The Breakfast Club (radio show)

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The Breakfast Club
GenreTalk, Hip hop, Politics
Running time4 hours (Monday - Saturday)
Country of originUnited States
Home stationWWPR-FM Power 105.1
(New York City)
SyndicatesPremiere Networks
TV adaptationsSimulcast on BET
StarringDJ Envy
Charlamagne tha God
Jess Hilarious
Produced byEddie F.
Original releaseNew York version: December 2010
Nationally syndicated version: August 2013
Opening theme"Smells Like Teen Spirit" performed by Nirvana
WebsiteBreakfastClubOnLine.com

The Breakfast Club is an American syndicated radio show based in New York City. It is hosted by DJ Envy, Charlamagne tha God and Jess Hilarious.[1] The Breakfast Club's flagship station is WWPR-FM Power 105.1 and it currently airs in over 90 radio markets around the U.S., including Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Miami.

Common topics of discussion on the show are celebrity gossip (especially in the hip hop industry), progressive and conservative politics, and sexual and dating issues. The program is broadcast live on weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. Eastern Time, with a recorded Saturday morning version.

History[edit]

In December 2010, The Breakfast Club was established on urban contemporary station WWPR-FM as a morning drive radio show serving the New York City market.[2]

In April 2013, Premiere Networks (a subsidiary of then Clear Channel Communications, now iHeartMedia) launched a weekend version of the show, Weekends with the Breakfast Club, as a Top 20 Countdown of urban contemporary hits. Four months later, The Breakfast Club, as a weekday offering, was rolled out into syndication.[3]

Based on the show's popularity, cameras were installed in the New York studio from where the show is broadcast. From March 2014 until November 2021, The Breakfast Club was simulcast on television on Revolt.[4][5] The show is now simulcast on BET in a condensed one-hour format as of April 2023.[6]

In January 2020, The Breakfast Club was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special).[7]

In July 2020, The Breakfast Club was nominated for induction into the Radio Hall of Fame.[8][9] Talk radio industry magazine Talkers included it in its 2020 "Heavy Hundred" list of top 100 influential talk radio shows, calling the show "appointment listening every day for people of color."[10] During the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, the Los Angeles Times called it "a radio forum for the nation’s racial reckoning."[10] As of July 2020 the show reach 8 million listeners a month according to Nielsen.[10]

In August 2020, The Breakfast Club was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.[11]

Angela Yee announced her departure from the show on August 10, 2022 to start her own radio show.[12] Way Up With Angela Yee began airing on February 6, 2023.[13] Jess Hilarious became a permanent co-host of The Breakfast Club on February 5, 2024.[1]g

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Breakfast Club Confirms Jess Hilarious As Permanent Co-Host". January 29, 2024.
  2. ^ "New York's Power 105.1 Introduces New Morning Show". Billboard. December 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "Clear Channel Begins Breakfast Club Syndication Rollout". August 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Breakfast Club is coming to REVOLT!".
  5. ^ @breakfastclubam (November 12, 2021). "Sad to say this will be @breakfastclubam's last day on @revolttv. It's been real✌️🏾" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "BET Partners With iHeartMedia to Air Nationally Syndicated Hit Radio Show "The Breakfast Club" on BET". March 30, 2023.
  7. ^ "NAACP | Nominees Announced for 51st NAACP Image Awards". NAACP. January 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Radio Hall Of Fame Announces 2020 Nominees". Insideradio.com.
  9. ^ "Who's Next Into the Radio Hall of Fame?". Radio World. July 9, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c Battaglio, Stephen (2020-07-15). "'The Breakfast Club' is a radio forum for the nation's racial reckoning". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  11. ^ ""The Breakfast Club" inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame".
  12. ^ Melas, Chloe (10 August 2022). "Angela Yee announces she's leaving 'The Breakfast Club' to launch solo show". CNN. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Way Up with Angela Yee Launches Today, February 6, on More Than 30 iHeartMedia Stations Nationwide".