Graham "Skip" Dillard - President of the New York City Chapter of the NBRHOF has recently wrapped up his 12th year as Operations Manager for Emmis station WBLS/WLIB in New York City; which, is currently ranked #3 by Nielsen (in the most recent ratings). In January 2021, Dillard began his next challenge transferring out of programming to take on a new role as the newly appointed VP of National and Community Partnerships for Hot 97 and WBLS.
Skip's career began at Hampton University's WHOV-FM while a student who was also volunteering during Summers at North Carolina A&T State University's WNAA-FM. Dillard's career has taken him to great radio markets; including, Detroit, Buffalo, New Orleans, San Francisco and Washington DC. In addition to radio, Skip served as Top 40 and Urban managing editor for Billboard Magazine's Airplay Monitor from 2003-2004.
Skip has received numerous honors in his career; including, "Top PD's in America", 2009, 2011 and 2012 Radio Ink Magazine. Certificate of Merit for Community Service, U.S. Congress 2002 and Living Legend's Foundation 2011. He also received the Proclamation of service to New York State and New York City Hall "Broadcast Subcommittee" of the Federal Communications Commion's Advisory Committee for Diversity and Digital Empowerment. A Queens, New York native raised in Greensboro, N.C., Skip's hobbies and passions include photography, reading, technology, playing the piano and travel. Skip resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife Esther and son Nicholas.
Out Reach Coordinator for the New York City Chapter of the National Black Radio Hall of Fame is Toya Beasley. Her voice is unmistakeable, her impact is undeniable. Toya Beasley is a champion for empowering people to live their best lives. She travels the country as an Ambassador for some of the nation's most recognizable brands, building positive connections and inspiring people to reach higher.
Most recently, she was the inspirational format Content Director and On-Air Personality for "Inspire U with Toya Beasley" at Radio 103.9 FM New York City. She also hosted the weekly 'In Focus' Community Affairs Talk Show and was heard in 48 markets across the U.S. through her Westwood One Syndicated Show Sunday Inspirations.
Prior to joing Radio 103.9 FM, Ms. Beasley was the well-loved voice of New York WRKS-FM; better known to fans as 98.7 KISS-FM. She hosted New York City's number one Sunday morning gospel program, KISS Inspirations; as well as, KISS FM's weekday Gospel Show 'Morning Glory'. With the station 1989 where she started out as a Programming Assistant and worked her way up to Program Director (a position she held for 10 years).
She is the Creator and Executive Producer of the annual Stellar Women of Gospel Awards; honoring outstanding women in the gospel music industry. Ms. Beasley is also Founder and CEO of 'Sista Friendz' a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization established to educate, equip and empower women for success in their personal and professional lives.
Ms. Beasley has receive numerous accolades and awards for her work in the media industry and in the community; including, Keys to the City of New York for producing her 'Night of Healing' events; which, took place each year for 10 years after 9/11. Ms. Beasley's professional accomplishments are many; but, nothing drives her more than her passion for God and his people. She works diligently to communicate that passion into the urban community.
Out Reach Coordinator for the New York City Chapter of the National Black Radio Hall of Fame is one of New York's most well liked radio personalities who reigns on 107.5 WBLS; known as, Fred "Bugsy" Buggs. Bugsy started his media career in New York City almost 25 years ago and has graced radio stations in Florida, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York.
After hosting several radio shows across the east coast, he returned back home and became the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for KISS FM. Bugsy's expertise in production and artist development later landed him a job with Def Jam Records where he helped to develop some of the biggest names in the business including Redman, Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane. After a year at Def Jam, his love for radio called him back to the airwaves. Bugsy is truly a legend and he has definitely made his presence known in both the world of radio and records.