A NuYork Chick Running B’ham: One On One w/ NuYork of 957Jamz

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She has the flava of a big city radio personality and is taking over her current market of Birmingham as the Midday personality for 95.7 Jamz.

Her name is NuYork and I’m pleased to add her to the roster of amazing radio chicks from across the country!

If you’re ever in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, check out NuYork from 10-3 Weekdays on 95.7 Jamz!

 

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Station (market/format/timeslot): Birmingham, Tuscaloosa/Urban, Rhythmic

How long have you been in the radio business? 10 yrs.

Who helped you get your start in radio? I started interning in High School and my first job was at WEUP 103.1 FM in Huntsville, AL. From there it was all networking.

Are females harder to get along with in radio? It depends which market you are in. I have met a few woman who embrace other women but because it’s such a hard industry to get into there are those who won’t help you because they fear being replaced by you.

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Do you think it’s a lot of competition? There’s a lot of competition but it falls more on men versus women rather than women vs, women; especially on Morning Shows. You can notice that most morning shows only have a male host (which is pretty ironic being that women are radio stations primary listening audience with the exception of sports radio).

What is your LET IT GO song? (One that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) I have a very eclectic ear but right now T.I.’s “Ain’t About The Money” gets me hyped!

You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview where it went terribly wrong? Describe. Several, lol! The two that come to mind are R. Kelly and Wiz Khalifah. R. Kelly was in a very controversial situation at the time and he refused to talk about it and hung up mid interview. Wiz, I believe was so high or “not in the mood to talk” that he just didn’t care to answer any questions so his response to every question was “go buy my new album.” It happens. Doesn’t help for the fans who buy there music and desire answers but what can you do.

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Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? I did an interview at the BET Awards one year in the radio room and I was surprised by how nice Lil Kim was. Such a sweet soul. Keke Palmer is awesome too! Nothing but a positive vibe the whole interview.

What’s the biggest misconception about you? I don’t know… I guess, that I look a certain way. Listeners love to visualize a face with the voice and I remember meeting someone and them telling me that they thought I was dark skinned, and weighed about 200 lbs. The “face for radio”’cliché boggles me. I guess we’re all supposed to be unattractive.

What don’t people get about music when it comes to radio? I would say that it’s entertainment. A form of expression. Some songs are meant to inspire. Some are meant to make you dance. And some are just to entertain. We need to learn the difference and not confuse one for another.

 

 

Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? I admire all the women who really worked to get where they are & those who mastered their craft to get the right attention to be chosen. Women are underpaid and overworked in this industry but there is a way to win when you know your stuff. Your talent must be undeniable.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? The first on-air job I had was at an Urban AC staton, and my co-worker who had been in the industry for 20+ years said, “Don’t get in this, if your heart isn’t really in it.” Something so simple and to the point but boy, was she right! There is a high turnover rate with radio and its cut throat. You will not make all the money you can make in it either. However, if you have a passion for music, a love to entertain, and a soft spot for people, you can go as far as you want in it.

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If given the chance, I’ve always wanted to try: Having my own television show.

What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio? Good question! Hmmmm, that we have great love lives. Lol! The truth is most men are intimidated by us.

Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years? I believe Urban Radio will be more mainstream than it currently is. We are already crossing over to pop stations and I believe I’ve heard a few cross collaborations on country songs.

What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? I wouldn’t say anything is wrong with it. I can appreciate an artist and their individual craft but I’d like to see it get back to real instruments with more relatable topics rather than all this “gimmickie” music just to make a few bucks.

Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now? I’ve always been a fan of J. Cole, he has an unique way of getting his point across but rarely has music that makes it mainstream. And Tank, man Tank can really sing and he’s been in the game for years but doesn’t get the attention he deserves.

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Who’s in your iPod/radar? Beyonce, Childish Gambino, Luke James, Tank, Marshia Ambrosius, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Daley, B.O.B. to name a few.

What do you want your legacy to be? That I did more than entertain. I love interacting with the community! Especially young girls! Not just to motivate them and encourage getting a good education but to also show them that  there’s more to life than getting likes on FB, and IG. Be known for your character, intelligence and your talent, not just your looks.

Biggest regret is…. I try not to have regrets. If I make a mistake, I take the lesson, learn from it as best as I can and keep it pushing.

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How can people reach out to you? My website is www.IAmNuyork.com. You can find me on 957jamz.com. My Instagram & Twitter is @NY957 and my Fb page is Nu York.

