Emil Wilbekin Appointed Editor-in-Chief of GIANT Magazine; Smokey Fontaine Named...

Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:00am EST

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Emil Wilbekin Appointed Editor-in-Chief of GIANT Magazine; Smokey Fontaine Named as Chief Content Officer

NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
Emil Wilbekin, award-winning former Editor-in-Chief of Vibe, has
been named as Editor-in-Chief of GIANT Magazine, a publication owned
by Radio One, Inc. GIANT is a leading urban entertainment lifestyle
bi-monthly magazine that celebrates the best of music, film and

   Mr. Wilbekin will succeed Smokey D. Fontaine, who is being
promoted to Chief Content Officer, overseeing content for Radio One's
new digital and cross-platform initiatives.

   Mr. Wilbekin is best known for his work at Vibe as
Editor-in-Chief, where he helped build the franchise from publishing
to multimedia. During his twelve years at Vibe, Mr. Wilbekin garnered
the 2002 National Magazine Award for General Excellence, helped build
circulation to 825,000, and produced the first annual "Vibe Awards" on
UPN. Mr. Wilbekin has also worked as Vice President of Brand
Development at Marc Ecko Enterprises and consulted for Sean John, AXE,
and Microsoft.

   "Emil is one of the superstars in the magazine business," said
Alfred C. Liggins, CEO and President of Radio One. "He is ideally
suited to take on this role and build on the terrific work Smokey
Fontaine has done growing the GIANT brand. We are thrilled to have him
on our team."

   In his new position, Smokey Fontaine, who has served as GIANT's
CEO and Editor-in-Chief since 2006, will focus on the development and
execution of Radio One's new digital strategy while working with Mr.
Wilbekin on cross-platform initiatives for the magazine. Prior to
GIANT, Mr. Fontaine was the founder of america, the world's first
urban luxury publication. Mr. Fontaine also has extensive experience
online, serving as the Senior Producer of Entertainment for HBO's

   "Smokey has done a terrific job making GIANT what it is today,"
said Mr. Liggins. "As Radio One ramps up its online strategy and as
digital becomes a critical growth engine for our company, I have asked
Smokey to oversee the development of our content and product strategy
online, while continuing to help develop the GIANT brand both off and

   Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com) is one of the nation's largest
radio broadcasting companies and the largest radio broadcasting
company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners.
On a pro forma basis, after closing the sale of our Miami station,
Radio One will own and/or operate 54 radio stations located in 17
urban markets in the United States. Additionally, Radio One owns Giant
Magazine (www.giantmag.com), interests in TV One, LLC
(www.tvoneonline.com), a cable/satellite network programming primarily
to African-Americans and Reach Media, Inc. (www.blackamericaweb.com),
owner of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and other businesses associated
with Tom Joyner.

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