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Ever sit in the car, listening to your favorite singer or rapper (whatever you listen to) and imagine you’re them, live on stage, hitting all the notes and making all the facial expressions? Yeah! Me too!
Jimma Fallon started something with the Tonight Show LipSync challenge! Then the phenom continued with the LipSync Challenge show, hosted by LL Cool J! That show is amazing! Celebs from film, television, music and everything else take the stage and live out their fantasies while performing a lipsync routine of their favorite songs; competing for the title of champion (I guess they get a trophy or money to a charity).
That is what I thought about one day while driving home from work listening to Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”. Why not have a lipsync challenge that benefits a very important charity?
So I put some ideas together and contacted my good friend Vanessa Payne, who is currently living with lupus and has a foundation and event in support of Lupus Awareness.
With no questions asked, LipSync 4 Lupus was born! We pitched the idea to Lupus Research Alliance and Bill Bateman’s Bistro and they were so excited to hear there will be an event to help raise money for research!
Bateman’s Bistro has agreed to donate 20% of everything sold that night (drinks/dinner) to Lupus Research Alliance. Awesome right?
Baltimore news anchors and radio personalities have formed teams to perform some old school, new school and surprise routines on September 13th at Bill Bateman’s in Reisterstown from 6P to 9P.
Talent like Patrice Sanders (FOX 45), Konan and Persia Nicole (92Q Jams), Gina & Greg (Today’s 101.9), Jammer Daniels (MIXX 106.5), Poet (WPGC) and more! Hosted by Scott Garceau (105.7 The Fan), Priestly (MIXX 106.5)!
Join us on Tuesday, September 13th! It’s for a great cause and some of your favorite news anchors will be taking the stage!
TEAM RADIO I: Gina & Greg of Today’s 101.9, Poet WPGC and Jammer MIXX 1065
TEAM RADIO II: Persia Nicole & Konan and Lil’ Black of 92Q and Stretch of WKYS and Tiara Latriece of DTLR Radio
TEAM TV: Patrice Harris Traffic Jam Jimmy, & Tom Rodgers (FOX45), Vanessa Herring (WBAL TV) and Nicki Mayo (TV One)
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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.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Best advice I’ve received is to keep your business to yourself!!!!!!!!!!
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The process to getting the interviews with radio chicks, business women, community leaders, and artists is getting a list of questions out and posting their responses. Simple right? (hold your response)
The feedback that I received from a few of the interviewees have been “sheesh! These are a lot of questions” or “do you really want me to answer all these questions?” or “I have to think about my answers first because this is going to take some thinking.” (eh’em Talya Floyd)
I really didn’t think it was that hard UNTIL…..(cue dramatic music) Radio Chick Rocks alum Monique Davis Cary decided to give it right back.
So, I accepted the challenge and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to answer a few questions. MY GOODNESS! Was I that bad? So many questions!
What City were you born in? Pittsburgh, PA
What other markets have you done radio in? Just two: Pittsburgh (WAMO) and Baltimore.
Do you get tired of doing the same thing every day? Sometimes I do but that only means that I have to switch it up or add something else to it. Just because I get tired of it, doesn’t mean people are tired of it.
Being an on air talent, what do you feel you bring to the people to make them listen to you every day? My personality. I laugh at myself a lot. I bring them into my world and I can relate to theirs. If I’m broke, you’ll know. If I’m sick, you’ll know that too. Listeners love when you can relate to them.
What was the worse interview ever? Danny Glover (actor). He was promoting Dreamgirls at the time and I had yet to see the movie. He could tell by my questions and said “haven’t you seen the movie?” I told him that I was waiting to watch it with my family and he said “there isn’t a need to do this interview then.” Hmmm…Ok…then he hung up. WOW! Really old dude? I saw the movie later. Totally forgot he was in it! (shade)
Sometimes artists can be dry or give one word answers during an interview, what do you do to make the interview come to life? It’s bad but sometimes I flirt. I was taught to get them (your artist) to converse with you about some things off air. That way you can tell what type of personality you’re dealing with. Comedians are hard to interview. They’re not always as funny as they portray on stage or in movies. So I bring up a funny story that I read about and ask their opinion. They usually have a sidekick with them and if they laugh, then I’m good. For females, I always complement them on what they’re wearing or on a project I liked. They like that too!
What made you start “ThisRadioChickRocks”, what was missing? Talking to other women in radio about their experiences in the game and how they were or weren’t mentored or how most station managers want them on as the side-kicks or how they’re not appreciated. I thought that other women in radio would benefit from their stories. Since then, the feedback has been inspiring; even for me!
