Donnie Simpson


Icon, Living Legend, and Trailblazer

Donnie Simpson has been called an icon, trailblazer and a media legend. He is the ruling Washington D.C. radio icon, as well as an international television and movie personality. Over his career, which has spanned more than 40 years, he has entertained listeners from WJLB in Detroit to WKYS and WMMJ in Washington, and on television as host of BET’s Video Soul, and most recently TV-One's Donnie After Dark. He is considered one of the the nation's first video jockeys.

He hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show in Morning Drive for over 30 years. In 1988, Donnie was recognized as both the best top radio personality and top program director in the nation by Billboard Magazine, the world's most influential music industry publication. He received both Billboard's prestigious Radio Personality of the Year and Program Director of the Year awards. These two distinguished awards placed Donnie in an elite group of nationally popular and highly respected Radio Personalities and Radio Station Program Directors that very few in the industry have been able to achieve. Certainly not both at the same time. Donnie’s consistent No. 1 ratings success and reputation have earned him “Icon” status among his peers and millions of fans worldwide.

He retired in 2010, but returned to radio and TV in 2015. This time, as the afternoon drive host on WMMJ, Majic 102.3 in Washington D.C., and nationally on TV-One with Donnie After Dark. On October 22, 2017, Donnie Simpson celebrated 40 years on D.C. radio with an All-Star gala at the Warner Theater. Donnie says the greatest compliment people give him is when they say “I feel like I know you.” He says, “They do know me. I’m the same dude all the time. 24/7, I’m Donnie.” 

 

Where it all Began

His fans and friends who go back with him to his early beginnings in Detroit, call him "Love Bug." His on-air moniker then was Donnie "The Love Bug” Simpson. Even then, Donnie was known for his sultry voice, warm smile, and piercing green eyes. His mother owned a record shop and Donnie says, "Working in that shop created a love of music from all genres." Donnie began his radio career at age 15 with WJLB in Detroit, MI where he remained for eight years. In 1977, he relocated to Washington D.C., where he began working at WKYS. Donnie’s star shone brightly as he maintained an incredible run at the top of the ratings throughout his tenure in Morning Drive Radio. He remained with WKYS for 15 years, but left to join WPGC-FM in 1993, where he continued to captivate listeners for the next 17 years.

Donnie’s television career began in 1981, at WRC-TV, as back-up sports anchor for the George Michael Sports Machine. In 1983 he was recruited by Bob Johnson, founder of BET, to host the network's primetime music video show, Video Soul. He remained with the show until 1997.

Over several decades, Donnie has hosted many network specials and tributes. He has interviewed the biggest stars in the world, including Stevie Wonder, Prince,  Aretha Franklin, Whitney HoustonDavid BowieJanet Jackson, James Brown, StingUsherJay-ZThe Notorious B.I.G.TupacMadonnaSmokey Robinson, President Clinton, Tom Hanks, Barry White, and so many others. In 2004, Donnie was inducted into the BET Walk of Fame. And, in 2015, he was inducted into The R&B Music Hall of Fame. The only non-musician so honored at that point. 

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Taking Care: A Conversation with Donnie Simpson and Regina Belle

Donnie Simpson is a national spokesperson and active member of AARP. Donnie participates in national events such as The AARP Block Party and Life@50+ where topics such as caregiving, love in the latter years, Hollywood, Radio and Fame are discussed. Donnie has hosted a #RealTalkAboutCare Twitter chat lending support to AARP's caregiving campaign, as well as sat down with Grammy award winner, Regina Belle in an intimate conversation about her personal caregiving experience.

He's participated in a panel discussions about disrupting aging, called Fearless & Fabulous At 40 & Beyond. "I think I was the Beyond," said Donnie. He was joined by Blair Underwood, Vivica A. Fox, Holly Robinson Peete, AARP CEO, Jo Ann Jenkins, and super model, Beverly Johnson.


Donnie Simpson Podcast Network

Wondering what Donnie has been up to these days since returning to hosting the afternoon drive on WMMJ Majic 102.3 in Washington D.C.? Well, he's been keeping quite busy readying for his next big venture! You think Donnie has done it all from radio to television, so what could possibly be next?

