Donnie Simpson
American broadcaster
Donnie Simpson
Donnie Simpson is a longtime American radio DJ as well as a television and movie personality. He hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show on Washington, D.C. radio station WPGC-FM from March 1993 to January 29, 2010. Simpson is the first urban-format radio personality to have an annual salary over $1 million without being syndicated. He was Billboard's "1998 Air Personality of the Year". He is also known by the nickname "Dr. Green Eyes" for his luminous light green eyes.
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BET's Donnie Simpson Returns to the Air
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Inside of Radio One's Silver Spring, Md., office, there's a jam session taking place within the WMMJ Majic 102.3 studio. Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" is playing on-air and the luminary behind the boards, Donnie Simpson, is enthralled. His black loafers are off of his feet, laying beneath his desk. He's clapping to the rhythm, humming on-key, and strumming the chords of his air-guitar to the riffs in the song. He is at home. Just two-and-a-half months ago, Simpson, 61, returned to the airwaves in Washington D.C. after a five-year hiatus. His retirement was cut short due to an incessant demand from locals pleading he come back to reinvigorate radio in the city he has served and soothed for over three decades. Donnie was missed. Majic, the station that prides itself as "the real sound of the DMV," went through extravagant measures to welcome him back. Advertisements bearing Simpson's charismatic smile and signature green eyes peppered the streets of D.C., loc ...
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Former BET Host Explores The Airwaves
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Radio legend Donnie Simpson, last heard signing off of DC’s WPGC morning show in January 2010, is now planning his return to the airwaves through a new partnership.
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LOOK: Cosby, Obama Featured On New Mural At Famous Spot
Huffington Post - over 4 years
WASHINGTON -- The Ben Ali Way alley between the Lincoln Theatre and Ben's Chili Bowl off U Street NW has received a colorful facelift. A mural by local artist Aniekan Udofia was completed earlier this week. Replacing the tagged brick wall is four of Ben's most famous patrons: stand up comic Bill Cosby, President Obama, radio personality Donnie Simpson and the late "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown. Though only two of these four men ate for free, they will now be permanently living at Ben's.
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Two charged with robbing McDonald's - Altavista
Google News - over 5 years
According to Investigator Donnie Simpson of the Appomattox County Sheriff's Department, two suspects forcibly entered the Confederate Boulevard restaurant at approximately 4:30 am, shortly before the business was open to the public
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Appomattox McDonald's robbed - Altavista
Google News - over 5 years
The employees were forced to the floor (by the armed suspects)," said Investigator Donnie Simpson of the Appomattox County Sheriff's Department. The two suspects fled with the undisclosed amount of cash. The two suspects are described as black males
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Motown Songwriter Nick Ashford Dies At Age 70 - The Smoking Section
Google News - over 5 years
... more recently, received co-writing credit on Amy Winehouse's “Tears Dry On Their Own.” Kids of the '80s will mostly likely remember the tandem best for when “Solid Like A Rock” used to play on Video Soul during the Donnie Simpson days. Noooooo!