How has being a single mom, raising a male been for you in this business, where the music is ever changing (not so positive)? Ummm…it has its good and bad days. Raising a young man today is hard all in itself. Regardless of what I do for a career choice. My son has been by my side while I worked in promotions at my other station, hanging up banners, riding in the station truck (in a car seat), going to meet and greets, you name it. Vaughn knows about radio all too well. I had to go through it with my dad so he has to with me. I am glad that I’m in the media because I have a leg up on some things that’s going on with our young people that he doesn’t know. It’s a good perk.
You LOVE the today show, is it your dream to be on there one day? OMG! I LOVE that show! I watch it every day and have been for years! I would love to be a feature anchor on that show. Like, doing a piece on shopping or celebrity interviews or something. I never thought about it. I just want to be on the show. It would be so dope!
What do you think you could bring different to the show (even if you just hosted for one day)? SLANG! (lol) I don’t think it would fit but I would definitely bring something that is of a more comfortable setting than what it normally is. Not sure if that will be acceptable since its NBC, but hey! Why not?
What makes you irreplaceable or do you think you are? NO! I’m definitely NOT irreplaceable. I know this because I was replaced before. I learned from that experience that anyone can be replaced. I embrace what I do every day and enjoy it. I do what I can. I can’t help it if a decision is made to let me go. I know it’s not personal. I wouldn’t want it but I know it happens. So I definitely don’t think I’m irreplaceable.
What’s next for you? I really don’t know. My goal is to work in NYC. Maybe syndication. Maybe television. Maybe consulting or programming. These are the top positions I’d like to be in in the next few years. I also hope this blog takes off and become a movement for women in radio; helping aspiring women who want to be in this industry. Finally, I am praying I can launch my non-profit for young people (Ki Ki’s Kids Foundation) within the next year. I just plan to be busy!
Are you in your perfect time slot? I love midday’s. It’s not too early and not too late. I talk to the working woman (or man) and I enjoy it the most.
Do you think that us WOMEN can have it all in this business? I believe we can if we really want it. But then again, it’s not what will make us happy. I read on women who are rich and can buy up the world, but they’re not happy. Having it all is good but it’s not everything.
Favorite quote: “If you let your fears keep you from flying, you’ll never reach your high”-India Arie.
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“Here’s the thing about life” is the signature line you’ll hear in pretty much every conversation you have with Mrs. Talya J. Floyd, Music Director for 92Q Jams (Baltimore). It doesn’t matter what you’re talking about; that’s pretty much her answer to everything. (lol)
Talya enjoys the form of expression if not in words, it’s in song, art or in action. (I think it’s because she’s a Taurus like me and Monique Davis Cary) She has proven to be an extremely dedicated woman in her industry and although she still has a way to go, she’s taken on the task and is gearing up for more adventures in the world of music and radio.
When she started working for Radio One Baltimore two years ago, I knew Talya was all about business. She comes to work, she does her work, eats in her office and goes home. She pokes her head out from time to time, but it’s a job she’s doing, you know? Between music calls with independent artists, record reps, and cry baby jocks (myself included), she doesn’t have time for anything else. Oh! There’s also her Operations Manager Al Payne whom she meets with several times throughout her day.
Talya has worked for many top market programmers and many of them have left a piece of their knowledge with her to share with all of us (especially me).
(cue shade) And after three months of waiting, I finally get to share with the world Talya’s very own words about her career and why she chose it (or if it chose her), personal/professional interests, misconceptions, and her input on where music (Urban) is headed.
If you’re an artist (inspiring), or just someone whose curious about the radio business, please pay attention. This is a rare moment: (inside joke)
What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? Reggae because I love to dance. Pop because of the variety it offers and it is easy to sing along…especially when I’m in the car…by myself LOL!
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) Anything Michael Jackson! I mean who doesn’t lose it to music from the King of Pop?!?!?
(Talya and Joe Budden)
You’ve met lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celebrity interview or encounter that went terribly wrong? Describe. I have never felt uncomfortable or had a situation when things went terribly wrong (knock on wood) BUT I have experienced moments when a celebrity came for an interview and their personality was super DRY! Can we say radio FAIL!?!?
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? Common! He is VERY down-to-earth and super cool guy.
What’s the biggest misconception about Talya? I think the biggest misconception is that I come across as being “mean“especially when you catch me in “work mode”. I am actually the complete opposite. My passion for good radio and music drives me to be extremely focused all the time. Outside of work mode/hours I love to laugh and have a good time with good people.
