Melvin Lindsey

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Melvin Lindsey
Born (1955-07-08)July 8, 1955
Washington, D.C.
Died March 26, 1992(1992-03-26) (aged 36)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Occupation radio and television personality
Known for "Quiet Storm" late-night music programming format

Melvin Lindsey (July 8, 1955 – March 26, 1992) was an American radio and television personality in the Washington, D.C. area. He is widely known for originating the "Quiet Storm" late-night music programming format.

Lindsey began his broadcast career as an intern at Howard University radio station WHUR-FM.[1] In 1976, he brought the "Quiet Storm" to the station's late-night lineup, titled after a romantic hit single by tenor crooner Smokey Robinson. The show's soulfully melodic and moody musical fare made it a phenomenal success and the 'love song'-heavy format was quickly replicated at stations across the country that served an urban, African-American adult demographic. Lindsey's show also gave rise to a category of music of the same name.[2]

After a nine-year run on WHUR, Lindsey took his format to another local radio station, WKYS-FM, for five more years and later hosted Screen Scene for Black Entertainment Television (BET). He also worked for Washington, D.C. television stations WTTG-TV and WFTY-TV and for WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lindsey died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 36, but the Quiet Storm format he originated remains a popular staple in radio programming today, four decades after its inception, across the nation, especially in evening and late-night radio programs. Many artists continue to create songs targeted towards Quiet Storm stations and shows.

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  1. ^ Craig Lytle. "A Quiet Storm". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Castaneda, Ruben (March 27, 1992). "Quiet Storm' Radio Host Melvin Lindsey Dies at 36". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 

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