Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill
Stephen Hill

Senior Vice President, Music & On-Air Talent
BET

Bio

A small Southeast Washington home, a single-digit aged kid with a close-and-play record player to his right and a portable cassette player to his left.  As the last strains and harmonies of the song faded, this kid said out loud to everyone, though no one was in the room, 'That was the Temps with Cloud Nine.  Now here's Johnny Taylor with 'Who's Making Love'.'  Cassette player button pressed. Desire begun. Hill began his career (after the previously mentioned auspicious beginning) at WBRU-Providence, his alma mater, Brown University's radio station. Morning Drive modern rock jock during the week, smoother on the weekends for the R&B programming. Oh sure, the grades suffered because he was always at the station, but his parents claim they didn't mind wasting the money. Really. After college, Hill-bahn taught at Groton School and worked as a corporate lending officer at the Bank of Boston before being pulled into the music business by the wonderful and talented Elroy Smith who was then Program Director at WILD-AM, Boston. Initially hired as a weekend personality, upon Smith's departure, Hill-boo was named Program Director. In 1993, after his team and he had taken the AM daytimer station to its' highest ratings ever (beating 6 full-time FM stations in the process), Der Hill-meister headed to Dallas to frame the architecture of ABC Radio Networks' Urban Gold Format.  Following that Hilly served as the first Executive Producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, then in its infancy. Also while in Dallas, he ate at Pappadeaux. A lot. 1995 brought an offer Hill-dog could not refuse as Director, Music Programming at MTV. Hill-shier was involved in selecting and programming all genres of videos for airplay, working with talent, the standards process, and basically having more fun than humans should be allowed to have by law. In 1999, Hill-o-rama moved to BET as VP, Music Programming and Talent. There, he and his team loaded up the truck and took BET Music from Washington, DC to NY and, as well, took the channel's music show ratings to it's highest levels ever. Recent accomplishments of BET Music are the creations and productions of BET: Testimony, Access Granted and the show BET: Blueprint. Excitement abounds. In 2001, Hill took a turn in front of the camera to guest host the BET Tonight special on Aaliyah which won an NAACP image award. Hill-money is unbelievably excited about being involved in BET's highest rated season ever. Blame him for 'Cita' and 'Hits from the Street', and the wildly successful '106 & Park' being the highest rated video show on the T and V. But NOT for AJ's hair.

(2003)