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David Linton

Brooklyn born David Curtis Linton (the cat’s out the bag on the middle name) is an icon in urban entertainment. His experience includes radio personality and programmer, plus senior record company executive, consultant and entrepreneur. David chronicles his experience in the following:

Radio: (WSHA-Raleigh; on air/PD/GM), WDUR-Durham (on air personality), WPTF-Raleigh (hosted weekly Public Affairs program). College Administrator: I served as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor in charge of Media Development at Elizabeth City State University where I started and named WRVS-FM. A great experience from filing the FCC application, naming the station to the flipping the switch signing on what became the first Public Radio Station in Northeastern North Carolina (now 45,000 watts). Records: I started in records at Warner Bros in 1988 in Dallas (hired by Ernie Singleton & Ray Harris); I moved to Los Angeles first as the local for WB and later became National Director, Reprise Records (under Michael Johnson). When Michael left the Company was I allowed by Ray Harris to run the promotions department (only after his choices to replace Michael didn’t want to move to L.A.). I left Warner Bros to be VP  Polygram Label Group which morphed into Island/Def Jam, taking with me my partner and brother Ronnie Johnson who was my national in fact he was a part of my deal. I then joined Clive Davis, Jean Riggins & Lionel Ridenour at Arista Records as VP Black Music Promotions & later  joined Capitol Records as SVP R&B Promotions & Marketing, getting them started back in black music after a 7 year hiatus. Artists I worked with: Prince, Frankie Beverly, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, Take 6, Notorious BIG, P-Diddy, Toni Braxton, OutKast, The Winans, James Ingram, George Clinton, Usher, Chaka Khan, CeCe Winans, Ray Charles, Biz Markie, Faith Evans… I could go on…

 My favorite person in the whole world is my wife Eleanor

David and El

David and Eleanor

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, past or present; it would be:


Jesus Christ

The song I can’t stop listening to:


Enchantment “It’s You That I Need”

If I hear this song again I’ll go nuts:


Miguel “Adorn”

My favorite artist is:

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Al Green

 My favorite album of all time:

EWF cover

Earth, Wind & Fire
“That’s the Way of the World”

My favorite movie is:


The Godfather

My favorite actor is:


Sidney Poitier

The last movie I saw:

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The Butler

My favorite sports team:


Dallas Cowboys

My all-time favorite athlete is:



Walt “Clyde” Frazier (NY Knicks) Cool on and off the court no controversy, Clyde had a great sense of style!

My favorite thing to do on a day off:

David and Rolanda

Rolanda Watts and David
on the links playing golf

My favorite vacation spot:


Anywhere in the Carribean

My favorite TV Show:

Law and Order

“Law and Order: Criminal Intent”

My favorite cocktail is:


Bombay East on the rocks!

My guilty pleasure?

diamond crown cigar

Diamond Crown Cigar

The restaurant to die for is:

mr chow

Mr.Chow’s (they need one in ATL)

My dream car is:


Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

 My favorite city?


Los Angeles

David and fmily

David, David Sr. (Dad), El and Bernice (Sister)

David Linton

David & Eleanor
32 years strong!

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