Harvey inks for ayem deejay slot

Comedian will host breakfast show starting Sept. 11

Original king of comedy Steve Harvey has sealed a deal with Los Angeles hip-hop/R&B outlet KKBT-FM (“100.3 The Beat”) to host the station’s morning drivetime shift.

Harvey, who stars in The WB laffer “The Steve Harvey Show,” and also recently appeared in the concert film “The Original Kings of Comedy,” will deejay the breakfast slot beginning Sept. 11.

The comedian previously hosted morning shows in Dallas and Chicago. Harvey abruptly departed Chicago’s WGCI-FM, where his show was top-ranked in the market, after moving to Los Angeles to tape his WB series. The star had built a radio studio in his home to continue the Chicago show, but grew tired of having to wake up at 3 a.m.

This time, however, the radio show isn’t expected to have an effect on Harvey’s TV production schedule. He also hosts the syndicated “Showtime at the Apollo.”

“This is a major coup for Radio One,” said Alfred C. Liggins, president-CEO at Radio One, which owns KKBT. “Steve has performed successfully in radio in the past and should provide a fresh and exciting radio experience for Los Angeles radio listeners.”

Harvey replaces the team of Ed Lover and Doctor Dre, who departed the station soon after Radio One took control of KKBT this summer. Besides Harvey, KKBT announced a new afternoon drive host: Adimu, who also hosts BET’s “Teen Summit.”

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