WIZARDS OFFICIAL DJ: BIG TIGGER
Big Tigger, official DJ for the Washington Wizards and host of CBS Radio’s WPGC’s Afternoon Drive has earned a name for himself as one of radio and television’s most distinctive personalities, providing hip-hop fanatics with the hottest music and performances from multi-platinum hip-hop and R&B artists, including Ashanti, Eminem, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent. He reached millions of fans weekly as the co-host of BET’s #1 Hip Hop Program, 106th & Park, as well as it’s entertainment news program, “BET Style”, and through radio airwaves with his nationally syndicated countdown show, “Live in the Den with Big Tigger”. This well-spoken broadcast veteran defines the ‘who, what, when, where and how’ of hip-hop culture.
Well-known for his silky smooth tenor, Big Tigger entered the television scene on voiceovers for BET in 1997, while still working the radio circuit. Within a year, fans were watching him on-camera, on Rap City’s “Hip Hop News,” and he swiftly advanced to become the co-host of Rap City in its 10th season, alongside Big Lez and Joe Clair. Internal changes at BET led to the reform of Rap City into Rap City: Tha Bassment. As host, Big Tigger was a prime factor of the show’s success as the longest-running nationally televised hip-hop show. After a five-year run, Rap City: Tha Bassment, which featured the hottest DJs and artists in hip-hop and the popular “Tha Booth” segment allowing the multi-faceted veejay to showcase his freestyle talents, aired its final program on January 17, 2005. A natural in front of the camera, Big Tigger is often chosen for commercial and television roles; highlights include a national Reebok commercial with All-Star guard Steve Francis of the Orlando Magic and a guest star appearance on Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central show.
In May 2003, Big Tigger began his own three-hour syndicated radio show entitled “Live in the Den with Big Tigger.” The weekly countdown show features today’s hottest artists, interviews and entertainment news. Syndicated by Premiere Radio Network, Live in the Den can be heard in 66 US markets (including seven of the ten largest markets) and 3 countries. Out of his genuine concern for the community and youth, Big Tigger organized the Street Corner Foundation (SCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and to improving quality of life for youth by focusing on the issues of literacy and self-esteem. SCF and Big Tigger launched an annual three-day charity event in Washington, DC in 2002. Attended by celebrities from the worlds of music, sports and film/television, the weekend highlights include: HIV/AIDS Testing Program, Youth Sports Clinic, Private Welcome Reception & Silent Auction, Celebrity Panel Discussion Sponsors Luncheon, All Star Celebrity Basketball Game and dance parties. Big Tigger’s 7th Annual Celebrity Classic, was held in Washington, DC June 6-8, 2008.
During Big Tigger’s downtime, he enjoys motorcycle riding, playing basketball and participating in charitable events. Whether he’s on the radio or television, emceeing or veejaying, Big Tigger leaves a lasting impression in the minds of millions of fans.
WIZARDS HOST: AUTRIA GODFREY
Autria Godfrey joined the Wizards Game Night in 2007 to help get more fans on their feet. Whether it's through Wizards Trivia or making the rounds in the stands, her mission is to get you yelling for the Wizards.
No stranger to basketball, Autria worked with the Aggie Men's Basketball team while a student at Texas A&M University. But after a brief stint living in Washington, DC attending American University, Autria realized there's no better team to cheer for than the Wizards.
After graduating from A&M, Autria put her Journalism degree to work. After a year as a reporter, she moved up the ranks and is currently morning anchor in Charlottesville, VA.
Always looking for new ways to get you out of your seat, give her an idea next time you see her scouring the stands for the biggest Wizards fans.
PA ANNOUNCER: RALPH WESLEY
Ralph Wesley begins his first season as the P.A. Announcer for the Washington Wizards. A District native, Ralph has an unrelenting passion for announcing, and his love for the game of basketball helps to add another element of fun and excitement to everyone’s gameday experience.
His distinctive voice as a Public Address Announcer at live athletic venues is becoming more noticeable. A graduate of Delaware State University, Ralph has developed his craft over the years, and other teams have taken notice. As a professional P.A. Announcer, Ralph has served with organizations such as the Washington Mystics (WNBA), Delaware State University (NCAA), the DC Divas and has also done work for the Washington Redskins (NFL), the Atlantic 10 Conference (NCAA), the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association and various semi-pro teams and charitable organizations.
Ralph also works with other media outlets such as ESPN 980 and Doc Walker’s ProView, as well as establishing his career as a Voice-Over artist.
Ralph currently resides in Northeast D.C.