Donnie Simpson is the ruling Washington DC radio icon as well as a television and movie personality. He hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show in Morning Drive for over 17 years. 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. Simpson began his career at age 15 at WJLB in Detroit, where he remained for eight years. In 1977 he relocated to Washington DC, where he began working at WRC-FM, known as “Disco 93.9“, now WKYS, as morning drive host and program director. Donnie’s star shone brightly as he maintained an incredible run of success on top of the Ratings throughout his tenure in Morning Drive Radio. No stranger to Radio One it’s an incredible honor to have a living legend back on the airwaves at WMMJ!
Get to know Asia!
Virginia Beach, VA. native Asia Chandler grew up listening to Virginia radio and was inspired to chase a career in broadcasting at a very young age. Many hours were spent talking and singing into her hairbrush and then at the tender age of 9, she got the best gift ever. It was a toy from Radio Shack, that allowed her to talk over AM stations…and that was it. As she grew up, her passion for radio grew even more intense and she chose to study Communications and Journalism in college.
Moving to Boston Massachusetts, she attended Northeastern University where she got her feet wet at the student-run station 104.9 WRBB. After graduating with honors and dual degrees (BA in Journalism and a BA in Communication), Asia tried to pursue a career in Radio and Television but could not find a job in her field. Until one day in 2001, a radio station popped up…that no one knew about. And she heard an announcement that they were looking for fresh new voices for the station. Agreeing to go with a friend that wanted to audition, she found herself in line with over 3,000 people. Convinced by her friend to audition, Asia finally agreed and for days anxiously waited to receive the results. When the results were in, Asia was one of the finalists and she got her very first start at Radio One Boston.
She spent several years with Radio One at WBOT, Hot 97.7 serving as the Heat Wave evening host, the Hot Spot Entertainment Reporter and the Afternoon Mid-day host until landing a full-time on-air position with Citadel on Hot 106 in Providence. But everything came full circle when she started her dream job hosting mornings at WBCG on Big City 101.3 in October 2007. Winning The Best of Boston Award for 4 consecutive years, The Urban Music Award for Best Radio Personality for 4 consecutive years, Garrison Awards and other local accolades proved that her talent was as great as her passion. But after 4 years of success on Morning Mayhem, unfortunately the station was sold and changed formats…so, it was then that Asia decided to make a change.
Asia relocated to Washington D.C in 2011 as a freelance entertainment reporter. In August of 2015, she returned to her Radio One home where it all started. In just months Asia was promoted from one weekend shift, to two shifts and two different stations within the Radio One family. And shortly after, she received an even bigger opportunity, and landed the entertainment reporter position on the Donnie Simpson Show with a segment called “Can We Talk?” She can now be heard weekdays at 6:30pm and you can also check her out every Saturday from 3-7pm on “Afternoons with Asia.”
Now in her 15th year of radio, Asia has proven that she is much more than just another pretty face. With her extra rich voice, sweet sexy tone, unique charm, and witty sense of humor–this radio diva can put a smile on anyone’s face. Her voice has been heard on several radio stations in Boston, Baltimore, Providence and Washington, DC.
Music has always been an integral part of Asia’s life. She is a trained singer, can play clarinet, flute, oboe and bass clarinet; and has written original songs. In addition to her many talents, Asia is also a published journalist, youth mentor and very involved with the music youth ministry at her church. Her mission in in the workplace…is the same as it is in her everyday life….To love life’s journey, always put God first in everything, and to always uphold values of faith and honesty. Her Motto is make every day better than the day before and that things in life can slow her down, but nothing but death can stop her.
So watch out…the best has yet to come!
Other fun facts about Asia:
Broadcast personality Deja Perez has worked in a variety of positions. Initially, she started as a part-timer in the research department. She went on to work as a board operator, then became part of the promotions department, and finally hit the airwaves as an on-air personality! Eventually taking a position with celebrated Radio One hip-hop giant, 100.3 The Beat. Before landing at DC-based 93.9 WKYS.
During her tenure in Philly, the popular radio star was embraced by the city, particularly because of her strong commitment to eradicating domestic violence and working with juveniles. Diligent about her desire to help at-risk youths, Ms. Perez obtained a degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University.
Her mercurial rise can be attributed to her dedication to excellence, combined with vibrant talent and a passionate drive to achieve. With a Latina mother and an African American father, this New Jersey native celebrates her cultural diversity and believes that her family background has enabled her to relate to all people! A world traveler, she has broadened her perspective of our planet
Throughout her time at WKYS, Deja’s talents extend to doing voiceovers for local and national corporations including Ford Motor Company, Coca Cola, Macy’s and Shoppers Food Warehouse for all stations in the Radio-One cluster. Deja has found her true passion, the highly-rated daily entertainment report “What’s Poppin!” filled with celebrity gossip, scandals, and the latest news. She also hosts her self titled # 1-night show “Deja After Dark”, responsible for the “Goodnight Kiss-mix”, the first on-air slow jam mix. Extending her talents, Deja has made several appearances on the nationally syndicated “Russ Parr Morning Show”, providing both local and entertainment news. In addition, she uses her vast entertainment knowledge for the Internet show featuring Grammy-nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn.
Ric Chill is a truly the hardest working man in Washington DC radio, having worked at 10 radio stations in the DC market. Born and raised in the DMV, Ric began his radio career at the tender of age of 17 as an intern at WPGC. Within 8 months he was a weekend on-air personality. In 1995, he was recruited to lead the on-air staff at the first all hip hop/go-go station in the Washington DC market, “Flava 1580”. After a brief stint at WKYS, Ric transitioned into a sports talk show producer, producing shows for the likes of Tony Kornheiser, Doc Walker & Al Koken, as well being the original producer for “The John Thompson Show” on ESPN 980.
In 2000, Ric joined the staff of Jam’n 99.5, which later changed formats and became HOT 99.5. While there, he was the top rated personality on the station over any daypart.
In 2009, Ric re-joined the Radio One family in Washington DC, working in a variety of capacities until joining the Majic 102.3 airstaff in January of 2012. Ric is the Executive Producer & On-Air Contributor of the Donnie Simpson Show.
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