Elroy Smith was widely known as the deciding factor on whether or not artists’ songs got radio airplay. Radio One’s large market influence on F.M. and BDS reporting Gospel stations made Smith one of the top executives to know and befriend.
Smith has been with Radio-One since 2007 and before that he was the legendary programmer for WGCI in Chicago.
Smith Released the following statement to RadioFacts.com:
I remember the day that Barry Mayo-former President of Radio One and The VP of Programming, Jay Stevens gave me an opportunity to join the company. Over six years later, I am grateful that I experienced a chapter in my life that I will remember forever. Thanks so much gentlemen. It has been one of the best experiences of my career. I learned a tremendous amount of knowledge from JAY STEVENS. In addition, I thank ALFRED LIGGINS, CATHY HUGHES, CHRIS WEGMANN, ANDY ROSEN, BRUCE DEMPS, newly appointed PHILADELPHIA GM/VP SHAWNEEN THOMPSON, all of my RADIO ONE/PHILADELPHIA cohorts and those throughout the company. Oh, and I don’t want to forget to thank DAVID KANTOR and GARY BERNSTEIN of REACH MEDIA” for giving me the opportunity to work with the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, CoCo Brother and now the James Fortune Show. I am thrilled that Radio One gave me this opportunity. As you can see, I am fond of the company and will cherish every moment. This will go down in the history books of my life as a wonderful journey,” added SMITH. “I am leaving in celebration, feeling victorious and waiting for God’s next blessing in my radio journey. Let me get ready to hug my kids as their bus will be pulling up soon. I am certain that they will be surprised to see daddy home so early (lol).
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