DeRay Davis at Foxwoods

DeRay Davis at Foxwoods

Comedian DeRay Davis is coming to The Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday January 19th at 8pm.

Tickets are on sale at

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DeRay can next be seen in his new hour special HOW TO ACT BLACK on Netflix. He will also appear in Russell Simmons’ ALL DEF COMEDY series debuting on HBO at the end of the year. DeRay just wrapped hosting duties for the second season of VH1’s HIP HOP SQUARES, executive produced by Ice Cube. Recently, he appeared on the big screen in ALL EYEZ ON ME and GROW HOUSE alongside Snoop Dogg and Lil Duval.

Previously, he starred in the third installment of the BARBERSHOP franchise THE NEXT CUT. Prior to that he was the host of the GSN series MIND OF A MAN as well as appearing in the VH1 TV movie DRUMLINE: A NEW BEAT. Other features he has appeared in are GI JOE: RETALIATION, 21 JUMP STREET, JUMPING THE BROOM, SEMI PRO, OLD DOGS, IMAGINE THAT, LICENSE TO WED, SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, THE CLEANER, SCARY MOVIE 4, THE FOG, BARBERSHOP 1 & 2, and JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION.

DeRay has also been seen guest-starring on EMPIRE, ENTOURAGE, THE LEAGUE and recurring on THE BOONDOCKS. He has starred in many stand-up specials including DERAY DAVIS: POWERPLAY on Showtime, HBO’S DEF COMEDY JAM, BET’S COMICVIEW, and COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS as well as being a series regular on the hit MTV series WILD N OUT and performing the comedy skits on Kanye West’s LPs “Late Registration” and “The College Dropout”. DeRay performs around the country and hosts a famous weekly show at the Hollywood Improv entitled MO BETTER MONDAYS.

Kool & The Gang: Valentine’s Day Celebration

Kool & The Gang: Valentine’s Day Celebration

Kool & The Gang’s Valentine’s Day Celebration is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on Thursday February 14, 2019 at 8pm!

Tickets are on sale at

Listen to WYBC all this week for your chance to win tickets!


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Kool & the Gang have influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Ladies Night,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Joanna” and “Get Down On It.” They’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. Kool & the Gang has performed continuously for the past 43 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.

WYBC Spotlight Artist: CLARK

WYBC Spotlight Artist: CLARK

WYBC Spotlight Artist: CLARK

Bio (written by Beatrice Clark)

Clark is an up and coming singer/songwriter, who was born and raised in the rough, gritty streets of Trenton, NJ.

His self proclaimed moniker, “Soul of da Hood,” was birthed as a result of poverty and going through life’s everyday struggles! Clark comes from a big family of singers and musicians, who are all ultra talented!

From his preaching grandfathers, all the way down to the babies!

His music is influenced by the likes of Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and a church background, which also embodied and shined a light on the tough, dark undertones of growing up in the hood.

Through his music, Clark tries to speak for those that are fighting life’s rigors & may want to throw in the towel. He encourages and inspires those to believe that they are not alone and that better days definitely lie ahead!

The Icy Plunge for the Cure in West Haven

The Icy Plunge for the Cure in West Haven

The Icy Plunge for the Cure, a longtime winter tradition, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program.

Participants in the plunge can break out the arctic swimwear at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Savin Rock Beach.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. in the Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock St.

The benefit, in its 19th year, was spearheaded by city and police officials to increase breast cancer awareness. Their initial meeting, on Sept. 28, 2000, led to the creation of the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Committee and a series of fundraisers, including the plunge, in support of breast cancer research and education.

The events, which included a duckpin bowling tournament, bake sale, pizza taste-off, walkathon and candlelight vigil, were held in memory of Susan A. Ruickoldt, a third-grade Savin Rock Community School teacher who died of breast cancer in 1997.

In 2003, the committee established the Susan A. Ruickoldt Scholarship Fund, which awards $2,000 to a female high school senior from West Haven who plans to continue her education.

Today, the scholarship fund and plunge are the committee’s remaining initiatives, said city Human Resources Commissioner Beth A. Sabo, a founding member who is joined on the committee by founders Maureen Blake, Jennifer Cavallaro, Ronald M. Quagliani, Susan See, Colleen Smullen and Lorie Tamaro, as well as new member Anthony Cordone.

“It has truly been an unbelievable run for the plunge and scholarship,” Sabo said.

The first 100 people to register for the frosty dip will receive “plungewear.” The top fundraiser will receive a prize.

