The relationship between long-time Washington radio personality Donnie Simpson and WPGC 95.5 has ended. Simpson, who made the Washington airwaves his home for 32 years, was also the host of BET’s former music video show, “Video Soul.”
“I am filled with mixed emotions. Happy and sad. Happy about tomorrow’s possibilities, but sad about not talking to you every day,” Simpson, 55, said via Facebook and Twitter. “This I am sure of though, God knows exactly where he wants me to be placed.”
Simpson’s last show is likely to be Jan. 29 as Samuel Rogers, senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Washington, D.C., confirmed that Simpson requested his last show be this week.
According to the Washington Post, Simpson’s contract was set to expire in March 2011, but a decision was made to leave the show a bit early.
Simpson’s voice will likely be absent from the airwaves for a while since CBS will invoke the “non-compete” clause in his contract which states that Simpson cannot work for another Washington area station for the next 13 ½ months.
There had been turmoil surrounding the future of Simpson’s show ever since Portable People Meters were introduced as the new ratings tracking system. WPGC’s ratings took a plunge. Last month, DCRTV reports that WPGC finished tied for 13th in the Washington market while “The Donnie Simpson Show” was 12th in its time slot.
The format of the show also changed as long-time co-host Chris Paul left the show in June and the station brought in a brand new line-up to replace him.
Simpson began his career as a teenager at WJLB in Detroit, working at the station for eight years.
Simpson then moved on to Washington where he became a radio personality and program director for Radio One for over 15 years. During that time, Simpson began his 15-year relationship with BET.
On March 11, 1993, Simpson joined WPGC as the radio personality for its morning drive time slot.
Whatever the circumstances surrounding Simpson’s departure are, he’s still loved by fans and co-workers alike.
Salih Williams aka Bootsy Vegas, one of WPGC’s new morning personalities, said via Facebook that despite the sad news, “this hour will be better knowing that my man Donnie is happy and is great spirits today.”
WPGC declined to comment on future plans for its morning drive time slot.