Picture 1 – syndication one Morning Superstar Rickey Smiley celebrates his award with Urban Broadcasting’s Founder and CEO Kevin Wagner and Syndication One’s President of Programming Gary Bernstein
Picture 2 ““ Radio and Records Darnella Dunham presents the Gospel program of the year to the Yoland a Adams Morning Show. Pictured L to R, Hurricane ” Dave Smith ““ Director of Operations Syndication One, Comedian Marcus Wiley, Co-Host Brother ” Larry” Jones, Gary Bernstein ““ President of Programming Syndication One, and Gospel Superstar Cand i Staton
Rickey Smiley and Yoland a Adams take home top honors at this year’s event DALLAS ““ September 23, 2008 ““ syndication one and Radio One congratulate two of their newest radio personalities, Rickey Smiley and Yoland a Adams for earning top honors at this year’s R&R Industry Achievement Awards, held last week at the Radio and Records Convention in Austin, Texas. Awards were hand ed out to syndication one and Radio One programs, stations, and talent, but two of the event’s biggest honors went to Rickey Smiley for Urban Personality or Show of the Year and Yoland a Adams for Gospel Program or Show of the Year. “Both programs had an incredible year scoring lots of new affiliations and blockbuster ratings,” says Gary Bernstein, president of programming, syndication one. “I expect continued growth in the next six months because of the strong foundation that has been built.” Other honors for syndication one and Radio One included: · WERQ, Baltimore for Urban Station of the Year – markets 16-50 · WWIN, Baltimore for Urban AC Station of the Year – markets 16-50 · WPZE, Atlanta for Gospel Station of the Year – markets 1-50 · Kathy Brown for Urban AC Operations Director or Program Director of the Year for WMMJ, Washington, DC · Elroy Smith for Gospel Operations Manager or Program Director of the Year for WPPZ, Philadelphia · CeCe McGhee for Gospel Music Director of the Year for WPPZ, Philadelphia Rickey Smiley, along with his cast and crew, have an unmatched combination of humor, compassion, creativity, and star power that has garnered high ratings from its program launch. Since then the morning show has increased it’s presence in the industry to be syndicated in more than 18 markets nationwide including top stations like KBFB-FM in Dallas, WHHL-FM in St. Louis, and WEDR-FM in Miami, with several new major market affiliations soon to be announced. Likewise, Grammy award winning gospel artist Yoland a Adams has developed an inviting morning show with a mix of praise and inspiration that launched on Houston’s KROI Praise 92.1 FM and has grown in syndication to over 30 markets including New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington DC, Charlotte, Sacramento, St. Louis, Orland o, Cleveland , and Norfolk. “We have some of the best programmers, talent, and stations in radio today and I am glad that the industry feels the same way as I do,” says Jay Stevens, Senior Vice President of Programming Content, Radio One. “We are all very proud and humbled by these awards.” The Radio and Records Achievement Awards were voted on by the industry’s subscribers to the publication. For more information on syndication one programming contact Melody Talkington at (972) 789-1058 or Gary Bernstein at (774) 293-0300.