She’s the newest radio personality you hear weeknights and some weekends on 92Q Jams (Baltimore, MD) who has an extensive radio history with a few top markets.
Her name is Autumn Joi and I met her in passing several months ago. I had no idea who she was and after asking several people, I still didn’t know. Throughout my “quest”, I found out she’s “cool” and “talented”. I also found out she used to work for WPGC 95.5 (Washington, DC) for a while.
That didn’t help me either. You see, when there’s a new “jock” added to the roster, most program directors (no shade) refrain from bringing them around to meet the vets. It’s something that happens quite often and with that, it’s not welcomed in a positive light.
It feeds the insecure thoughts of “who is she?” or “I know she’s not going to take my job!” and the famous “Hmmm…let’s see what she’s gonna do.” (Don’t act like you ain’t never had those thoughts!)
One day, I’m at a remote for a local furniture store and I had to call into the station to do my “callback” when Autumn answers the phone. The bubbly voice and excitement threw me off a bit but I found it to be pretty welcoming. She and I exchanged our professional banter and carried on throughout our day.
After the remote, I HAD to see who this Autumn Joi chick was. She was the exact match to the voice I heard over the phone and on the air.
She’s mad cool and super talented. And most importantly, she’s eager to gain more knowledge that she already has; being a veteran in this industry for 13 years.
If you’ve never listened to Autumn Joi before, check her out weeknights as the new host for the Love Zone on 92Q Jams.
Autumn-Joi, 92Q Jams Baltimore – Sundays 10am to 3pm and pretty much fill in for everyone LOL
How long have you been in the radio business? Been doing radio for over 13 years
How long were you in the television business? Been doing TV for about 7 years
What is more enjoyable/different? I enjoy being able to be my crazy self and its accepted by the listeners!
Would you say it’s hard to work with/for women in radio than it is to work with/for men? I’ve experienced hardship from both men and women in this industry especially starting out. Women were intimidated by men and men felt like I was just a young girl who had no clue.
What do you think is the most challenging being a talent in your career? Honestly the biggest challenge is breaking into the industry and making a reputable name for yourself.
Did you (or do you) have a mentor in radio? If so, who are they and what have they helped you on in reference to your career? Donnie Simpson
was my mentor and the first person to EVER let me crack the mic! He’s the reason why I decided to use my government name instead of coming up with a stage name AND he taught me the importance of being true to you and to NEVER conform!
What was it about radio that struck your interest?
I became addicted to radio early! I remember taking my little black tape recorder and recording myself introducing songs off the radio and playing it back for my family! After hearing myself on WPGC 95.5,
I remember thinking “WOW that’s me!” and “I sound good!”
What makes a good radio talent? Being YOU is what makes a good talent. Don’t try to mimic anyone! Come up with original material and build your brand around that.
How do you respond to women in the media who become out of touch from those trying to reach that particular level of success? Women that don’t help other women are usually intimidated by their potential. When you lose touch with where you came from and don’t reach back out to help, karma WILL catch up with you!
Have you ever been fired? How did you bounce back? YUP! I got fired in 2006 and boy did i feel like the world was over! i thought my career was done and no one would EVER hire me again. After i got myself together i realized that i would of fired me too but i decided to not let it define me so i moved to NY in 2008 and ended up in an even better position on Shade 45 🙂
What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? I LOVE LOVE LOVE top 40 radio! I would love to end up on a station that plays a mix of Hip Hop and Pop!
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to)
My go crazy song is Ice Cream Paint Job by Dorrough
! i still love that song and truly believe he didnt get the credit he deserved for it
You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview where it went terribly wrong? Describe.
Interviewed Shy Glizzy
for my internet radio show and it started out pretty slow because he was fresh off the road and was not interested in doing anything except sleeping. We ended up actually having a great interview in the end but it started off rocky.
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? Hands down best celebrity experience was working with 50 Cent at G-Unit! He is the most intellegent and down to earth person I’ve encountered! He also gave me great advice about my career that i still hold true to today!
What don’t people get about music when it comes to radio? When it comes to radio people don’t get that i don’t control the music so NO i wont play your demo LMAO
Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why?
I absolutely love Deja Vu
on The Heat on satellite radio. Her personality sounds so fun and energetic and i always feel like she’s speaking directly to her listeners.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Best advice I’ve received is to keep your business to yourself!!!!!!!!!!
What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio? I don’t think women really have to many misconceptions anymore. We are everywhere in the industry now and pretty much have taken over 🙂
Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years? Urban Radio will be more interactive within the next 10 to 15 years. Personalities will have to be more technology savvy.
Who do you think is the most under appreciated artist out there right now? The most unappreciated artist is Teedra Moses!!!!!! her music is amazing and i feel like she doesn’t get the support or love she deserves.
If you could give advice to someone wanting to be a radio personality, what would you say? The best advice I can give someone starting out in radio is to intern. Interning opens up so many doors and truly allows you to see the inner workings of the industry. Also understand that Rome wasnt built in one night so dont expect to hop on air your first day, gotta crawl first!
Biggest regret is… moving away from New York. I truly believe i would be further along in my career if I had stayed BUT i do think God put me exactly where i needed to be and for that i am thankful!
How can you be reached?
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER/IG @JustKiKiBrown
FAN ME ON FACEBOOK @MsKiKiBrown
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