In 2005, a nationally syndicated television show, The Tom Joyner Show, was launched with Joyner as emcee of a one-hour comedy/variety show, combining sketch comedy featuring the Tom Joyner Show Players (his co-hosts from the radio show), talent contests, and musical performances by such artists as Earth, Wind and Fire, Brian McKnight, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Toni Braxton. The show attracted advertisers such as McDonalds, Chrysler Corporation, WalMart and Southwest Airlines. While the program achieved top ratings for a weekly syndicated program themed to African American viewers –even taking the number one show position although it was in a late night time slot– in such markets as New York and Atlanta, affiliates in other markets were reluctant to upgrade the show to prime time for a targeted audience. Without the opportunity to reach a larger audience in earlier time slots and achieve greater revenues, the show had limited ability to offset the residuals and music clearances required by the many performers appearing on the show. Despite award recognition, in May 2006, Joyner decided not to continue due to production costs related to the music variety show concept. Re-runs are shown on TV One cable channel.
Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in nearby Urbana, Ohio Warren Stevens has been a familiar voice to central Ohio listeners since 1992. He began building his radio and television career while in high school at WUHS 91.7 at Urbana High School. Upon graduation from high school; Warren attended Capital University in Bexley, Ohio where he studied speech communications. Capital University provided valuable radio & television experiences. Some of those experiences including working on the student run and produced television show, Skyline Columbus. Capital University also provided some very relevant radio associated experiences as well. They included working as an air-personality at Capital University’s student run radio station and as a public-address announcer for Capital University men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling as well. Warren’s radio experiences have taken him all over central and west central Ohio holding radio employment in: Springfield, Bellefontaine, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. Warren has worked a variety of timeslots during his tenure in Columbus. They include mid-day personality, morning and afternoon drive as well. Currently he is afternoon drive air – personality on WXMG/ Magic 98.9. His warm friendly demeanor and genuine interest in the central Ohio community are an integral part of every show weekdays from 3pm until 7pm.
Born and raised in Columbus Ohio, I have enjoyed listening to music from radio and basement parties my parents use to have. I started my career as a radio DJ in 1983 spinning for a cable radio station called CTNT, which was a hip hop streaming through the cable systems. Soon after I was hired on at Power 106.3, (now Joy 106.3) under the tutelage of Rick Stevens and Jack Harris, co-hosting the Love Zone with Cindy Marie. This is where I really received my training as a radio personality learning about ratings, and the music industry. Other stations I have worked for are WVKO, under K. C. Jones, worked as Program Director/Music Director at a small FM station in Santee, South Carolina before returning to Columbus. I have been with Magic 98.9 for 5 years, and have enjoyed every moment of it. This past July I celebrated 26 years of being in the music industry. Other jobs outside of radio, I have driven for COTA, Paramedic for a private ambulance company and supervisor at Great Southern License Agency. Out of all the jobs I have had, the music industry has been my number one and always will.
Diggin In the Crates With Chubb Rock and DJ Bentroc
In addition to some of the hottest mixes, Diggin In The Crates features guest appearances by some of the biggest names in music. A former National Merit Scholar, Diggin In The Crates host Chubb Rock was a pre-med student who dropped out of Brown University to pursue his musical career. He was discovered and produced by his first cousin, DJ / Producer Howie Tee. Chubb Rock first appeared on the national scene with his 1988 self-titled debut “Chubb Rock” and 1989′s “And the winner is…” The latter produced the hit “Ya Bad Chubbs” which garnered air play on Yo! MTV Raps during that time. Chubb Rock’s 1991 release entitled “The One,” reached #13 on Billboard’s “Top Hip-Hop/R&B” chart for that year. Three singles from that release, “Treat’em Right,” “Just The Two Of Us” and “The Chubbster,” made it to #1 on Billboard’s “Top Rap Single” chart list for the same year.
Listen to “Diggin In The Crates” every Saturday night starting at 9pm on Magic 106.3!