Yonni Rude, Operations Manager of Radio One Cleveland announced that company veteran DJ AngelBaby will be the new midday personality on Urban WENZ (Z107.9)/Cleveland, beginning Monday, October 21. She will succeed Bijou Star, who, we are told, remains with Radio One Cleveland “in a new exciting role starting January 2020.” Details TBA.
DJ AngelBaby will continue to anchor her afternoon show on Urban sister WGPR (Hot 107.5)/Detroit and host Rap Attack, which is simulcast on WERQ (92Q)/Baltimore & WQOK (K97.5)/Raleigh. DJ AngelBaby is also a Violator All Star DJ and the official DJ for Detroit hip-hop artist Kash Doll. She’s a Howard University graduate and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Rude commented, “DJ AngelBaby is a true radio professional whose talent, energy, vibe and message of female empowerment will resonate with the Cleveland audience and have the 216 saying her signature catchphrase, ‘Owww Owwww!’ in no time.”
Shondaland, the production company founded by “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes, has signed a deal to create a new slate of podcasts for iHeartRadio over the next three years.
As part of the deal, Shondaland is launching a new division called Shondaland Audio, with executive Sandie Bailey in charge of day-to-day operations. Rhimes will be involved as well, overseeing the development of the new podcasts. Read more in TechCrunch.
In his GQ cover story, the musician reflected on the controversy surrounding his track “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke — the lyrics were deemed “rapey” — and admitted he didn’t understand why it became the issue that it did.
“I didn’t get it at first. Because there were older white women who, when that song came on, they would behave in some of the most surprising ways ever,” Pharrell, 46, shared. “And I would be like, wow. They would have me blushing. So when there started to be an issue with it, lyrically, I was, like, ‘What are you talking about?’ There are women who really like the song and connect to the energy that just gets you up. And I know you want it — women sing those kinds of lyrics all the time. So it’s like, What’s rapey about that?” Read more in Page Six.
Change has come to Entercom Urban WVEE (V-103)/Atlanta — the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that actress/singer/songwriter/social media personality Jade Novah has exited the Frank Ski-helmed The Morning Culture after less than 10 months. According to the AJC’s Rodney Ho, Novah’s publicist Vaughn Alvarez said Novah “wanted to focus more on her music career and touring.”
Back in January V-103 cut loose two-thirds of Frank and Wanda In The Morning — co-host Wanda Smith and entertainment reporter Miss Sophia. Shortly thereafter, Novah and WFAN/New York veteran JR Jackson joined Ski, and the show was re-branded as TheMorning Culture. No replacement has yet been named.
In late September, the original members of the iconic 1980’s funk band CAMEO (“Candy, Word Up and many more”). Nathan Leftenant, Gregory Johnson, Tomi Jenkins, Arnett Leftenant and Jeryl Bright, won a victory in Federal District Court Of Nevada in connection with their claims against Larry Blackmon, when the Court ruled that their claims for artist royalties and joint ownership of the CAMEO name, including a claim for $1,000,000 in possible punitive damages, against Larry Blackman would proceed. Blackmon has counterclaimed for Trademark infringement. This case may set a new precedent for featured performers of the famous Funk Bands during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, who often changed with each new album, for their entitlement to new media royalties for streaming and downloads and other new technologies as well as entitlement to record company royalties for uses in TV commercials, TV shows, and movies. To read the decision click this link: https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nvd.133397/gov.uscourts.nvd.133397.43.0.pdf
Affiliated is the compilation from rapper/producer duo LNDN DRGS which consists of rapper Jay Worthy and producer Sean House. Every track on Affiliated has a different guest appearance alongside Jay Worthy. Here are my thoughts on it. LNDN DRGS are known for their chopping of 70s and 80s samples from the greatest of funk and R&B (S.O.S. Band, Gap Band, Ect) with gangster street life bars from Jay Worthy. Perfect to cruise in the ride to or hit the roller rink with.
Features on Affiliated include: Larry June, Krazie Bone, Iamsu!, T.F., Figg Newton, Meyhem Lauren, G Perico, Conway the Machine, Casey Veggies, Mac Mall, Jack Sippa, YG Hootie, A$ton Matthes, Soopafly, and Problem.
Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Joe “Flu Season” Lewis as On-Air Host, Afternoons, and Programming Assistant for Beaumont, TX, Urban Mainstream radio station Magic 102.5/KTCX-FM. Flu Season moves to Cumulus Beaumont from Cumulus Macon, GA, where he is On-Air Host, Nights, for Blazin’ 92.3/WLZN-FM, and which he will continue to host remotely. Flu Season’s new show on Magic 102.5/KTCX-FM airs Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Flu Season started his radio career in Richmond, VA, at WRHH/Hot 99.3 and later moved to Charleston, SC, to host nights on WWBZ/Hot 98.9. He has also hosted afternoons on WIHB 92.5 and 99.3 in Charleston. Flu Season has appeared in television shows and films including Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives”.
Bo Brown, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Beaumont, said: “Flu Season is not only eager, but he’s also someone who hit the ground running here in Beaumont. His experience and determination to win is just what we need!”
Kelly Mac, Program Director, Magic 102.5/KTCX-FM, added: “Joe is a passionate, multi-skilled on-air talent who brings an array of experience to the table. He not only gets the on-air aspect of radio, but strongly embraces the community as well as the digital, imaging and branding aspect of radio, which made him a perfect fit for this role. I look forward to watching him grow and succeed with the Cumulus team.”
Flu Season said; “I’m excited to join forces with Kelly Mac, Kenny Smoov, Doug Hamand, Bo Brown and the entire Cumulus team. My goal is to earn my PD stripes one day and grow my brand and show on various platforms and stations, and I believe this new venture is a great starting point!”