They’re recognizing his 55-year career!
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) recently revealed that Donnie Simpson is set to join the ranks of the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2024. Recognizing his unparalleled contributions to radio, Simpson’s induction will be celebrated at the NAB Show on Monday, April 15, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We're excited to announce that @DonnieSimpson, a legendary media trailblazer and award-winning program director, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame for radio at @NABShow.https://t.co/ByPHUgJI9g— National Association of Broadcasters (@nabtweets) February 6, 2024
Simpson made his mark as the morning show host and program director at WKYS-FM in Washington, D.C. Under his leadership, the station achieved unprecedented success, earning him the title of the country’s number-one Program Director of the Year and Air Personality of the Year in 1983 by Billboard Magazine.
NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt praised Simpson’s dedication, stating, “Donnie Simpson’s life-long love of radio and music, incredible talent, and commitment to his audience make him well-deserving of this honor.” The induction ceremony in April promises to be a fitting tribute to Simpson’s successful 55-year career.
Simpson’s influence extends beyond radio, including television and film. From hosting BET’s flagship show Video Soul to appearances on sitcoms like Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show, and classic films such as Krush Groove and The Five Heartbeats, his impact is undeniable.
In recognition of his outstanding career, Simpson has previously been inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Radio Hall of Fame in 2020. Beyond his on-air achievements, Simpson is actively involved in philanthropy, notably raising over $220,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005.
As Simpson takes his well-deserved place among the broadcasting greats in the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, his impact on the industry and the lives he has touched will resonate for generations to come.
Cover Photo: Donnie Simpson To Be Inducted Into Broadcasting Hall of Fame / Credit: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post