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RFFocus Interviews a Winner of the Top 10 Programmers, Lee Michaels


Over the past few months RFFocus has taken the initiative to honor those in urban who have made our industry great. The first contest was The Top 10 Urban Radio DJs of All Time which had a phenomenal response and the second one was The Top 10 Urban PDs of All Time which also has had a phenomenal response and both continue to. Our number 1 winner in 10 Urban Programmers is industry vet Michaels. We wanted to speak to him about his programming philosophy along with his thoughts on today’s radio. Enjoy…

KEVIN : How is it possible that the industry would choose a person who is presently NOT working in programming as the number one pic in The RFFocus Top Urban Radio Programmers of All Time?

LEE MICHAELS: I think it speaks volumes for the frustration that most people in the industry feel. When you become frustrated you tend to gravitate towards a time when things were prosperous, innovative, motivating and exciting and I guess when you look through the last 30 years I’ve been fortunate enough to have my name resonate with all of that. That’s the only thing that I can think of.

I talk to people all the time in the industry and there is a great frustration. They don’t like what’s happening. They don’t like being under the gun and being told not to do anything creative or edgy. It’s a pushed down cookie-cutter programming philosophy that exists in this industry right now.

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