Civ Jones is a part of the Radio One family and that’s how we met. She’s a woman whi never seasons her words; you get it straight from the hip! She’s curious about a lot of things and never hesitates to ask questions.
I like Civ because, in my opinion, she has such a free spirit and she’s a chick that simply wants to win; the right way.
You can hear her most weekends on Magic 95.9 (Baltimore). Also, you can see her hosting or performing at local open mic night or cultural/hip hop music events.
She’s adventurous and I’m not sure if it’s because she’s in the Army Reserve or maybe it’s because she was born that way.
I’m glad she decided to grant me this one on one, because not only does it give you the opportunity to get to know her, but I wouldn’t mind learning a bit more about Miss Civ Jones myself!
How long have you been in the radio business?
Who helped you get your start in radio?
God lead me to various people who encouraged me to stay the course. I do have to thank WOLB’s Larry Young though. He reached out to me to be a host for his Shero segment several years ago. That platform opened up many doors for me in radio and for that, I’m forever grateful. However my start comes from sheer determination, drive and having the mindset that failure was not an option.
Are females harder to get along with in radio?
Not at all. Of course there are various types of women that you come across that have those walls up and make hard for someone else to get along with them. I try not to take it personal though. Especially when I know it has nothing to do with me.
Do you think it’s a lot of competition?
I believe there’s hidden competition. Meaning, its not really in your face but its there. Most of the time you don’t notice it until your manager pulls you in the office because someone told on you about your outside activities. (snakes in the grass)
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to)
When I’m exercising, Beyonce’s “711” its on constant repeat. When I need to get over someone, Lil Kim’s entire “Hardcore” album and when I’m feeling good about life Twinkie Clark ‘Endow Me”.
You interviewed a lot of celebrities. Was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview and it went terribly wrong? Describe.
Charlie Murphy is was so damn serious. It was an intense situation I felt like I was interviewing his character MC Gusto from CB4.
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?
When I interviewed TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank) and hosted their meet and greet. That was a moment in my life that I had realized that I had accomplished my dream. I had grown up listening to these guys then there I was interviewing them. It was surreal.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
That I’m so hardcore but I’m really a delicate flower that cares a lot about people.
What don’t people get about music when it comes to radio?
For artists, that it’s a 99% chance that their music will never be played on radio.
Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why?
I really like Wendy Williams. She is un-apologetically herself.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
“The squeaky wheel gets the oil”. Basically make noise, ask questions and speak your concerns for what you want.
If given the chance, I’ve alays wanted to try: (fill in the blank)
Jumping from a diving board.
What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio?
That we don’t work hard or we’re not needed.
Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years?
Gone if doesn’t get back in tune with the people.
What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B?
The people who created it (black people) do not own it. We don’t own the record companies that produce it or the media outlets that play it. Also there is a lack of balance among the type of music that is allowed to come out.
Who do you think is the most under appreciated artist out there right now?
The ones that are actually saying something
(Civ Jones and Comedian Katt Willams)
Who’s in your iPod/radar?
Greenspan, Eze Jackson and Kissi B musically are doing it for me right now. I listen to more unsigned local artist then I do national ones.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want the seeds that I have planted to be felt, heard and seen. I want to leave behind a something that has helped people.
(Civ Jones and singer Raheem DeVaughn)
Biggest regret is….
Staying in a place/situation or being around people too long when I knew that the season was up.
How can people reach out to you?
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER/IG @JustKiKiBrown
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