly blends music, Smiley’s unique brand of comedy and spiritual entertainment with today’s hottest topics in news, entertainment and sports. Smiley, a nationally renowned, award winning host, was recognized by the National Association of Broadcasters in 2017 as recipient of one of the top radio broadcasting awards, the Marconi award for “Top National/Syndicated Talent.”
“I’m excited to have this extremely funny and gifted talent in Philly” said Jay Dixon, Program Director of Radio One Philadelphia’s 100.3 RNB. “I know Rickey and his crew will bring the kind of morning show that’ll get this city going.”
Smiley is the successor for the Fly Jock, Tom Joyner, host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show who retired in 2019. His commitment to historically black colleges and universities and family and parent initiatives are a noted part of his brand and an evident part of his program.
Radio One Philadelphia Station Manager, Ezio Torres “I’m excited to have the Ricky Smiley Morning Show join 100.3 RNB as he and his crew are the future and direction of our format and the perfect way for our listeners to start their day”
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show debuted as a nationally syndicated Urban AC morning show in January 2020. It is a product of Reach Media, Inc., a subsidiary of Urban One.
Urban One was recently hit with a class-action suit from two women, Desiree Lucas and Dominique Hinton, both claiming unpaid overtime and sexual harassment.
Former VP of Programming Dave "Hurricane Dave" Smith is not a defendant in the case but he is named in the lawsuit for sexual harassment. Smith was terminated this past August when another female employee Shorty Mack stated he sexually harassed and assaulted her. Smith has since filed a countersuit against her for defamation.
In the new class-action suit, the women state they were paid less than $13.00 an hour with one of them stating the rate had not changed in eight years. Both believe male employees who did similar jobs were/are paid more than they were/are. Hinton was terminated from the station while Lucas is still an employee.
For the Hurricane Dave portion of the suit, sexual advances were allegedly made to Hinton with statements like:
- “What’s your favorite sex position?”
- “I think about you. Do you think about me?”
- “I think about you when I’m having sex with my wife.”
Both women stated Hurricane allegedly used the same line to them “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.”
The women state that when they refused the sexual advances they believe their hours were shortened by Smith and while an investigation ensued Smith went on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise. They feel they were punished for taking the complaints to management. Read more about the suit from Rodney Ho of the AJC
Taking the party from the airwaves to the ocean waves.
Oooooooookay, we are not trying to SNS but ... Rickey Smiley is doing a cruise ... TOO. Well since Reach Media is majority owned by Radio One, it actually makes sense since he's taken over for Tom Joyner.
Everything you love about the Rickey Smiley Morning Show and the Russ Parr Morning Show – the laughs, the entertainment, the personalities, the music – will be live and on ten during a week-long celebration at sea…for adults only!
- 7 days: Sunday, October 11th – Sunday, October 18th
- Departing from the Port of Baltimore…cruising to Bermuda (pink sand beaches!) and the Caribbean
Interaction with our performers doesn’t stop at the stage. Our entertainers will also share in panels, seminars and other activities with you!
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
Concerts, theme nights, comedy, morning inspiration, pool parties, old school games, casino tournaments, fitness, autograph signings, late night parties and more!
- “Rickey Smiley’s Comedy Bootcamp” – Bring your best tight set of 3 - 5 minutes and be critiqued by Rickey Smiley and fellow comedians for a chance to win cash and prizes.
- “Rickey Smiley’s Karaoke” - Come join Rickey, his crew and whatever else he has up his sleeve as he brings Karaoke to a whole new level for your chance to win cash and prizes.
- “Russ Parr’s Wrong Song Pool Party” – When the music is right, anything becomes a dance floor…even a pool! Join Russ Parr on the pool deck for a dance party featuring the most unexpected, multi-genre tunes to keep you moving – or splashing - on the dance floor.
- “Russ Parr’s T&A Giveaway” – It’s not what you think…it’s better. This is Russ Parr’s version of Name that Tune (Title and Artist). Guests will have a chance to win prizes with each round and to play double or nothing in the final rounds for a chance to add to their winnings.
- “Russ Parr’s Actor’s Workshop” – Participants in this workshop will learn tips and techniques from industry veterans and be able to compete for a chance to win a role in one of Russ Parr’s upcoming projects.
- “The RP Big 3” – Russ Parr’s on board 3-on-3 basketball tournament for grown folks.
- For Cocktail Connoisseurs – liquor tastings, mixology contest and a whiskey masterclass
- Old School Games with a New School Twist – from a live version of Clue The Murder Mystery where the whole ship is your game board…to Reverse Charades, where the team acts out the clues for one person
The Carnival Pride is a city-at-sea with amenities you’ll wish you had at home!
