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PBS Talk Show Host Tavis Smiley Tangles with KFI’s Mo ‘Kelly

In his latest Journal-isms column, Richard Prince retraces some contentious recent chronology involving Tavis Smiley and Mo ‘Kelly (a.k.a. Morris W. O’Kelly, pictured).

Kelly, who once worked for Smiley, has been accusing Smiley of using a national poverty-focused outreach tour as a means of personal grandstanding. The feud went public and got nastier last week when The Wave newspaper’s Betty Pleasant reported that Smiley had sent Kelly a cease-and-desist letter. From Prince’s item:

Smiley publicly remained silent, but the story by Pleasant gained steam as its message was repeated on at least two black-oriented websites, the black entertainment outlet EUR Web and radio host Tom Joyner‘s Black America Web.

Then, on Sunday, EUR Web published an “open letter” to Smiley from Najee Ali, director of Los Angeles-based Project Islamic HOPE (Helping Oppressed People Everywhere), siding with O’Kelly.

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WFAN, Mike Francesa in Running for Marconi Awards

WFAN, which celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month, is nominated for a pair of Marconi Awards. The Marconis are awarded to stations and personalities for excellence in broadcasting.

WFAN gets named in the legendary station category for this first time ever.

The station is nominated with KYW-AM in Philadelphia, KFOR-AM in Lincoln, Nebraska, KSTP in St. Paul, and WBT-AM in Charlotte.

Mike Francesa, WFAN’s stalwart afternoon host, is recognized as a major market personality. Francesa, flying solo without Chris Russo (“Mad Dog”) since 2008, is the only New York personalty with a nomination.

“[We're] very happy to have finalists in two categories,” Mark Chernoff, WFAN operations manager, tells FishbowlNY.

Emmis’ Hot 97/WQHT is in the major market category, along with KPWR-FM in Los Angeles, WBBM-FM in Chicago, WMMR-FM in Philadelphia, and WTOP-FM in Washington.

Z100′s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show is nominated for Best Network/Syndicated Personality. Among the other nominees is Tom Joyner, formerly heard in New York on KISS FM/WRKS, and Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick.

Winners will be announced September 20 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards in Dallas.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Fallout from ESPN-FM Deal: Syndicated Tom Joyner (left) and Michael Baisden Fight Back Without KISS, New York Outlet, May 1
  2. New York Wins ASME ‘Best Cover’ of 2011 Award, May 3
  3. Time Inc. Experiences a Rough First Quarter, May 2
  4. Sports Illustrated Dedicates Issue to Title IX, May 2
  5. Jacob Ward Promoted to EIC of Popular Science, May 1
  6. New York Daily News Hires Web Editor, May 2

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Fallout from ESPN-FM Deal: Syndicated Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden Fight Back Without KISS, New York Outlet

While the rumors were flying for weeks that ESPN Radio would bolt the inferior 1050 AM signal for a quality FM sound, the station’s ultimate destination caught most by surprise.

ESPN/WEPN made it official yesterday with a new home in FM stereo at 98.7. That was the home of Emmis’ KISS since its inception in 1981.

WBLS formed a merger as several personalities, most notably midday Shaila and nighttime Lenny Green, joined the on-air staff.

As we reported last week, gone from the air are morning host Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden in the afternoon. The two syndicated shows did not find a home at WBLS, meaning they are not heard in the nation’s top market.

Joyner has declined FishbowlNY’s interview request, instead discussing the KISS/WBLS situation on his radio show and writing about it on his blog. Joyner and Baisden agree that the bigger picture means that the black audience suffers with fewer options.

“Thursday, we found out that a very important voice in New York City would be silenced,” Joyner writes. “After 20 years of broadcasting to and advocating for a mostly African-American audience, our New York affiliate, KISS 98.7, is now gone. It makes me sad, not just for our own personal loss but because of what the community-at-large is losing.”

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ESPN Radio Switching to 98.7 FM Sunday

In a complicated radio maneuver, ESPN Radio announced today that it will be moving to the FM frequency at 98.7 in New York, the longtime home of KISS FM. The switch to the FM dial begins at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. ESPN’s lackluster 1050 AM signal, which had equally lackluster ratings since competing against all-sports station WFAN in 2003, will simulcast ESPN Radio programming until September. Then, to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, ESPN will debut a 24-hour Spanish sports talk station.

“The bottom line is we’re extremely delighted that the company is providing this resource,” David Roberts, ESPN New York general manager, says. ”…We have to make sure that we produce the kind of content and programming that will not only get sampling, but to get people to come back more often.”

Part of the programming will have new times for Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco, together from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., as the lead-in to The Michael Kay Show.  The station also announced Patrick McEnroe will do a Saturday show from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning May 5.

As the rumors about ESPN’s move became more widespread this week, so did the speculation about bringing the Yankees on board in 2013. Traug Keller, senior vice president, production, business divisions, tells FishbowlNY in today’s conference call that no deal is in place.

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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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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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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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Andre Harrell Takes Over With ‘Champagne and Bubbles’

Acclaimed record executive Andre Harrell has joined 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS as host of Sunday nights “Champagne and Bubbles.”

Longtime listeners of Kiss FM know the show features famous 1980s and 1990s jams, while sprinkling interviews with some of the industry’s biggest names.  

Getting the interviews shouldn’t be a problem for Harrell, who founded Uptown Records/Uptown Entertainment Group. He is responsible for discovering Sean “Diddy” Combs, signing Mary J. Blige to her first recording contract, and introducing Robin Thicke to millions of fans.

Harrell hosts the show Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m.

There’s more Kiss FM news.

Tom Joynerwho made his return to the airwaves of New York this morning, did it in style with a visit to Kiss FM. As we reported last month, Joyner’s nationally syndicated show was on WRKS from 2001 to 2003.

As part of the celebration for being welcomed back to Kiss FM, and to get listeners away from winter fatigue, Joyner’s morning show is offering a “Trip-a-Day” promotion on their annual Fantastic Voyage Cruise to the Caribbean.

Tom Joyner Returns to Mornings on Kiss FM/WRKS

From 2001 to 2003, the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show aired on Emmis-owned WRKS/Kiss FM.

But, after being dropped in favor of building a local presence in the morning, Joyner (far right) and company are returning to 98.7 Kiss FM.

Starting on February 7, Joyner, along with J. Anthony Brown, and Sybil Wilkes will be heard on Kiss from 6 to 10 a.m.

This time around, though, Joyner’s show will include Bob Slade, the veteran WRKS news director, as part of the on-air team.

Since comedian D.L. Hughley was dropped from his morning duties last August, Emmis management was left to ponder their next move.

“I am excited to welcome Tom Joyner to the KISS family,” Jill Strada, WRKS program director, says,  ”Tom’s a radio veteran whose work ethic and dedication to empowering the Black community is a perfect fit with KISS FM’s culture.  Together we are going to do some BIG things in the big apple.”

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