Participants will wait on the beach for the signal to charge into the frigid surf of Long Island Sound. Wetsuits are not allowed.

About 175 people took part in last year’s event, which netted $25,000, Sabo said.

Since the inaugural plunge in 2001, the committee has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and education, buoyed by Cordone, a local contractor who has raised close to $200,000 for the cause during that time, Sabo said.

Proceeds have previously gone to the Smilow Breast Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Looking Forward, an education and wellness program for cancer patients at Smilow.

Organizers anticipate another hearty turnout this year, with invitations extended to Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and her predecessors, former Mayors Edward M. O’Brien, John M. Picard and H. Richard Borer Jr.

City, police and fire departments are forming teams and issuing challenges to one another to help raise the stakes and more money.

After the plunge, organizers will hold a raffle with prizes donated by area businesses.

Sabo said the event is a celebration of survivors and a remembrance of loved ones who have died of the disease.

Registration forms are available in the Department of Human Resources on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.

Pledges for the plunge must be handed in the day of the event, Sabo said. Checks are payable to the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program.

For information or to sponsor the plunge, call Sabo at 203-937-3558.

Send donation checks to the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program, Department of Human Resources, 355 Main St., West Haven, CT 06516.

— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator

NHPS School Expos

NHPS School Expos

Join 94.3 WYBC for The New Haven Public Schools “School Expo” on February 9th and 13th!

This is your opportunity to learn more about our schools. All schools will have booths staffed by administrators, teachers, parents and students at each of the Expos. We hope to see you there!


Saturday February 9th

11:00am to 2:00pm

at Wilbur L. Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive in New Haven

Stop by the WYBC booth and meet Banesha B!


Wednesday February 13th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

at Floyd Little Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Parkway in New Haven

Stop by the WYBC booth and meet Wanda Coppage!


For more info visit




IRIS Run for Refugees 5K Road Race

IRIS Run for Refugees 5K Road Race

Run with us on Sunday February 3rd at the annual IRIS Run for Refugees 5K Road Race starting at Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive in New Haven.




8:30am: Packet Pick-Up & Registration

10:00am: 5K Start

10:15am: Post-Race Party!

11:00am: Awards Ceremony


Long sleeve tech tees to the first 2,000 entrants! All remaining entrants receive cotton tees.



There are 5 parking lots available at Wilbur Cross High School and street parking. No additional designated race parking is available. No shuttle service!


Course Info

The course runs entirely through the scenic neighborhood of East Rock. The flat course begins and finishes at Wilbur Cross High School.


Post-Race Party

A post-race party with food from refugee chefs from around the globe and some of New Haven’s best restaurants including Archie Moore’s, One 6 Three Pizza, Ashley’s Ice Cream and more! Also included are live music, vendors, awards ceremony & more.



  • First male & female finishers.
  • Top 3 men & women finishers in each of the following divisions:
    • 12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+.
  • Top 3 largest fundraisers.


Sponsorship Opportunities

With your help, we can raise thousands of dollars for IRIS. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Zeenie Malik at


Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

IRIS resettled 530 refugees last year! The mission of IRIS is to enable refugees and other displaced people to establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. Refugees are men, women and children who fled their countries of origin due to persecution on the basis of their race, nationality, religious belief, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Currently, IRIS’s refugee clients come from Syria, Afghanistan, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and other countries. IRIS provides refugees with housing, food, clothing, and services such as education, English training, job preparation and placement, health care, and immigration legal aid.



Donate or fundraise $200 or more for IRIS and receive complimentary race entry! Your donation and fundraising efforts help IRIS provide a variety of services and support to refugees. You can create a fundraising page during online race registration. Once you raise $200, your entry fee will automatically be refunded. You can also fundraise or donate by clicking below. Questions? Contact

Enter to win: Breakfast with The JCMS

Enter to win: Breakfast with The JCMS

Each morning you wake up with The Juan Castillo Morning Show. Now here’s your chance to join the JCMS in studio and have breakfast with the entire morning show!

Enter to win breakfast for you and a guest at the WYBC Studios in Downtown New Haven with the JCMS and be part of the show! Each month we’ll randomly pick a winner to have breakfast with the show from 8-10am!

Breakfast is courtesy of Three Brothers Diner, 1038 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. Open 24 hours everyday!

Enter to win: Menopause The Musical

Enter to win: Menopause The Musical

Menopause The Musical is coming to Waterbury’s Palace Theater on Saturday March 23rd at 8pm. Tickets are on sale at

Enter to win a pair of tickets!