- A full-service spa
- Onboard water park
- A casino
- Several clubs and lounges
- A Serenity deck for when you need to decompress from all the partying
- Multiple pools and hot tubs
- Full-sized outdoor basketball court (We will be hoopin’!)
- Various bars, including a tequila bar and a rum bar
- Unlimited food, including 24-hour room service and burgers that cruisers rave about!
Originally posted Jan 13, 2016. Remember when J. Anthony Brown quit the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) on the air?
Sources have informed Radio Facts that comedian J Anthony Brown has exited his longstanding post with the Tom Joyner Morning show. Brown, according to sources is allegedly upset about the pay and another new syndicated host getting a larger salary from Reach Media....Today J. Anthony Brown surprised Tom Joyner , Sybil Wilkes and the production staff of the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) with the following:After the end of the first break, at 6:10am CT, the hour the following exchanged occurred -ON AIR - 6:10 am(Tom Joyner taking the show to break)Tom Joyner : Ten, ten past the hourOFF AIRTom Joyner : Player, you feel alright?J. Anthony Brown: Huh?Tom Joyner : You feel alright today?J. Anthony Brown: No, I don’t feel good. Uh, in fact I’m quitting. I’m quitting today. (laughter from Tom and Sybil) You guys can have it, man. I’ve had enough of this, seriously. Bye(more laughter from Tom and Sybil)Sybil Wilkes: (chucking) Bye? What’s the matter?Tom Joyner : I don’t know. Did he just cut the mic? Player?...Player?Off air Tom asked if J. Anthony Brown was alright. J. responded the he was not and that he was “quitting.” Both Tom and Sybil responded with laughter followed by J. Anthony Brown saying he was serious and no further response.After several tries to reconnect with Brown, Tom Joyner attempted to reach out to him in both a personal and professional way ending with all surprised that he had actually left the studio.J. Anthony Brown is currently under contract with Reach Media Inc. and the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) . There is a plan to discuss today’s events with Brown.Tomorrow on The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) the Party with a Purpose® continues with weekly co-host Sherri Shepherd, correspondent Don Lemon and guests Marlon Wayans, Affion Crocket, Charlie Murphy and Omari Hardwick; as well as TJMS co-host and daily regulars Sybil Wilkes, Huggy Lowdown and comedian Chris Paul.
COX MEDIA GROUP TO AIR RICKEY SMILEY’S NEW URBAN AC SHOW ON ITS TOP-RATED URBAN ACCox Media Group (CMG) has announced that REACH Media, Inc’s nationally syndicated “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” will replace “The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) ” when Tom Joyner retires at the end of 2019. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show will air weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on all of CMG’s top rated Urban AC brands in Florida, including the Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville markets.“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with Reach Media to bring Rickey Smiley’s new show to listeners of CMG’s top rated Urban AC stations in Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville markets,” said CMG Vice President of Content and Audience, Tim Clarke. “Rickey has been a fantastic partner to Cox Media Group for many years and we are so excited to see him begin this new chapter.”One of the fastest-growing radio programs in the country, the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is quick-paced and anchored by one of the nation’s most popular comedians. Easily entertaining a wide variety of listeners, the “can’t miss a minute” morning show perfectly blends music, exclusive comedy and spiritual entertainment with today’s hottest topics in news, entertainment, and sports. The “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” was recognized by the National Association of Broadcasters in 2017 as the recipient of the Marconi award for “Top National/Syndicated Talent.”“We are thrilled that Tom Joyner ’s legacy will be carried on by the multi-talented Rickey Smiley,” said REACH Media, Inc Vice President, Affiliate Relations Melody Talkington. “Over the past 16 years, I have had the privilege to watch this show develop into a Marconi Award winning morning show. What makes this extra exciting is the continuation of our long-standing partnership with the Cox Media Group.”
Just Announced: More Entertainers in Addition to Headliners for the 2020 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic...
Tom Joyner ’s Ultimate Party with a Purpose® supporting students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale March 28 – April 5, 2020 with stops at St. Maarten, St. Kitts and San Juan, PR.Trailblazing radio host and philanthropist Tom Joyner announced global entertainment icons as the first major talent for the highly anticipated 2020 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage®. Headliners including Usher, Jill Scott and more have been announced as headliners, and just added to the lineup are Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Chante Moore, Brandy and more! Guests can look forward to surprise performances, nightly concerts and 2am shows…R&B, classic hip hop music, funk, comedy and the ultimate late-night experience – the Kings of Crunk featuring YoungBloodZ, The Ying Yang Twins, Bone Crusher, Trillville, The East Side Boyz, D4L, Dem Franchise Boyz, DJ Unk and The Shop Boyz. The Fantastic Voyage sold out this year, and is now nearing capacity for its March 2020 sailing! https://fantasticvoyage.