Comedy Kings to Wage Radio War in New York

On paper this could shape up to be one of the most compelling morning show radio battles in a long time. Original King of Comedy D.L Hugley has been tapped by Emmis to do mornings at Urban AC WRKS 98.7 KISS FM New York. This puts Hughley in direct competition with fellow King of Comedy and Premiere Radio Network syndicated radio host Steve Harvey who has been holding court across town at Inner City Broadcastings WBLS 107.5 for the past 4 years. Hughley and Harvey, along with Cedric The Entertainer and the late Bernie Mac, were the stars in Spike Lee‘s 2000 movie “The Original Kings of Comedy.” Hughley starts Monday at Kiss, where his team will include former BET news anchor Jacque Reid who before an unceremonious exit from his show, was also a Harvey sidekick. Besides his Kings of Comedy fame, Hughley is best known for his sitcom “The Hughleys” and his most recent stint as the host of CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.”  Hughley has no radio experience, but said in a statement that “I always wanted to do radio. The audience of New York may not always like what I say, but I promise to never play down to them and I promise to always work hard to keep them entertained.” Emmis and Hughley are also reportedly in talks with various companies about national radio syndication. Hughleys desire to do radio is apparently real, in an unrelated move he has been added as a permanent guest on Air America’s weeknight “Hollywood Clout!”

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