Radio briefs: Steve Harvey in Radio Hall of Fame, Ray Mariner, Drake tops Atlanta radio

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Monday, July 11, 2016

Part-time Atlantan and TV/radio host Steve Harvey is being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame later this year. He will be joined by talk show host Michael Savage and syndicated music dedication host Delilah.

Harvey came into entertainment as a stand-up comic, then starring in his own sitcom. He started his radio show in 2000 during the run of his sitcom, but it was heard only in Dallas and Los Angeles for several years. He moved to Atlanta in the late 2000s, just as his book "Think Like a Man" was taking off. Since then, he became a hugely popular game show host ("Family Feud") and his own daytime talk show.

When Atlanta's R&B station Majic 107.5/97.5 debuted in 2009, it added Harvey as the syndicated morning show. He is now heard by more than 8 million fans a week nationwide on about 100 stations.

Silas "SiMan" Alexander, Majic afternoon host, said he admires how Harvey has leveraged his huge radio audience to build other aspects of his career, from books to his annual Neighborhood Awards (now back in Las Vegas this year.).

"Smart business move," SiMan said. "He maintains that base. He told me when I was interviewing him on Classic Soul 102.5 before he came on in Atlanta, 'The way to win in radio is to do the unexpected.' Some people like Steve are more accomplished at doing that than others. But I remember those words. I have nothing but love and respect for Steve. I'm proud of him. I'm continuing to enjoy watching him on his journey."



Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

Ray Mariner, former Star 94 host, has returned to the record label side.

He will be Warner Music Nashville as the new West Coast regional promotion manager and moving to Denver.

Mariner left Star 94 in 2012 with no public explanation, splitting from his morning co-host Cindy Simmons, who stayed on the station at the time. They were very successful for several years as afternoon hosts together but didn't do quite as well after moving to mornings in 2009. He then tried to be a sports talk host at 680 and 93.7/The Fan for a year.

In 2014, he left for New Orleans to become operations manager and program director at Cumulus Radio.

Before radio, he spent 10 years at Columbia Records as a promotions manager.


Drake's "One Dance" has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and not surprisingly is the most played song on Atlanta radio this week.

Six stations measured by Mediabase 24/7 spun it last week: Hot 107.9 (69 spins), Star 94 (23), V-103 (50), Power 96.1 (136), Q100 (80) and Majic (1).

  1. Drake "One Dance"
  2. Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop The Feeling"
  3. Mike Posner "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"
  4. The Chainsmokers "Don't Let Me Down"
  5. James Bay "Let It Go"
  6. Pink "Just Like Fire"
  7. Rihanna "Needed Me"
  8. Calvin Harris "This is What You Came For"
  9. Twenty One Pilots "Ride"
  10. Kent Jones "Don't Mind"

Source: Mediabase 24/7

The top songs on:

Kiss 104.1

1- Lalah Hathaway "Angel"

2- Jidenna "Classic Man"

3- Anthony Hamilton "Amen"

4- R. Kelly "Happy People"

5- Next "Wifey"


1- Maxwell "Lake By the Ocean"

2- Guordan Banks "Keep You In Mind"

3- Johnny Gill "This One's For Me and You"

4- Anthony Hamilton "Amen"

5- Jill Scott "Can't Wait"


1- Drake "Controlla"

2- Rihanna "Needed Me"

3- Rihanna "Work"

4- DJ Khaled "For Free"

5- Drake "One Dance"

Hot 107.9

1- Dae Dae "Wat U Mean"

2- Rihanna "Needed Me"

3- Gucci Mane "First Day Out Tha Feds"

4- YFN Lucci "Key to the Streets"

5- Beyonce "Sorry"

Streetz 94.5

1- Gucci Mane "First Day Out Tha Feds"

2- Dae Dae "Wat U Mean"

3- YFN Lucci "Key to the Streets"

4- Future "Wicked"

5- DJ Khaled "For Free"

Power 96.1

1- Drake "One Dance"

2- Calvin Harris "This is What You Came For"

3- Mike Posner "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"

4- The Chainsmokers "Don't Let Me Down"

5- Twenty One Pilots "Ride"


1- Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop the Feeling"

2- Lukas Graham "7 Years"

3- Shawn Mendes "Stitches"

4- Justin Bieber "Love Yourself"

5- Adele "Send My Love"


1- The Chainsmoker "Don't Let Me Down"

2- James Bay "Let It Go"

3- Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop the Feeling"

4- Pink "Just Like Fire"

5- Ariana Grande "Dangerous Woman"

Star 94

1- Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop the Feeling"

2- Mike Posner "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"

3- Daya "Hide Away"

4- James Bay "Let It Go"

5- Pink "Just Like Fire"

Praise 102.5

1- Todd Dulaney "The Anthem"

2- Jermaine Dolly "You'

3- Zacardi Cortez "#YDIA"

4- Travis Greene "Made a Way"

5- Shirley Caesar "It's Alright It's Ok"

Fish 104.7

1- Jeremy Camp "Christ in Me"

2- Chris Tomlin "Good Good Father"

3- Casting Crowns "Just Be Held"

4- Tobymac "Move"

5- Danny Gokey "Tell Your Heart To Beat Again"

Kicks 101.5

1- Florida-Georgia Line "H.O.L.Y."

2- Jason Aldean "Lights Come On"

3- Jon Pardi "Head Over Boots"

4- Carrie Underwood "Church Bells"

5- Keith Urban "Wasted Time"

94.9/The Bull

1- Jason Aldean "Lights Come On"

2- Chris Lane "Fix"

3- Locash "I Know Somebody"

4- Keith Urban "Wasted Time"

5- Thomas Rhett "T-Shirt"

97.1/The River

1- Black Crowes "Hard to Handle"

2- Boston "More Than a Feeling"

3- Heart "Barracuda"

4- Guns-n-Roses "Sweet Child O Mine"

5- John Mellencamp "Authority Song"

Rock 100.5

1- Rolling Stones "Start Me Up"

2- Pink Floyd "Empty Spaces"

3- Pink Floyd "Young Lust"

4- Van Halen "And the Cradle Will Rock"

5- Boston "More Than a Feeling"

Radio 105.7

1- Kaleo "Way Down We Go"

2- Blink-182 "Bored to Death"

3- Disturbed "The Sound of Silence"

4- The Struts "Kiss This"

5- Lumineers "Ophelia"

SOURCE: Mediabase 24/7