106 & Park is an American hip hop and R&B music video show, set up in a countdown format, that was broadcast on weekdays at 6:00 pm ET/5:00 pm CT on BET; it aired on a one-day delay on BET International. It was the network's highest-rated show throughout its run. On November 14, 2014, BET cancelled 106 & Park, with an alleged shift to a digital-only format, with occasional specials during network event programming,[1] though the last time it was seen in any form was the 2016 BET Experience, and the digital-only program never aired.

106 & Park
Created byStephen G. Hill
Presented by
DJ Jus
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes3,710
Production locationsCBS Broadcast Center, Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
Running time60/90/120 minutes
Original networkBET
Original releaseSeptember 11, 2000 (2000-09-11) –
December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19)

The energy changed on the “Freestyle Friday” segment of the show in 2011/2012 when Payne Da Squad Boy landed on the show. His national debut came when he was signed up for Freestyle Friday (a weekly battle rap segment on pop culture's #1 Music Video show, BET's 106 & Park). Payne Da Squad Boy became the new Champion his first show, won the entire Wild Card Season, made the #8 seed & went all the way to the Final Four in the March Mayhem Competition. "One thing for sure... Payne Da Squad Boy is one of the best to ever do it on Freestyle Friday" says Pat Charles (the creator of Freestyle Friday). Participating on this show, Payne had the pleasure of meeting celebrities such as DJ Envy, Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God, Funk Master Flex, Sonny Digital, DJ Scream, E-40, Juelz Santana, Lil Scrappy, Gudda Gudda, 2 Chainz, The Game, 1017 Bricksquad Mafia, Cassidy, Alicia Keys, Bone Crusher, DJ Premier, Mac Miller, Malice, Young Jeezy, Superstar J, B-Rich, Lil Kim, Ron Browz, DJ Reymo and of course Terrence J & Rocsi.

Location Edit

The show was originally produced in Harlem, New York City, and the title of the show is derived from the original studio location, NEP's Metropolis Studios, at East 106th Street and Park Avenue. In 2001, Viacom's acquisition of BET prompted a change to the CBS Broadcast Center at 524 West 57th Street between 10th & 11th Avenues, in the Hell's Kitchen section of Midtown Manhattan, turning its title into a misnomer for the rest of its history.[2]

Hosts Edit

A. J. & Free (2000–2005) Edit

A. J. Calloway and Marie "Free" Wright were the first hosts of the show from September 11, 2000 until July 28, 2005, when Calloway announced that it would be his last show, as well as for Free (who spoke via phone), as the show was either presented by Calloway or Wright.

Julissa & Big Tigger (2005–2006) Edit

On August 1, 2005, 106 & Park was presented by television personality and model Julissa Bermudez and Rap City: Tha Basement's Big Tigger until July 3, 2006 as temporary replacements for the show before they find another female co-host for Terrence J. Around this time, Terrence J would be guest co-host the show with Julissa. Celebrities (Bow Wow and Mýa) hosted the show as well.

Terrence J & Rocsi (2006–2012) Edit

On July 6, 2006, Rocsi (Raquel Diaz), then an afternoon host for Chicago's radio station WPWX (92.3), and Terrence J (Terrence Jenkins) became the hosts after winning BET's "New Faces" contest. On May 29, 2012, Rocsi and Terrence J announced they would be leaving 106 & Park in 2012. Thus beginning a nationwide search for the next hosts of 106 & Park, which started on June 1, 2012 and ended on October 1, 2012. Terrence J and Rocsi's last episode as hosts was broadcast on September 28, 2012. The announcement for the new hosts of 106 & Park was broadcast on Monday.

The highly anticipated farewell episode aired on September 28, 2012, and was hosted by La La Anthony and Pooch Hall. In the taped video messages, several celebrities wish their farewell for Terrence J and Rocsi. They included Jim Jones, French Montana, Julissa and Big Tigger (former hosts of the show), 2 Chainz, Ace Hood, Alicia Keys, Amar'e Stoudemire, Big Sean, B.o.B, Bobby V., Brandy Norwood, Busta Rhymes, Cassidy, Ciara, Common, Doug E. Fresh, DMX, Dwyane Wade, Elle Varner, E-40, Future, Jacob Latimore, Keke Palmer, Mary J. Blige, MGK, Mike Epps, Ne-Yo, Shannon Brown and Monica, Stalley, Rick Ross, Robin Thicke, T.I., Wyclef Jean and Bow Wow (who later hosted with Miss Mykie for next month).[3]

