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10 Things we can learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

With the 2014 BET Awards coming up on June 29th, the President of Music and Programming is excited to executive produce BET’s biggest show. Hill, who joined the network in 1999 as a Vice President, has ascended to Commander-in-Chief of the channel’s music department in less than ten years. There are at least ten elements from Hill’s accomplished career that are noteworthy and lesson learning. Hill is an outstanding example¬†that there is life beyond radio. (click NEXT¬†above or below for next segment)

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Know how to Program MORE than One Medium!

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

In addition to BET, Stephen was also Director of Music Programming at MTV for four years. But before working in television, Hill started in radio. While a college student, he worked at WBRU; then later led WILD-AM in Boston to its highest rating ever, has served as executive producer of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and launched the 24 hour format for ABC Radio Network’s Urban music

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Get a Good Education

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Stephen is a graduate of the prestigious New England preparatory, The Groton School. He then went onto become an Ivy Leaguer and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University.

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Identify your own mentors

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Hill lists radio on-air personality and former BET Video Soul host, Donnie Simpson, Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET, programming legend, Elroy Smith, with whom he worked with at WILD-AM as three notable mentors during his decorated career.

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Be well rounded in your musical tastes

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Although he presently programs rap and R&B, Hill listens to everything and is a fan of all types of genres. His personal playlist includes Radiohead, Prince, and the Jacksons.

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Have Perseverance, Drive, and Passion

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Hill breaks down his three most important work ethic qualities as such: “I know I’m tired, but I’ve got to stay up. I have to keep moving on this project, because when I turn it in, my manager is going to like it and I’m going to go to the next level. I don’t want to do anything else but this. This is all I want to do.”

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Help uphold and honor our cultural legend

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Hill is one of the network’s biggest lobbyists to use BET airtime to recognize and uplift our African-American icons. Through Hill’s work, cultural heroes such as Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson, Herbie Hancock, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Tuskegee Airmen, amongst countless others have been acknowledged by BET.

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Love life and know how to have a good time

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Stephen is an avid world traveler, enjoys taking in a good party, attending concerts, and is a passionate Washington Redskins fan that plans his fall itinerary around their home and away schedule.

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Put your signature on your work

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Hill is the creator of music television’s longest running countdown program, 106 &Park, which first aired on September 11, 2000. In addition to being the channel’s flagship show, 106 &Park was once BET’s #1 rated program and the primary musical springboard for the network’s many annual award shows.

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Charity starts at home

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Hill is actively involved with various socially uplifting initiatives including Life Beat, Project Match, which aligns underprivileged children with prep schools, and a mentor with Viacom’s “Get Schooled” program.

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Get professional experience outside of just entertainment

10 Things the Industry Can Learn from the President of BET’s Music and Programming: Stephen Hill

Before his career in music began, Stephen taught Mathematics at his alma mater, The Groton School as well as worked as a corporate lending officer for the Bank of Boston.

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CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.

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