A Smiley Choice To Host The Marconis

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A popular syndicated Urban radio personality has been chosen to host the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show at the 2017 Radio Show, produced by the NAB and the RAB.


Rickey Smiley, host of Urban One’s Reach Media-syndicated The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” will lead the annual awards fete set for Sept. 7, as part of the Radio Show planned for Sept. 5-8 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Tex.

Smiley’s quick wit and rapport with program guests and listeners has established him as one of radio’s most popular personalities and comedians.

“Rickey Smiley doesn’t stick to the script, so we’re not sure what he’ll do as host, but be assured that it will be very, very funny!” said NAB EVP/Radio John David. 

In addition to radio and stand-up comedy, Smiley appears on the syndicated radio hosts-on-television show Dish Nation and TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real, which chronicles his radio career and personal life as a single father. 

Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.


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