 

 

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This Chick Is Making Big Moves: One on One w/ Lil’ D!!!

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Whatchu Know About That Owww Owww Chick?: One On One w/ DJ AngelBaby

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You can hear DJ AngelBaby overnights, weekends and whenever she has time to work on 92Q Jams (Baltimore). She’s the co-host for the HIP HOP show #RapAttack w/ DJ AJ aka “Showtime” Sunday nights at 7PM!

She’s funny, sexy, smart, VERY OUTSPOKEN and extremely talented. She rocks the crowd for all types of genres and she’s not looking back for NUTHIN’ or NO BODY!

You can’t say DJ AngelBaby without adding her trademark “Owww Owww” and it’s a common phrase at parties, on the radio, and on her new mixtape #GetPumpedVol3 (available now).

Get to know DJ AngelBaby now because she’ll be gone I would say within the next year; dominating a top market either on radio or television…IF NOT BOTH!

 

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How long have you been in the radio business? 8years

What was it about radio that struck your interest? The immediacy and the fact that I can give my opinions/views and the whole world (city/state whatever lol) will hear me.

What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? Hip-hop, bmore club (what I was raised on). Hip hop though, growing up with all boys I ain’t have a choice.

What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) hmm, I got a bunch of those but currently Big Sean “I.D.F.W.U”

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You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview or encounter where it went terribly wrong? Describe. Not really, although most of the celebrities I encounter are kinda’ dry in real life, I usually enjoy the artists and have fun getting to know them and getting them to open up.

What’s the biggest misconception about you? Hmm, not sure. *thinks for 5mins* yeah can’t come up with anything. I’m sure theres a bunch out there but I don’t subscribe to them I guess.

What makes a dynamic DJ/personality? A person that ppl can relate to; that’s normal you know. Not, the oh  “I woke up with this fully beat face and caviar for breakfast” person lol well if that’s you cool but to be dynamic you can’t be’ stuntin’ for the gram.

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Why is it hard for female DJ’s to be taken seriously? Because guys think they’re the best at EVERYTHING lol Sike naw, I think women are taken seriously. The women that respect the craft, hone their skills and do it just as well (if not better) as the fellas will always get their respect.

What DJ/personality do you admire the most? I love me some Big Tigger. What he’s done as far as tv/radio, his non-profit and more. I used to model my career after his. He’s definitely an inspiration (don’t judge me)

 

 

What was the BEST advice you ever got and by whom? This was totally random, It was a girl traveling with a popular rap group at the time. She shared this quote with me “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, Find out you’re a threat; then they attack you” and told me to always stay on my path. I live by that!! Stay on your path man, and if you don’t see it or have it…start making one!!

If you weren’t a personality/DJ, what would you be doing? Probably running my non profit and saving these young girls out here.

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Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years? Definitely more digital. Internet radio and streaming is everywhere.

What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? Everybody wants to latch on to what other ppl are doing. You’ll see an artist with a particular style become successful…next thing you know its 20 more like him/her. The originals are always the shhh. The legends are always the first.

Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now? Definitely J. cole  in hip hop, in r&b maybe Jazmine Sullivan…both of them should be mega superstars by now

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Who’s in your iPod/radar? Fab’s “The Young O.G. Project” since it just dropped…I gotta give it a listen (or two or three)

 

What do you want your legacy to be?  I’m a “Girl Power” kinda’ chick. I love to see successful women helping other up and coming women; throwing the rope back over ya’ know. I wanna pave the way for some other female personalities, dj’s or whatever that saw me and said “She did it…why can’t I”

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Biggest regret is….none. maybe if I coulda’ started all this at like the age of 5 so I can be some type of prodigy by now…lol j/k

If you could have a DJ spin off with one DJ in the world, who would it be and why? Prolly Dj Jazzy Jeff cuz he’s just dope. Flat out!! Like he’s so dope its sickening lol

 

How can people reach out to you?

Twitter: @Dj_AngelBaby

IG:@DjAngelBaby

Facebook: @DjAngelBabyDotCom

 

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FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER/IG @JustKiKiBrown

FAN ME ON FACEBOOK @MsKiKiBrown

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This Chick Is Making Big Moves: One on One w/ Lil’ D!!!

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I honestly don’t think Lil’ D and I met but you would think we went to school together the way we talk on social media and what not.

