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Charlamagne Tha God

The Breakfast Club
New York City, New York

Growing up ‘Lenard McKelvey’, in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, “Charlamagne tha God” was once just another kid dreaming of a better life, yet inevitably falling prey to the dangerously glamorized street life. By the time he was 18, the precocious teen, who was no stranger to a few good books by way of his mother, a school teacher, slowed down his rebellious ways and stumbled upon his love for radio during an internship in his town. In just a few years, Charlamagne would be recognized as one of the best voices in South Carolina by the late 90’s.

While on the air in Columbia, Charlamagne drew attention to the local show he hosted on Hot 103.9 (WHXT-FM) by distributing his controversial interviews and skits online. His irreverent, “shock jock” interview style, inspired by the likes of everyone from Larry King to Bill O’Reilly to Arsenio Hall, got the attention of then radio personal Wendy Williams, who would quickly take Charlamagne under her wing as an apprentice.

Williams would rebroadcast Charlamagne’s interviews on her then popular, syndicated radio show, The Wendy Williams Experience. He later joined the program as co-host. Working alongside Williams not only introduced Charlamagne to a new audience, it also helped strengthened the voice that has defined his career – a voice he now uses to reach audiences in all mediums — from syndicated radio, television, print and digital and new-media.

Presently, Charlamagne is the host and star of MTV2’s popular late night talk show Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne, as well as 2014’s Charlamagne and Friends. He is also a part of the lead cast in MTV2’s Guy Code and Guy Court, a spin-off of the latter.

Charlamagne also currently hosts a widely acclaimed podcast entitled Brilliant Idiots, alongside MTV’s Andrew Schultz, where the duo discuss their reaction to both world and pop culture news. Currently Brilliant Idiots is streamed and downloaded on iTunes and Soundcloud by hundreds of thousands of listeners and fans- per episode! The success the show has garnered has opened doors for a “Brilliant” tour, in which Charlamagne and Shultz can be found in different cities around the world, on stage, for a live taping.

And as for Charlamagne’s first love, radio— the personality currently stars in the number one morning show dominating the airwaves, The Breakfast Club, which is syndicated in over 70 cities in that nation! Charlamagne hosts The Breakfast Club aka “The World's Most Dangerous Morning Show,” out of New York City alongside DJ Envy and Angela Yee, and it is widely regarded as the most informative and entertaining top-rated urban morning show today, dominating both the airwaves and the “Revolt” television cable network (where the show also airs on TV).

Each morning between the hours of 6 and 10am, fans of The Breakfast Club can tune in to hear the trio’s unrivaled interviews and conversations with celebrities and hip-hop artists, entertainment news, fresh music mixes, along with their signature blend of honesty and humor. It can also be streamed via iHeartradio.com and the iHeartRadio app.

When he’s not in the radio or television studio, Charlamagne aka the “Prince of Pissing People Off,” the “Ruler of Rubbing You The Wrong Way” and the “Architect of Aggravation,” is still himself, just minus the mic. However, this is not to be confused with an inability to remain the most humble and hardworking man both in and out of the industry.

Now a family man, Charlamagne may be widely and worldly acclaimed these days, but he’s still a southern and hospitable charmer from a small town in South Carolina. And so long as he is breathing, he will never forget where is from, and that he beat the odds to become:

Charlamagne tha God.


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Saturday, October 15

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