A true Renaissance man…
Russ Parr’s career has evolved from a stand-up comedian to recording artist to a top-rated, nationally-syndicated radio host, heard weekdays by 3.2 million listeners in 25 cities across America and now….to independent filmmaker.
He’s opened for the legendary comedienne Joan Rivers and avoided bombing on stage, thanks to the laugher of friends and family. Russ credits his work as a comedian for developing his comedic timing as well as the many character voices – such as Magic Man, Burner, Mickey Mouse, Ali, and Bobby Jimmy – that have led to his success in radio.
Russ landed his own morning show on 1580 KDAY, the first 24-hour, all hip hop station in the country. He used his platform on the airwaves to address gang violence and used the station studios and airwaves to provide gang intervention. He realized that urban radio not only needed to be funny and uplifting, but it also had a responsibility to the black community to be informative.
While at KDAY, Russ launched his own independent record label, Rapsur Records, Russ Parr spelled backwards. He recorded a parody song, called “We Like Ugly Women,” as one of his popular characters, Bobby Jimmy. The record was a hit.
Other hit parodies followed and he later signed with rapper Eazy-E’s label, Ruthless Records. He recorded several EPs produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Pooh. Russ recorded the hit singles “Big Butt,” “Roaches” and “Hair or Weave.” He performed his hit parodies in live shows alongside his label-mates Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren, World Class Wreckin’ Cru, Michel’le and Yo-Yo.
Eventually, Russ left Los Angeles for Dallas – taking over the morning show slot on 100.3 Jamz/ KJMZ-FM. While in Dallas, Russ created, wrote, and produced FLAVA TV, and starred in the show alongside his morning show sidekick, Afredas. He later sold the show FLAVA TV, which still airs and is hosted by Skip Cheatum. Other forays into television include commercials for major clients like McDonald’s, where he was the original „Big Mac Man“ and later, the dating/game show “Get The Hook Up,” which airedon TV One.
Russ was later offered the position as morning show host at 93.9 WKYS in Washington, DC, two years later, the nationally-syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show was born and has been syndicated for over 14 years.
With Uptoparr Productions, Inc. in conjunction with Swirl Films, Parr has written, produced and directed four other films including: The Last Stand (2006; Something Like a Business (2010); Love For Sale (2008) and 35 and Ticking (2011), currently airing on BET, TV One and Showtime and available on DVD.
The young, motivated guy who overcomes his obstacles to in the end, obtain money, power and respect.. We see it everyday in the movies, now witness it in the flesh. Wade Banner, the “Youngest-In-Charge” got his foot in the door as the youngest radio personality to grace the airwaves at Radio One Raleigh’s, K97.5, having never been an intern or even graduate from college. To date, Wade Banner is still the youngest personality at K97.5.
Radio Personality, DJ, Event Host & Actor, Wade Banner can be heard on K97.5 Sunday nights from 7pm-10pm or filling in weekdays 3pm-7pm. Wade Banner has embellished thousands of television sets with cameos in The BSpot, which can be seen Saturdays at 10:35PM on Fox 50. Known to popularize the hottest nightclubs in the city, Wade Banner can be seen djing and/or hosting some of the biggest events from teen or college parties to 21+ clubs to community events to major shows.
Wade Banner has showcased his talents in front of crowds of thousands at a plethora of major events including New Years Eve at the RBC Center, Durham Parks & Recreation’s Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival, the NC Pro-Am Basketball Summer League, Apple Chill, TeenFest and countless community projects like the EOG Tour, Read 2 Succeed, Kuts For Kids and more.
Additionally, Wade Banner is a member of the worldwide Fleet DJs and the Authority DJs. He has worked with celebrities such as Waka Flocka, DJ Drama, Travis Porter, Future, 2 Chainz, Diggy Simmons, Doug E Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Josh Powell (Atlanta Hawks), Willie Parker (Pittsburgh Steelers), Marvin Austin (New York Giants) and more.
With the drive to win and the dedication to work, Wade Banner is consistently controlling the airwaves, rocking the party or serving the community. That is why Wade Banner is the “Youngest-In-Charge” and his brand is a household name.