She and I connected when I heard her aircheck (an audio sample of your talent used primarily for media) on some website. I really can’t remember, but I do know I was amazed at this girl’s talent. Her delivery, her sense of humor and her quick wit was something that I thought would be a good add to the station I was working for in Pittsburgh.

The program director thought she had a lot of talent but he wasn’t ready to recruit anyone at the time. We stayed in contact and I watched this radio chick grow from Louisiana, to Cleveland and now Columbus, Ohio; which she recently announced to the world! Congrats by the way!

So, here she is! Morning show co-host/producer and night show on air talent for  Power 107.5 in Columbus, Ohio! Here’s her story:

 

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How long have you been in the radio business? 10 years

Who helped you get your start in radio? I won these freestyle contests on the night show in Shreveport, LA, with the then-night jock, Jay Tek. When I got to college, he simply called me and said “Hey, you wanna be on my show?” I said “I guess so.” And I’ve been doing it ever since.

Are females harder to get along with in radio? YES. And it’s because women are naturally more emotional than men, so it’s hard for a lot of women to support each other. Think about it: this is a very sexist business, and it can make a woman very insecure. Put an insecure woman next to a woman who exudes confidence, and problems will stir. I wish women got along more; we could conquer the world!

 

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Do you think it’s a lot of competition? Absolutely. When it’s your job to be the star, and you work with people who have the same job description, naturally you’re going to compete. As long as it’s healthy and promotes self-improvement, I encourage it.

 

What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) It’s old, but still has me going. Chamillionaire and Paul Wall “In Love With My Money.” Classic Houston.

 

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You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview/encounter where it went terribly wrong? Describe. 

February 2012, I interviewed Mystikal. He had just gotten out of jail not too long before, and he was saying that the people may not embrace him anymore, because it doesn’t take long for people to forget about you. I said “that’s true, look at Lil Kim.” Everything got quiet….apparently, they’re friends in real life. I bounced back and the interview was cool, but his manager made sure to call me and ask me to not put that part in the video after I edited.

 

Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? Flo-Rida, hands down. I interviewed him for the Toledo Free Press Star in 2010, and he was so incredibly polite and humble. What I remember the most is his story; he was homeless at one point, but remained positive and never lost sight of his dream. I wound up in that same position a year after that interview, and I remembered what he said, so everyday I remained thankful for the things I did have. And now I’m in a better position than I’ve ever been in.

 

What don’t people get about music when it comes to radio? Playing all local music will not help the ratings!! Just because you have a song that your cousins and everyone in your neighborhood loves, it doesn’t mean it belongs on radio. We’re the last stop, not the first. How much is that ONE spin on that ONE station that ONE time going to help your career….? Touch the people, get the money, then get the radio.

 

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Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? I have a crazy amount of respect for Charlamagne Tha God. Not only do I study him, from his on-air antics, to his tweets, and the way he remains “Charlamagne” at all times, but I appreciate him. I randomly tweeted one day in 2009 that he was one of the best to do it. He thanked me, I sent him a DM and asked him to listen to my aircheck, and he’s been a mentor ever since. He critiques my airchecks, vouches for me to PD’s, and gives me great advice. This is a man doing everything I want to do in this business, and he’s helping me?? That means a lot.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

I interviewed Lil Duval twice. He remembered me the second time, and I was in a better position at the station. He said to me, “a gimmick may get you in, but your talent keeps you there.” He was right.

 

 

What was the craziest question you ever asked a guest that made you feel awkward asking?

I once asked Adrian Marcel what his favorite brand of condom was. When you have a song that says “It’s 2am, I want it girl,” I want to know exactly what this girl is getting herself into. He answered with no hesitation (magnums), and I had no idea what to say, because I didn’t think he was going to really answer it.

If given the chance, I’ve always wanted to try: (fill in the blankGo to the rainforest. I’m terrified of snakes (like….terrified), but I love nature so much, and I would love to go. As long as I know I won’t die.

 

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What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio?

We’re only two types: super pretty with no talent, or unattractive and talented. My radio sisters are beautiful women who hustle in heels or Jordans, and get the job done just as well (or better) as any man. You might catch me lowkey at Starbucks until 2am editing video, in a hoodie and Chuck Taylors, then see me the next night in a BAD dress and shoes you’re jealous of. We’re versatile. A Jane of all trades.