Bow Wow & "The Search" (2012–2013) Edit

On October 1, 2012, the new hosts for 106 & Park were announced, including Shad "Bow Wow" Moss,[4] Jordan "Shorty da Prince" Johnson,[4] Kimberly "Paigion" Walker[4] and Mykel "Miss Mykie" Gray.[4] For the first time in the show's 12-year history, there were officially four hosts for 106 & Park, instead of two. On January 15, 2013, 106 & Park revealed a new set, graphics, logo, and theme music. On January 23, 2013, former host Rocsi Diaz made an unannounced appearance on the show. New segments included "The Mykie Report", "The Battle of the Sexes", "Girl Chat", "Inside the Rapper's Studio", "Virtually Famous" and other programs with 106 & Park guest correspondent "Franky J" in future works. On July 3, 2013, after several weeks of rumors and speculation about the fates of Johnson, Walker and Gray returning to the show, BET released a statement confirming the news that they would not return to the show. The hosts have never appeared on the show in the nearly two months since May 2013. Bow Wow remained as a permanent host on the show, along with Angela Simmons serving as a temporary co-host for the summer, her last day was on September 30, 2013, along with special guest co-hosts such as Adrienne Bailon.

Bow Wow & Keshia Chanté (2013–2014) Edit

On September 27, 2013, Canadian rapper Drake made the official announcement that Bow Wow would be joined by another Canadian Keshia Chanté as the official new co-host, who would officially start on October 1, 2013.[5][6] On November 14, 2014, BET cancelled 106 & Park. The show aired its final episode on December 19, 2014.[7]

Broadcasting history Edit

The show launched as an hour-long show until expanding to 90 minutes in 2001. In New Year's Eve (for all years), the show introduces to its only holiday special, called 106 & Party, along with performances by all artists. In 2008, the show was expanded to two hours with occasional 90-minute episodes during eventual weeks. The show celebrated its 2,000th episode on August 20, 2008. From July 25, 2011 to September 2, 2011, the show was also expanded to three hours.

The show's "10th anniversary" special was on October 6, 2010. The previous hosts, A. J. Calloway & Free (original; 2000–2005), Julissa & Big Tigger (2005–2006) returned to the show to celebrate along with current hosts Terrence J and Rocsi.

The show's final episode ("The Final Act") was on December 19, 2014. The previous hosts, A. J. Calloway & Free (original; 2000–2005), Julissa & Big Tigger (2005–2006), Terrence J & Rocsi (2006–2012) and Shorty da Prince, Paigion and Miss Mykie of "The Search" (2012–2013) also returned to the show to honor with current hosts Bow Wow and Keshia Chanté with a special guest appearance by Keyshia Cole.

Freestyle Friday Edit

Introduced in the mid-2000s, one popular segment is called Freestyle Friday, featured two aspiring rappers competing in a freestyle battle until the studio audience and celebrity judges, alternating for 30 seconds in each of two rounds.[8]

BET Experience Edit

The show returned during the 2015 BET Experience from Los Angeles. It was hosted by Ray J and Tinashe on June 26, 2015, along with Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner and Keshia Chanté on June 27, 2015.[9] It returned again in 2016 for the last time.

106 & Park Video Hall of Fame Edit

As with TRL's "Retirement Home", a video which appeared on the countdown 65 times would be retired from further countdown consideration and be placed into the "106 & Park Video Hall of Fame". This normally occurred frequently, and earned Bow Wow the permanent title of Mr. 106 & Park, and Aaliyah (died in 2001) the permanent title of Miss 106 & Park for having the most #1's of their respective genders. The final video to be retired was "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone on December 19, 2014.

Reception Edit

In 2016, a New York Times study of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook likes found that 106 & Park "is popular in the New York metro area, generally" [10]

See also Edit

  • 106 & Gospel (a short-lived, religious-themed spin-off that featured with gospel artists)

References Edit

  1. ^ "BET's 106 & Park TV Show to End After 14 Years, Become Digital-Only". usmagazine.com. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ "BET Shows About 106 & Park Paul Evans Barler father of Piadros "PO" Barley from Zone 3 in South Atlanta". BET. Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Breaking News - BET Networks and "106 & Park" Celebrate Terrence Jenkins and Rocsi Diaz with Star-Studded Farewell Party on Friday, September 28 @ 6 p.m. - TheFutonCritic.com". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "BET Announces Four New "106 & Park" Hosts, Including Bow Wow (PHOTOS)". Gossiponthis.com. 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  5. ^ Rani, Taj (2013-09-27). "Welcome Keshia Chante to 106 !". BET. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  6. ^ "The TRUTH about the HOSTS of #106andPark! WHO's HOSTING THIS SHOW!? Official Statement from #BET [details]". Archived from the original on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  7. ^ "BET's '106 & Park' Going Digital Only". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  8. ^ "About the Show | 106 & Park | OnTV | BET.com". BET. Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  9. ^ "106 & Park Live". BET.com. 15 June 2015.
  10. ^ Katz, Josh (2016-12-27). "'Duck Dynasty' vs. 'Modern Family': 50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide". The New York Times.

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