Executive producer Stu Weiss is adding a new spin to “zoo” radio and bringing it to television with “Dish Nation.” The program features a mix of nearly 20 of the nation’s leading drive-time personalities who add their own flavor to reporting the hottest celebrity news. “It’s very TMZish,” explained Ebony Steele, co-host of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” in Atlanta.
Ebony is joining “Dish Nation” with the rest of her morning show crew including HeadKrack, Gary with da Tea, Rock-T and close friend and comedian Rickey Smiley who she credits with helping introduce her to radio. When the opportunity presented itself, Rickey convinced Ebony to step away from her job as a pharmaceutical rep and join him on air. “He always said if he ever made it in entertainment in any way, whether it be in radio, TV or whatnot, he’d want me to be his female sidekick,” recalled the Tuskegee graduate and breast cancer survivor. “It’s the best leap of faith I’ve ever taken.”
Since the radio broadcasts will be filmed for television, Ebony and the gang will have a few adjustments to make. “It’s going to be a challenge for us to balance, you know, getting up a little earlier for hair and makeup,” she sighed. Once on set, there will be a rundown of the hottest topics in pop culture such as what’s going on with celebrity couples or what’s happening on reality TV. The outlets will provide commentary throughout their radio programs. What viewers will see is a fast paced collection of video clips from a variety of the personalities, all with wide ranging backgrounds and opinions. “We’re the only, I think, urban show that was selected. So, sometimes our angle may be a little different,” Ebony told Sister 2 Sister.
Other radio teams selected from the nearly 100 that auditioned include New York’s “The Big Show,” Miami & Los Angeles’ “The DJ Laz Morning Show,” Dallas’ “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning,” and Detroit’s “Blaine & Allyson.” Ebony told S2S it’s seldom she gets to listen to other morning show teams because she is on the air during that time, but she admits she is a big fan of Allyson. “She’s had at least nine hats and is very comfortable in her own skin. I think that’s very interesting and I always like to get her perspective on stuff.”
Cleared in over 95 percent of the country, including the FOX Television stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, “Dish Nation” will air weeknights starting Monday, September 10. For other areas, check your local listings. For more on Ebony and "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show," visit www.ebonysteele.com.