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  Name:   Mr. Stephen Hill
Month: May 2005
Schools: Brown Sc.B, 1984
Organization: Black Entertainment Television
Title: Executive Vice President, Entertainment & Music Programming

Named #1 on The Source magazine's 2004 list of most influential executives in the music industry, Stephen Hill currently serves as executive vice president of Entertainment and Music programming for Black Entertainment Television (BET). His responsibilities include managing and directing all creation, development and production of programming at BET. Hill oversees the production of the network's current programs including College Hill, Blowin' Up: Fatty Koo, 106 & Park and Rap City. Hill also serves as Executive Producer for the BET Awards. (2002-Present).

Prior to joining BET in 1999, Hill served four years at MTV in New York City as director of music programming. As director, Hill was responsible for selecting and programming all genres of videos for airplay, working with talent and supervising the network's standards processes.

Hill got his start in the music industry during his time working with industry legend, Elroy Smith, who was program director at WILD-AM in Boston, MA. Upon Smith's departure, Hill was promoted to program director. In 1993, Hill and his team took WILD-AM to its highest rating ever, beating six full-time FM stations in the process. Hill has also done extensive work with ABC Radio Network's Urban Gold Format by launching their 24-hour format. Gaining many accolades for his work with ABC Radio Networks, he also served as executive producer for the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Born in Southeast Washington, D.C., Hill credits much of his success to his childhood passion of announcing various songs that he kept on a tape player. He began shaping his formal career when he got his start at Brown's University's radio station, WBRU-FM, in Providence, RI. After graduating from college he taught high school and worked as a corporate lending officer for the Bank of Boston.

 

 

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