Written By: Niki Jones of Houston TREND
93.7 the Beat has been on airwaves for a few weeks, but this past Tuesday marked the first official week with the new radio personalities and The Breakfast Club and Thursday, Clear Channel decided to set it off right with a Meet and Greet brunch. There were people from Houston ranging from business people to media outlets that came together to welcome not only the new radio station and personalities, but one of the national syndicated top morning shows in New York, The Breakfast Club. DJ Envy, Charlamagne tha God and Angela Yee, flew down to Houston to show the city and 93.7 nothing but love. The VJ’s opened and panel of Q & A along with Clear Channel’s Sr. VP of urban programming, Doc Wynter.
“We always had a vision of being a national syndicated show and to get a market like Houston so fast and early in our syndication, is a blessing, I’ve always had love for Houston,” said Charlamagne the God.
“We just want to say thank you for having us and if you need anything from us, we are work dogs, so if you need anything from us from the smallest thing to the biggest, we will do it,” added DJ Envy
“We are just excited and happy to be in Houston. I love this city. This whole thing is really just a blessing and we want to make sure that we are really involved with anything that’s going locally,” ended Angela.
The city was also introduced to UB Rodriguez, Devi Dev, Chris Michaels and comedian Rudy Rush, who started the audience out with jokes. The one about chili nights in LA was hilarious!
“I’ve always loved Houston. I’m originally from Miami and I’ve always told people the city, night life wise, I compare the most to Miami is Houston. I’m glad to be here,” said UB Rodriguez
I’m back in Houston and I’m really excited to be here. Charlamagne actually called me and sold me on being here so much and it being a incredible experience working with Clear Channel as a company and being under Doc and his mentorship. Ive been really excited,” said Devi Dev.
“When Doc call me, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been trying to get out of the mid-west for about three years now and I think Houston is a great place and the reception has been incredible here,” added Chris Michaels.
Of course the on-air personalities were met with questions about their views and perceptions on what will set them apart from 97.9 the Box, who has been the city’s only Hip-Hop and radio station for over 20 years. It seems as though the city was waiting for a change and many in the audience showed no hesitation in asking the personal questions in regards to our top Hip-Hop radio station.
“As a company first and foremost we are listener advocate and what ever happened with Trae and the other radio station, I think five years of imprisonment is ridiculous and at the end of the day its not in your best interest, especially if the music is good, so that would be first and foremost. We are continuing to learn about this city. It really is about the relationship between this community and our radio station and we are really open. We want feedback because we want to grow with you,” tells Doc Wynter.
“We’re going to do radio at a very high level here and a lot of emphasis is going to be playing the right music and linking up with the right artist and definitely giving the community something that it didn’t have and I love to win and I love a great challenge and that’s why I chose to come here because I know we are going to win,” said Devi Dev.