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Raised in the Philadelphia area, Skip has always been interested in media and music. His father, who is a minister, started a production company to use non-traditional means to deliver the “message”. Skip started working at the company at the age of 14. He learned how to operate broadcast cameras and sound equipment. Skip’s father gave him two turntables and a Radio Shack Realistic mixer and things began to take off. He started Djing neighborhood parties and making mix tapes. After graduating high school, Skip attended Oakwoood University in Huntsville, Alabama. This is where Skip Cheatham got his first radio job at WOCG, his college radio station. Skip’s first radio mentor was former KDAY Los Angeles great Don Mac who at that time was running the college station while he was studying for the ministry. Skip later transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi for an opportunity to work at a commercial radio station.
WJMG in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is where he further developed his skills. One day, the Promotions Director from a station in another city stopped by after hearing Skip on the air, and asked him, “What are you doing in Hattiesburg? You should be in he big city”. So after sending a tape and very short resume, Skip landed a job in the “Big City” of Mobile Alabama at WBLX. Skip worked his way up the ranks very quickly. He started doing overnights for about two weeks, and then he worked afternoon drive and was quickly appointed Assistant Program Director and morning show host. Shortly after that he was made Program Director. After keeping WBLX #1, Skip began to feel like he was a big fish in a small pond and wanted to see if he had the skills to be a big fish in an ocean.
Skip announced his resignation at WBLX and was hired at KKDA/K104 in Dallas, Texas as Program Director and afternoon drive personality. Skip’s popularity grew by leaps and bounds resulting in him becoming the host of the #1 rated morning radio show “Skip Cheatham & DaPlayground” Since coming to Dallas, Skip has conquered many achievements such as keeping K104 #1 and awards such as Living Legends Award, Programmers United Lifetime Achievement Award, Billboard Monitor Program Director Of The Year, National Black Programmers Coalition Program Director Of The Year three years straight, Gavin Program Director Of The Year, Radio & Records Program Director Of The Year, Black Radio Exclusive Program Director Of The Year and Urban Network Air Personality Of The Year, Dallas Observer Best Radio DJ. Skip, has also appeared in a several music videos, Craig Mack’s “Jockin My Style”, The 69 Boyz’ “Get on Your Feet”, Big Tuck “Tussle”, Chamillionaire “Ridin”, Dorrough “Walk That Walk”, Recognition “Last Song” to name a few. Skip has also been spokesperson for numerous businesses both national and local.
Skip is the President and host of the highly rated entertainment and video show “FLAVA TV” he has also Hosted “Weekend Vibe” and “Live in Hollywood” two past nationally syndicated weekly television shows. Skip hosted the National Radio countdown show “The Hip-Hop ThrowDown” and has appeared in the movies “You Got Served”, “Steppin” and “Wash It Up”. Skip Cheatham plans get deeper into television and movies as well as continuing his charity work with his “Dad For A Day” program where Skip provides opportunities and adventures to kids who don’t have fathers in their lives.