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Paying Tribute to Mothers: KISS FM Style

It’s the best way KISS FM/WRKS can honor moms on their big day–with a concert.

The Emmis-owned Urban station features Valerie Simpson, headlining a Mother’s Day concert to remember May 19. Simpson is the surviving half of famed singer/songwriting pairing with her husband Nick Ashford. It will be Simpson’s first time hitting the stage since his death last August.

The concert, at Broadway’s Beacon Theater, will be a chance for Simpson to pay tribute to her legendary partner and their equally legendary music.

Tickets for the show, which includes 1970s and 80s R&B group The Whispers, are available at ticketmaster.com or the Beacon Theater box office. Additional details can be found on KISS’ Website.

KISS FM Names Longtime Staffer Fred ‘Bugsy’ Buggs Assistant Program Director

With almost 20 years under his belt at Emmis New York, Fred “Bugsy” Buggs has held nearly every position at KISS FM/WRKS, or sister station Hot 97/WQHT. Now, Buggs has been named assistant program director at KISS. He’ll report to PD Jay Dixon.

Buggs is a former midday air personality at Hot 97, who also did on-air shifts in various dayparts on KISS. Currently, he is producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a position he will maintain. In addition, fans will still hear Buggs spinning the tunes during his own show  Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Bugsy has extensive knowledge about the market and its history, Dixon says. “…Bugsy is a well-rounded talent in all areas with great leadership skills, is committed to out mission and is the ideal person to solidify the KISS brand.”

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98.7 KISS FM to Broadcast Whitney Houston Funeral

It’s been a whirlwind week for fans of Whitney Houston. The legendary performer died Saturday night. She was 48.

Houston’s Saturday afternoon funeral is even more bittersweet because it’s being held at her hometown Newark, New Jersey church, where she got started singing in the choir.

The funeral is private, but WKRS/98.7 KISS FM is taking the unprecedented step to broadcast it live from the New Hope Baptist Church, beginning at noon.

Jay Dixon, WRKS program director, said in a statement, “We’re providing this service to our community and for her fans that are unable to attend, but want to celebrate her [life]. We are thankful for the honor.”

Remembering Soul Train Creator Don Cornelius

He was a pioneering TV host and producer, but knowing Don Cornelius as the man of Soul Train only scratches the surface. Cornelius was found dead this morning at his Los Angeles home. The coroner’s office says it appears to be a suicide. Cornelius was 75.

He created Soul Train in 1970 at WCIU in Chicago. A year later, Americans jumped on board the train for a 35-year ride.

“Mr. Cornelius capitalized on an opportunity to serve a market that wasn’t being served,” WBLS program director Skip Dillard tells FishbowlNY. “While Soul Train focused on showcasing new African American artists and bands, a much larger audience than African Americans tuned in.”  

Bob Slade, an African American fixture in New York for four decades at KISS FM, and black music historian, recalls interviewing Cornelius many years ago.

“He told me his dream was to be a disc jockey,” Slade remembers.

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Class of 2012 McDonald’s Black Media Legends Named

McDonalds has once again named Black Media Legends, several of whom are broadcasters in New York.

This is the 10th year of the program, and for the first time a pair of special awards will be given.

Iconic voice of African Americans, Gil Noble (right) is receiving the McDonald’s Harold Dow Lifetime Achievement Award. Noble was host and producer of Channel 7/WABC’s Like It Is from its inception in 1968 until taking ill last summer.

Tom Joyner, national radio host, heard in New York on KISS FM, has beed named the Hal Jackson Vanguard Award Winner. In addition to being a Hall of Famer radio personality, he is the founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation supporting historically black colleges and universities, and Joyner created of BlackAmericaweb.com.

More award winners after the jump.

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KISS FM Warms Less Fortunate Listeners with Annual Coat Drive

For the ninth consecutive year, 98. 7 WRKS/KISS FM is hosting a holiday coat drive. The day-long event takes place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Regal Cinema in Union Square.

Joining the KISS family will be some special guests, including neo-soul star Anthony Hamilton, R&B singer Carl Thomas, and newly crowned Miss Black New York, Selena Watkins.

Annually, KISS FM invites the New York tri-state area to reach in to their hearts and closets and donate gently used, or new coats that will help thousands of New Yorkers stay warm during the winter season. 

“Every December, I get to see the generous spirit of New York come alive,” says KISS midday personality Shaila. ”It warms my spirit to see the faces of those who receive the gift from a city that has opened their closets and hearts and give so freely. It’s amazing.”

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Ed Lover Makes Brief Return on Hot 97

Already known for his rapping career, Ed Lover began life in a different way with a microphone. From 1993 to 1998, Lover was co-host of the highly rated Hot 97/WQHT morning show with Dr. Dre’.

Also in the 1990s, Lover and Dre’ teamed up each afternoon on Yo! MTV Raps.

Today, though, Lover came full circle, hosting Hot 97′s Throwback at Noon. Making the appearance even more special, Lover ushered in the return of his beloved Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts on MTV2 Sunday.

The MTV Throwback-themed live broadcast had Lover spinning music dedicated to the people who fell in love with hip-hop.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been on HOT 97 and it’s an honor and a pleasure to be back,” says Lover.  “I think it’s great that Yo! MTV Raps is coming back because it had such an impact on making hip-hop the global entitity that it is today.”

Lover can also be heard weekly on HOT 97′s sister station, 98.7 KISS FM’s Friday Night Flavor with Ed Lover every week from 7 p.m. to midnight.

98.7 KISS FM/WRKS Now Streaming Live

Emmis’ 98.7 KISS FM/WRKS has launched an Internet live stream just in time to keep its loyal listeners tuned in while on the move for the holidays.

“It’s been a highly anticipated addition to the powerful KISS Classic Soul and Today’s R&B brand, Jay Dixon, KISS program director, says. “New York’s greatest music can now be heard world wide.”

You can hear the station’s online stream 24 hours a day.

Kiss FM Takes Open Line to Brownsville Following Murder of 34-Year-Old Mother

In the wake of the senseless killing in a Brooklyn neighborhood last month, 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS is hosting a special Open Line, the station’s weekly public affairs show.  

Zurana Horton, a 34-year-old mother of 13 from Brownsville, was shot in the crossfire while protecting hers and other school children.  KISS FM and The Open Line hopes to generate a community discussion, bringing together residents and local leaders and panelists for this no-holds-barred town hall meeting.

The special edition Open Line Live: A State of Emergency, is hosted by Bob Slade, along with Bob Pickett and James Mtume. They will be joined by Tony Herbert and other community activists and the residents of Brownsville.

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Tom Joyner Broadcasts from Harlem, Marking Ten Years of Health Awareness Campaign

For a decade, nationally syndicated morning show host Tom Joyner has been urging people to be more proactive with their health. This year, Joyner’s campaign “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day” brings him to New York for a live broadcast from Harlem.

On Friday, September 30, Joyner and his morning crew will appear at the YMCA Jackie Robinson Youth Center on 135th Street.

Joyner and the entire Kiss FM/WRKS family will be on hand to provide a day of free health screenings, fitness demonstrations, workout challenges, health information and much more.  “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day” is targeted to raise health awareness in the African-American community.

Joyner, in 2002, with help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administration launched this initiative.  The national campaign continues to evolve and assist in helping to better educate people nationwide on taking a stand for their health.

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