In 2000, BET started something special. With MTV’s TRL stomping out competitors with Carson Daly in the driver’s seat, BET was hungry to supply its audience with a similar vehicle. Instead of delving deep into the arena of pop videos, BET stayed true to its roots by creating a music countdown strictly dedicated to hip hop and R&B. The outcome? BET’s 106 & Park became a reality on September 11, 2000 when AJ Calloway and Free hosted the first ever episode. From then out, 85 million viewers tuned in to see their favorite artists and entertainers sit on the illustrious couch to chop it up with the hosts. Despite several turnovers in talent, the show remained on-air for 14 years before saying its final goodbyes in 2014. Even though 106 is gone, it doesn’t mean that we can’t pay homage to the hosts, right? See where some of our favorites are at now.
See Where All the Former Hosts of BET’s ‘106 & Park’ Are Now
AJ Calloway and Free led the way for the first episode of 106 & Park on Sept. 11, 2000. Since his departure from the show in 2005, Calloway has served as a correspondent for Extra.
Free left with Calloway and proceeded with her own ventures. Her music aspirations fell flat, but she remained a strong player in the radio industry as she co-hosted Power 105’s “The Ed Lover Show” in 2009 and later joining Tigger’s “The Big Tigger Morning Show” in 2011.