On Air Personality-Shade45
Host-Lip Service, The Morning After
- Share something you do for work that’s harder than it looks.
Interviews are definitely a lot harder than they look. I try to make it conversational, but every person or group I speak with requires extensive research. I make sure I read every interview, look at every video, and every blog post that I can find before I talk to guests so that I can have information that everyone else doesn’t know. I hate to be redundant and ask the same questions that are always asked.
- Describe a moment of sweet vindication.
When I first started at Sirius, I had no radio experience. There were a lot of people who felt like I didn’t deserve the job and hoped that it wouldn’t last for me. Some people felt like I didn’t have the schooling and it wasn’t fair that I should get the opportunity. But I worked harder than most, and I still do, and now I have my own morning and nighttime show.
- What’s the most dangerous aspect of the waters you navigate?
There can be a fine line between being a role model and entertaining my largely male audience. I’ll have porn stars and strippers on the show, but I’m very non-judgmental. Some people may look at it like I’m not being responsible, but the truth is that these women are people too and stories they have can be damn interesting.
- Who are your influences?
I love Chelsea Handler because she’s hilarious and her interviews are off-center. And Chris Rock would be one of my all-time favorite people because he is well-versed on history and current events, and makes any topic or interview fun to watch.
- What is your favorite creative food?
I’m very simple when it comes to food. I’m also picky. I don’t eat red meat, pork, or seafood so I only get creative with dessert. If I could live off red velvet cake from cake man raven, chocolate cheesecake, churros, and key lime pie I would.
- Name two places you call home.
Brooklyn, where I’m from and where I live now, and the Shade 45 studio.
- What is your guilty pleasure?
I love shoes, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Sometimes I take a break, but then I break down and buy 5 pairs at a time.
- What book are you reading right now?
Making Music Make Money by Eric Beall. I’m getting ready for an interview with him, and even though I’m not a songwriter it’s fascinating to read how to write songs that can become hits and get played on the radio.