The Oracle Group International announces the publication of “THROUGH THESE EYES: An Iconic Memoir of Life, Love and The Man Behind The Music” (13th & Joan; Hardcover; On Sale: January 30, 2019; $25.99; ISBN: 978-1-7326464-6-9) by award-winning, influencer, humanitarian, and legend Donnie Simpson. Through his highly anticipated memoir, Simpson chronicles the highs and lows of his extraordinary career which in 2019 will commemorate 50 years of entertaining listeners on Radio and Television.
“Through These Eyes” takes us back to where it all began, his beloved hometown of Detroit. Joining the staff at WJLB radio at 15 years old, affectionately dubbed, Donnie “The Love Bug” Simpson, quickly gained popularity with his sultry voice, warm smile, and piercing green eyes. Relocating after 15 years to Washington, D.C., he continued dominating ratings and captivating audiences, which led to his most memorable role in 1983 as the host of BET’s primetime music video show, Video Soul solidifying his role as a pop culture icon.
Over several decades, Donnie has interviewed the biggest stars in the world, including Stevie Wonder, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, James Brown, Sting, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Madonna, Smokey Robinson, President Clinton, Tom Hanks, Barry White, and so many others. Donnie has been inducted into the BET Walk of Fame and the R&B Music Hall of Fame. The only non-musician honored at that point.
“I’m always labeled as a trailblazer. To this day, so many artists talk about what it meant to sit on the couch with me, the effect that it had on their careers, and it’s a blessing to have been in that position,” says Simpson. “The most wonderful compliment I get is when people tell me they feel like they know me. They do know me; they know my spirit. I’m the same dude all the time. 24/7, always filled with hope and love, I’m Donnie. That’s my story.”
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Ratliff has recreated a new sound for Arkansans listening pleasure. Little Rock, please welcome KBKX- FM, 96.5 THE BOX! Formally owned by Crain Media Group, LLC, 96.5 FM will be reintroduced by new owners, Joel Ratliff Sr. Chief Operations Officer/ Vice President and Al Bradford-Telecommunication Guru and Chief Executive Officer/President of Bradford-Ratliff Media Group, LLC. 96.5 THE BOX is a new CHURBAN format, with a pinch of Rhythmic music and the right mix of Hip-Hop and R&B. But, the focus will be on breaking the best Arkansas artist in Central Arkansas.
96.5 THE BOX will have a target audience between the ages of 18 and 44. 96.5 THE BOX will feature the hottest artists, interviews, and radio personalities! Bradford-Ratliff Media Group LLC welcomes nationally syndicated morning show, The Breakfast Club (DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlemagne the god) along with MAJOR radio personality out of Los Angeles, California…Big Boy in the afternoons! With the best local celebrities in Central Arkansas. Midnight, August 1, 2018, represents the switch of the dial for Central Arkansas radio listeners.
KBKX, 96.5 THE BOX will launch with over 70 years of broadcast radio, advertising/marketing and telecommunications experience under one roof. Al Bradford, Bradford-Ratliff Media Group LLC, CEO and President with Joel “DJ No Name” Ratliff Sr, COO and Vice President are ready to reestablish 96.5’s rightful place as Central Arkansas’ #1 for Hip- Hop and R&B!
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SiriusXM today announced that it will honor the life and legacy of comedian Richard Pryor with three weeks of special programming dedicated to the late star. Starting May 21 on Comedy Greats channel 94, listeners will hear Pryor’s entire discography – all newly remastered for the event – as well as an original audio documentary hosted by Ron Bennington. As part of the tribute, “Richard Pryor: Still Outrageous,” SiriusXM will also exclusively broadcast three recently discovered standup albums, which will be the first time they are available to the public, in addition to rare and never-before-released tracks.
Richard Pryor was a trailblazing comedian who rose to stardom in the 1960s with his provocative standup, and today is widely considered one of the greatest comedians of all time. Throughout his career, he won an Emmy Award and five Grammy Awards, and in 1998 became the first-ever recipient of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Beginning May 21, SiriusXM Comedy Greats will take listeners through his entire career, showcasing the growth of his comedic artistry throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. One album will play each day at 9:00 am ET from May 21 through June 8.
In addition to the albums fans have appreciated for years, now airing with vastly improved audio, SiriusXM will also exclusively broadcast three never-before-heard standup albums from the late comedian, which Pryor’s family recently uncovered in a treasure trove of material kept in his old storage units.
On Friday, May 25 at 9:00 am ET, SiriusXM will premiere “Live at the Roxy,” which was recorded from the famous West Hollywood nightclub in 1976. The following Friday, June 1, will be the debut of “Live at Casa Comedia,” recorded in 1982 during a three-month residency at the club. The third album, “Live at The Ice House,” features material Pryor was working on before recording the special “Here and Now.”
Friday, June 8 at 9:00 am ET, marks the debut of an original audio documentary hosted by Ron Bennington. “Richard Pryor: A Life in Comedy” showcases some of the biggest names in standup’s past and present, including Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Louie Anderson, Sandra Bernhard, Patrice O’Neal, Jay Mohr, Howie Mandel, and many more, including Pryor’s wife Jennifer, all sharing their insights on his legacy, as well as personal stories about how his comedy influenced their lives and careers. The documentary will premiere on Comedy Greats channel 94 at 9:00 am ET and re-air on Raw Dog channel 99 at 2:00 pm ET and Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio channel 96 at 8:00 pm ET.
“Richard Pryor is an American legend,” said Jack Vaughn, SVP of Comedy Programming, SiriusXM. “He broke down barriers during a tumultuous time in our history, blazing a path for some of today’s biggest stars. We’re proud to honor his brilliance with a three-week tribute, and are thrilled Jennifer has entrusted us with his archives that we can offer exclusively to SiriusXM listeners.”
“I’m always excited to share Richard’s comedy with his fans,” said Jennifer Pryor, Richard’s wife. “When we cut open the box containing this lost footage – literally using bolt cutters to break the lock – I was overjoyed to find all of this new material, and instantly knew we had something special. I’m so glad SiriusXM is paying tribute to the Original King of Comedy and making these albums available to millions of listeners.”
SiriusXM subscribers will be able to listen to the Richard Pryor tribute on SiriusXM radios. Those with streaming access can also listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app, and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/streaming to learn more.