- Big Boy (radio host)
Big Boy is a radio host currently heard on
Los Angeleship hop/ R&Bstation KPWR( Power 106) and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico's Z90.3 every morning between 5 am and 10 am and hip hop/ Rapstation 106.7 Jamz out of Madison, Wisconsinin the mornings from 5 to 9 [www.madtownjamz.com] . His stage name derives from his former large mass, which he modified through duodenal switch surgeryin 2003 and the successive loss the next year of over 250 pounds.
"Big Boy" was born in
Chicago, but moved to Los Angelesat age 2. After becoming acquainted with the music industry while DJ-ing Culver City High Schoolparties, Big Boy soon became a bodyguard for the music group Pharcyde. Big Boy was friends with the Baka Boyz, the morning show hosts at Power 106. Always being a funny personality, in 1994 Big Boy was offered a hosting position with the station, and soon proved successful in nighttime and afternoon hosting spots. He is also a part of "Big Boy's Neighborhood in the Morning" on 106.7 Jamz [www.madtownjamz.com] .
Big Boy's image became well known throughout the
Greater Los Angeles Areain the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Power 106 placed his nearly-nude 500-plus pound image onto billboards throughout the area.fact|date=July 2008
Big Boy has been named
Personality of the Yearfour times by the Radio Music Awardsfact|date=July 2008 and three times by Radio and Recordsmagazine. The National Association of Broadcastersawarded him the Marconi Awardin 2002 and 2004.
He has made cameo appearances in movies such as "
Malibu's Most Wanted" Thte Players Cluband " Charlie's Angels 2", and co-starred in "".fact|date=July 2008 Fox televisionsigned Big Boy to co-star in the police drama "Fastlane" in the fall of 2002.fact|date=July 2008 He has appeared numerous times on the hit HBO "Entourage" TV series.fact|date=July 2008 Big Boy is in the development process for his own network sitcom and hosts his syndicated weekend show formerly called "Big Boy's Hip Hop Spot." He has performed on-air voice-overs on MTV's reality game show " Yo Momma".fact|date=July 2008
May 24, 2006, Big Boy's Neighborhood Morning Showbegan national syndication. [http://www.radioandrecords.com/Newsroom/2006_05_24/bigboys.asp] This replaced " Big Tigger" and Egypt, who in turn, replaced the Star & Bucwild Morning Show based out of New York Cityhip hop station, WWPR-FM"Power 105.1 FM." Star was fired from the Clear Channel-owned station due to threats made against the welfare of the family of rival DJ Envy of WQHT"Hot 97" (KPWR's sister station), of which he would later be charged.
On October 7th, 2006, the DJ proposed to his girlfriend on stage during
Mariah Carey's The Adventures of Mimi Tourat Staples Center, LA. Their first child, a boy, was born on February 22, 2007. Big Boy married on June 28, 2008.
He was featured on the second episode of the
VH1reality series, "I Love New York", hosting the "I Love New York Mangeant".fact|date=July 2008
August 6, 2007, Big Boy signed a multi-year deal with ABC Radio Networks to syndicate the show, and his weekend show Big Boy's Hip Hop Spot. The show launched nationally on August 20 and is also now called Big Boy's Neighborhood. fact|date=July 2008
* [http://www.radiobigboy.com Big Boy's Hip Hop Spot]
* [http://www.radioandrecords.com/Newsroom/2006_05_24/bigboys.asp Big Boy's Neighborhood Heads East]
* [http://www.radiobigboy.com/page1.php Radio Big Boy: Big Boy Biography]
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