Fans of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, heard locally on Atlanta’s WHTA-FM and syndicated in over 60 markets nationwide, are already quite familiar with Ebony Steele. She is the comedian Smiley’s co-host, the journalist, and voice of reason (the straight guy so to speak) on a show that is immensely hilarious and chock full of humorous sketches. Besides Smiley, Steele shares court with such personalities as HeadKrack, Rock-T and Gary with da Tea.
Ebony Steele is most elated about this newest milestone—joining the ensemble of morning shows featured on “Dish Nation,” a daily television program highlighting the nation’s funniest radio shows; riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in Pop culture. Dish Nation premieres weeknights starting on September 10, and can be seen in over 95% of the country, including FOX Television Stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Some 100 morning shows across the U.S. positioned for a chance to participate on Dish Nation. The producers narrowed it down to Smiley, New York’s The Big Show with Scott & Todd on WPLJ, Detroit’s Blaine & Allyson on WDVD, The DJ Laz Morning Show and the nationally syndicated, Dallas-based drive-time program, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning.
“I have to get up and look pretty because they tape us for TV now,” jokes Ebony, a former model and one-time Miss Alabama pageant contestant. Up daily at the crack of dawn to prep for the daily morning show, Ebony certainly enjoys her work and the chemistry she shares with Smiley and the morning show crew. “Rickey and I have been friends for over 20 years,” she tells Amalgamation Magazine. “I met him six months in to his comedy career. I was a Mechanical Engineer. We met in the mall, where he was selling shoes at Tom Mccann. He thought I was kind of cool and said if he ever made it in this comedy thing, he wanted me to be his sidekick.”
True to his word, Ebony was on the air with Smiley when the morning show launched in Dallas and in 2009 relocated when the show moved to Atlanta.
Ebony, who hails from Birmingham, Alabama, is Founder and Artistic Director of Ebony Arrington Dance & Performance, Inc, a dance company with multiple studios, where she teaches hundreds of aspiring dancers. She owns and operates two dance studios. She also teaches dance to kids in daycare centers in Atlanta. A breast cancer survivor, Ebony tours the country sharing her story as a National Ambassador for the Circle of Promise.
With traveling, being on the air, teaching and giving back to her community, “It’s a full life,” says the humbled personality. “I couldn’t do it without ‘Team Steele,’ my manager Yolanda, and my assistant who make it so that I can focus simply on my various jobs.”