 

A message to Radio Chicks everywhere, what do you wish we would do MORE of? I want women in radio to stick together. We have the power to do so much in this business, and while I know we all want to shine, that light will be so much brighter if we put them together! Tell that girl she’s beautiful, go to her event, and help her win, because you win too!

 

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Where do you want to take your career? I want to be a part of a syndicated morning show, have a Chuck Taylor endorsement, and make my non-profit organization You Go G.I.R.L. recognizable on a national level.

 

Where do you see urban radio in the next 10 years? Music will go back to being good lol! Also, I think talent will shine through more. A gimmick will get you in radio, but your talent will keep you there, and I think in 10 years, people will realize how much talented people matter to radio.

 

What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? There isn’t enough balance. There has always been party music and meaningless music, but now it’s saturated with music that means nothing. We need more J Cole’s, Big K.R.I.T’s, and Kendrick Lamar’s. We need the message again.

 

Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now? I may be biased because I’m from the south, but I think Big K.R.I.T. is so underrated. Lyrically, production-wise…everything is incredible. He makes great music that you can ride to, party to, and think to.

Who’s in your iPod/radar? J Cole and Wale never leave the rotation. Also, Adrian Marcel; both his mixtapes are really good. I love the new Big K.R.I.T. album too.

 

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What do you want your legacy to be? When people think of lilD, I want them to laugh because I was so funny. But then I want them to smile, because they knew that more than anything I’d ever done on the radio, my life was dedicated to helping girls realize their worth in life earlier than I did.

Biggest regret is…. I honestly can’t think of one. Had I not gone through everything I did to lead me up to this point, I wouldn’t be right here, and I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

How can people reach out to you?

FB/IG/Twitter: LILDonAIR…also through my websites, TheWordEyeHeard.com and GrindingInRealLife.com…if you need business, hit the email: lilD@TheWordEyeHeard.com

 

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The Street Buzz Chick: One On One w/ Persia Nicole

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Find Out What’s Really Poppin’ w/ Deja Perez!

This Philly Chick Rocks: One on One w/ Cappuchino-Power 99

 

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER/IG @JustKiKIBrown

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The Street Buzz Chick: One On One w/ Persia Nicole

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Persia Nicole worked at CBS radio in programming and promotions then taking her passion of becoming a radio announcer to WERQ (92Q Jams, Baltimore) about 3 years ago. Surprise to say, I was her manager in Promotions and she wasn’t the most inviting person I’ve ever met; but I’m glad I met her. I believe it was her confidence that drew in a few side-eyes from co-workers. Fortunately, it was all a misconception (which you’ll read in her one-on-one).

Persia Nicole is smart, funny, innovative, sensitive, feisty, nurturing and one of the best secret keepers I know! (I think)

When I asked for a one on one, she didn’t’ think she was deserving of it but I beg to differ.

Persia Nicole, aside from all the other adjectives I described earlier, is inspiring to many women who aspire to become a radio personality and/or business woman. You’ll read about her journey in the radio industry, her business, family, and more!

 

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Monday-Friday: 12:50pm (Street Buzz)

Sunday : 10:00am-3:00pm & 10:00pm-12:00am

 

How long have you been in the radio business? I’ve been learning the ropes of radio since I was 10, I officially became a part of the radio business 7 years ago.

 

Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? What attracts me the most to radio is it has a mystery that keeps the listener & the jock unknowing of what’s to come next!

 

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What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? Although I work for an urban station I love Pop music!

 

You interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview where it went terribly wrong? Describe.

The worst experience I’ve had with an artist wasn’t more-so their ignorance (which was a big turn off) but they smelled like they’ve been rolling in s*** all day & no I won’t name the artist lol.. Just know his name rhymes with Hash Brown….

 

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Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?

The best celebrity interview I’ve ever had was probably 50 Cent. I was actually very nervous to speak with 50 because of everything I’ve heard in the blogs I really didn’t know what to expect. But he was so humble & open to all of my questions whether it was about his sex life or the latest beefs (which we know he has a lot of)

 

 

What’s the biggest misconception about you? The most common misconception about me is that I’m unapproachable until you actually approach me then you’ll never get enough of me lol 😉

 

 

 

Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? In the radio industry one of my biggest most inspirational idols is Tom Joyner aka “The Fly Jock” he took a dream and made it bigger than reality. What isn’t there to like about Tom?

