They start on Streetz Monday, March 31 from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Steve Hegwood, the owner of Streetz, informed me this morning right after he let go Rashan Ali and her morning crew, including former V-103 morning entertainer Miss Sophia.
“The Breakfast Club will fit the station really well, ” Hegwood said. “It’s doing really well in Houston, New York and Norfolk.”
The Breakfast Club – DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God – began in 2010 and went into syndication nationally last March with a weekend highlights show, then expanded to morning syndication in August. It is now heard on about 20 stations around the country including Seattle, Detroit and Miami. They dub themselves “the world’s most dangerous morning show.”
Rolling Stone recently dubbed Charlamagne, a South Carolina native, as the “self-styled hip-hop Howard Stern.” All three have TV experience. Charlamagne hosts an MTV2 late-night talk show “Charlamagne and Friends.” DJ Envy hosts MTV2’s “Sucker Free Countdown.” Yee was part of a single season of “The Gossip Game” on VH1.
I spoke with both Envy and Angela on Friday afternoon. I’ll post the interview Monday.
“It’s a very tough decision, ” Hegwood said. “I love Rashan. She’s a wonderful young lady. I contemplated this for more than six months.”
Ali, who has worked at Hot 107.9 and V-103, joined Streetz in its relative infancy in October, 2012.
She has been through this routine of getting bumped for a syndicated show before. She was let go from Hot 107.9 when that station decided to go with Rickey Smiley’s syndicated show instead.
“It’s the nature of the business, ” Rashan said in an interview this morning.” I know this feeling all too well. We gave it a run. What I don’t feel like is we failed. We did our very best in the little time we had. I’m grateful for the opportunity to get back into radio. It’s something [the late] Wayne Brown and Steve Hegwood wanted to see come to fruition. I helped it get off the ground. I’m glad I played a part.”