Solid Gold Soul

April 15, 2008

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
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Well, you did it. This isn’t the way you wanted it to happen, but it happened anyway. Just like I knew it would,” begins an open letter from veteran radio personality Tom Joyner to Tavis Smiley. It’s the latest in ongoing drama that followed Joyner’s announcement Friday that Smiley will end his twice-a-week commentaries on the syndicated morning show. When the news broke, folks speculated that he couldn’t handle the backlash he’s been getting from blacks over his criticism of Barack Obama. Although Smiley released a statement saying he was leaving to focus on future projects under his company, The Smiley Group, Inc., Joyner isn’t buying it. “We all know that isn’t the real reason he’s leaving the show,” Joyner writes in the open letter, posted on the radio industry blog “The real reason is that he can’t take the hate he’s been getting regarding the Barack issue — hate from the black people that he loves so much. He needed to feel the love. We all do, whether it’s from our radio audience or from people we know personally. He wasn’t feeling any love, so he quit.” As previously reported, Smiley sent a letter to EUR and other media outlets stating that he did not “quit” the Tom Joyner Morning Show effective immediately. “In July I will celebrate my 12th anniversary with the show, and as I discussed with Tom, it is my intention to take on the issues of the day in my commentary twice every week with the same energy, passion and commitment until the end of June,” Smiley wrote. Still, Joyner claims Smiley is leaving because the black community has put him on blast. The cold shoulder was sparked after one of his TJMS commentaries urged listeners not to buy into the hype of Obama. It reached a peak after Smiley called out the senator for choosing to stay on the campaign trail instead of attending his recent State of the Black Union conference in New Orleans. “I’ll also admit that I wanted Tavis to show a little more love to Barack Obama, and I was frustrated over his failure to do so,” Joyner wrote before ultimately suggesting that listeners at least attempt to respect Smiley’s different perspective.
“What Tavis was saying made us think. It had us talking, it had us listening to a different point of view, and it was damn good radio,” Joyner continued. “Tavis on the radio not saying everything that we want him to say is a lot better than not having Tavis on the radio at all. ‘The Tom Joyner Morning Show’ without Tavis gives our listeners one less reason to tune in, and in case you don’t know, all of us in radio — and in black radio especially — are in a battle for our lives. We need good, controversial, compelling radio, and Tavis brought that.” “But because Tavis has not come out and said, ‘I am for Barack Obama,’ everybody has started hating on him and threatening him and clowning him, and he can’t take it,” Joyner continued. “Those of us who know him well know that. If you read his autobiography, ‘What I Know for Sure,’ you know that no matter how deep his love is, if he feels that he’s right or that you’re wrong, he doesn’t back down. Meanwhile, the Tavis Smiley Group has just announced a three-year partnership with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company that will include exclusive sponsorship of Smiley’s PBS television program, national sponsorship of the 2009 State of the Black Union event to be held next February in Los Angeles and sponsorship of an exclusive five-city tour in which Smiley and Nationwide will join forces to promote economic empowerment and financial literacy. Tour stops will include Columbus, Ohio on May 17; Raleigh, North Carolina on May 31; Richmond, Virginia on June 14; Atlanta, Georgia on June 28; and Dallas, Texas on Nov. 8.


Bryant Gumbel and the NFL Network have agreed to part ways, the cable channel announced late Friday. After two years of calling games, Gumbel will not return for a third season following a decision that appears to have been mutual. “We’ve agreed that we’d all be better served going in different directions,” Gumbel said in a statement without giving any further details.
The NFL Network declined to comment about possible reasons for Gumbel’s departure, but the channel’s President/CEO Steve Bornstein said in a statement: “We appreciate everything Bryant did in helping us launch our NFL Network game telecasts. Bryant helped create interest in our first foray into televising NFL regular-season games.” The choice of Gumbel as the network’s first play-by-play announcer didn’t go over too well in 2006, when the channel tapped him and analyst Cris Collinsworth as their broadcast team for the Thursday night and Saturday night games late in the season. Although the former “Today” host is a veteran in the broadcasting field, Gumbel had zero experience doing football play-by-play. Gumbel will continue hosting the Emmy-winning “Real Sports” on HBO, while Collinsworth will remain in his analyst chair for the NFL Network. The search for a new play-by-play announcer is scheduled to begin before the channel’s eight-game package starts in November.

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