Every morning, millions of Americans in nearly 60 cities tune in to “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.” Smiley’s stand-up persona, in addition to the show’s mix of celebrity interviews, trademark prank phone calls and discussion of current news, makes the show a popular option among radio listeners.
“Smiley’s ‘down home’ humor and ability to connect with diverse audiences makes him an ideal host for the Marconi Radio Awards and Dinner,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “We look forward to the enthusiasm he will add to the overall experience.”
Off the air, Smiley is best known for his roles in the films “All About the Benjamins” and “Friday After Next.” He has recorded eight best-selling CDs, has made numerous television appearances, including “Showtime at the Apollo” and HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and is a featured columnist on the tabloid show “Dish Nation.”
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is syndicated by Reach Media Inc, a division of Radio One.
Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. Winners will be announced at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show.