|Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.|
Redding photo by Stephen Laskowski
|Born||Robert Redding, Jr.
Jan. 13, 1976 (age 38)
Atlanta (Georgia, USA)
|Pen name||Rob Redding|
|Genre||Media, music and art|
|Notable works||Created Redding News Review, wrote Not a Nonviolent Negro, Disrupter, Where's the Change? and Resurrection. And recorded Not a Nonviolent Negro and Unleash the Whip! albums|
|Notable awards||100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America, Associated Press award, gold ADDY award|
|Spouse||LaWanda Hunt (1999 to 2005, div.)|
|Children||Rachel Redding (stepdaughter)|
Robert "Rob" Redding, Jr. (born January 13, 1976) is an American media proprietor, award-winning radio talk show host, political commentator, independent journalist, a best-selling American author, a best-selling American music artist and songwriter, visual artist and social entrepreneur. Redding is known as the founder and publisher of Redding News Review and host of a talk radio show and podcast. In 2003, he was among few blacks to be named to Talkers Magazine's "100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America" and has received a proclamation for his work by the Atlanta City Council the same year. He made history being the only black program director in white-dominated talk radio station in 2009. His web site Redding News Review has earned three consecutive Black Web Awards. He currently runs the web's oldest black news aggregation outlet and first and most successful stand-alone subscriber-based web site and talk show.
Redding is the son of Rev. Robert Redding Sr., an Atlanta pastor and former president of the Fayette County's Black Voters League, and the late Mary Ann Redding, who was an Atlanta public school teacher and a Fayette school board candidate. He began his media career as a hip-hop radio personality at KZWA-FM, while at McNeese State University in Lake Charles in 1994.
In 1996, he accepted a full-time position as a hip-hop night personality at WIBB-FM in Macon, GA, where he was named "Tony Smoove" by his program director. Macon was also the home of another Redding family member, '60s soul singer Otis Redding.
He left hip-hop for talk radio and journalism, working at a series of newspapers: The Prince George's Sentinel, The Prince George's Gazette, The Prince George's Journal, The Macon Telegraph, and finally The Washington Times. During that same time he began his talk radio career filling in for Bernie McCain on Radio-One's WOL in Washington, D.C. in 1999. In 2001, he landed his first full-time job in talk radio doing afternoons at CBS Radio's WAOK-AM, where he started ReddingNewsReview.com. He left the station in 2003 and began syndicating his talk radio show while filling in for Ambrose I. Lane Sr. on SiriusXM 128 The Power.
On August 30, 2010, he began doing a weekday show for GCN, while still doing the Sunday show. The weekday show aired in multiple markets and at one time on Sirius XM daily from April 2012 to February 2013. The Sirius XM deal ended after nearly half a decade and more than 420 episodes on Feb. 10, 2013.
Redding moved to Brussels Belgium in 2013. Living in Brussels communities of Saint-Gilles, Belgium and then Schaerbeek, he became first to broadcast his afternoon talk show via GCN to American audiences nightly from Europe.
Redding made talk history when he made his program the first ever and most successful stand-alone spoken word program available exclusively to subscribers on his subscriber-supported Web site, at the conclusion of the GCN deal on April 1, 2014.
Redding News Review
Redding's Web site and radio show, which are both called Redding News Review, are responsible for breaking stories.
The Web site - which is the first subscriber supported and third oldest black news aggregation portal - stories are syndicated hourly by Google News. Its stories are heard regularly on NPR and the Fox News Channel. Its comprehensive coverage of the black community became a resource for Fox News during the Don Imus' "nappy-headed ho's" controversy. Its scoops have also been acknowledged or linked to by BET, MSNBC, The Hill, Roll Call, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post,The Washington Times, and The National Newspaper Association.
The Web site has been called "an Internet clearinghouse for African-American news," by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Web site has been called the "vanguard of Internet news sites" by AllAccess.com.
"The voice of the voiceless" and "the prophet of rage" is what many listeners say about Redding News Review host "America's Independent Voice" Rob Redding.
Redding News Review has been the most listened to black independent talk show host in the United States of America – heard six days a week for nearly half decade and more than 420 episodes in all 50 states via Sirius XM Satellite Radio and on numerous radio stations for more than 6 years and 3,600 hours via his former network deal with Genesis Communications Network.
The Redding New Review radio show host Rob Redding was named one of the "100 most important radio talk show hosts in America" by industry trade Talkers magazine.
He has also been called a "rising star" (Talkers magazine), "one of the most respected names in the media" (Upscale magazine), "one of the most intellectual and intriguing radio talk show hosts since Tavis Smiley" (Radio Facts) and awarded a proclamation by the Atlanta City Council for his hard hitting uniquely Independent talk radio show.
On April 1, 2014, Redding's talk show morphed into "Redding News Review Unrestricted" becoming the first ever and most successful stand-alone spoken word program available exclusively on a Web site - via ReddingNewsReview.com
Redding is author of six consecutive best-selling books and an e-guide.