 

 

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What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? The best advice anyone has given came from my big bro “ILL WILL” I used to sit in the studios all night when I was 16 with Will while he was on air at 93.9 WKYS and just watch him light up the city! I will never forget one day I asked him how do you make people like you so much? His response was “Not everyone in life is going to like you, but once you crack that mic your energy speaks for you. So remember they can’t see you but they can feel you.” That may not seem like the craziest quote to some people but that is something I live by everyday!

 

 

Why don’t people get about music when it comes to radio? Ok so I hear this question over and over again it’s kind of like a whining child you told no you can’t have those Cheetos 20 times, ok maybe not but you get it right? The biggest thing listeners don’t get about music that comes on the radio is one the jocks do not have any control of what is played, and two if your hear Beyonce “Drunk In Love” 5 times in 2 hours well that’s probably because you your auntie, uncle, brother & sister all love it and 9/10 you do too…

 

 

What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio? I think the biggest misconception about women in the industry is that we have it made easy, but in reality we wake up every morning to prove our dedication.

 

Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years?

In the next 10-15 years I see urban radio blossoming into a more creative element. I know your probably like, “what exactly does that mean Persia?” Well music and radio have this relationship that can’t ever be broken! Now do I think music will be displayed on FM stations the same in 10-15 years? No, but it isn’t going anywhere.

 

What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? Hip Hop and R&B just isn’t the same. Artists don’t put the same energy in a record and I feel as though some greats have lots that spark.

 

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Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now? The most underappreciated artist I believe is J.Cole he has such raw talent that doesn’t reach a lot of listeners.

 

Who’s in your iPod/radar? On my iPod I am literally everywhere I am a lover of all types of music I have a little Taylor Swift, Drake, and to mix it all up on my ratchet days I’ll throw on some Young Thug!

 

What do you want your legacy to be? I want my legacy to speak for itself; one of my favorite quotes is “Work hard until you no longer have to introduce yourself”. I want people to see the dedication and passion I have for not only radio but for success!

 

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How can people reach out to you?

I can be reached on mostly all social networks except singles.com (lol)

Twitter||Instagram||Facebook

@PersiaNicole

 

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She’s A Diva Chick Doin’ Big Things in the VA: One On One w/ Dominique Da Diva

She’s A Nola Chick: One On One w/ Nicole Collins

“Google Me Baby!”: One On One w/ iiKane

 

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER/IG @JustKiKiBrown

FAN ME ON FACEBOOK @MsKiKiBrown

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She’s A Diva Chick Doin’ Big Things in the VA: One On One w/ Dominique Da Diva

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She’s spunky, funny, confident and hella talented! She’s the voice you hear in Norfolk, VA middays at 103 Jamz!

I met DominiqueDaDiva during an LA trip for the Baggage Claim junket and this radio chick was an absolute joy to be around! There wasn’t a dull moment with Dominique as we walked the fabulous Rodeo Drive and checked out the high end boutiques (looking of course).

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She’s one of the Radio Chicks that I mention a few times in my blogs who agreed to start this crusade for women in radio. So I was pleased when she set aside some time from her club appearances, weekend getaways with friends, and demanding show to grant me this one on one.

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How long have you been in the radio business? 7 years

Who helped you get your start in radio? DJ Sir Rj, I interned on his night show

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I’m With The DJ: One On One w/ DJ Heat

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When you walk through the club and the party is jumpin, folks on tables, poppin bottles, taking selfies and having the best times of their lives! You wouldn’t’ think the person to blame for all this would be a chick!  Well, in most cases, club DJ’s are females and don’t get it twisted, DJ’s who are chicks can rock a party!

If you’re ever in DC, make sure you check out this DJ chick by the name of DJ Heat. Outside of the club scene, DJ Heat does her thing on WPGC Monday through Thursday nights at 10PM.

She and I met in LA and I didn’t know who she was at first until I put two and two together, made a few twitter searches and text messages to mutual acquaintances who verified she was indeed THE DJ Heat!

She’s mad cool and very approachable which she says is…

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I’m With The DJ: One On One w/ DJ Heat

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When you walk through the club and the party is jumpin, folks on tables, poppin bottles, taking selfies and having the best times of their lives! You wouldn’t’ think the person to blame for all this would be a chick!  Well, in most cases, club DJ’s are females and don’t get it twisted, DJ’s who are chicks can rock a party!

If you’re ever in DC, make sure you check out this DJ chick by the name of DJ Heat. Outside of the club scene, DJ Heat does her thing on WPGC Monday through Thursday nights at 10PM.

She and I met in LA and I didn’t know who she was at first until I put two and two together, made a few twitter searches and text messages to mutual acquaintances who verified she was indeed THE DJ Heat!

She’s mad cool and very approachable which she says is the biggest misconception of her. Read more in our one on one:

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How long have you been in the radio business?  Since 1999.

What was it about radio that struck your interest?  I am a big music lover, and I used to be so obsessed with writing down the radio countdown songs and tracking how they changed; bothering the DJs all day by calling to request a song. Back when I was a kid, there was no internet, or Ipods, and cable television wasn’t the norm yet. So you HAD to listen to the radio to hear your favorite songs. And I of course fell in love with the personalities and thought they had the coolest jobs ever and that inspired me to want to do the same.

What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? Even though hip-hop is my first love, I’ve been listening to 80s and 90s R&B more than rap for the last year. The songs from those decades are just so amazing. From the slow jams to the dance tracks. They had so many great elements and sounds that is not duplicated with today’s sound.

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What is your LET IT GO song?  “If” by Janet Jackson. I am the type of person that thinks they knows all of the dance moves from a music video. So anytime “If” comes on, I stop what I’m doing and break out into the entire dance routine. Even if I’m driving, I’m still getting it…with at least one hand still on the steering wheel of course.

You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview or encounter where it went terribly wrong? Describe.  Awww man. The “bad” interview that always comes to mind is India Arie. I was in college at Morgan State University and wrote the entertainment reviews and did interviews for the school paper. India Arie had just hit the scene and was promoting her debut album, Acoustic Soul. It was a phone interview, and I asked her “So why did you decide to call your album Acoustic Soul?” She paused and said in a very uppity way “Because that’s what it is”. The way she answered the question it was like she was saying “You dumb trick, why the hell you think I named it that? Duh!”. And she didn’t even elaborate anymore. Just the short answer, “Because that’s what it is”. My confidence was shot after then. That was probably one of the shortest interviews I’ve ever done too. I was through after that. lol

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What’s the biggest misconception about you?  A lot of people assume that I’m a bit mean and unapproachable because of my tough looks, but I’m the exact opposite. When you come up to me, I’m all smiles and hugs. And I guess some people have that misconception because others in this business I’ve been mean and unapproachable to them. I’ve witnessed it. But I believe in making everyone feel special when they meet me for the first time. If they have a great experience with me, they are going to tell maybe 1 or 2 people about it. But if they have a bad experience, they are going to tell DOZENS of people. I rather 2 people know about a good experience with me than dozens of people knowing about a bad one.

What makes a dynamic DJ/personality? A think what makes a dynamic dj/personality is caring about your craft, and caring about your listeners. So many people these days get into this business and only think about themselves or don’t care to learn about those that paved the way, or don’t even care to cater to their listeners. And you can hear that in them. But that is not the way. You cannot be selfish in this business.

Why is it hard for female DJ’s to be taken seriously? I think it’s hard because no matter how far we come along as women in this world, people still think we are supposed to stay in a certain place or role. We’re still looked at as “just a girl”. Therefore, we have to work harder than our male counterparts. Which sucks. But it’s also motivating and pushes you to break down barriers.

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What DJ/personality do you admire the most? Big Tigger. He is like my big brother. I’ve known him since I was his intern in ‘99, and he has been there for me since I was college kid until now. I joke that I will name my first child after him, because that’s how much he has been there for me. A lot of positive attributes I have, I have to thank him for.  And to witness his growth from when I first met him until now, it never ceases to amazes me and it’s inspiring. Not a lot of people are able to adapt to this changing industry and still remain relevant to people, but he has.

What was the BEST advice you ever got and by whom? The best advice I ever received is from DJ Flexx when I was first starting out. He told me to not dwell on an issue or mistake because it’s in the past now and you have to move forward. That may sound minor, but in radio you know that means a lot. Especially when starting out. We all know how one mistake like not knowing you had dead air or messing up a break can bother you for the rest of your shift and throw you off from performing. But you can’t let a 30 second mistake linger on your mind for 4 hours and throw you off your game.

 

 

 

If you weren’t a personality/DJ, what would you be doing? I would probably be writing for a music publication or website. Writing about the industry is another love of mine. No matter what I path I chose in life, it would still all be music related.

Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years? Sadly, I almost see the entire nation listening to the exact same thing no matter what city or state you’re in. We’ve seen that happening in this business for some time now where you have for example someone in a studio in New York attempting to cater to people in the south. It’s sad that we are losing a lot of great local voices in favor of voice tracking/syndication, etc.  But on a positive note, I’m glad that classic hip-hop radio stations are starting to emerge. When I was younger and would hear my aunt listen to her old school R&B stations, it made me wonder if I would hear rap on old school stations when I became an adult since that was the dominant genre of my generation. And now it’s starting to happen. So in 10-15 years when I’m inching closer to being AARP eligible, and can hear some classics I grew up on played all day on the radio.

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What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B?  With everything going on recently involving tragedies such as Mike Brown, Eric Garner, etc., I think what is wrong with hip-hop is that the younger artists are afraid to speak out. Be it just saying how they feel in a tweet or in a song,  you can’t tell me that they don’t have legit thoughts about all that is going on in the world. I think some artists feel like that their fans don’t want to hear that stuff. When you sell an image, you become afraid to give fans anything but that image. But you have to realize you have influence as well and show these kids that listen to your music that yeah you do this music, but you can still have a mind as well. Let me use OG Maco for example. He has that song that’s big in the clubs called “Bitch You Guessing”. I think that song is so awful and dumb. But the other day I kept seeing people retweet him on my Twitter timeline because he was talking about some real thought provoking stuff. I go to his timeline and it turns out this brother is way more than just that ratchet song. I had judged him. But I was happy to know that someone that makes a song like that is not afraid to still show he has a mind and he’s going to speak on what’s going on in today’s society.

Who do you think is the most under-appreciated artist out there right now? The Dream. The man writes amazing songs for other people, but the masses don’t pay attention to him when he drops his own music. I can understand why he goes off the cuff sometimes. We can dance along to Beyonce’s “Flawless” or Rihanna ‘s “Birthday Cake” that he wrote, but trash his own work of music. I would spazz out too. lol

Who’s in your iPod/radar? I surprisingly haven’t owned an iPod since 2004, and I won that in a contest. (lol) The majority of my music listening is done on my phone through the Pandora app. It’s usually set to a 90s themed station or an R&B station like Floetry or Jill Scott. As far as artists on my radar, I’m starting to like hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ more and more. His sound is very nostalgic. Reminds me of the early/mid-90s New York hip-hop sound. And there’s a dope singer/rapper from the DMV area named Robbie Celeste. He produces, plays a million instruments, and is simply amazing.

What do you want your legacy to be? I just want to be known as a humble and genuine person that was filled with love in her heart.

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Biggest regret is….Not taking a risk on an internship opportunity with one of the top executives at Universal Records when I was in college. I had to turn it down because the thought of living alone in New York by myself scared me at the time. lol

If you could have a DJ spin off with one DJ in the world, who would it be and why? Probably David Guetta. Just to experience that major EDM scene would be cool. I love when I DJ at events where I can play his music and I usually imagine I’m in that same environment he would be playing in. His music definitely puts me in a different zone.

How can people reach out to you? My official website is DJHeatDC.com. On Twitter and Instagram I’m @DJHeatDC. And for Facebook it’s Facebook.com/DJHeatDC.

 

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When Santa Is Broke….Now What?

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Hey! I know it’s not just me when I say that I just can’t do for anyone this Christmas. With monthly bills, a growing teen, a new car and coffee addiction, it’s hard to set aside a Christmas fund.

This can put a damper on the mood real quick. But we shouldn’t let it.

Being a responsible adult is hard! I knew I shouldn’t have ignored my parents when they screamed that to me while I stomped down the hall to my bedroom after they punished me for being “too grown”.

I remember my dad used to tell me, “all you need to do is get a good report card and I’ll take care of the rest.” Those days are over. Report cards don’t pay the bills.

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He (Dad) would pick me up for Christmas and take me to my grandmother’s house. My aunts, uncles and cousins were there; crowded in that three bedroom rowhouse on Columbo Street in Garfield (Pittsburgh). I can’t recall any conversation from the adults about “sorry mom! I didn’t have it to do this year.” If so, I didn’t’ hear it because I was busy playing. It was fun back then and maybe that’s what’s missing today.

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Christmas is so commercial. “Final Christmas Sale” or “Special savings event” from this department store and that car dealership. No wonder we’re all freaking out. Our kids want the latest and best-est this and that and we can’t keep up. I do know this isn’t what Christmas is all about! It’s not right?

We forgot how to ENJOY CHRISTMAS; even when we don’t have enough to fill the bottom of our Christmas tree.

I found some ideas that might help:

Swap services. If you have smart but broke friends, this tip is for you. Have a friend who provides a valuable service such as personal training, financial planning, or computer consulting give you several one hour vouchers you can give to your friends. In return, you give your friend the same number of one hour vouchers for whatever service you provide.

Cook. Who doesn’t love being served by a friend? Give those on your list the experience of eating out at home. Shop for the groceries (they pay), prepare and serve the meal, and then be sure to clean up. You might even get a free meal out of it.

Babysit. When your tolerance for screaming kids exceeds your bank account balance, consider giving babysitting “coupons” that your friends can redeem. If you’re a masochist, schedule a night where multiple families drop the kids off at your house. This way you’re not giving up so much of your time.

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Presents or no presents….HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

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She’s A Diva Chick Doin’ Big Things in the VA: One On One w/ Dominique Da Diva

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She’s spunky, funny, confident and hella talented! She’s the voice you hear in Norfolk, VA middays at 103 Jamz!

I met DominiqueDaDiva during an LA trip for the Baggage Claim junket and this radio chick was an absolute joy to be around! There wasn’t a dull moment with Dominique as we walked the fabulous Rodeo Drive and checked out the high end boutiques (looking of course).

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She’s one of the Radio Chicks that I mention a few times in my blogs who agreed to start this crusade for women in radio. So I was pleased when she set aside some time from her club appearances, weekend getaways with friends, and demanding show to grant me this one on one.

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How long have you been in the radio business? 7 years

Who helped you get your start in radio? DJ Sir Rj, I interned on his night show

Are females harder to get along with in radio? I haven’t experienced any negativity

Do you think it’s a lot of competition?  Yes!  

What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) Alanis Morrisette- You Outta Know

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You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview or encounter where it went terribly wrong? Describe. –Nothing really went wrong, but I waited for a certain Philly rapper to get off his tour bus for about 45 mins. Only to end up with 1 min and 50 secs worth of interview. He seemed like he didn’t want to talk about his upcoming debut album at all. It was like I was pulling teeth to get him to say anything. Which I thought was weird. Like hey dude, aren’t you trying to sell something here?

Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? That’s hard! It’s between J.Cole & Kendrick Lamar. I’m going to say J.Cole though because he’s so genuine & humble. We were going on and on talking like I’d known him for years. Didn’t feel like an interview at all.

What’s the biggest misconception about you? Maybe my radio name. “Diva” sometimes gets a negative connotation but if you follow me you’ll realize I’m just a say it like it is, fun person. I like to make people laugh & of course be girly. I just added Diva to my name to make it more memorable.

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Why don’t people get about music when it comes to radio? They don’t understand that we just can’t play whatever we want.

Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? I love how no matter how many platforms we have in media, radio is still reigning as one of the top. Artist these days have so many outlets to get their music heard yet & still when you hear it on the radio “you made it” .

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “Work smarter, not harder”

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What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio? That we’re catty and I’m sure some are but not everyone.

Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years?  Hopefully still up & running so I’ll have a job! lol

Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now?  Teyana Taylor . I wasn’t a fan at all until this album.

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Who’s in your iPod/radar? Rapper Logic, Jhene Aiko, Bj The Chicago Kid & a bunch of others. I am a true music junkie.

What do you want your legacy to be? A little woman with a big personality!

Biggest regret is….NONE!

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How can people reach out to you?  Dominiquedadiva.com! and on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat @Dominiquedadiva  

 

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ThisRadioChickRocks

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I met this Radio Chick on an airport shuttle bus headed to the Baggage Claim junket in LA. Very polite, nice smile and reserved. She and I talked briefly about the film, LA being our first trip (for me anyway..can’t remember if it was her first time), where we worked and stuff like that.

Our rooms weren’t ready for check in so we sat in the media suite at the Four Seasons (yaaassss honey) and sipped on tea and took advantage of the grand buffet that was presented to us.

During that 24 hours in LA, Nicole Collinsand I grew fond of one another and built a sisterhood. She and I discussed the seriousness of being a woman in the radio industry and what we could do to play a part in making the network more comfortable and beneficial for those who choose to be in this industry. She…

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