Friday, November 14, 2014

Goodbye '106 & Park'...BET Cancels the Music Video Show On-Air, Transitions to Digital Only


Damn homie... First TRL and now 106!...

... I remember like it was yesterday... back during the AJ and Free era of 106 & Park... myself and two of my friends copped the free tickets and I had a front row seat to what was thee hottest music video countdown at the time! The year was 2003, but the hosts of the show were on vacation that week. 


I miss this! Original 106 & Park hosts AJ and Free
Although I was bummed I wouldn't see AJ and Free, I got to see guest hosts Nick Cannon and former BET host Tiffany Withers. I remember thinking, "this is the same Nick from those Nickelodeon shows, so he'll do."

Anyway, being a part of the "livest audience" was an experience I'll never forget. But times have changed and now we live in a world where teens don't have to wait until after school to watch their favorite music videos. Everything is easily available online and music videos can be watched anytime on a handheld device on YouTube. 

The Multiple Hosts of 106 & Park

106 & Park started in 2000 and has never been the same after original hosts AJ and Free both left the show in 2005. 

Then, Big Tigger and Julissa Bermudez hosted the show for a little until permanent hosts Terrance and Rocsi came along and hosted from 2006 up until 2012... then the show had multiple hosts, even FOUR at one time and different changes went on, and in my opinion, 106 got really... umm, messy. The current hosts are Shad Moss (Bow Wow) and Keshia Chante. 


Terrance and Rocsi hosted 106 & Park up until 2012
Shad Moss and Keshia Chante are the current hosts of 106 & Park
106 & Park is Making the Move to Digital

Well, it was announced early today by BET's president of music programming and specials, Stephen Hill that the countdown show will transition to a digital-only platform in 2015. He released a statement and said he's not trying to minimize the show:

"It’s been a great 14-year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. The interactive brand you helped build, 106 & Park, is alive and well…and it’s moving to the space in which our audience NOW interacts with music the most: online. It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with 106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Park brand — and enhance the overall BET Networks brand. As we transition to the digital space, we look to continue 106 & Park’s role as both a leader of and a mirror to youth culture. We’ll have more information to share about how that is to roll out very soon.
And 106 & Park will still have specials on BET. What’s a New Year’s Eve without 106 & Party? 106 & Park Presents: 106 & Party will be on-air to take our viewers into the beginning of the second half of this decade in a big way. And when it’s time for the BET Awards to come around, you can be sure that 106 & Park Presents: Live, Red and Ready will be ushering you into the show and that 106 & Park will be an integral part of the BET Experience."


Statement translation = BET is not wasting TV airtime for this damn show anymore, ha. Read the rest of Hill's statement HERE

106 & Park will have its last on-air show on Dec. 19. Its been real, peace out 106. 
... Now, can we get some more scripted drama shows like Being Mary Jane or even College Hill reality type shows in that time slot? I'm just saying. 
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