Student Riding Bus to Graduation Rewarded with a Car on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show
Viral pictures of Corey Patrick highlighted his daily 4am routine to ride a bus to high school and graduate;
National radio host Rickey Smiley surprises student on-air, rewarding him with a car for being the “definition of determination”
A bus driver’s social post of graduating high school student Corey Patrick became a viral sensation, landing the youth on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, where he was rewarded for his determination with a car. Rickey Smiley, who hosts the award-winning nationally syndicated morning show, invited Patrick on the radio show following his graduation acknowledging, “We want to thank you Corey, for showing us the definition of determination,” regarding his daily commitment to catch an early morning bus to travel crosstown to complete his high school education. Smiley then told Patrick he would need to get a driver’s license and that Smiley, along with R&B hitmaker Tyrese and 95.7 JAMZ in Birmingham, AL would work to get him a car. In less than 24 hours, Corey Patrick had a brand new car from University Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Anniston, AL.
On the popular radio show, Smiley further stated “You inspire so many people. You inspire me to do better.” Smiley referenced the fact that Patrick woke up at 4 am to catch a bus in the 5 am hour to get to school at Tarrant High School in Tarrant, AL. The interview, video and pictures can be found on the show website https://rickeysmileymorningshow.com/tag/corey-patrick/and on Rickey Smiley’s social media.
The interview and story have grown further, being shared digitally and through broadcast including on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, People and more.
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is heard weekdays nationally from 6 – 10 am ET on nearly 60 radio stations.
Rickey Smiley is the National Association of Broadcasters’ 2017 recipient of the Radio Marconi Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, Syndication. Edgy, quick-paced and anchored by Rickey, one of the nation’s most popular comedians, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show entertains a wide variety of listeners. The “can’t miss a minute” morning show perfectly blends Hip-Hop/R&B music, exclusive comedy and spiritual enlightenment with today’s hottest topics in news, entertainment and sports. A leader in radio, the urban music-based radio program is heard on nearly 60 stations with Rickey and co-hosts Da Brat, Gary Wit Da Tea, Headkrack, Juicy, Rock T and Special K, along with show producers Hollywood and Beyoncé Alowishus. In addition to radio and standup comedy tours, Smiley continues to flourish on television with his daily scoop on Dish Nation and reality show, Rickey Smiley For Real on TV One, as well as authoring a book. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is syndicated by Reach Media, Inc., a subsidiary of Urban One.