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Is Donnie Simpson Bringing Back BET’s ‘Video Soul’- For TV One?!

Posted Aug 5, 2015
Donnie Simpson, a fixture on Washington’s airwaves for decades, announced via Facebook that he will return to television and radio later this month after more than five years in retirement under an agreement with Silver Spring, Md.-based Radio One.

Simpson, 61, will host a weekday program from 3 to 7 p.m. on Radio One-owned WMMJ-FM (Majic 102.3) beginning Aug. 17th and he has formed a television production deal with TV One. Simpson is prepping to host a music-themed program, although details and a starting date are still in flux.

See the video below where he makes his announcement:

Simpson was a staple of “urban,” or African American-oriented, radio in Washington for 33 years. Simpson was heard successively on WRC-FM (now WKYS-FM) and WPGC-FM starting in 1977.

His long run on Washington radio came to an end in January 2010 after a falling out with WPGC’s owner, CBS Radio, which had sought changes in his program’s format to boost its ratings. Simpson hasn’t been heard regularly on the radio since leaving the “Donnie Simpson Morning Show.”

Simpson became nationally known through hosting the “Video Soul” program on BET from 1983 to 1996. The program featured music videos by African American artists. TV One, which began in 2003, is a smaller rival of BET.


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