Rob Redding

Robert “Rob” Redding, Jr. (born January 13, 1976) is an American media proprietor , award-winning radio talk show host , political commentator , independent journalist , best-selling American author , best-selling American music artist and songwriter , visual artist and social entrepreneur . Redding is known as the publisher of Redding News Review and hosts a radio talk show and podcast. In 2003, he was among the few blacks to be named to Talkers Magazine’s “Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” ​​and has received a proclamation for his work by the Atlanta City Council the same year. [1] He made history being white the only black program director in white-Dominated talk radio station in 2009. [2] His website Redding News Review HAS earned three consecutive Black Web Awards. [3] He currently runs the web’s oldest and most successful stand-alone subscriber-based web site and talk show. [4]


Redding is the son of Rev. Robert Redding Sr., an Atlanta pastor and former president of the Fayette County’s Black Voters League, and the late Mary Ann Redding, who was an Atlanta public school teacher and a Fayette school board candidate. He began his career as a hip-hop radio personality at KZWA-FM, while at McNeese State University in Lake Charles in 1994. [5]

In 1996, he accepted a full-time position as a hip-hop night personality at WIBB-FM in Macon, GA , where he was named “Tony Smoove” by his program director. Macon was also the home of another Redding family member, ’60s soul singer Otis Redding . [5]

He left hip hop for talk radio and journalism, working at a series of newspapers: The Prince George’s Sentinel , The Prince George’s Gazette , The Prince George’s Journal , The Macon Telegraph , and finally The Washington Times . Bernier McCain on Radio-One’s WOL in Washington, DC in 1999. In 2001, he landed his first full-time radio talk show at CBS Radio’s WAOK -AM, where he started He left the station in 2003 and began syndicating his talk show while filling in for Ambrose I. Lane Sr. on SiriusXM 128The Power . [5]

He continued with GCN and Sirius XM in 2008, while finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. [6] [7]

On August 30, 2010, he began doing a weekday show for GCN, while still doing the Sunday show. The Sirius XM The Sirius XM The Sirius XM The Sirius XM The Twenty-Fourth Anniversary 10, 2013. [8] [9]

Redding moved to Brussels Belgium in 2013. Living in Brussels communities of Saint-Gilles, Belgium and then Schaerbeek , he became first to broadcast via GCN to American audiences nightly from Europe. [10]

Redding made history Talk When He made His program and the first ever MOST successful stand-alone spoken word program available Exclusively to Subscribers On His subscriber-supported website, at the concluding of the deal GCN on April 1, 2014. [11]

Redding News Review

Redding’s Web site and radio show, which are both called Redding News Review , are responsible for breaking stories.

Redding News Review exhibited Atlanta Mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young’s comments about Sen. Barack Obama not being ready to be president. [12]

The Web site exposed that syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts is being threatened by a white supremacist group. [13]

The Web site exposed NBC Nightly News Managing Editor Brian Williams and Anchor comments about diversity not being a big issue. Both Williams and NBC apologized for those comments. [13]

The Web site – which is the first subscriber supported and third oldest news aggregation portal – stories are syndicated by News. Its stories are heard regularly on NPR and the Fox News Channel . Its comprehensive coverage of the black community has become a resource for Fox News during the Imus ‘ “nappy-headed ho’s” controversy . Its scoops have been acknowledged by BET , MSNBC , The Hill , Roll Call , The Baltimore Sun , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , The Washington Post , The Washington Times, and The National Newspaper Association . [13]

The Web site has been called “an Internet clearinghouse for African-American news,” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [12]

The Web site has been called “vanguard of Internet news sites” by [14]

“The voice of the voiceless” and “the prophet of rage” is what many listeners say about Redding News Review host “America’s Independent Voice” Rob Redding. [13]

Redding News Review of the United States of America – heard in the United States of America – heard by Sirius XM Satellite Radio and radio stations more than 6 years and 3,600 hours via his network with Genesis Communications Network. [13] [15]

The Redding New Review Radio Show Host Rob Redding was named one of the “100 most important radio talk show hosts in America” ​​by the industry trade Talkers magazine. [15]

He Has aussi beens called Expired a “rising star” ( Talkers magazine ), “one of the Most respected names in the media” ( Upscale magazine ), “one of the MOST intellectual and intriguing radio talk show hosts since Tavis Smiley ” ( Radio Facts and awarded by the Atlanta City Council for his uniquely independent hiring radio talk show. [16]

On April 1, 2014, Redding’s talk show is morphed into “Redding News Review Unrestricted” becoming the first ever and most successful stand-alone website available via Web site – via [16]

In addition to being on the air nationwide , KMLB -AM in Monroe, Louisiana is one of the conservative talk radio stations . [17]

Best-Selling Author

Redding is author of nine consecutive best-selling books and an e-guide.

