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Power106-logo (1)Meruelo Media has hired Nick Cannon to do mornings on KPWR (Power 106)/Los Angeles. Cannon Mornings — Power 106 #1 for Hip Hop, launches Monday, June 17 and will air weekdays from 5-10am PT.

“Nick is the quintessential entertainer and content creator who will take our media game to the next level™,” said Otto Padron, President & COO of Meruelo Media. “His tremendous success across television, film and music is testimony of his unique talent, work ethic and impeccable reputation.” He added, “Nick is the absolute right talent to start our mornings on Power 106 — this is an incredible match and we’re fortunate to have him in our family!” Power 106 PD E-Man remarked, “Nick Cannon is that fresh sound we were looking for on Power 106. Nick is an incredible entertainer who embodies Hip Hop, pop culture, comedy and community all in one! We are very excited to have him on our team.”

Cannon is currently the host and Executive Producer of Fox’s No. 1 hit TV show, The Masked Singer as well as the creator, host, and Executive Producer of MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, which will begin production on its 15th season later this year. Cannon also heads Ncredible Entertainment and has helped discover and develop artists like H.E.R., Kehlani, Soulja Boy and Justin Bieber.

Cannon said, “Power 106 is one of the most substantial fixtures in our Hip Hop culture that has proven time and time again that they are No. 1 and not going anywhere! Los Angeles is used to star players joining star franchises! I’m just honored for the opportunity to make our community and culture proud. All I can say is it’s Ncredible!”


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Kelly Mac has been named Program Director of Urban AC KTCX (Magic 102.5)/Beaumont, TX. When making the official announcement, Bo Brown, VP/Market Manager of Cumulus Beaumont, said, “Kelly Mac is the creative, talented and professional leader that we need to lead Magic 102.5. She is a perfect fit for our team and the Magic family.”

Ms. Mac most recently programmed Beasley Urban AC WBAV (V101.9)/Charlotte until June 2018. Before that she worked for Radio One Indianapolis as PD of Urban AC WTLC and Inspirational WTLC-AM (AM 1310 The Light). She previously spent three years as APD/midday talent at SummitMedia Urban WJMZ (107.3 Jamz)/Greenville-Spartanburg, SC. While she was there, WJMZ won the Marconi Award for “Station Of The Year” in 2009 and she was honored with the Marconi as “On-Air Personality of the Year” in 2010.

Earlier in her career Mac was APD/MD of iHeartMedia’s WDAS & WUSL (Power 99)/Philadelphia and she also worked in Chicago as APD of WGCI and midday talent on WVAZ (V103). Other stops include WWBZ and WWWZ/Charleston, SC and WBLX/Mobile, AL.

Mac remarked, “It’s an honor to rejoin forces with the Cumulus family and I look forward to expanding the KTCX team and brand. As a BIG FAN of Cumulus’ new programming initiatives, I look forward to exercising my creativity and programming experience in this exciting new role.”


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A Rick James Biopic is reportedly in development. Fans of the legendary musician have been wanting to see his story on the big screen for years and it appears it may actually be happening now. No cast or director has been announced, but this could end up being one of the biggest music biopics of all time, possibly even putting Bohemian Rhapsody to shame in terms of box office receipts. James was an incredible performer who did not stop when he was off of the stage.

The Rick James biopic is currently in the pre-production stage and more news is expected to drop soon. James started his musical career as a teen in New York when he dodged the draft in the early 1960s and fled to Canada. There, he started a band with another unknown musician at the time, Neil Young. Together, they formed the Mynah Birds and signed to Motown, recording and playing shows until James was arrested in the United States for dodging the draft. He spent one year in prison and then started all over again in California.

Rick_James_-_Give_It_to_Me_BabyRick James, aka James Ambrose Johnson Jr., played in a variety of different funk and rock bands throughout the rest of the 1960s and early 1970s, taking on production gigs at the same time. After returning to New York, James formed the Stone City Band and signed to the Motown label Gordy, quickly gaining national attention after the release of hit singles “Mary Jane” and “You & I” in 1978. However, it was his 1981 album Street Songs which turned James into a superstar with hit songs “Give it to me Baby” and “Super Freak.”

Throughout his career, dating back to the beginning, Rick James had a reputation because of his pretty original personality and he seemingly fell into amazing stories. The musician claimed he missed a party at Sharon Tate’s house on August 8th, 1969 because he was too hungover. Said party was interrupted by the Manson Family who brutally murdered Tate and others in attendance. At one of his own parties, Salvador Dali allegedly drew his portrait on a napkin, but James ruined it by putting it in his pocket and jumping in the pool with his clothes on.

