D.L. Hughley to Broadcast New Afternoon Radio Program With Two Co-Hosts
Funny man D.L. Hughley is set to take over the airwaves once again on a new nationally syndicated radio program. The former Dancing with the Stars contestant will host “The D.L. Hughley Show,” according to a press release announcing the new show.
Hughley has dabbled in radio broadcasting in the past, most recently co-hosting on 98.7 Kiss-FM in New York with Jacque Reid. Now the comedian, author, actor, and television star will be hosting a new music-intensive program that will reach over 12 million predominantly African-American listeners.
“I’m very excited to get back to radio and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” Hughley said in a press statement, “I think radio fits my sensibility. I want to be fast, I want to be funny, I want to be topical.”
Hughley has performed stand-up in Spike Lee’s Original Kings of Comedy Tour and his 2005 sitcom, The Hughleys, became a hit and propelled the comic’s career to the next level. Hughley’s experience goes even deeper than just a few jokes. His qualifications for radio programming includes hosting duties for a political program, his 2008 CNN talk show, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.
“I want to make people laugh a lot and think a little,” Hughley added. “Some people want to push the envelope – I want to see if I can singe it a little.”
In terms of pushing the envelope, Hughley has also stirred a pot with comments in an open letter directed to Chick fil A regarding its stance on same-sex marriage and during an appearance on Sirius XM when he said that President Obama’s “intellectual” reaction to criticism places him “closer to being a white kid.” (He tried to correct those comments right away.)
“D.L. is the right personality to provide a new style of content in afternoon drive time. The D.L. Hughley Show will be engaging and fun, along with great music.” said David Kanto, CEO of REACH Media, the radio program’s distributor.
The launch date of “The D.L. Hughley Show” remains TBA, but it will replace the failing “Skip Murphy in the Afternoon Show”and take up the 3pm to 7pm afternoon slot.
Will you be tuning in?
UPDATE: D.L. Hughley has announced that Jasmine Sanders, who has been as known the host of BET/Centric’s Culturalist, and Steve Wilson, who’s appeared on BET’s Comic View, TV One’s The Comedy Spot, Showtime at the Apollo, will be joining the motley crew. The fellow comedian who has co-hosted with Hughley before on 98.7 Kiss-FM are also members of the show.
“I’m so excited about joining the Reach Media family and working with DL again….We’re going to be funny, fast and informative – don’t blink,” Wilson said in a press statement.
Radio Veterans Skip Cheatham and Juan D will serve as the show’s producer and program director.