Redding’s most recent book. Out Loud is his tell-all autobiography. The Brook – half broadcast and half book – was released on Oct. 13, 2017 exclusively to his talk show subscribers and the entire nation on Nov. 6th. The Brook has debuted at No. 2 on “ Hot New Gay Releases and Lesbian Biographies and Memoirs.” The book is the most successful book Sinister Citizen and Not a Nonviolent Negro by being ranked in the Top 100 for five straight weeks. [18]

Redding’s book, “Sinister Citizen” is his first fiction book ever. The book, which deals with President Trump’s America, has been called “fascinating” by KKXX. The book has reached the Top 30 on “ Hot New Releases LGBT Short Reads” and was in the Top 50 in pre-orders on the same list. [19]

Redding’s book, “Why Black Lives Matter: How Do You Know How to Get Married?” Posted on July 6, 2015, but peaked at the top of multiple charts on it was made to be published on July 3, 2011. The book is out of the box on “Hot New Releases” in “Philosophy and Reference” and “Philosophy and Criticism” categories and rose to No. 2 in “Philosophy and Criticism” and “No. 3 in” Philosophy and Reference “by’s Best Sellers Lists. “list since his 2012 release of his book”Disrupt. “The foreword was pinned by Dr. Lewis R. Gordon, who also wrote a foreword for Redding’s book” Resurrection. “[20] [21]

Redding’s “Unthinkable: Poems, Philosophies and Paintings”, released on July 7, 2014, was finished while he lived in Brussels after more than 20 years of writing and painting. “Unthinkable” peaked on July 13, 2014 on Amazon “Hot New Releases” at “No. 4” in “Art and Painting” and “No. 7” in “Reference and Quotations.” It also ranked “No. 27” in “Art and Painting” and “No. 47” in “Reference and Quotations” respectively on’s Best Sellers lists.The book was provided for free to subscribers of Redding’s talk show and website. [22]

Redding’s Most Successful Book, “Not a Nonviolent Negro: How I Survive Obama”, first published on March 6, 2013. The book, which was released on March 5, was on No. 1 Best Sellers List “in” Nationalism “and” Hot New Releases “in the” Social Philosophy “and” Nationalism “categories respectfully. He says he is his most successful book to date. The book also has a soundtrack “Not a Nonviolent Negro” which also went to No. 1 on [23]

His second best-selling book was “Disrupter: Pathway to Political Independence”. Disrupter debuted at No. 1 on “Hot New Releases” – “Political Reference” list on Aug. 13 2012 and stay there for more than a week. The book is considered a reference guide for independent and includes parts of Redding’s life story. [24]

His third best-selling book was “Resurrection: A Historical Anthology of Two Forgotten African-American Philosophers.” The e-book, which was released on April 4, 2012, reached No. 3 on the list of “Hot New Releases” in less than a week. [25]

Redding’s e-book “Where’s the Change ?: Why Neither Obama, nor the GOP Can Solve America’s Problems , which was released on Jan. 13, 2012, reached the top 50 on 30 on Amazon’s Top 100 books Redding is also author of Hired Hatred: Why Politicians and the Political Prejudices They Are All Mutually Exclusive from Good Government His Independent manifesto is said to “invoke an activist spirit,” according to a review in 2005 by New York’s Black Star News [26]

He is also the author of the “One Day Fade Away” diet e-guide, which was ranked as high as No. 29 on the “Amazon Best Sellers” listing in April 2012. The guide has been out since 2011 and was his third best seller in less than 90 days. [27]

Black Voices, White Power

In the winter of 2015, he wrote his thesis “Black Voices, White Power: Teachers of the Black Press,” he said, “to satisfy his Master’s degree in Communication Studies degree while teaching at Marshall University . He said that the thesis “gives an account of the voice of the black and white people.” of 2017. [28] [29]

Resolution of Risk

Redding is also author of the “Resolution of Risk,” which was first used at the International Public Debate Association’s National Tournament after being published in the peer-reviewed publication, “The Journal of the International Public Debate Association,” and being presented by Redding before a packed audience. [30]