While on tour in 1981, riding the biggest success of his career to date, Rick James brought a young Prince out on tour. However, he later became angry with the young artist because he was allegedly ripping off his moves. James reportedly got his revenge on Prince by grabbing him by his hair and pouring cognac down his throat until “he started crying like a baby. I laughed,” said James of the story. MC Hammer sampled “Super Freak” in the early 90s, giving James millions in royalties and the partying continued. James was brought to fame in popular culture once more in 2004 when Dave Chappelle and Charlie Murphy told some of his stories on Chappelle’s Show. James sadly passed away at the age of 56 in August 2004.

Courtesy The Jasmine Brand.


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Radio One Classic Hip Hop WPHI (Boom 103.9)/Philadelphia has promoted APD/midday personality Paris Nicole to Program Boom 103.9Director. The upgrade makes Ms. Nicole the youngest PD at Radio One. “Paris earned this promotion by stepping into a void at our station months before the position was created,” said Ezio Torres, Station Manager of Radio One Philadelphia. “From managing and scheduling the staff, to orchestrating Boom Class of 2019 flawlessly, she proved what we already knew — Paris Nicole is a natural leader. With that skill and her incredible relationships, she will take Boom 103.9 to… the next level™.”
Nicole is a native of Richmond, VA who got her first radio break as a 16-year-old intern at a local station. She went on to graduate from Hampton University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and joined Radio One’s WCDX (iPower 92.1/104.1)/Richmond as a part-timer in 2010. In 2015 she was awarded the midday show, and added APD stripes in December 2016. In June 2017 Nicole was awarded her major market upgrade when she transferred to Boom 103.9 as APD/midday personality.
VP of Programming Colby “Colb” Tyner said, “Paris took the reins of WPHI in the last six months, increased ratings, and pulled off a major event. She earned these stripes, and we are so proud of her.” VP of Programming Kashon Powell stated, “I’m ecstatic to have Paris take on this role. She’s demonstrated an unquestionable ability to lead the team and her passion for radio is incomparable. I have no doubt that her future is bright.”
Nicole remarked, “I’m truly honored and grateful for the opportunity. I’d like to thank Colby Tyner, Kashon Powell, Ezio Torres and the entire Radio One family for believing in me. Boom 103.9 has always done amazing things in Philadelphia, and I’m excited to lead our station to new heights! Boom is poised to represent the hip-hop and R&B culture as no other outlet can.”


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Here’s an announcement from our good friend Raphael George, “So I’ve joined Eric Faison at Superadio Networks as Affiliate Sales Manager. Home of Nessa On Air … The Chubb Rock Show … Marvin Sapp Show … the Quiet Storm with Lenny Green and Gorilla Sound Imaging services (all formats) and more…. Superadio.com.”

Anyone can hit me up at Raphael@Superadio.com, 212-643-3871



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Sounds of Blackness “Til I Found You”


Super-producers Jam & Lewis present

Sounds of Blackness

ft. Ann Nesby, Big Jim Wright & Lauren Evans

“Til I Found You”

One of the Most Added at Urban Adult Radio this week with 22 Big Adds!


KDKS-Shreveport, KFXZ-Lafayette, KRMP-OKC,

WAKB-Augusta, WIMX-Toledo, WMJR-Milwaukee, WKXI-Jackson,

WMBX-West Palm Beach, WMJM-Louisville, WMPZ-Chattanooga,

WNWZ-Grand Rapids, WROU-Dayton, WTLZ-Saginaw,

WWDM-Columbia, WTTH-Atlantic City, WXST-Charleston,

WMGL-Charleston, WTUG-Tuscaloosa, WKZJ-Columbus,

KOKY-Little Rock, Music Choice

Going For Adds Now!

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WMXDiHeartMedia has named Bill Black as Director of Urban Programming for WJLB and WMXD –Detroit.
Black, spent the past 13 years with Radio One in Ohio, most recently in the dual roles of PD of WENZ and WZAK-Cleveland and as Regional Operations Manager for Radio One Cincinnati and Columbus, OH. Black succeeds Nate Bell, who exited in March.


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The Living Legends Foundation, ® Inc., Celebrates its 2019 Annual Awards Dinner and Gala on Friday, October 4th in Los Angeles

Dyana Williams, Sidney Miller, Hymen Childs, Frank Ski, Steve Hegwood, Sheila Coates, Dedra Tate, Maurice White, Phil Thornton, and Karen Lee Are Among This Year’s Honorees

Living LegendsThe Living Legends Foundation,® Inc. (LLF) today announces its 2019 Annual Awards Dinner and Gala. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.

