Funnyman Rickey Smiley is known for making millions laugh. As a much loved comedian, television
host, and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality, Smiley has earned a reputation for delivering
audience pleasing performances onstage or off. With the distinct ability to take everyday observations
and skillfully create comedic gold, Smiley is a standout in the entertainment world.
Rickey Smiley is one of the few “clean” comics that is amongst the upper echelon of contemporary great
comedians. The multi-talented comedian, is however, much, much more. His audiences are treated to
such original characters as “Bernice Jenkins” (AKA Granny Swims, Ms. Johnson or Mrs. Francis), “Lil’
Daryl,” “Rusty Dale” and “Beauford.” Bernice Jenkins has a Grandson named Rufus, who’s a stereotype
modern day “Gangsta”. In addition, his show often includes a band which he accompanies, playing
several instruments and singing.
In 2007, Rickey Smiley became the host of the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show”, one of the funniest, and
most compelling morning shows in the country. Broadcasting live from our Atlanta studios, Smiley has taken the world by storm with his unique blend of comedy and irreverent commentary. Every morning, Smiley brings to life his many beloved characters and bits, such as, his famous prank phone calls, “Paternity Test Tuesday”, “Wake Up Wednesday (political talk), “Gary’s Tea”, “News You Can’t Use”, or “The Joke of the Day”. The “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is a blend of laughter, serious discussion of social issues, political awareness, and community outreach.
BME Executive and Co-founder, Dwayne Searcy, also known as Emperor Searcy is no stranger to the Who’s Who of Atlanta platform. (Honored in 2010 and 2011) Emperor Searcy hails from Atlanta and has been a staple in the music industry for over 15 years here in Atlanta.
Currently an On-Air Personality and DJ, he also serves as a humanitarian within the community. Two years ago Emperor Searcy founded the Searcy Foundation to promote health and wellness amongst children. He also created the “I am a Father Day Event”, annual event Searcy Santa and is also a part All Pro Dads where he encourages fathers to take part in their children’s lives. Emperor Searcy’s further achievements include: Jump in the Summer Events (2011), Celebrity Chef for Men Who Cook (2011), Simon Korbon Community Service Winner of the Year (2010), Zion Hill Baptist Church Community Day Host (2010), Presenter for Ambassador Andrew Young’s 75th Birthday Celebration (2007), Source Magazine “One of Hip Hops Most Influential DJ’s” (2001-2008), Marshall for MLK Parade (2008) as well as served as the National Mix Show Coordinator for Radio One 1995 – 2005.
Step into the Kingdom every weekday afternoon from 2pm until 6pm on WHTA-FM Hot 107.9 for the latest entertainment news and hottest music.
“Who Got Your Nights On Lock, Yo DURRTY!”
ET is originally from Los Angeles and has been in radio for 7 years with Radio One. J-NICKS comes to us from St. Louis and has been in radio for 9 years.
Together they are the Durtty Boyz, capturing the attention of young people in Atlanta with a focus on empowering young men.
Mz Shyneka is a fast rising star taking the airwaves by storm. Shyneka’s crazy, sassy, cool and up to date entertainment news makes her an industry favorite. After high school, Shyneka began her career as an intern, in 1999, for WHTA-FM (Hot 107.9). In 2001, she joined forces with Emperor Searcy to host the afternoon drive show “In the Kingdom with Emperor Searcy and Mz. Shyneka”. It was during this time the duo was known to keep the listening audience captured with their playful banter.
As a radio host, she is obsessed with delivering breaking and up to date entertainment news with her daily segment “Word on the Street”. Although entertainment news is her niche, she is widely known for cultivating personal relationships with both international and local celebrities making for informative and memorable interviews. This funky fashionista is known to network with executives and celebrities from every facet of the entertainment industry as well as host some of the most well-known clubs and major events in Atlanta.
She has received many accolades and praises as a radio host in the Atlanta market from receiving Southern Entertainment Award for Radio Female Personality of the Year to being named Best On Air Co-Host Talent in the Southern Region, her hard work and dedication to her craft has allowed her to accelerate up the entertainment ladder.
Never leaving behind her desire to branch off into television, Mz. Shyneka has been featured as a writer/reporter on several online blogs, websites, and television shows.
Not “Shy” to use her celebrity to help others, Shyneka gives back to the community by making appearances at local schools, recreational centers and the like speaking to the youth about her career, peer-pressure, education and self-esteem.
This fresh faced twenty something is currently co-hosting the afternoon show from 2pm – 6pm and hosting the late night radio show from the 10pm to 2am weekdays on Radio One’s WHTA HOT 107.9, www.hotspotatl.com in Atlanta, GA.