You can hear LaDawn Black‘s voice weeknights on 92Q Jams (Baltimore) from 10P to 2A and on Saturdays from 10A-3P on Magic 95.9. She asks the thought provoking questions; like “tell me the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding.” (like I said, thought provoking, right?)
LaDawn is really good…I mean REALLY good at what she does. Her content is dangerous, yet informative and absolutely helpful when you’re looking for the right answer.
It’s late night and the kids are asleep, so you should never feel embarrassed about the questions she asks on her late night talk show. But you can’t help but giggle a little because she says everything you imagined yourself saying out loud. Don’t worry, she’s a professional.
I’ve even asked her questions (you’ll never know) and she’s just as out spoken and to the point as she is on the radio.
I wanted to add her on my list of one-on-one Radio Chick interviews because I dig her! I like LaDawn Black and I know you will to! As a matter of fact, I know you’ll love her even more once you take this VIP pass into her world. Find out what she has to say about the industry, her life, her worst studio guest and where she plans to take her talents in the next 10-15 years.
LaDawn Black: Radio Personality Radio One:
- The LaDawn Black Show
- Love, Sex & Relationships Nightly 92Q Baltimore
- Weekend Day Version Magic 95.9 Baltimore
How long have you been in the radio business?
What was it about radio that struck your interest?
I am a HUGE fan of talk radio and I have always loved when personalities on Urban/ Urban AC were able to mix music and that same level of entertaining conversation and debate that talk radio has. Plus, I have had this voice since birth why not use it!
What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why?
Top 40, Neo Soul, Country and 90s Alternative Rock
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to)
Anything by Prince, Madonna, or my hubby-in-my-head Lenny Kravitz
You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview and it went terribly wrong? Describe.
Yes! Worst interview ever was with a current reality TV star who is also a hot young R&B artist. Hosting a love, sex and relationship show celebs know what I am going to ask about. She came in and said she was a virgin and a Christian. The interview went downhill from there.
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?
Interviewing El Debarge was the best because he was everything I expected him to be … a true star! He was gracious, humble and gorgeous. Keke Wyatt is my fave lady. She is as off the hook as you’d expect and is an insanely beautiful woman that should be getting much more love in the industry than she does.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
That I have done all of the freaky things that I talk about at night. I have done quite a bit, but not all.
What don’t people get about music when it comes to radio?
Having a slow jam show on an Urban radio, most people don’t get that we can’t reach all the way back to the love classics. They love the new stuff, but many would prefer the old stuff and we can’t do a lot of that. Also, being in Baltimore, listeners don’t get that we can’t play Dru Hill, Sisqo, Paula Campbell, Prophet Jones and Scola all night. We know Baltimore loves their own!!!
Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why?
Wendy Williams – listened to her for years and I love that she has transitioned into a new TV phase of her career. Met her a few years back at the start of her TV show and just was so inspired to never give up on goals no matter the time you have in or what others may say is or isn’t for you.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Not to go into radio sales when I really wanted to be on-air.
I was in Marketing and Public Relations for a number of years before getting into radio and my first radio interview was for a Marketing and Community Director position. Before he offered me the job, he asked what my end goal was and I said to be on the radio. The GM gave me this advice and promptly walked me over to programming and I had my first radio job as a producer for one of the biggest slow jams shows in the DC market a week later.
What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio?
That we cannot carry a syndicated show on our own. Some of the most funny, informative and community focused radio I have ever heard has come from women. There should be more syndicated shows featuring women in Urban radio … period. Especially a love, sex and relationship show … *wink*
Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years?
Still around and kicking! It will look a lot different with a continued focus on personalities being “more than just radio” in order to be relevant, but it will exist because people still want their free music access and a local station.
What do you think is wrong with hip hop and R&B?
Hip Hop is anti-woman and misogynistic. Even female artists have adopted the negative messaging toward women which is disturbing.
R&B needs to get back to being romantic. There are only so many ways you can tell me that you want to hit it or how big or soft it is.
Who do you think is the most under-appreciated artist out there right now?
Adrian Marcel is something special and of course, Raheem DeVaughn!
What do you want your legacy to be?
“That she did all that she came to do” — as a person, a wife/ mom and as a talent.
Biggest regret is….
None — I have been on a lucky streak where if I think it … I do it. Let’s hope it continues *smile*
If you could be one of these, who would it be and why? (funny I know…but I’m curious)
Sex In The City girls – Who wouldn’t want to be fab in NYC!
How can people reach out to you?
- Web: http://www.ladawnblack.com
- IG/ Twitter: @teasebyladawn
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ladawn.black.5
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