Roc Nation, a preeminent global entertainment company, and Long Island University, a nationally ranked university, have engaged in a historic collaboration to form the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment, enrolling students at LIU Brooklyn beginning fall 2021.
The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will prepare students for a wide range of careers in performance, entrepreneurship, all aspects of music and sports business management. Students will engage with university professors, alongside visiting guest artists and lecturers, while participating in immersive internships, ensuring they graduate with both hands-on experience and a network of professional contacts.
Located in JAY-Z’s hometown of Brooklyn, the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will provide Roc Nation Hope Scholarships for 25 percent of enrolled students. These scholars will graduate from the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment debt free, and will receive individualized support and mentorship. The Roc Nation Hope Scholars will be selected from a pool of academically competitive, New York based first-time freshmen with the highest need.
The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will offer undergraduate degrees in music; music technology, entrepreneurship & production; and sports management. Read more in PRNEWSWIRE.COM
Portland rappers Dmarx and The Kings join forces to release Knott Street Pharmacy. This four track EP is produced by J Hixson. These songs celebrate the trap lifestyle , providing the perfect soundtrack to ride to the corner store to. Check out the review below on Instagram.
In summer 1975 record executive Neil Bogart had a serious problem. His Casablanca Records had KISS’s Alive due for release. It was the fourth album by his cartoony hard rock band and Bogart was determined to finally break the band. In addition Casablnca had a super sexy disco singer Donna Summer about to release an X-rated single called “Love To Love You Baby,” one he’d personally had extended for disco play. Parliament, who’s funkified records were building a huge audience, were preparing The Mothership Connection, which he planned to support with a enough tour money that the band could tour with its own spaceship.
It was all promising. One problem. Bogart and Casablanca were dead broke. His record distributor, Warner Bros. treated the label like a ball headed step child. Other possible funders wanted control of the company. To meet payroll and release new albums Bogart needed an influx of cash. His solution? A weekend trip to Las Vegas. A serious gambler, Bogart had lines of credit at major casino/hotels the Dunes, the Flamingo, the Golden Nugget, the Riviera and the Sands. So Bogart began checking into Vegas hotels for a night, while drawing cash on his line of credit. He didn’t gamble. Instead Bogart collected the cash and brought it back to Los Angeles to pay Casablanca’s many bills.
The fact Bogart wasn’t gambling with the casino’s money did not go unnoticed. Reckless moves made with underworld money is how people found themselves buried in the Nevada desert. Once Bogart’s scheme was discovered a very serious gentleman in Vegas advised to stop the ploy and quickly. Lucky for Bogart the ‘Kiss’ Alive’ album became an multi-platinum breakthrough, allowing him to pay back the Vegas casinos and launch Donna Summer and Parliament into the pop stratosphere. Bogart’s Vegas line of credit disappeared but he’d saved Casablanca even as he risked his life. This is just one of the stories that made Bogart a new entertainment industry legend.
The record business, during its 20th century glory days, was run by driven, creative, often times crazy and reckless businessmen. Most of the great executives were hustlers, really musical traveling salesmen who would have sold sand to the beach if the beach strolled into the wrong bar. One of the most colorful of these characters was Brooklyn native Neil Bogart. He founded Casablanca Records in 1973 and made it one the most legendary, and notorious, labels in music history. Read more from Nelson George.
Legendary radio personality Frank Ski is bringing his widely popular radio show to the DMV taking over afternoons at 96.3 WHUR. “The Frank Ski Show with Nina Brown” airs weekdays from 3 pm to 7 pm starting Monday, August 3 “The Frank Ski Show with Nina Brown” will deliver up-to-date commentary on trending headlines, entertainment news, and all things important to the Black culture while providing fun, edgy, and interactive engagement.
Known for their ability to connect with the audience on relevant issues with transparency, Ski and
Brown are a force to be reckoned with on-air. The pair promises to provide just the right mixture
designed to inform, inspire, and entertain. “Connecting to the Washington, DC listeners is
extremely important to me during this challenging time in our history,” said Ski.
