Donnie Simpson: 30 Years at the Mic

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Donnie Simpson

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Black music and cultural icon Donnie Simpson is preparing to celebrate 30 years on the airwaves in Washington, and 38 years in broadcasting.

To national audiences Simpson was the "green-eyed bandit," the smooth voice of black culture and music beamed into homes everywhere. As former host of Video Soul on Black Entertainment Television (BET), he became one of America's first "VJs," or music video jockeys (the television counterpart to radio disc jockeys).

Although no longer regularly seen on national television, Simpson's voice, often unmistakable, still has a significant reach through his daily radio program, The Donnie Simpson Show, heard throughout the Washington, D.C. region.

This week, a star-studded celebration will be held in his honor. Award-winning recording artists LL Cool J, Yolanda Adams and The Mighty Mighty O'Jays will join others in paying tribute to Simpson's professional and charitable work.

Donnie Simpson talks about his legendary career, mixed feelings about his former network BET, and how he feels his stamp of artistic expression could be the last of its kind in urban radio.

Web material written and produced by Lee Hill.



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