With a successful career that spans 50 years, Donnie has returned to the scene wanting to give his fans even more! Donnie will soon launch the Donnie Simpson Podcast Network (DSPN) where he will interview celebrity guests and cover subjects ranging from music to politics and whatever else you can think of! Make sure you stay tuned for DSPN!


Radio icon, living legend and trailblazer

From Detroit's son to D.C.'s own.

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The Donnie Simpson Story

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, we celebrated 40 years on the airwaves for Majic 102.3/92.7's own Donnie Simpson. To pay tribute to the legend, we pay homage with this amazing tribute! From Detroit's son to D.C.'s own, watch and learn.

Video Soul

Video Soul was one of the most seminal television programs in the history of both black popular culture and American music. Donnie hosted the show from 1983 - 1997.

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Donnie with his mom, Dorothy Simpson

Donnie with his mom, Dorothy Simpson

40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 22, 2017
Donnie with mom, Dorothy and wife, Pam.

Donnie with mom, Dorothy and wife, Pam.

40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 22, 2017
Artist with painting of Donnie.

Artist with painting of Donnie.

40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 22, 2017
Donnie arrives at Warner Theater for 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Donnie arrives at Warner Theater for 40th Anniversary Celebration.

40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 22, 2017
Bob Johnson speaks at Donnie's 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Bob Johnson speaks at Donnie's 40th Anniversary Celebration.

40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 22, 2017
Brian Wilson, former Redskins player presents Donnie with autographed jersey for 40th Anniversary.

Brian Wilson, former Redskins player presents Donnie with autographed jersey for 40th Anniversary.

40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 22, 2017
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser with Donnie and wife, Pam at 40th Anniversary Celebration.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser with Donnie and wife, Pam at 40th Anniversary Celebration.

40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 22, 2017
Tony Perkins with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Tony Perkins with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at 40th Anniversary Celebration.

40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 22, 2017
Donnie Simpson promo ad for Donnie After Dark

Donnie Simpson promo ad for Donnie After Dark

Donnie After Dark, Season 2
Donnie Simpson with co-host Traci Steele on Donnie After Dark

Donnie Simpson with co-host Traci Steele on Donnie After Dark

Donnie After Dark, Season 2
Donnie Simpson with Lisa Raye on Donnie After Dark

Donnie Simpson with Lisa Raye on Donnie After Dark

Donnie After Dark, Season 2
Donnie Simpson with Naturi Naughton on Donnie After Dark

Donnie Simpson with Naturi Naughton on Donnie After Dark

Donnie After Dark, Season 2
Donnie Simpson Shares A Candid Moment With Michael Jordan & President Obama.

Donnie Simpson Shares A Candid Moment With Michael Jordan & President Obama.

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Donnie with Quincy Jones

Donnie with Quincy Jones

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Donnie with wife, Pam, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson

Donnie with wife, Pam, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson at Smokey's induction into Library Congress

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Donnie with Aaliyah

Donnie with Aaliyah

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Donnie with Whitney Houston

Donnie with Whitney Houston.

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Donnie with Cookie Johnson

Donnie with Cookie Johnson during the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s 68th International Conference.

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Donnie with Bobby Brown

Donnie with Bobby Brown.

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Donnie with Former President Carter

Donnie with Former President Jimmy Carter.

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Donnie with Kurtis Blow and wife, Pam.

Donnie and wife, Pam pictured with Kurtis Blow

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Fun fact about Donnie

Donnie was inducted into the national R&B Music Hall of Fame on October 4, 2015. He was the only non-musician to be inducted.

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"Through These Eyes"

$25.99 Release Date: January 30, 2019

An iconic memoir of life, love and trailblazing career that opened doors for so many. Donnie Simpson hailed “the man behind the music,” embarked upon a lifelong journey filled with sweet melodies of soul at the tender age of fifteen. Best described as a stroll down memory lane, a melodic tune felt through words, or a front row seat for ardent fans, readers will be captivated and caught up in the rapture of inspiration and purpose-driven passion. Simpson’s life is and will always be the glimmer of hope in the sky that reminds us to shoot for the moon, and even if we miss, we will still be among the stars.

Publisher: 13th & Joan
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