The Urban Buzz sends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Al Ramirez. Al was a true Southern California radio man. Back in the day he was Production Director at 1580 KDAY-Los Angeles and later went on to Westwood One in production and engineering. Al was a really good man, very smart and always willing to help anyone in radio. Al passed away this week and he will truly be missed.
Atlantic Records has upped Damon Lott to VP/Black Music Promotions. He moves up from his most recent position as National Dir./Black Music. In addition, Southeast Dir/Promotion Cannon Kent has been promoted to Co-National Dir. of Black Music. She’s been with the company for 15 years.
Lott said,” I would like to thank Kevin Holiday, Mike Kyser, and Julie Greenwald for this amazing opportunity to grow. Shout out to the Atlantic Black Music Promo Team. I’m looking forward to continuing to move the needle in promotion and remaining a huge contributor when it comes to breaking new artists.”
Kent commented, “I’m thrilled to be a part of a team that feels like family. That’s one of the benefits of growing within a company that retains its staff well over a decade. You inherently understand how to move as a unit and get the job done. I’m grateful to Kevin Holiday, Mike Kyser, and Julie Greenwald for extending the opportunity to grow in music promotion.”
Lott’s 16-year music industry resume includes J Records, first as the Mid-Atlantic Regional and eventually National Dir./Urban Promotions after J merged with Jive Records, a division of RCA. The JIVE label was retired and then rebranded with artists & promotional staff sliding over to the parent label RCA.
Cannon’s career includes Barden Entertainment Program Dir. and Radio One/Detroit co-host and producer of the “Hype Squad Morning Show.” She’s currently on the board of The Recording Academy as Governor of the Atlanta Chapter.
Back in August, Kanye West filed to change his name to a long-standing nickname: Ye. Now, the paperwork has been approved: The musician born Kanye Omari West will be known legally as Ye, according to Deadline, Rolling Stone, and TMZ. Pitchfork has reached out to Ye’s representatives and lawyer for comment and more information.
Ye hinted at his eventual name change all the way back in 2018. “The being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE,” he tweeted. The post arrived mere months after the rapper released his 2018 studio album Ye.
Also in 2018, Ye told LA’s Real 92 radio host Big Boy, “I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible. In the Bible it means you. So, I’m you. And I’m us. It’s us. It went from being Kanye, which means the only one to just Ye, just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused—everything. It’s more of a reflection of who we are [as] beings.”
Colin Powell, the first Black secretary of State and one of the driving figures of the Iraq War, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook. Powell was 84.
“General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19,” the family wrote. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” they added.
Powell’s family noted that he was fully vaccinated.
Powell was still at risk despite being vaccinated because of both his advanced age and his multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that inhibits the body’s ability to fight infection. The Centers for Disease Control has noted that immunocompromised adults “may not always build adequate levels of protection” after receiving two vaccine doses.
RedBird Capital will acquire a significant minority stake in SpringHill, the company James and Maverick Carter founded.
SpringHill, the entertainment company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, has sold a significant minority stake to RedBird Capital Partners and other participants. The deal values SpringHill at $725 million.
The New -York based private equity firm will acquire a minority stake in SpringHill along with other participants, including the Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox, apparel giant Nike, and Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite. RedBird Capital Partners plans to invest in film, TV, video games, consumer products and live events.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the RedBird-led group ownership will be nearly half the company, and will invest nine figures worth of capital to grow SpringHill’s business — perhaps infusing even more money later.
NAS will teach a course in hip-hop storytelling as part of MASTERCLASS, starting TODAY, offering a look into his process and career.
Said the GRAMMY-winning QUEENS, NY, rap legend, “I’m going to create a brand new song just for MASTERCLASS,” he reveals in the episode’s official trailer. “You’ll see my writing process in real-time.”
Hip-hop is known as one of the world’s most personal and intimate art forms. While it is customary for artists in other genres to use a myriad of writers to hone their verses and messages, the ability to write your own lyrics is paramount in rap, explains NAS.
The hip-hop icon will answer questions about how to make your lyrics stand out, how to tell a story in rhymes from beginning to end and which flow or cadence should you focus on for the instrumental passages.
NAS and his co-collaborator HIT-BOY will lead the MASTERCLASS. “You’ve got to fall in love with words… The sound of your voice,” NAS says as he details the approach that helped him make history.
