Today Radio One Atlanta launched the all-new Classix 102.9 “Atlanta’s Classic R n B” just in time for the New Year. An up-tempo fun format playing the biggest Classic R n B songs from the 70s and 80s with artists like Rick James, Prince, The Gap Band, Earth Wind and Fire, The Whispers and even some classic funk. Then on January 3rd, the DL Hughley Show debuts weekdays 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed two weeks later with the Tom Joyner Morning Show officially returning to Atlanta on January 16th.
“Ever since Tom left the market, there has been an outcry for him to return to Atlanta,” said Tim Davies Regional Vice President and General Manager. “We found the audience for our Boom format was too narrow. By expanding the playlist and launching a fresh R & B sound with the Tom Joyner Morning Show in the morning and for the first time in Atlanta the DL Hughley show in the afternoons, Classix 102.9 will be a great new station for the market, and a perfect complement to our cluster.”
Hurricane Dave, VP of Programming and Operations announces Erwin Hill (Katt D) is promoted to PD. “We love to promote from within our organization. I’ve had the pleasure to see Katt D in his role as APD for MAJIC 107.5/97.5 FM and Praise 102.5 FM. There’s no doubt he’s going to do some amazing things in his new role as Program Director for Classix 102.9.”
Laugh Out Loud, the comedy brand and multi-platform network created by Kevin Hart and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), and SiriusXM (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced an agreement to launch a new full-time comedy channel with Hart, one of the top comedians working today. The channel extends the Laugh Out Loud brand to radio for the first time, reaching SiriusXM’s more than 32 million subscribers.
The new channel, which launches early next year, will feature a weekly show hosted by Hart. Considered one of the world’s top comedians, Hart will also handpick a selection of diverse comedic voices to create, produce and star on the channel’s wide range of comedy programming.
“I am very excited to create a channel on SiriusXM that will be home to new frontiers in comedy,” said Hart. “After launching our Laugh Out Loud video network, which is off to a fast start, our goal is to make the world laugh by reaching people wherever they are. SiriusXM is the perfect partner to introduce a whole new audience to our Laugh Out Loud brand. The world will soon discover that – believe it or not – I’m even funnier on the radio.”
“Kevin Hart is an unparalleled entertainer. SiriusXM is excited to have Kevin create a new channel that showcases his many talents and features other comedy voices chosen by Kevin. Our subscribers will love it,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We are also very proud Kevin has chosen SiriusXM as his audio home and look forward to seeing what he has in store for this channel. Stay tuned.”
Laugh Out Loud launched its multi-platform network and streaming video service in August, bringing fans original scripted and unscripted comedy series, stand-up specials, licensed programming, and live broadcasts. In the first 30 days, the service was downloaded more than 500,000 times and catapulted into the top three of Apple iOS’ entertainment app rankings. For more, visit LaughOutLoud.com.
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Vieneese Stanton surprised her stepfather Preston Rolan, who has raised her since she was 3 years old, with a wedding last month at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco.
Mr. Rolan, 64, had been failing health since he was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. Vieneese Stanton told The KBLX Morning Dream Team she wanted her father to be part of a special ceremony. Vieneese and her fiance made the choice and decided to push up the wedding. With the helpful hospital staff, they were able to make dreams come true and Preston walked Vieneese down the aisle. Mr. Preston Roland passed away the morning of December 4th at UCSF Hospital in San Francisco.
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The 20th annual “Bear Hugs Toy Drive” holiday event, distributing toys to pediatric patients, is on Tuesday, December 12 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST, and donations will continue to be accepted throughout December. The “Bear Hugs Toy Drive” was launched by Liset Meruelo, wife of prominent Cuban-American businessman Alex Meruelo, of the Meruelo Group. Meruelo says, “The small donation of plush toys provides these children and their families with moments of happiness, smiles, and joy. As a parent of a pediatric patient, you look forward to anything that brings comfort during the treatments and their illness; you want them to just feel like a child during the holidays.”
In addition to plush toy donations for the children, celebrity guests, Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY’s on-air talent and Frozen and Star Wars costumed characters will entertain the children and deliver the plush toys.
To donate online, please log onto https://www.youcaring.com/BearHugsToyDrive. In person and off-line donations of new plush toys or Pillow Pets (12″ or larger) can also be shipped or dropped off at Power 106 FM/93.5 KDAY FM, 2600 West Olive Avenue, Suite 800 Burbank, CA 91505 or to Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach at 2801 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach 90806, ATTN: Child Life Program
Meruelo added, “Our goal is to provide 1000 new plush toys for pediatric patients throughout the entire year.”
93.5 KDAY and Power 106 are owned by Meruelo Media, the largest minority-owned broadcaster in California.
MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, part of OC-based health system MemorialCare, provides specialized care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex – as well as maternity care for expectant mothers – all under one roof. Only five percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community but across the region. Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California – treating more than 14,000 children each year – and has become a regional pediatric destination for more than 84,000 children, who need specialized care in the outpatient specialty and satellite centers.
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