Sway Calloway

Sway Calloway attends the MTV EMA’s 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Nov. 8, 2014 – Source: Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe/Zimbio)

*Hip Hop journalist and satellite radio host Sway Calloway has scored a gig at VH1, hosting and producing several programs and special events for the network. Sway will serve as an on-air personality and executive produce on an extension of the classic “Behind The Music” franchise titled “Behind The…,” that will tell stories of pop culture moments, political moments and social issues, Vibe reports.

According to the press released:

VH1 has signed pop culture icon and music news leader Sway Calloway as an on-air personality and producer. The radio and TV news veteran will appear in VH1’s tentpole events, executive produce specials and events and bring new programming ideas to the channel.

“Sway is a true icon who is a triple threat as a personality, producer and actor,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager, VH1. “We’re proud to welcome Sway to the VH1 family and can’t wait to share his incredible talents and insights with our viewers.”

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Calloway began his career as a hip hop artist before he transitioned to television as a pivotal member of the MTV news team in 2000. He continues to be a staple in Hip-Hop with his SiriusXM/Shade 45 radio show “Sway In The Morning” and his high-profile interviews with President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Mariah Carey, Jay Z and Kanye West, which spawned the famous #HowSway. He also connects with fans at SwaysUniverse.com, and has a recurring role in the hit FOX music drama series “Empire.”

“I’m looking forward to hosting and creating groundbreaking, meaningful and fun programming for VH1,” Calloway said. “As an Executive Producer, I am excited about discovering and telling new stories.”