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DJ Neal Howard debuts as music contributor

Soul News Network recently announced the addition of Rockford’s own Neal Howard as the official music contributor, beginning March 6, 2013. Howard will contribute a weekly playlist, featuring his recommendations of top songs to get you through the week.

A Rockford native, DJ Neal Howard has been in the music business for nearly 15 years. “I enjoy seeing people having a good time,” he said. “That’s why I continue to stay in the DJ business.”

Howard credits those who came before him when he talks of how he got his start. “I learned to mix, while going to school in Chicago. Once I came back to Rockford, I started booking parties with DJ Hype (Harlan Jefferson). Alex Woods gave me my first weekly DJ job at Lamont’s Nightclub.”

More than a decade after getting his start, DJ Neal remains a local favorite. His column will be called PLAYLIST. Howard will provide readers with a weekly listing of songs. Readers can expect everything from kid friendly rap songs to workout music and a family reunion playlist. He will also provide his top five hits from select celebrities on their birthdays. Plus, readers will be the first to know what’s going on in the community and where they can find DJ Neal on weekends.

“This is going to be fun,” said Howard. “I think readers are going to enjoy some of the oldies, as well as the recent, get-up-and-go music to keep them moving through the week.”

Catch DJ Neal’s Weekly Playlist every Wednesday on SOUL at


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