BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Hill about his path to BET, what he hopes to accomplish with a new way of branding the awards and his plan for latter years back on radio.
Before we go into The BET experience, who is Stephen G. Hill and how did come to your current post as president of music Programming and Specials for BET Networks?
I am the son of Wanda and Caesar Hill, brother of Gary, and you know what, so many people and events led to it. It started with a passion for music and a desire to just be enveloped by it at an early age. My first hero was James Brown, and my second, probably the Jackson Five, but there was always an obsession with music. I have a nephew now who is obsessed with sports and he is eight years old. I look at him and think, ‘Wow, by the time I was [his age], I had already bought Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ “More Love” and The Temptations [album] and was playing them incessantly.’ So it really started with a passion for music and that passion goes for shows and everything I do now.
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