Solid Gold Soul

March 25, 2009

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell

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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Tom Joyner "Out" In Chicago

Wow! What the?! Those are the responses a lot of folks are saying when they hear the news that in Chicago, the nationally syndicated “Fly Jock,” Tom Joyner is no longer on the radio.

That means that when listeners in the Chicago area turn on their radios to WVAZ-FM 102.7, this morning, they’ll be hearing Steve Harvey instead. The nationally syndicated Steve Harvey show was, until today, only heard on WGCI-FM.

Steve Harvey "In"

In a way you could see this one coming because Clear Channel owns both stations and distributes The Steve Harvey Show. It’s clear they chose to look out for their own. Joyner is distributed by and associated with Radio One.

Published reports say Harvey will simulcast on both stations until March 31 and that Clear Channel, the owner of both stations, has not yet said what its plans are after that for WGCI-FM. The thinking is that any change occurring on April 1 risks being interpreted as an April Fool’s Day prank.

“Tom Joyner has been a great partner with V103 for the past 13 years, making it difficult to part ways,” WVAZ-FM program director Derrick Brown told the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal. “We appreciate all Tom’s hard work and wish him continued success.”

“Steve Harvey is an entertainment and marketing juggernaut,” Brown also added. “There are very few entertainers who have successfully tackled radio, TV, film, stage, online and publishing. … Being a ‘King of Comedy,’ nobody can beat Steve being funny.”

Long time Chicagoland listeners know that both men have been in or heard in the market for quite a few years. Comedian/actor/author Harvey began his radio career in 1996 at WGCI-FM as a replacement for Joyner, who, on the other hand began his Chicago connection back in the 80s when local radio executive Marv Dyson hired him at Johnson Publishing’s WJPC-AM. Dyson went on to become president and general manager at WGCI AM/FM and WVAZ. Tom sent me the following email this morning. ( Freddie Bell)

We always say that when we come back from vacation something big has either happened or is about to happen. Well, this one topped them all. After 16 years, the Tom Joyner Morning Show won’t be broadcast on a local Chicago radio station, at this time.

For Sybil and me, our relationship with the Chicago radio listeners goes back more than 20 years and believe me it has not ended by any stretch of the imagination.

Friends and family in the Chicago market will continue to listen to the Party with a Purpose on So this isn’t the end, it’s just a change, so please pass his e-mail along to them.

Even though we’re heard in more than 100 markets around the country, Chicago is home, it’s the Mother Ship, the Flagship, all those words that mean it is the place that launched the TJMS. It’s where we came from and where we always could go back to. And we’re still there, just in a different way—for now!

We’ve had great times in Chicago and we’ll be there soon to officially thank the thousands and thousands of you who made us what we are, and will be here with us as we take this to another level. We got where we are by knowing who you are, what you want and by Super Serving our audience, just like my mentor John H. Johnson taught me to do. This world is changing but the doing the right thing never does, and we will continue to do what we’ve always done for the African American Community.


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

In the down time preceding his 50-date residency at London’s O2 arena this summer, Michael Jackson will reportedly look into adopting a child.

A source tells British newspaper the Sunday Express that Jackson wants a sibling for his three children – Prince, 11, Paris Katherine, 10, and Prince Michael II, five. The eldest two are from a brief marriage to his former dermatology nurse Deborah Rowe and it is not known who gave birth to Prince Michael II, a.k.a. Blanket.

“Before his concerts he has said he wants to spend at least three weeks in Britain, getting used to the time zone and exploring the country. It is during this period that he wants to have meetings about adoption,” the source claimed. “He has not said if he wants a boy or girl, just that it would be good for the family to have another brother or sister.”


Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson now has two stars representing him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – one for his career as a solo artist, and a brand new star for his run as lead singer of the famed Motown group, The Miracles.

The crooner was on hand Friday as his former back up group was honored in a ceremony that included one-time labelmates Stevie Wonder and Mary Wilson of the original Supremes, as well as Motown founder Berry Gordy.

“I’ve had a star for the last 20 years or so, and it is way, way, way, way overdue” for The Miracles, Robinson told the crowd, according to the Associated Press.

According to Ron Brewington, National Vice President, Motown Alumni Association (MAA), his organization was the sponsor for the Miracles getting their star.

A number of events this year mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Motown record label. Last week in Detroit, Gordy and Robinson joined the “American Idol” finalists to tape a segment set to air on Wednesday.

“Idol’s” Motown Week will culminate with a duet between Robinson and the show’s season 2 winner Ruben Studdard. The pair will perform on the results show, which moves from Wednesday to Thursday this week to accommodate President Obama’s Tuesday press conference. “Idol’s” performance show moves from Tuesday to Wednesday night

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Mar. 24, 2002: Halle Berry becomes the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie “Monster’s Ball.”
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TV personality Star Jones is 47.

Rapper Maceo of De La Soul is 39.

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You have the power to make the chnage you need.


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Freddie Bell
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Minneapolis, MN 55439