Nelly and The Other Celebs Taking Over Radio
Keith Sweat ‘The Sweat Hotel’
Station: Premiere Radio Network Syndicated Nationwide When: Monday-Thursday 7-12pm Since February 2007, R&B superstar Keith Sweat, pioneer of new jack swing has been on the airwaves with his smooth voice playing all today’s melodic R&B and classic hits in over 48 markets, from his studio in Atlanta.
MC Lyte ‘Cafe Mocha’
Station: Super Radio Syndicated Nationwide When: Mon-WeekendsDebuting in early March, the show distributed by Super Radio, is a weekend program geared towards African-American women ages 18 to 49, co-starring ‘Chelsea Lately’ comedienne Lonni Love. Discussing empowering topics for women while playing urban hits, the show hopes to become “Essence Magazine of radio,” says show creator Sheila Etheridge.
Jamie Foxx – ‘The Jamie Fox show’
Station: SIRIUS satellite radio When: Fridays 5pm & 9pm ET, Saturdays 5pm ET, Mondays 7am ETExpect the unexpected from comedian/actor/singer Jamie Foxx, radio so unpredictable that only one person ever knows what’s going to happen. People tune in for the side splitting comedy and special guests from the worlds of music, sports and entertainment.
Whoopi Goldberg- ‘Wake Up With Whoopi’
Station: Syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks out of NYC When: Show had a two year run from July 31, 2006 until March 28, 2008.One-third talk, two-thirds music, discussion largely centered around water cooler topics, including as well as interviews with guests mostly from the entertainment industry.
Station: NYC 107.5 WBLS When: Aired in 2009 Mon-Fri 2-6pm ETBack in 2009 when radio listeners had to adjust having Wendy Williams leave her radio throne to pursue her television show full time, the legendary duo stepped up to fill in. They held down the2pm-6pm slot for very shot stint, slot playing hit songs and discussing the hottest topics from men to motherhood.
Brian McKnight – ‘The Brian McKnight Show’
Station: 94.7, The WAVE through Citadel Media Networks When: Wake up to his morning show Monday- Friday 6am-10amIt’s Southern Cali’s morning radio show hosted by the the R&B singer providing listeners with hourly news and traffic plus Brian sings listener requests live on the radio. Celebrity interviews, Brian’s quote of the day, and his award winning co-host, Pat Prescott and smooth R&B round out the show’s premise.
Monie Love – ‘Ladies First’
D.L. Hughley – ‘The D.L. Hughley Morning Show’
Station: NYC 98.7 KISS FM When: Weekdays 6-10 amDebuting in July 2009, Hughley became one of many comedians to plunge into morning radio. At the time he had little experience, but was helped by his all star team that included former BET anchor Jacque Reid, comedian Steve Wilson, veteran city host Raqiyah Mays, and long-time newsman Bob Slade. Sadly his reign on radio came to an end early this week, after announcing he signing off due to ongoing litigation with the station.
Spinderella – ‘The BackSpin’
Station: Nationally Syndicated via KKBT 100.3 in LA When: Aired every weekday for 2 hours during rush hourSpinderella, known as the talented & sexy DJ of the Grammy award winning female trio Salt ‘N’ Pepa hosted the now-defunct show the BackSpin alongsideDJ A-One. Spinning old school hip hop Spin’s music knowledge, great personality, and skill as a mixer all came together to create a unique program.
Steve Harvey- ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show’
The radio success of Harvey, who has one of the top-rated shows in New York, is unmatched.Currently Harvey hosts the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, which airs in over 64 markets and has over 7 million listeners. One of the more popular segments called, ‘Strawberry Letter,’ allows him tohare relationship advice and respond to relationship questions.
Nelly and The Other Celebs Taking Over Radio
Rapper Nelly has had huge success controlling the airwaves with his music, and now he’ll control the airwaves as a radio DJ.The St. Louis emcee born Cornell Haynes, 35, has landed a gig at thelocal radio station, Hot 104.1 FM in St. Louis, as a DJ for his own radio show.Taking the rush hour drive time slot of 3-7 pm, Nelly will be a temporary replacement for afternoon presenter Staci Static, who is on maternity leave. From a PR standpoint the job is great opportunity for Nelly to promote his upcoming album ‘5.0’ slated for a November release, although WHHL’s program director, Mickey Johnson, states that isn’t the reason Nelly was given the job. “I was looking for… someone who had that star power… who could continue to drive the ratings and make it interesting,” Johnson explains.Nelly’s ambitions of being a radio jockey, are shared by his celebrity peers. Nelly joins a handful of other big names in music, film, and television who have currently put on their radio hats for air time: