On top of all the other things I’m handling in my day to day routine (CEO of Nice 2 Media Marketing & Promotions, LLC and now afternoon personality for WAMO100, Pittsburgh), I am now music & content coordinator for an online station called Urban Media Today Radio; a product of Urban Media Today online magazine.
The station is an Urban AC music format that includes music, entertainment reporting, sports (coming soon) and finance commentary (also coming soon). It’s not as easy as one would seem it is but I really like it! I hope you will too!
You can find the online station via Live365 online or through the free app which Urban Media Today also carries on iPhone and Android.
I’ve always wanted to program a station so this is a dream come true for me. One that is extremely challenging as well as super fun!
If you’re ever in need of checking out a new UrbanAC station online, log onto www.UrbanMediaToday.com and let me know what you think by emailing me at PD@UrbanMediaToday.com!
And follow the station on Twitter & Instagram @UMTRadio!
I’m not sure if you agree but I don’t think Kendu (Mary J. Blige’s soon to be ex-husband) deserves any type of settlement, but obviously a divorce court judge might feel he does.
The Jasmine Brand is reporting that Kendu Isaacs WANTS MJB to pay HIM (yes…she has to pay HIM) $100K a month in spousal support.
Are you ready for this? Here is the list of necessities in order for him to live a NORMAL life (post Mary):
The items include: $5,000 a month to support his parents, $4,971 for two children from a past relationship, $1,200 he pays on eating out and the $60,000 in rent he owes to several properties, $2,500 on auto expenses and transportation, $5,708 for a housekeeper and maintenance on his properties and another $1,723 on groceries.
My recommendation, he should start prepping his food on Sunday’s like I do and pitch a Back To Life…Back To Reality TV show with Mike Epps’ ex-wife since clearly they have the same goals in life! #THIRSTY
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I’ve always been one to support my fellow females in the media. If they’re traffic anchors, radio pesonalities, producers, television, newspaper (print), or social media, we all work hard and deserve the same amount of respect and support as anyone else in this industry.
So, I figured why not show my ladies in the media (I call them Media Chicks) some love by inviting them to a private luncheon where we can share strories on how we got started, who motivates us, and so much more.
(Ki Ki and WBAL’s own Vanessa Herring)
In attendance were news anchors from WJZ and WMAR in Baltimore as well as WBAL TV, Radio One, TV One, Metro Traffic, Total Traffic & Weather, Radio One and CBS radio/TV.
Sharing lunch with these women was an amazing experience not just for me but for anyone looking to start a career in the industry. I’ve received advice from news veteran Kelly Swoop (WMAR) and Ashley James (WMAR) about what to expect when starting a career in television.
(Ki Ki and Nicki Mayo go dress shopping)
Nicki Mayo (TV One, Associated Press and President of Black Association of Black Journalists) helped me learn some pretty “bloat” appropriate poses when taking pics and wearing the right “newscaster wrap dress”.
(Ki Ki & ABC 2’s own Kelly Swoop take a selfie #MediaChicksLuncheon)
I’ve learned a lot that day and plan on doing activities like this one more often. I encourage you to do the same for others in your industry of choice. It helps get to know those you work with and learn more from them. It will help you gain a little more respect and figure out if this is where you really want to be.
Salute to all the media chicks in the entire industry! You are appreciated!
Kimia Workman entered a contest hosted by 92Q Jams (Baltimore) for a chance to host a portion of the Stone Soul festival and let me say SHE DID THAT!
Kimia Workman, Sheffield Institute graduate and former intern for 92Q, showed up at Druid Hill Park on time, without an entourage, and ready to work! She did so well, she received an internship with 92Q Afternoon jock, Konan and worked as a board operator for Radio One, Baltimore.
Her path has changed as she is now concentrating solely on becoming an actress; working in dramatic short films, stage plays and music videos.
Kimia not only acts but she dances and models! She’s THAT CHICK!
I can’t wait for that one day, I’m at a movie theater and I see my girl Kimmie on the screen featured as the main character or supporting actress in a major film! It’s going to happen! I’m praying a film director or producer is reading this because this chick is talented!
Read about Kimia and check out her work:
Name: Kimia’ Workman
Station (market/format/timeslot): formally weekend personality for 92Q Jams
How long have you been in the radio business? I studied communications/broadcast journalism at Morgan State University and went to Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts. I’ve been working for Radio One since 2010, starting out as an intern. So professional, going on 5 years.
How long were you in the television business? I’ve always wanted to do television. I first appeared on television with my internship in high school on The Educational Channel in Towson, Md. I then interned for ABC Channel 2 news while in college, had my own fitness tv show, and was an anchor on MSU TV News.
What is more enjoyable/different? I really love them both. I didn’t think I would love radio the way I do. When I was growing up, people always said they could see me on TV. I never considered a career in radio until I won the K-Swift scholarship from 92Q to study at Sheffield.
Would you say it’s hard to work with/for women in radio than it is to work with/for men? I think it is equally hard no matter who you work for. Entertainment in general is a cut throat business and you have to put your all in it and work hard at it if you want to succeed. Radio is no different. With the limited opportunities there are for men and women in radio, it’s even more paramount that you make an impact and significantly stand out no matter who you are working for or with.
What do you think is the most challenging being a talent in your career? The most challenging I would say is trying to stay focused and understanding who your real friends are, who are really looking out for you, as opposed to the so called “haters” that are looking for you to fail. And of course, again, the opportunities are limited.
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? I would say my first major mentor was Konan. I interned under him for months and really learned a lot. I always asked him so many questions about the business and he always gave me straight up answers. He has been in the business for years and still going strong so I will always look to him for advice. Others that I love watching progress and that have inspired and gave me advise, either through knowing them personally or just through social media are Free, Big Tigger, Tom Joyner, Kiki Brown, April Watts, Angie Ange, Deja Perez, Porkchop, Producer Frenchy, DJ Kei Touch, Ron Thompson, and Angela Yee just to name a few. Also music director Tayla Johnson and Radio One Baltimore Operations Manager, Al Payne have been a pivotal part in starting my on air career here at 92Q.
What was it about radio that struck your interest? I think it was the impact that you can make on people and the fun you have. I have never enjoyed a job this much ever. Radio has a way of transforming society and communicating with people in a different way. It is a very powerful medium that influences our culture, and overall, I just love entertaining.
What makes a good radio talent? I would say you definitely have to have a great personality that attracts people. Also, attentiveness to details, the ability to adapt in a fast paced environment, adapt to changes at any given moment, interacting with listeners, focus, leading your community, and investing yourself in making an impact. Being a personality is not just being on air, you have to be on all the time, just like famous celebrities. You never know who may be watching.
How do you respond to women in the media who become out of touch from those trying to reach that particular level of success? The main thing to do is to never let anyone tell you you can’t do something. If you have a strong desire to accomplish something, nothing should get in your way. There are going to be obstacles along the way, but that is just to test you to see how serious you really are. Stand strong, stay focused, and get the mentality that “you can’t” out of your head.
Have you ever been fired? How did you bounce back? I have been fired from a job before. It wasn’t my fault, but my first reaction was to stay calm and know that everything happens for a reason. I knew that either that job just wasn’t for me, or something better was going to come along.
What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? I love hip hop, old school/classic hip hop, rnb, pop, club, reggae, and sometimes jazz depending on what mood I’m in.
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) LOL, Even though I could dance to anything, having a background in dance and choreography, I would have to say, although people may think I’m crazy, the thun thun song. It’s by Finatticz called Don’t Drop That Thun Thun Thun. It’s so wrong but the beat is hard.
You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview where it went terribly wrong? Describe. It’s funny I was just starting out and got my first opportunity to interview major celebrities at the Stone Soul Picnic. One of them was Bobby V. He made some type of comment and we were recording it on camera and I had to play it off like please you probably say that to all the girls, then went right into the next question. LOL I was stumped at first, but played it like a professional.
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? I would say Tom Joyner. He is such a nice and genuine person. You can even tell when he’s on the air. He’s very down to earth and was a pleasure to meet.
What’s the biggest misconception about you? Before people meet me, they think I am snobby or stuck up because of the way I look. I had several times people told me that when I met them, and then they would say wow you’re mad cool.
Why don’t people get about music when it comes to radio? People get mad when radio stations play the same thing over and over. I think they don’t understand that the radio industry is higher than the personalities you hear. We have to follow certain formats and play certain songs, which does in fact hinder the creativity of the craft.
Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? I admire any and every professional out here hustling, grinding, and just doing their thing. I know what it takes from everything I’ve been through and I haven’t even reached the top of my goal sheet yet. Just to make it, doing what you love to do is admirable.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? David E Talbert said “talent gets you far, but grind and drive gets you further.” I’ve always liked that quote.
What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio? Not only in radio, but just in general, that we have it easy. That we can sleep our way to the top. Every time a successful woman makes it big, it’s “Who did she have to sleep with to get that.” It’s a huge misconception, we work just as hard, if not harder, than the men to get to where we want to be.I’m not saying that that doesn’t happen, but it is one misconception.
Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years? Technology is changing, everything is changing. There’s definitely a lot more competition than there was years ago with pod casts, internet radio, Pandora, iTunes, etc. So wherever it will be, it will definitely be more digitized than ever before.
What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? I could get deep into that, lol. Really, I just think the music industry is all about money; maybe not so much talent. There are lots of artists out here with mad talent, but then there are ones that got put on because of the dollar amount. Many of the really talented artists, you may never even hear. Songs, just as television have the tendency to influence our youth, and some songs send out the wrong message. But at the end of the day, it’s entertainment and people are going to love it or hate it.
Who do you think is the most under appreciated artist out there right now? Oh soooo many artists are under appreciated. Older artists that we heard on the radio years ago, some that you hear on the radio, and some that we never even hear on the radio. It would hard just to name one.
Who’s in your iPod/radar? I like a mixture of music. Right now I have August Alsina, Teyana Taylor, TI, Drake, Jhene Aiko, Childish Gambino, School Boy Q, Warren G, Wu-Tang Clan, Yo Gotti, 2 Pac, Prince, Kid Ink, Lyrica Anderson, Aaliyah along with others.
What do you want your legacy to be? I want to be an inspiration to not only kids, but even adults who never got the chance to live their dream. There are many situations and obstacles that stop people from chasing after what they really want. I want to be known for making it, living my dream, creating positive movements, and helping/supporting others to do the same thing.
If you could give advice to someone wanting to be a radio personality, what would you say? I would say just like what I was told “Talent gets you far but grind and hustle gets you further.” You might have talent, but if you not out their grinding, hustling, and doing something toward your goal everyday, don’t except to get far. You can’t expect any handouts. You want something, you have to go out there and get it. You think going to school is going to enhance your skills, go to school, learn the business, learn the craft, make connections…networking is soooo important. Also, get advice from other professionals, watch what they are doing, and start building a brand.
Biggest regret is…. Probably not moving to New York when I had the opportunity to. But like I said, everything happens for a reason.
How can people reach out to you?
Twitter and Instagram @KimiaWorks
Email at email@example.com.
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She’s not really a diva (if you know her) but if she was, she’s earned the title.
Paula Campbell is called the “First Lady of Baltimore” and for good reason.
As a singer, song writer, model and award winner, Miss Campbell is a woman with purpose, passion and a force to be wreckend with.
She and I met at 92Q (Baltimore) a few years ago and I will be honest and say that I was a little intimidated by her. It wasn’t her fault! She’s beautiful! She’s bubbly and extremely secure about who she is. Most women with insecurities would find that intimidating, but I overcame that real quick.
She and I had to work a Mother’s Day event together and our pre-teens at the time (her daughter and my son) clicked instantly. Nothing like teen dating but like a family bonding moment.
Paula Campbell has been my sister from another miss & mister ever since!
Here’s her story:
Where are you from?
I’m from the Westside of Baltimore City
How long have you been singing?
I’ve been singing probably longer than I can remember. From the time I was in kindergarten, I sang in every school assembly and talent show that I knew about.
What other talents do you have?
My other talents are acting, writing, poetry, painting… Some other talents that I can only discuss privately… lol (that’s a joke KiKi) Plus I’m an awesome cook and baker.
What inspires your music?
Everything inspires my music from a real life situation with myself or someone else or even just my imagination… Music is a part of my higher self. Anything that embodies love makes me want to sing, and love is even a constant choice through hurt and pain… So EVERYTHING makes me want to sing!
Do you have days when you just don’t feel like singing/writing? What gets you out of that slump?
Honestly I always want to sing. Writing, however is sometimes challenging because most writers can go through periods where the words and melodies just don’t feel great so it can become discouraging at times. What gets me out of the slump is knowing that only by continuing to push forward will I get it right. So I guess the fact that I don’t want to believe I allowed myself to fail is what I use as motivation to not stay down.
What genre of music do you really like to listen to the most and why?
My favorite genre of music to listen to is probably world music. It’s imaginative, creative, and inspiring. It has real messages with creatively told stories.
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) Carl Thomas “Summer Rain” is my let go JOINT!!!!
You’ve worked with lots of singers, song writers, producers in your career. Was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable experience where it went terribly wrong? Describe.
The first day I worked with Carvin and Ivan they had just brought Crystal “Tytewriter” Oliver on to their team. She was late for the session so I went in my car to write to the beat alone. I was probably PMSing or something. Anywho, my A&R from Sony at the time came out to talk to me and we got it all squared away. I felt like I was being disrespected or taken for granted but it was all a misunderstanding. I apologized and Crystal, Carvin and Ivan are still my great friends to this day.
We are in the reality show era where many performers (successful and not-so-successful) decide to become a cast member on a reality show. Is this something you would do to promote your music? If so, which show would you be on?
I honestly don’t know if I’d do reality TV. I’ve been asked to do about 6 different reality shows. A few I’ve been asked to do more than once but it just never worked out. I can’t knock anyone for the way they hustle. The way I see my music touching people though is not relative to what I see on reality TV. Sometimes I think that could be a not-so-good thing but I’m not interested in conforming or compromising my music or what I stand for.
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?
NeYo is always my best celebrity encounter because not only was I able to learn so much about artistry and writing but I learned that it is possible to have super success and still be a good, pure heart. I’ve never met a more genuine spirit and for his humility, transparency, help and honesty I am truly blessed.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
The biggest misconception about me is that I’m super strong. People always tell me how strong I am and they know that I know that God favors me. The whole time I often feel like a 4 year old little girl lost out in the world; searching for security. Real-talk? Even the smallest amount of success can feel lonely and scary.
What genre of music would you say doesn’t get the most credit?
That’s a tough question because I no longer know how to classify music with substance. That’s the music that doesn’t get any credit… Unless its country music.
What are your thoughts about independent artists and nationally recognized artists?
I think both independent and nationally recognized artist all have their space and serve a purpose. The only difference is a check. Indie artists are just as talented as national artists and some are even more talented.
Do programs like YouTube, and Spodify give artists a bad name or a greater advantage of being recognized?
I absolutely believe that social (media) music sights give artists a greater advantage at being recognized because it links artist to a world that would otherwise be unknown.
Jay Z started an online streaming service called Titan which premier’s new music/movies/material that is most likely un-obtainable on other sources. What are your thoughts about this as an artist?
Kudos to Jay Z! He started off as an independent; built his own empire and is now opening up different avenues to shine light on not just Indies but “unknowns”. I can appreciate that.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
As simple as this may sound, the best advice I’ve ever been given is – “never give up on you and don’t forget to be yourself.”
What’s the biggest misconception about women in this industry?
For the most part, I don’t think there are a lot of misconceptions. Most of these chicks are cray! The industry is very small so you can’t act one way and expect to be treated or talked about as if you’re someone who you’re not. On the other hand, the women who are in the industry really try to take care of their business, endure many hardships for simply being ladies. So the misconception would be all women are the same.
What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B?
I think Hip-Hop and R&B has lost substance and in turn has lost its timelessness. Fads, change and catchy tunes are all good but it doesn’t have to be all the same. Hip Hop use to educate the black community and R&B was the songs that people got married and made babies to. Most of today’s Hip Hop is money, hoes, clothes and drugs and most of today’s R&B is vulgar at best. Not all Hip Hop and R&B is that way but most of the most popular songs are definitely filled with nothingness.
Who would you want to collaborate a song with and/or tour with?
I’d love to both collaborate and go on tour with J Cole. He’s to be admired for what he’s bringing to the table
What was the funniest thing that happened to you while on tour or during your singing career?
I was in Houston on tour with NeYo. I had a head cold and hay fever. My sinuses were draining but I still had to sing. I was singing “Leaving Tonight” (NeYo ft. J-Hud) and because I was sick my nose was running and all I had to wipe it with was my hand. Right after I wiped my nose, NeYo put that exact hand on his face to play out the song. I don’t know if he knew what he did but that’s what it was. It was disgusting but I thought it was funny! I’m still laughing!!
Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now?
Jazmine Sullivan is the most under-appreciated artist. There is too much talent to go unnoticed but too much substance for an honest chance at mainstream.
Who’s in your iPod/radar?
Right now I’m on a Barbra Streisand/Celine Dion musical kick.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I’ll have starred in leading roles on the screen and have music serviced through my own entertainment company Camp Rebelwood. I believe by that time I’ll be fully prepared to put out my own artist successfully. My boutique will be up and running; my clothing line as well. Above all, my success will have brought in enough revenue where I’m giving back in abundance and helping the progression of teenage mothers. I plan on opening up a few homes for teen moms that offer job placement program and a real chance to succeed. Those are just a few things so keep me prayed up on this 5 year countdown.
If singing wasn’t your “thing”, what else would you be doing?
If singing wasn’t my thing, I’d be the wife with 13 kids; counseling a community.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be love… I want to be known and remembered as an artist yes but I want most of all for people to remember a kind word or a good deed that helped give them hope when they thought there was none. I just want my name to make people smile and laugh. That’s good enough for me. To know I changed lives with genuine love.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is lemon cake and silky lingerie
How can people reach out toyou?
IG & Twitter @PaulaCampbell
And everyone can call me directly at the number that I’m not giving out. (lol)
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