*Washington D.C. woke up this morning to Stevie Wonder playing a surprise gig in the backyard…and the city is driving home this afternoon with none other than Donnie Simpson riding shotgun.
Today was a good day in the DMV.
For the first time in 5 ½ years, the veteran DJ and TV personality is back broadcasting in the Washington DC area, taking over the 3–7 p.m. afternoon drive at Majic 102.3. It’s part of his multi-year deal with Radio One, Inc. which also includes a new TV show due this fall for the company’s cable network TV One.
Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” played immediately before his shift began. It was followed at 3 p.m. sharp by the theme song for TV’s “Welcome Back, Kotter.”
“I’m back, officially. This is the start of ‘next’ for me,” Simpson said, kicking off his first broadcast of The Donnie Simpson Show.”
He went on to introduce his producer and welcome his co-host, Traci Braxton.
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Simpson was also accompanied in the studio by his wife Pam, his son DJ and his three grandkids. A bevy of celebs called in, including Bell Biv DeVoe, Frankie Beverly, D.C.’s own Stacy Lattisaw, D.C.’s current mayor Muriel Bowser, Traci’s big sis Toni Braxton and producer Terry Lewis, who broke news when he casually mentioned that Janet Jackson’s new album will be released on Oct. 2.
The DMV has been waiting for this day ever since the “Green-Eyed Bandit” left WPGC in 2010, after being replaced in the mornings by the younger more demo-friendly Big Tigger.
The first song Donnie played upon his return?