Ken Simmons

  • Entertainment journalist and radio programmer based in New York City who covers R&B (rhythm and blues) music for publications like ContentlyNewsle, The Drop FM, and The Boombox and radio companies like MJI Broadcasting, ABC Radio, and American Urban Radio Networks
  • Interviewed Mariah Carey, Usher, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and dozens of recording artists over his two-decade career
  • DJ on HOT 107.3 JAMZ in New York City

Experience

Ken Simmons is a former writer for ThoughtCo who worked for a little under two years covering topics in music like R&B and pop idols.

For over two decades, Simmons 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.

At MJI, Simmons produced the annual Grammy Awards R&B radio specials sanctioned by National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). 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, Simmons 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. 

Simmons 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 an R&B music news writer for ABC Radio. 

Education

Simmons received a Masters of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting at Queens College of the City University of New York.

Awards and Publications

  • Producer of "The Wendy Williams Show"
  • DJ and journalist on 107.3 JAMZ in New York City
  • New York Celebrity Examiner for Examiner.com
  • Freelance news writer for ABC News
  • Writer and Producer for Sony Radio Networks
  • Member of National Association of Black Journalists
  • Freelance writer for Contently
  • Radio programmer and writer for ​The Drop FM

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

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