Personal Managers Hall Of Fame

Celebrating Illustrious Careers in Entertainment, Music, and Talent Management.

Rushion McDonald

Inducted 2016

Rushion McDonald is the architect behind the Steve Harvey global media brand! In 2000, with Steve as the hot “Hollywood Talent” and Rushion as the rising “Hollywood Producer,” they launched the Steve Harvey Morning Show on a local Radio One station in Los Angeles. The morning show quickly rose from 19th Place to 1st Place in the Los Angeles Market in three months.

After 5 years of local radio, Rushion McDonald engineered a deal with Premiere Radio Networks to launch the Steve Harvey Morning Show on a nationally syndicated platform. In 2005 the Steve Harvey Morning Show started with 4 markets. It has now grown to 76 markets with 8 million weekly listeners.

Throughout the years Rushion McDonald has used his mathematics degree and marketing talents he developed at IBM, to grow the Steve Harvey media empire. Rushion was responsible for negotiating the following deals:

  • 2000 – Negotiated the Los Angeles Radio Deal with Radio One for the Steve Harvey Morning Show to broadcast on 92.3 The Beat
  • 2005 – Negotiated the Nationally Syndicated Radio Deal for Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Radio Networks
  • 2009 – Negotiated the Book Deal with Harper Collins Publishers which resulted in the following New York Times Number #1 Best Sellers ‘Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,’ ‘Straight Talk, No Chaser,’ and ‘Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success’
  • 2010 – Negotiated with Freemantle Media for Steve Harvey to host Syndicated “Family Feud’
  • 2011 – Negotiated with Screen Gems for the movie rights to “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man”. This lead to production of the hit movies, “Think Like A Man and Think Like A Man Too,”
  • 2011 – Negotiated with Endemol/NBC to produce and air the syndicated ‘Steve Harvey Talk Show’
  • 2012 – Negotiated the contract extension for the Steve Harvey Morning Show with iHeartMedia

2014 and 2015 were exceptional years for Rushion McDonald in regards to personal achievement. He was honored with the Living Legends Entrepreneur Award for his body of work in both radio and television. As executive producer of “The Steve Harvey Talk Show,” Rushion was presented with several prestigious honors – NAACP Image Awards and Daytime Emmy Awards.

Rushion McDonald’s Alma Mater, University of Houston, recognized him as a 2015 Distinguished Alumni at their 61st Annual Awards Gala in Houston, TX.