Ski is no stranger to the DMV. He began his radio career in the District in the early 1990s before
moving on to Baltimore and then to Atlanta and back to DC for a stint at WHUR in 2013. Brown has worked in radio and television for nearly two decades and has produced several of Ski’s #1 rated radio shows. “Frank Ski has dominated ratings and has an incredible legacy of community
enrichment wherever he is on the air. He is a media icon and adding his name to WHUR once again completes our DMV Dream Team,” said WHUR Program Director Al Payne.
The addition of the “Frank Ski Show with Nina Brown” to WHUR’s weekday line-up takes the
programming line-up to a whole new level. WHUR’s weekday programs also include, “The Steve
Harvey Morning Show” from 6 am to 10 am, “Autumn Joi’s Live Squad” from 10 am to 3 pm, “The
Daily Drum with Harold Fisher” from 7 pm to 7:30 pm, and “The Original Quiet Storm with John
Monds” from 7:30 pm to midnight.”
Now more than ever, it’s crucial to have knowledgeable trustworthy voices on the air. Frank and
Nina have a proven track record of success and adding them to the WHUR team is a huge win for
us,” said WHUR General Manager Sean Plater.
A recent Department of Justice decision to allow Liberty Media to increase its stake in iHeartMedia has made billionaire John Malone one of the most powerful people in the music industry.
The DOJ approved Liberty Media to increase its stake in iHeartMedia up to 50 percent, according to Politico. iHeartMedia owns 850 radio stations (both AM and FM) and the iHeartRadio streaming app. According to the Liberty Media website, the organization currently has a 5 percent ownership stake in the company.
Malone, 79, is the Chairman of the Board and founder of Liberty Media. Liberty has a 71 percent ownership stake in SiriusXM and a 33 percent ownership stake in Live Nation Entertainment. SiriusXM also owns streaming platform Pandora, and Live Nation Entertainment also owns Ticketmaster. Read more in Newsweek.
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100HipHopandRNB.FM has been a significant player in the digital radio world and CEO and Program Director Lorenzo “Ice-Tea” Thomas has taken full advantage of the plethora of changes that have transpired within the industry last week.
Digital Radio station.100 Hip Hop and R & B have agreed to terms with two free agents that will become automatic starters on a team already deep with talent. Starting in August, Marc Clarke will perform Afternoons, and K. Foxx has been added for Middays.
“I am very excited to manufacture deals with the talents such as K. Foxx and Marc,” says Thomas. As we continue to grow on the digital landscape, we are looking to have a team that can go toe to toe with anyone.” Lorenzo continues; we are still finalizing our agreement with Allison Seymour,” who was formerly heard on WHUR with her husband, Marc. Thomas says I hope to bring DC’s first family of Radio together again on .100hiphopandRNBFM.com
Most recently, K. Foxx was on WRNB in Philadelphia and had stints at Hot 97 in New York, WEDR, and WMIB in Miami.
“K. Foxx and I have worked together, so I am well aware of her skills and ability to help shape talent for the future,” Lorenzo stated.
Allison & Marc have been married for over twenty (20) years and have three teenage girls and two dogs. Their show is funny, compelling, and real. They are Radio’s Michelle & Barack.
Allison Seymour has been waking up the Washington DC market as a television anchor for over 20 years. She is a community fixture and one of the most popular personalities on social media.
Marc Clarke is a 30-year radio vet and has worked as a top-rated personality in markets from Baltimore to New York.
With the free-agent addition, Lorenzo Ice-Tea Thomas will handle nights.
.100 Hip Hop and R&B FM LINEUP Monday – Friday
Sheryl Underwood 5 am-9 am
Coka Lani 9 am-12 Noon
K. Foxx Noon – 3 pm
Marc Clarke 3 pm – 7 pm
Lorenzo Ice-Tea Thomas 7 pm-10 pm
Cayman Kelly 10pm -2am
.100 Hip Hop and R&B FM can be heard on the iHeartRadio App,
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