Ken Simmons is a music journalist and radio programmer based in New York City.
For over two decades, Ken has covered R&B music on a daily basis, interviewing hundreds of recording artists and producing music news reports and weekly CD premiere specials for national radio syndication companies including MJI Broadcasting, Sony Warner Radio Networks, Dial-Global, and American Urban Radio Networks. Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher, and Alicia Keys are among the superstars who have been consistently interviewed by Ken since the launch of their careers.
At MJI, he produced the annual Grammy Awards R&B radio specials sanctioned by NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). He also produced three separate syndicated programs hosted by National Radio Hall of Fame member Wendy Williams. When Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, Ken was one of the first to report the news nationally as the producer of "The Wendy Williams Experience," and he was acclaimed by the New York Daily News for his marathon coverage.
He has also served as a celebrity talent booker for "The Quiet Storm with Lenny Green" on KISS-FM and WBLS radio in New York, and a R&B music news writer for ABC Radio.
Ken received a Masters of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a BA degree majoring in broadcasting at Queens College of the City University of New York.
I have always been extremely passionate about R&B since I was a child growing up in New York City listening to records by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Sly & The Family Stone, and other classic artists played by my father. I closely studied R&B as a fan, spending all my money buying music and attending concerts. It is a privilege to have private access to the artists in recording studios, in their dressing rooms at concerts, and backstage at awards shows, and I am dedicated to sharing my inside information so you will be well informed about all facets of R&B--from the past. to the present, and the future.