Visual Artist

Redding is also an artist , who paints abstract “smear paintings.” His work has been exhibited in Europe and throughout the states. [31] Redding has been noted for his “trademark” style by NY Art Beat. [32] He was compared to James Baldwin and art called “iconic” by NY art critic Per Larson. [33] The Washington, DC, Georgetowner highlighted in Capitol Hill in 2006 writing: “It is always an event anytime Rob Redding ‘s smear paintings are featured.” [34]

Best-Selling Music Artist

On March 5, 2013, he released a dance album titled “Not a Nonviolent Negro” on iTunes and via CD Baby. The album, which takes parts of his talk show and sets them to heavy dance beats, reached No. 1 on The album is considered a soundtrack to his No. 1 best-selling book “Not a Nonviolent Negro: How I Survived Obama.” The book and album were released on the same day. [23]

On Dec. 4, 2012, he released a dance album entitled “Unleash the Whip!” on iTunes and via CD Baby. The album, which also takes parts of his talk show and sets them to heavy dance beats, reached No. 2 on and got 3 1/2 stars from dance music critic Jimi Bruce. [35]

Unleash the Whip! was his second album. His first album, published under DJ Tony Smoove, did not chart but was the first recording of rapper Bubba Sparxx. [36]


title Album details Peak chart positions
Not a Nonviolent Negro
  • Released: March 5, 2013
  • Label: Crystal Castle
  • Formats: digital download
Unleash the Whip!
  • Released: 4 December 2012
  • Label: Crystal Castle
  • Formats: digital download
Tony Smoove’s Aircheck Volume 1
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Crystal Castle / Rude Records
  • Format: CD

Visual Artist

Redding is also an artist , who paints abstract “smear paintings.” His work has been exhibited in Europe and throughout the states. [31] Redding has been noted for his “trademark” style by NY Art Beat. [32] He was compared to James Baldwin and art called “iconic” by NY art critic Per Larson. [33] The Washington, DC, Georgetowner highlighted in Capitol Hill in 2006 writing: “It is always an event anytime Rob Redding ‘s smear paintings are featured.” [34]

Other work

In spring of 2012, Stanford University selected John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship Semifinalist for his journalism innovation. [38]

November 2009, he founded Black Talkers, a web site which covers the black talk media industry.

The same year, Redding also narrated “Stay Brady Stay,” a documentary about the future of Louisiana. [39]


In May 2011, Rush Limbaugh when he asked Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, about limbaugh staffer “reintepreted” his criticism of Pres. Obama’s immigration speech in Ebonics. “I thought it was very inappropriate,” said Steele Redding. “It’s stupid. It’s not something that furthers the conversation. “Obama’s Criticizer, Bo Snerdley, Bo Snerdley was criticized by Obama Criticizer Obama, we’ve been there for the first time. Obama Criticizer has gotten you wrong, but your translation for brothers and sisters in the hood. The complaint is that there is no way of listening to the program. Of course, the left and the media are on this place, and really racism and race-baiting has its home on the left. But there’s a show called Redding News Review. “It’s some guy named Rob Redding and his program is syndicated.” “And Rob Redding interviewed the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, and Redding says,” Okay, Rush Limbaugh is widely believed to be a racist. “No, accused, baselessly so by members of the left when they can not come up with anything but for me.”[40]

On Feb. 6, 2003, Redding’s producer Quiana Knox was mysteriously shot at Atlanta Georgia following the show. The murder is still unsolved. On the fifth anniversary of her death he said: “I can not help but think this crime may have been solved by now … Let’s look at the facts: Black victims are all too often overlooked by my friends in the media and police departments across America when we are shot, killed or come up missing We look at the priority that is placed on the lives of whites by looking at the boxes of Meredith Emerson and many others. the other cases where blacks have been repeatedly ignored. ” [41]


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  39. Jump up^ “Redding Narratives ‘Stay Brady Stay ‘ ” . Redding News Review . Retrieved November 18, 2011 .
  40. Jump up^ “WAOK’s Redding Rob gets Rush Limbaugh’s attention” . AJC. Archived from the original on January 27, 2012 . Retrieved November 18,2011 .
  41. Jump up^ “Murder Producer’s Murder Still Unsolved After 5 Years” . AllAccess . Retrieved October 8, 2016 .