The RFFocus Top 10 Programmers of All Time Winners are here. In the urban industry, we are often not COLLECTIVELY appreciated enough now that the conferences are no longer around (which by the way I am being asked more and more to do one). This poll was not a political move or money making idea as much as it was a way for YOU, members of our industry, to take part in honoring ALL OF THOSE who have made a difference in urban radio.. at one time. Thanks for your participation and at the end of the year, we will do another poll that centers on The 2011 Top 10 Urban PDs… this was the one to get the ball rolling and IT DID!
You are free to add comments for the various winner’s posting with Facebook comments at the bottom.
LET ME STATE THIS ONE TIME ONLY… RFFocus , kevRoss nor any staff member choose the nominees or voted in this process. We allowed the industry to create the nominees as well as vote for these candidates and these are the winners. If you don’t like the winners, ask yourself one question before you post a negative comment… did YOU vote? Now lets move on to the qualifications and the winners.Be Well.Kev Ross
(For Vets not currently working as programmers use points in past tense)
- Is the Programmer a PROGRAMMER?
- How well does the PD get along with others?
- Does he or she have an open door policy?
- Is he or she receptive to new ideas
- Is he or she respectful to others?
- Is he or she aggressive or passive when it comes to the corporation and the needs for his or her particular station?
- Is he or she a man or woman of their word?
- Does he or she inspire and motivate staff?
- Does he or she go the extra mile?
- Does he or she have great ideas and implementation of those ideas?
- Does he or she treat radio staff fairly
- If this PD lost his or her job would you want to see them get another job?
- How do you perceive this programmer?
- Does this programmer have a respectful reputation?
- Would you recommend this programmer for an opportunity?
Below are the results of the voting. Many other programmers, record reps, DJs, jocks, various people at industry corporations, celebrities, industry vets and more voted over the last two months. The honorable mentions below got significant votes as well. The RFFocus Top 10 Urban Programmers of All Time are….
#10 James Alexander
James has a 40+ year broadcasting career. He began (afternoon drive) as a senior in high school in hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio (WCIN Radio) Later moved to the night (6p-10p) shift to appeal to the younger demo Air name at the time – Jimmy Wonder, the teenage ball of thunder Les Brown (same one, who was on the radio in Columbus, Ohio at the time) recorded an intro for me… Jimmy Wonder, the ball of thunder, men’s threat, ladies pet, lover’s supreme, every girl’s dream… After 4 1/2 years, I took my act 50 miles up the road and to FM at WDAO in Dayton, Ohio Then to New Orleans (WBOK), then WBMX – Chicago where after 2 years became the PD when Earnest L James left & went across the street to Gannett (WVON / WGCI) as GM From there I traveled back to New Orleans (WYLD – working for Brute Bailey); to Houston (KRLY – working for Steve Harris) And then in 1982… the “Big Time” — WJLB in Detroit for 8 years where we took the station to #1 overall and left it there From there…WGCI (Chicago) where Tom Joyner & Doug Banks both worked for me KKDA-Fm (K104) in Dallas — Joyner was my morning man then Augusta, GA — Regional Operations position for Greg Davis (Davis Broadcasting); back to Detroit (WCHB) for Terry Arnold at Bell Broadcasting later sold to Radio One Back south to Citadel’s Baton Rouge & Lafayette, LA properties as the Urban Operations Manager to URBan Radio Broadcasting (Kevin Wagner)as Regional Operations Manager to my present position w/ Cumulus as the OM for the Mobile properties and most recently the PD of our urban ac in Pensacola Programming philosophy (in a few words) — preparation, execution & consistency
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