The agreement also includes the creation of The Rickey Smiley Podcast Network which will elevate the voices of the black community, featuring storytellers whose craft ranges from comedy to drama.


The deal follows Rickey winning his second National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Network/Unionized Person of the Year in November 2021. Since Reach Media began syndicating his show in 2008, the Rickey’s true southern appeal, playful comedic style and commitment as a community activist made Rickey Smiley’s Morning Show the most captivating, engaging and inspiring radio show.

“These past two years have served to remind us how important our relationships are in life,” Smiley said. “Our families, our community, the people we work with every day have all supported us, and I am no exception. I am so grateful to my family at Urban One and Reach Media for the opportunity to extend my partnership with them for the next five years and beyond.

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Doing my show every day with such a talented cast and crew doesn’t even feel like work. We share lots of laughs together, but we also take seriously our role in the community to be a beacon of hope and a source of information and inspiration. More importantly, we learn every day from our listeners who have been so loyal to us. Because without them, we would be talking to ourselves.

I am also very proud to announce the Rickey Smiley Podcast Network in partnership with Urban One and Digital One. The new network will give us the opportunity to tell relevant stories and elevate the voices of the Black community and beyond. I can’t wait to launch our first shows, I think you’ll love them. Finally, thanks to Mrs. Cathy Hughes, Alfred Liggins and David Kantor for their trust in me – our journey continues together and I couldn’t be happier.

“Rickey has been a terrific talent for Reach for over a decade and we’re excited to continue our relationship with him in the future. He’s an exceptional talent, two-time Marconi winner for top syndicated talent, and he has a loyal following. and dedicated. He is committed to delivering an entertaining broadcast to his listeners and nearly 90 affiliates every day. Everyone at Reach is delighted that we can continue to work with Rickey,” said David Kantor, CEO of Radio One and ReachMedia.

Rickey Smiley is a legendary comedian, actor, author, award-winning television host and radio host of the top-rated, nationally broadcast show, Rickey Smiley’s Morning Show, Which one is unionized to more than 60 cities across the country. An actor for more than 30 years, Rickey continues to visits the country.


In December, he made an appearance in Nick Cannon’s film, Miracles across 125and Street, and it’s been featured in urban classics including All about the Benjamins, Friday after, and Baggage claim. For more information, visit Rickey’s websiteand follow him on Twitter, instagram, Facebook and Youtube. Rickey Smiley is represented by Paul Anderson of Workhouse Media, Inc.

Javier E. Swan