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Arts Roundup: Art Collector Bites Dog Edition - Washington City Paper (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
There are interviews with Chuck Brown and Donnie Simpson and some fans, which makes it a primer at best. The absence of other early titans of go-go (Rare Essence, Trouble Funk, EU, Junk Yard, etc.) is regrettable; so is its ignorance of go-go as a
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Get Your Mind Right: Rage Against The Machine - HipHopDX
Google News - over 5 years
I remember Donnie Simpson, and I damn-sure remember Sherry Carter. What is interesting is that the show's run on BET almost perfectly parallels the twenty-year period between 1983 and 2003, during which the EIC went from fifty media corporations down
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Standouts: The week's most notable events - Roanoke Times
Google News - over 5 years
Featuring comedy by Chris Paul, co-host of the Washington, DC morning radio program The Donnie Simpson Show, and Chris Thomas, impressionist. 8 pm $22, $27 or $32. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. 853-5483. Relax poolside or in the pool while watching
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Ex-school bus driver sees neglect charge forwarded to grand jury - Altavista
Google News - over 5 years
Investigator Donnie Simpson of the Appomattox County Sheriff's Department was contacted by the Lynchburg Police Department on May 9 after the mother of the alleged victim filed a complaint. After Simpson reviewed the surveillance video with
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Burglar breaks into Baine's - Altavista
Google News - over 5 years
"He was reporting that the store was broken into the previous night," said Investigator Donnie Simpson with the Appomattox County Sheriff's Department. Simpson said the suspect(s) forced open a locked front door into the store and then fled with an
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Bus driver fired, charged with neglect - Altavista
Google News - over 5 years
Investigator Donnie Simpson with the Appomattox County Sheriff's Department sought the charges with the Commonwealth's Attorney's office after viewing video footage from two cameras that were installed on Davis' bus. "There's not much I can say about
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Money Matters: Kim Kardashian's Wedding Will Make Her Millions - Crunk + Disorderly
Google News - almost 6 years
And that's the shit that keeps Donnie Simpson up at night crying. A televised ceremony would be a ratings bonanza for The House of Seacrest and rake in millions for promotional opportunities. And that's just the beginning of the money train
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Flexx & Rane to afternoons on Washington, DC's WPGC-FM (95.5) - Radio-Info.com
Google News - almost 6 years
The on-air lineup remains Big Tigger in the morning (a position once held by the legendary Donnie Simpson), with Sunni in middays and now the Home Team in afternoons. No replacement for Flexx & Rane in the evening slot has been announced
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South Africa Calls
NYTimes - almost 13 years
LINDSAY WINT spent 29 years driving New Jersey Transit buses. Yet when he retired in 2002, the last thing he wanted to do was sit still. He had seen Israel, Greece, Brazil and other far-flung places. But he felt a special excitement when he heard a radio promotion for a tour to South Africa on WLIB-AM, a New York station with a large black and
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Review/Pop; James Brown Returns, on Pay-per-View Cable
NYTimes - over 25 years
James Brown can still sing. Shouting in "I Feel Good," moaning and emoting in "It's a Man's World," supplicating in "Please, Please, Please," grunting in "Get on the Good Foot," screaming in "Living in America," the voice that set off a million dance parties has maintained its old power. That was the good news on "James Brown: Living in America,"
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A RADIO STATION MAY BE UP FOR GRABS
NYTimes - over 33 years
In addition to the contest among six contenders for the Democratic Presidential nomination, there is another scramble under way in Washington this summer involving high stakes and prominent people, and it has the added dimension of classical music. The other scramble is for ownership of radio station WGMS, a Washington institution that has been
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donnie Simpson
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 57
    On the final WPGC-FM show, Simpson said he is not retiring, but his severance agreement prohibits him from taking another position on the radio in Washington, D.C. until March 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Simpson has a twin brother, Lonnie Simpson, who resides in Detroit.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 50
    In October 2004, he was inducted into the BET Walk of Fame.
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  • 1997
    Age 43
    Between 1997 and 2000, Simpson hosted many network specials and tributes.
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    Simpson remained with the show until its cancellation in 1997.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 29
    In 1983, Simpson was recruited by Bob Johnson, founder of BET, to host the network's primetime music video show, Video Soul.
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  • 1981
    Age 27
    In 1981, he was hired as back-up anchor for the George Michael Sports Machine sports show on NBC's Washington television outlet, WRC-TV.
    More Details Hide Details Simpson left WPGC-FM over a dispute with the station's owner, CBS Radio, regarding changes CBS requested to reverse falling ratings. On his final show, Simpson received phone call farewells from Toni Braxton, LL Cool J, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and other musicians., Simpson hasn't said what he'll do next.
  • 1977
    Age 23
    In 1977 he relocated to Washington, D.C., where he began working at WRC-FM, known as "Disco 93.9" (now WKYS), as morning drive host and program director.
    More Details Hide Details He remained with WKYS for 15 years through its format migration from Disco-based Rhythmic Contemporary Hits to Urban Contemporary in the 1980s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Age 0
    Born in 1954.
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