by Sam Weaver
URBAN ONE/REACH MEDIA has tapped NEW EDITION lead singer RALPH TRESVANT as the new host of the evening show "Love and R&B" and will debut on FEBRUARY 13th. He's replacing AL B. SURE! who has been dealing with health issues.
TRESVANT said, “I'm excited to show a side of me that I’ve never shared before through the embodiment of true R&B music. I love the medium of radio and as a kid growing up in BOSTON, I was inspired by the great radio hosts I heard. I've learned how important it is to be on both sides of the mic. Growing up in this business, I've learned to be vulnerable and relatable but will also bring that NEW EDITION excitement to the airwaves! I’m ready to connect with my fans and communities all around the U.S. like never before. Everyone says real R&B is gone… I’m thrilled to have a radio show that will change the musical landscape.
“Indeed, I'm thankful for this opportunity and my team JODI GOMES, LASHAWN THOMAS and my agent, GARY BERNSTEIN, who brokered the deal. I’m grateful to be a part of the URBAN ONE family and thank my longtime supporters CATHY HUGHES, ALFRED LIGGINS, DAVID KANTOR, KASHON POWELL, GARY BOND, COLBY COLB, and DEREK HARPER.”
URBAN ONE/REACH MEDIA Audio Divisions CEO DAVID KANTOR added, "RALPH TRESVANT brings us a timeless brand filled with style, charisma, and star power. He's a great communicator with vast musical knowledge who will be creating real and riveting radio. RALPH gives us the complete brand who can quickly build a large, loyal following with must listen-to moments each and every night."
RADIO ONE VP/Programming KASHON POWELL said, “I’m excited to welcome RALPH to our URBAN ONE family. He’s the ultimate entertainer so I’m confident that he will make an immediate connection with radio listeners across the country.”