(Talya and Tamar Braxton)
What don’t people SEE about Talya? I am very spontaneous. I have auditioned for the “Real World” twice, went snorkeling with sea turtles in Barbados, was cast (along with my mom) to be on a television show on ABC Family network, and have plans next to skydive. You only live once, so I really try to live life to the fullest daily. You never know what or where I will be next.
(Talya and husband Val after zip lining)
Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why? I admire ANY person that has PERSEVERED through the ups and downs of music business. This industry has MANY challenges but it offers so much to those that weather the storm.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “Never let them see you sweat!”
What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio? The biggest misconception about women in radio is we CAN’T have the “big three”…Career, Marriage and Kids. Never get it twisted, women CAN DO IT ALL!
Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15years? I am not exactly sure. This is something I wonder about all the time.
What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B? Music goes in cycles. The current cycle of Hip Hop and R&B lacks innovation and originality. You do not have to sound like (insert popular Hip Hop or R&B artist here) to get airplay and/or to be successful. Consumers /fans STILL want authenticity and original music!
(Talya and J. Cole)
Who do you think is the most under appreciated artist out there right now? J Cole because he’s put in a lot of work and he just doesn’t get his “just due”. He is now, but it’s not fair to him being that a lot of “good music” isn’t being put out.
Who’s in your iPod/radar? The question is who is NOT in my iPod? I listen to everything!
What do you want your legacy to be? I want my legacy to be an innovator of music culture (in some capacity) that helps open doors for others to shine. There is room for everyone!
Biggest regret is…. I actually have no regrets. I believe all life moments (good and bad) serve a purpose for growth.
(Talya and husband Val)
If you could pick a snack that you could eat all day and it wouldn’t add on any calories, what would that snack be and why? (it’s weird but I’m curious lol) A snack that does not add any calories doesn’t exist on my list…Sorry! It’s a “Preggo” problem LOL!
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Alichia Cruz is a true #RadioChick! You think you know her as one half of The D.A. (co-hosting w/ Dre Johnson, Saturday’s from 3P to 7P on 92Q) but she’s been a spit-fire in this game for a long time.
I met Alichia Cruz (I can’t really remember) after I started working at Radio One and since then, she and I have bonded like true sisters; talking about our children (she’s a mother of two), our relationships, radio, life, you name it!
She’s funny, honest, creative, smart, talented and nurturing. She loves being in radio but being a wife and mother is what she’s most proud of! One of the reasons why I admire her so much! Read her story to find out more.
92Q Baltimore / Urban / Saturday 3-7PM & The Bill Press Show D.C. / News & Talk / Mon-Friday 6-9AM
How long have you been in the radio business?
About 13 years, give or take…I started fresh out of high school and took some breaks in between gigs.
Who helped you get your start in radio?
All of my teachers at The Broadcasting Institute of Maryland were really great mentors, especially my radio instructor, Bill Riley.
Damon Shannon aka D’Shan, former Program Director of WOLB AM (92Q’s Sister Station), was the first person to hire me as an unpaid intern and later put me on payroll as a part-time Board Operator & Promotions Assistant. I was so grateful for D’Shan because he was the only Radio One person to respond to my hundreds of voicemails. I literally called and left messages for every single jock on 92Q and reached out to handful managers on all of the Radio One Baltimore Stations.
George “Wookie” Kreiner, former Programmer of Ocean City’s OC104 FM, gave me my first on-air job or allowed me to audition for it. I had to compete against two women that had zero radio experience…so yeah, good thing I got that job. That would have scarred my ego. I was 19 years old and I can’t even tell how overwhelmed I was to get that low paying Morning Co-Host job. I was sittin’ on top of the world…*cue the Brandy instrumental*
Are females harder to get along with in radio?
I wouldn’t say “harder”…It’s more like “different”. I feel like sometimes you have to take a little more caution when dealing with certain females but really that also applies to certain men that I’ve come across in the business. Honestly though, I can’t recall having any issues with any fellow female jocks…I’ve been annoyed a few times but never any real conflict. I think it could be that we are typically the minority and tend to empathize for each other, especially the moms. Sadly, radio is not a mom-friendly occupation.
Do you think it’s a lot of competition?
In general yes because there are ton of people that would love to do what we do…. but on a personal level, I really don’t stress over it. I am probably being overly optimistic and hippy-like saying this but I feel like there is only one Alichia Cruz and as long as I do “me” to the best of my ability, continue to get better, learn, grow, and push myself forward…I will be ok. I’m only competing with myself.
