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(VIDEO) Hot 97′s Rosenberg Sorry if Nicki Minaj ‘Felt Bad’ About His Summer Jam Comments

Many people got acquainted with Peter Rosenberg, one part of the Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Hot 97/WQHT morning show, after a controversial turn last summer with Nicki Minaj.

But there’s much more to the man.

Rosenberg, originally from the Washington, D.C. suburbs, isn’t just a hip hop guru, he’s a fan of broadcasting. Right from his Twitter bio, he pays homage to one of his idols, calling himself the ”Jewish Johnny Carson.” He says the title was self-imposed after the PBS documentary on Carson aired last year.

“I’ve always pursued things that I dreamed of doing,” Rosenberg tells FishbowlNY. “I dreamed of being like Funkmaster Flex and all the great jocks who were on Hot 97, and the other thing I’ve dreamed about doing is being a late night host.”

Rosenberg has branched into television with numerous projects for MTV. But as he told FishbowlNY in the video clip, Rosenberg has always been fascinated by hip hop.

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98.7 Kiss/WRKS Having Reunion Party to Mark 30th Anniversary

As we told you yesterday, 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS reached the big 3-0.

To celebrate, the longtime Soul and R&B station is reuniting past air personalities. On Thursday, August 11th, Kiss is holding its 30th Anniversary Reunion Party on the plaza at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building (125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard).

The list of guests is a who’s who of Kiss from yesteryear.

Legendary alumni Ken “Spider” Webb, Mike Love, and Diana King are just a few who will take part in the festivities. Fans will also see DJ Ace, Tanya Simpson, Bobby Gailes, and Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex. And there will be many more Kiss on-air notables, including Dean Meminger, Nicole Brown, Raqiyah Mays.

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2011 Marconi Radio Award Finalists Named; WFAN and Mike Francesa in Running

The National Association of Broadcasting has selected the 2011 Marconi Radio Award finalists. The Marconis are given to the top stations and personalities in varying sized markets across the country.

In the legendary station category, CBS Radio’s WFAN is in the group with KCBS-AM in San Francisco, KIIS in Los Angeles, WBBM-AM in Chicago, and WTOP-AM in Washington, D.C.

WFAN afternoon stalwart Mike Francesa is in the running for Major Market Personality of the Year. Francesa is going against Funkmaster Flex from WQHT/Hot 97. Also vying for the award: Kevin and Bean from KROQ in Los Angeles, Dennis and Callahan at WEEI-AM in Boston, and Patrick Ellis at WHUR in Washington.

A pair of Long Island stations is finalists in separate categories.

WBLI is going for Large Market Station of the Year, while WALK-FM is among the top choices for Adult Contemporary Station of the Year.

WLIB-AM is a finalist for top Religious Station of the Year.

Inner City’s WBLS is vying for Urban Station of the Year.

The winners will be announced on September 15 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner in Chicago.

Hot 97 Jock Mister Cee Arrested for Public Lewdness

Mister Cee, the Hot 97/WQHT DJ and famed rap producer, was arrested on charges pertaining to oral sex with another man.

The New York Daily News reports Mister Cee, whose real name is Calvin Lebrun, 44, and a male companion, Lawrence Campbell, 20, were arrested Wednesday morning, March 30.

Both men were charged with public lewdness and exposure of a person. They were released after their arraignment and are due back in court in June.

On Hot 97, he hosts Throwback at Noon, a classic hits hour.

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Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex Arrested; Accused of Assaulting Wife

Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex was arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting his wife at their Westchester home.

The Daily News reports a woman who identified herself as Flex’s wife told police that she and Flex (born Aston George Taylor, Jr.) had an argument over threatening text messages that he sent Thursday night.

Police say she attempted to call police with her cell phone, but Flex allegedly slapped the phone away and stomped on it.

He fled before cops arrived, but police say, was found a short distance away in his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro.

He was arrested on three counts of criminal mischief and harassment. Flex was arraigned Friday and released on $500 bail.

After making bail, Flex posted the mugshot pic on Twitter and his blog saying, “Man I never thought I’d be posting this.”

Funkmaster Flex has been a hip-hop personality for more than a decade, first getting notoriety on Yo! MTV Raps in the 1990s.

Flex is heard six days a week on Hot 97/WQHT.

Janice Huff, Otis Livingston Among McDonald’s Black Media Legends

As February began, so did Black History Month. On Tuesday, McDonald’s Tri-State Area Restaurants held their annual Black Media Legends luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

This year’s class includes WCBS/Channel 2 sports anchor Otis Livingston (far right), WNBC/Channel 4 meteorologist Janice Huff, WABC/Channel 7 anchor Sade Baderinwa, and veteran NY1 anchor Lewis Dodley.

As Black Media Legends, the inductees were awarded a trophy. They are also part of the Faces of Black History poster, given free at the more than 600 area McDonald’s throughout February.

The list of other honorees after the jump.

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McDonald’s Names Annual List of Black Media Legends

For the 9th year, McDonald’s, in recognition of Black History Month, has named New York-based talent as Black Media Legends.

FishbowlNY will be on hand February 1 when those chosen are feted at a Waldorf-Astoria luncheon.

Among this year’s honorees:

The faces of this year’s class will make up a poster given out free during February at tristate McDonald’s restaurants.

Former Hot 97 Programmer Tracy Cloherty Joins BET

Veteran radio executive Tracy Cloherty, who made her mark as Emmis VP of Programming, is headed to BET.

Hot 97 evening DJ FunkMaster Flex, wrote on his website today:

“Congratulations to Tracy Cloherty on her new position…VP of Talent at BET!!!!–Funk Flex”

Most recently, Cloherty moved to CBS Radio, joining K Rock/WXRK as program director in 2007. Surprisingly though, by 2008, Cloherty was out, along with those in-charge at WCBS-AM and WWFS (Fresh).

Cloherty is a graduate of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.