The distinguished honorees include Dyana Williams, CEO of Influence Entertainment, who will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Frank Ski, Broadcast Personality, V-103 Radio Atlanta, and Steve Hegwood, CEO and President, Core Communications, will both receive the Jerry Boulding Radio Executive Award; Maurice White, Vice President of Promotion, eOne Entertainment Group, will be presented with the Music Label Executive Award; Sheila Coates, founder and creator of BYOB (Be Your Own Brand), will receive the Entrepreneur Award; Dedra N. Tate, President and CEO, Unlimited Contacts, will be the second recipient of the Mike Bernardo Executive Award; Sidney Miller, founder and Publisher, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive), will be presented with the A.D. Washington Chairman’s Award; Hymen Childs, Owner, Service Broadcasting Group (SBG), including K-104 Radio, KRNB Radio, Dallas and the nationally syndicated DeDe In The Morning, will receive the Broadcast Icon Award; Phil Thornton, Senior Vice President/General Manager, RCA Inspiration, will be presented with the Gospel Music Executive Award; and Karen Lee, Senior Vice President, W&W Public Relations, will receive the Media Executive Award. The Chairpersons of this year’s Awards Dinner and Gala are husband-and-wife team Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew, Partners, Chew Entertainment.

Award-winning radio personality DeDe McGuire, of the syndicated show DeDe In The Morning, is returning as host. The LLF continues its mission to honor the best and the brightest in the ever-changing and evolving music and entertainment industries. The foundation’s core mission is to honor pioneers and professionals who have broken new ground in the areas of broadcasting, recorded music, marketing, retail, publicity, publishing, digital, creative, and philanthropy.

“The Living Legends Board of Directors is proud to continue its tradition of recognizing the greatest in the music and record industries,” says David C. Linton, Chairman of the LLF. “We continue to raise the bar and celebrate the unsung heroes of our industry who have helped to lay the foundation for black music, black artists, and black executives of the 20th and 21st century. We remain steadfast in our efforts to raise much-needed funds to assist the less fortunate among us. We look forward to another exceptional event and year.”

In 1991, record industry pioneer Ray Harris had the vision for an organization that would not only salute the achievements of black music executives but would assist them in their time of need. During the same year, Harris worked with record executives Barbara Lewis and C.C. Evans and radio programming legend, the late Jerry Boulding, and founded the Living Legends Foundation.

Over the years, the organization has recognized and honored more than 100 distinguished leaders in music, radio, retail, and media. Past honorees include, in alphabetical order: Brenda Andrews, Larkin Arnold, Clarence Avant, Lee Bailey, Big Boy, Jamie Brown, Troy Carter, Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew, Keith Clinkscales, Kenny Gamble, Jack “The Rapper” Gibson, Tony Gray, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Jeffrey Harleston, Denise Brown Henderson, Esq., Stephen Hill, Leon Huff, Cathy Hughes, Don Jackson, Hal Jackson, Larry Jackson, Cynthia Johnson, Varnell Johnson, Quincy Jones, Larry Khan, Morace Landy, Vicki Mack Lataillade and Claude Lataillade, Miller London, Michael Mauldin, Rushion McDonald, Kendall Minter, Esq., Jon Platt, Gwendolyn Quinn, Pat Shields, Eddie Sims and Belinda Wilson, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Ruben Rodriguez, Aundrae Russell, Herb Trawick, Charles Warfield, Dr. Logan H. Westbrooks, Tyrone Williams, and numerous others.

The LLF is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization and has been funded primarily with corporate contributions and individual donations. The 28-yearold organization has expanded its mission to assist those who have served the music
industry and who have a confirmable need. This assistance is provided in a manner that maintains the dignity of those who may receive financial help. Many former music industry employees worked during a time when 401Ks and retirement packages were not available—and even today, in this era of downsizing and mergers, the industry’s lack of long-term career stability has become more commonplace. Proceeds from the event will enable the LLF to continue to aid those in need, as well as fund the Living Legends Foundation Scholarship Program, which helps the educational pursuits of the next generation of music makers and marketers at three HBCUs.

The LLF Officers and Board Members include Chairman David Linton, Chairman Emeritus and founder Ray Harris, President Varnell Johnson, Vice-President Jacqueline Rhinehart, Recording Secretary Pat Shields, founder and Treasurer C.C. Evans, and General Counsel Kendall Minter, Esq. Board Members include Vinny Brown, Sheila Eldridge, Marcus Grant, Tony Gray, Ken Johnson, Barbara Lewis, Miller London, Sidney Miller, Kathi Moore, Jon Platt, Gwendolyn Quinn, Sam Weaver, and Colleen Wilson.

The Living Legends Foundation Advisory Board includes a list of distinguished entertainment executives, including Monica Alexander, Don Cody, George Daniels, Brad Davidson, Michael Dawson, Esq., Skip Dillard, Kevin Fleming, Shannon Henderson, Jay Johnson, James Leach, Vicki Mack Lataillade, Gail Mitchell, Azim Rashid, Lionel Ridenour, Kevin Ross, A.J. Savage, Vivian Scott Chew, Phil Thornton, Brian Wallace, Irene Ware, Tyrone Williams, Buzzy Willis, and Tony Winger.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact Pat Shields at 310.568.9091 or thelivinglegendsfoundationinc@gmail.com.

For additional information on the Living Legends Foundation, please visit www.livinglegendsfoundation.com.

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