Redding's most recent book, "Unthinkable: Poems, Philosophies and Paintings", released on July 7, 2014, was finished while he lived in Brussels after more than 20 years of writing and painting. "Unthinkable" peaked on July 13, 2014 on Amazon "Hot New Releases" at "No. 4" in "Art and Painting" and "No. 7" in "Reference and Quotations." It also ranked ranked "No. 27" in "Art and Painting" and "No. 47" in "Reference and Quotations" respectively on Amazon.com's Best Sellers lists.
Redding's most successful book, "Not a Nonviolent Negro: How I Survived Obama" debuted at No. 1 on Amazon.com in three categories on March 6, 2013. The book, which was released on March 5, was on No. 1 "Best Sellers List" in "Nationalism" and "Hot New Releases" in the "Social Philosophy" and "Nationalism" categories respectfully. He says it is his most successful book to date. The book also has a soundtrack "Not a Nonviolent Negro" which also went to No. 1 on Amazon.com.
His second best-selling book was "Disrupter: Pathway to Political Independence". Disrupter debuted at No. 1 on Amazon.com Hot New Releases - Political Reference list on Aug. 13 2012 and remained there for more than a week. The book is considered a reference guide for independents and includes parts of Redding's life story.
His third best-selling book was "Resurrection: A Historical Anthology of two Forgotten African-American Philosophers." The e-book, which was released on April 4, 2012, reached No. 3 on the Amazon.com list of "Hot New Releases" in less than a week.
Redding's e-book "Where's the Change?: Why Neither Obama, nor the GOP Can Solve America’s Problems, which was released on Jan. 13, 2012, reached the top 50 on Amazon.com. The book quickly has been as high as No. 30 on Amazon's Top 100 books. Redding is also author of Hired Hatred: Why politicians and the political prejudices they tout are mutually exclusive from good government. His Independent manifesto is said to "invoke an activist spirit," according to a review in 2005 by New York's Black Star News.
He is also the author of the “One a Day Fade Away” diet e-guide, which was ranked as high as No. 29 on the “Amazon Best Sellers” listing in April 2012. The guide has been out since 2011 and was his third best-seller in less than 90 days.
Resolution of Risk
Redding is also author of the "Resolution of Risk," which was first used at the International Public Debate Association's National Tournament after being published in the organization's peer-reviewed publication, "The Journal of the International Public Debate Association," and being presented by Redding before a packed audience.
Best-Selling Music Artist
On March 5, 2013, he released a dance album entitled "Not a Nonviolent Negro" on iTunes and Amazon.com via CD Baby. The album, which takes portions of his talk show and sets them to heavy dance beats, reached No. 1 on Amazon.com. The album is considered a soundtrack to his No. 1 best-selling book "Not a Nonviolent Negro: How I Survived Obama." The book and album were released on the same day.
On Dec. 4, 2012, he released a dance album entitled "Unleash the Whip!" on iTunes and Amazon.com via CD Baby. The album, which also takes portions of his talk show and sets them to heavy dance beats, reached No. 2 on Amazon.com and got 3 1/2 stars from former About.com dance music critic Jimi Bruce.
Unleash the Whip! was his second album. His first album, published under DJ Tony Smoove, did not chart but was the first recording of rapper Bubba Sparxx.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Not a Nonviolent Negro||
|Unleash the Whip!||
|Tony Smoove's Aircheck Volume 1||
In spring of 2012, Stanford University selected him as John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship Semifinalist for his journalism innovation.
November 2009, he founded Black Talkers, a web site which covers the black talk media industry.
The same year, Redding also narrated "Stay Brady Stay," a documentary about the future of Louisiana.
Redding is also an artist, who paints abstract "smear paintings." His work has been exhibited in Europe and throughout the states. The Washington, D.C., Georgetowner highlighted only his art in a group show on Capitol Hill in 2006 writing: "It is always an event anytime Rob Redding's smear paintings are featured."
In May 2011, Redding got into a verbal altercation with talk icon Rush Limbaugh when he asked Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, about a skit in which a Limbaugh staffer “reintepreted” his criticism of Pres. Obama’s immigration speech in Ebonics. “I thought it was highly inappropriate,” Steele told Redding. “It is stupid. It’s not something that furthers the conversation.” Limbaugh responded: "In what may be a first, we have a formal complaint lodged against the Official Obama Criticizer, Bo Snerdley. Bo Snerdley was recently utilized on this program last week as the Official Obama Criticizer, and it was as though it had happened for the first time. Now, we’ve been featuring the Official Obama Criticizer for close to a year, if not more on this program, but something about last week’s version of the Official Obama Criticizer has rubbed ‘em wrong out there, particularly your translation for brothers and sisters in the hood. The complaint is that there aren’t any of those listening to the program. Of course, the left and the media are on this kick now that there’s racism everywhere, and really racism and race-baiting has its home on the left. But there’s a show out there called Redding News Review."It’s some guy named Rob Redding and his program is syndicated. Whose isn’t? And Rob Redding interviewed the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. And Redding says, “Okay, Rush Limbaugh is widely thought to be a racist.” No, accused, baselessly so by members of the left when they can’t come up with anything better to criticize me for. But nevertheless, 'Rush Limbaugh is widely thought to be a racist."
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