Oceanic Tradewinds in Partnership with Compass Media Networks Announces the Syndication of the Rick Party Show for All Dayparts and All Urban Infused Formats
The first daily affiliate is Audacy’s 104.3 JAMS (WBMX-FM) in Chicago 10 am to 2 pm kicking off on Monday, October 18th.
Todd Cavanah, Audacy’s Vice President of Programming and 104.3 JAMS Brand Manager says, “Rick Party is more than just an urban personality. He’s a mass appeal radio host for those who grew up on Top 40 radio, too. We need personalities that can energetically light up our airwaves as well as reach as broad an audience as possible, and that’s Rick Party all day long.” People grew up listening to Rick Party when he was the highly rated night and afternoon radio host on WGCI Chicago. Rick Party was also Kiss FM 103. 5 Chicago’s first hire in afternoon drive when they launched. Rick Party is undoubtedly Chicago radio.
Gary Bernstein, President of Oceanic Tradewinds says, “Rick Party is arguably the most diverse air personality in the country. With the Rick Party Show, there will never be an interruption of the music flow. Each short/ tight break will flow seamlessly in and out of music. Stations will be blessed with that very familiar and female friendly voice which stands out besides being warm, entertaining, sexy, fun, and inviting.”
Outside of radio, Rick has voiced promos for Fox, ABC, and BET (as the signature voice for many years) and is now the voice for ESPN’s SportsCenter for weeknights. Rick Party says, “I was born and raised in Chicago, so it’s an absolute dream come true to relaunch my own nationally syndicated show right from my hometown on 104.3 JAMS.”
For more information on how to become an affiliate, call Gary Bernstein at 508-245-1776.
Corite is set to launch the latest project from writer, producer and recording artist Rico Love, “Presented By Rico Love” has written and produced for artists including BEYONCÉ, USHER, NELLY, TREY SONGZ, KELLY ROWLAND, and POPSMOKE.
LOVE said, “One of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been empowering young artists. The existing recording industry model makes it difficult for many of them to find their way, and I’m excited that CORITE sees a new path forward — where fans both fund and share in the success of the artists they believe in. With my new project, I’m looking forward to working with a number of exciting new artists and can’t wait to share their music with you.”
Corite CEO Mattias Tenblad added, “Launching Rico’s project is an exciting step for us. His phenomenal talent for nurturing artists and producing great music makes him an ideal partner in our mission. Having a songwriter and producer of Rico’s caliber work with us inspires fans and generates confidence from the artists — the communities we serve.”
DEDE IN THE MORNING continues to expand with the addition of five new markets. The show is heard nationwide in almost 60 markets.
KBPA 102-7 The Vibe Austin, TX
KOOC B 106 Killeen-Temple TX
WLOA Loud 102.3 Youngstown OH
WRVZ 98.7 The Beat Charleston WV
WWRQ 107.9 The Beat Valdosta GA
“I have been a fan of DeDe since working in Dallas, she is funny, topical and fits perfectly in Austin on The New 102-7 The Vibe, I am so happy to finally work with her.” Jay Michaels Program Director 102-7 The Vibe, Austin
We are thrilled to share DeDe with our listeners and make her part of their mornings” Chip Banks General Manager, Loud 102.3 Youngstown
“We are getting the fun on The Beat with DeDe in the Morning. The show is a perfect combination of fun and laughter. DeDe and her team bring a contagious energy to Charleston and we are so excited to have them.” – Woody Woods Program Director of WRVZ/98.7 The Beat, Charleston WV
DeDe McGuire comments “Every morning my team and I wake up ready to spread laughter and fun across the country. So excited to have these amazing radio stations join the DeDe in the Morning party. Austin, Killeen, Youngstown, Valdosta and Charleston — we got you.”
ABOUT DEDE IN THE MORNING:
From SBG Content Factory and the studios of the world famous K104 in Dallas, DeDe in the Morning is broadcast 5am – 10 am EST, Monday – Friday; DeDe McGuire is the Host; Lady Jade is the Lead Co-Host. Super producer Gary Saunders serves as Lead Producer; David Carter serves as Associate Producer. Ben Burnside serves as Creative Services Director. Brand strategist and media maven George “Geo” Cook serves as Head of Content and General Manager.