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March 13, 2009, 12 a.m.  The American Federation of Advertisers Northeast Louisiana chapter last night awarded media proprietor and radio talk show host Robert "Rob" Redding Jr. with a Gold ADDY for his growing nationally-syndicated program, Redding News Review.

The coveted award was presented to Redding Communications, Inc. for RCI's "Redding News Review Promo" in the "Radio Self-Promotion Single" category. The promo can be heard by clicking here.  

"It is truly a distinguished honor to be recognized by such a respected organization," said Redding, who is CEO of RCI and host of Redding News Review. "Redding News Review - the show and website - continues to set a new standard in the broadcast and new media industries, and this award is just an extension of that."

"This award is also is a testament to the hard work of our innovative staff of Bruno Gaston,'s international editor and production guru; Othman Smihi, my current engineer and call screener; and Quiana Knox, my former engineer and call screener," he said.

Knox, who worked with Redding while at Atlanta's WAOK-AM, was murdered six years ago last month. The crime is still unsolved.

Since Knox's murder, Redding's show has spread to all 50 states via XM 169 and Genesis Communications Network every Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. ET. The program was added by three new terrestrial affiliates - KKGN in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose; WMEL-AM in Melbourne, Fla.; and WVNA-AM in Tuscumbia, Ala. - last week alone,

"This award is probably our best achievement since the radio program made it to the west coast," said Gaston. "It has certainly been a good year for us."

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RCI is one of America's largest independent communications companies. For more than a decade, its major interest have included internet, broadcasting, music, entertainment, e-books and the visual arts. Its diverse holdings include Redding News Review the show, podcast and website; and The Washington Continent, an online daily newspaper covering Washington, D.C.

Redding's podcast is downloaded by hundreds each week on the "Black Web Award"-winning Web site,, which has been called a "clearinghouse for African American news" by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, is where Redding takes his show notes from.

Author of RCI's "Hired Hatred: Why politicians, political parties and the political prejudices they tout are mutually exclusive from good government," Talkers magazine noted Redding's uniquely Independent views on government by listing him as one of the "100 Most Important Radio Talk Hosts In America."

What's more, Redding has been called one of the most "respected names in the media," by urban magazine Upscale, and "one of the most intellectual and intriguing radio talk show hosts since Tavis Smiley" by urban industry authority Radio Facts.

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