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to)
I have a few.. I really lose my mind to but the one that has comes to mind is a classic Michael Jackson’s PYT… it takes me back to my debauchery filled bartending days.
You’ve interviewed a lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable celeb interview where it went terribly wrong? Describe.
I did a phone interview with legendary director, Bill Duke, once and it was after a long hiatus from being on-air. I was mainly a production geek during that time and I wasn’t prepared mentally …It was so dry and I really sounded nervous and just extra green. I’m sure he was like “who gave this rookie my number?” Luckily I was able to edit the crap out of the audio and salvage my dignity.
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?
Hands down Paul Mooney!!!Funny part is I wasn’t even in the biz at the time. I randomly saw him coming out of the Laugh Factory on 42nd in Times Square and with liquid courage, I approached and complimented his work. To my surprise, Paul looked around and at his watch and said, “you got somewhere to be? You wanna grab a quick drink right over there?” and pointed to a bar about a block away. I was stunned but agreed.
So we had a drink .and I got a few questions in but like a true artist /comedian, he was more interested in my life. I learned that we are both LEOS, which may explain the instant coolness between us…but the most indelible piece of that conversation was he asked about my nationality.
When I told him my dad was from the Philippines, he said
“Oh so you are n***a then! You know your people are the n***as of Asia!”
I laughed but he didn’t. He was like “no seriously, look up Negritos. They are little black people that were on those islands before the Asians and Spaniards came along.”
I was amazed. After our one drink, he hopped in a cab headed up to Harlem and I jumped on the bus back to Jersey, with my mind completely blown. Did Paul Mooney just take me to school? Why yes he did. The info he shared was not only funny in it’s delivery but it was accurate. For this he was the best celeb encounter.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
Not sure about the biggest but when I meet folks at events, they are shocked that I’m down to earth, easy to talk to, and friendly.
What don’t people get about music when it comes to radio?
I think the main misconception is that the jocks can pick the songs and how often they are played. Unfortunately, that is not the case in terrestrial radio.
Who do you most admire in the radio industry and why?
I love Wendy Williams. I don’t get to watch her show much but I love her “come up” story. I love her honesty and fearlessness. I know she goes in on people but she also checks herself when needed, well at least in her books. She was very honest about her past and mistakes. I respect that. When I read her autobiography and couldn’t put it down. I love her tenacity and individuality the most.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Happiness is a choice! Choose to be happy!
& You are what you think. Meaning your life is just reflection of your thoughts.
If given the chance, I’ve always wanted to try:
Being a jingle singer or being like an Ashanti….and sing some hooks lol. I’m a beast shower singer.
What’s the biggest misconception about women in radio?
We’re all DIVA-like.
Where do you see urban radio in the next 10-15 years?
I see it becoming more sophisticated and creative…but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B?
There is a lack of depth, soul, truth in most hip-hop and R&B…and I think of the urban music we hear focuses on the superficial. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a prude but some balance would be nice. I love a good ratchet or party song like the rest, but I also like substance. I haven’t too much substance in a while.
Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now?
Beyonce, lol just kidding. I do think however, that in certain industry circles, Rihanna, doesn’t get the props she deserves. She was an Island girl with regular poor island parents. She was a wild card, I’m sure. She gets flack for her lack of range but the girl has hits, many hits.
I also think B.O.B. is underappreciated. He is a true musician that actually plays instruments. He can also really rap and freestyle…he got them bars son.. I think he doesn’t get as much street love because he’s had so much mainstream crossover success.
And I think Fabolous is underappreciated, as well…I think he has the rare talent of rapping to women without sounding corny or trying to be sexy. He makes you forget all about that janky tooth.
Who’s in your iPod/radar?
I really like the new B.O.B song and I’m interested in hearing more as he progresses. I think he’ll be around for a minute or two. I’m also still rocking loving the Beyonce album..i love how she flipped game and went against the grain. Courageous…ballsy…love it!
What do you want your legacy to be?
Deep question… A great mother, an innovator, a good person and I hope to inspire as many people as I can in this life.
Biggest regret is….
I don’t have any. I needed to have all the setbacks and bad experiences to grow, be humbled, understand my strengths and value what’s most important. The only thing I would say to my past self if I could is…
don’t show all your cards,
nothing great comes easy and
make this life your masterpiece.
How can people reach out to you?
IG & Twitter @tweetACruz
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