Tom Joyner has always been recognized as a man on the move. He first came to public attention by hosting a morning radio show in Dallas and an afternoon show in Chicago simultaneously for eight years, flying back-and-forth between jobs daily. In the 1990s his popularity soared as the host of a nationally syndicated morning radio program. As nationally syndicated radio programs became a hot trend in the 1990s, Joyner became the biggest star in black radio.
Karen Vaughn is bringing Real, Fun and Fab to your work day! Like many of her listeners, Karen Vaughn enjoys great music and compelling conversation. She gives a dose of both from 10am – 2pm on Philadelphia’s 100.3 WRNB in 2017. Karen is deeply committed to using her platform to inform, entertain and inspire. Her charisma, vibrancy and engaging sensibility allow her to not only develop entertaining programming, but to connect with her listeners instantly.
Karen also serves as Operations Manager for Radio-One Philadelphia. She comes from Radio-One Indianapolis where her afternoon show was rated number one. Her radio broadcasting expertise have earned her numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She has been honored as Assistant Program Director and Music Director of the Year from Billboard Magazine, Radio and Records Magazine and Gavin Magazine. Her Radio show has also been nominated for Urban Radio Personality/Show of the year, named on R&R Magazine’s “Women on the Rise” Top Ten list. Most recently Karen has been inducted in the Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.
A graduate of Temple University, Karen has represented the March of Dimes, The Sister to Sister Foundation, and American Heart Association as a spokesperson. Karen’s community outreach programs through her ‘Karen Cares’ brand have given hundreds of South Florida women spa makeovers, career and resume workshops, and work/life balance services. In addition to books for children and providing families with their holiday needs in Indianapolis.
From her strong community connect, in 2008 she launched an interactive life-balance website for working women www.workingdivas.com™. As a mother balancing family, work and motherhood, Karen crafted Working Divas™ to empower women to put themselves first and enjoy the “bliss” that life has to offer. “Women have to find ways to manage daily demands and still achieve happiness in their lives,” says Karen.
As a premiere endorser and voiceover actrress, top Brands have solicited Karen to represent them. She has endorsed, Comcast, Dove, Marshalls, Lipton, Noxzema, Khol’s,Remy Martin, Discovery Cruise-lines, Disney, Longhorn Steakhouse, Royal Caribbean International, Empress Hair Care, LA Weight Loss, and Ideal Baby Store.
Celebrated for her engaging personality and her in-depth interviews…Lionel Richie boasted, “Karen has the magic.” Tyler Perry says, “I love being on Karen’s Show, she does the best interviews.” She has welcomed into the studio Tyler Perry, El DeBarge, Suze Orman, Lionel Richie, Jay Z, John Legend, Simon Cowell, Bobby Flay, Jamie Foxx, Sinbad, Eddie Levert, and Hill Harper to name a few.
Karen has worked in major markets across the country, WZAK-FM in Cleveland, Hot 105 in Miami, as well as Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD.
Tune into Karen to experience a fresh approach to television, radio and the web. Karen Vaughn -Working Mom…Working Media!
A Legend is born. Starting out in hip hop fresh out of high school, hanging out at Kim Graves (Philly’s top night club at the time) she befriended the late great DJ, Lawrence Levan. She used to pick up the mic and mock Darryl Dawkins and Lloyd (World B.) Free and the other “toasters”, as rap was known at that time. Eventually she got better and better and was approached to do a record by legendary WDAS-FM jock, Dr. Perri Johnson.
So she went into the studio to record “To the Beat Yall”. That became the first rap record recorded by a female. This was a historic event. What most people don’t know is that due to the frugalness of the record company, she recorded the song in one take. She got some rhymes together and Lady B, her sister and legendary WDAS-FM radio personality, Mimi Brown put them on 3X5 cards and taped them up in the studio. She went into the booth, recited the rhyme once and the owner of the record company was like ”Okay that’s a take”.
After getting jerked at the label, she met Richard Cooper, a record promoter for Motown. He informed her that WHAT was looking for an intern. So she started to work there doing odd jobs and learning. She eventually convinced Mary Mason to let her spin some of the new records that she had accumulated (about a milk crate full) on the air. After bugging her, Ms Mason finally let her play some of the songs. The ratings shot through the roof and lady B was hired full time. After that Power 99fm outbid WDAS for her services and she started working full time as a DJ. Street Beat was born and the rest is history. Her show broke hip-hop artists such as: The Furious 5, The Treacherous 3, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, EPMD, UTFO, Mc Lyte, Schoolly D, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS-1, MC Breeze, 3XD, Heavy D, and many many more!
On her Radio show on 103.9 WPHI, she spotlighted local artists by interviewing them on her show and playing their music. Independent local records that pleased her ear would actually find themselves in rotation. She is now broadcasting on Philadelphia’s OldSchool 100.3FM
Lady B received the prestigious Philly Urban Legend Award in 2002 as a pioneer in Rap Music, the World Renowned Entertainment,” Role Model of Excellence Award, two Lifetime Achievement Awards (including the Douglass “Jocko” Henderson award) and is also listed in VIBE magazine’s History of Hip-Hop as “maybe the most influential female in hip- hop radio history”
Join DJ Bent Roc & DJ Jay Ski as they bring you that perfect blend of hip-hop, r&B, and old school to set the perfect vibe for your Friday evening.
Catch DJ Bent Roc from from 7pm-9pm & DJ Jay Ski from 9pm until midnight as they get your ready for your night out, help you unwind from a long week, or a combination of both, this is something you do not want to miss.
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About DJ Jay Ski
DJ Jay-Ski fell in love with Hip-Hop in the early 80’s. He went from growing up on Van Halen and Led Zeppelin and playing guitar, to trading that in for breakdancing and eventually two turntables. After messing around with an early record that he purchased (“Jam Master Jay” by Run-Dmc), he fell in love with the way it sounded to scratch “Jayyyyy” on his father’s stereo. After risking the record condition as well as his dad’s needle, Jay was eventually given a set of beginner turntables as a gift. From that point on, there was no looking back. After practicing day in and day out, and eventually buying a set of the standard Technic’s 1200 turntables, Jay-Ski entered a local DJ battle that consisted of about 25 DJ’s. He made it to the second week, and remained on the stage all night as he defeated all competitors in his path. This landed him a local radio guest spot as a prize, which then led to a gig on a major radio station in 1992 doing a weekly hiphop show. One year after that he also entered the “Battle for World Supremacy” in New York City. He made it to the second round and was defeated in the semifinals. However the experience gained him notoriety and also the confidence to go in front of any crowd.
The success of his first radio show eventually landed Jay-Ski a full time radio job in Washington D.C. with Radio-One at WKYS in 1995. And then the company purchased a radio station in Philadelphia in 1997, and Jay has been back “home” ever since. Currently, in 2017, DJ Jay-Ski can be heard on 100.3 WRNB.
DJ Jay-Ski, aside from radio, has also graced the stages of huge venues and clubs across the U.S.A. From 2005-2007, Jay-Ski was the official tour DJ for the “New Jazz Philosophy” tour which featured artists such as Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Common, Talib Kweli, Mya, The Pharcyde, EPMD, Mobb Deep, and more. In 2016, Jay-Ski officially became a “Reloop Artist”, fully endorsing incredible DJ equipment from Reloop, the groundbreaking company out of Germany.
Jay is also no stranger to TV as he was the DJ for the “One World HipHop Championship”, which had 3 episodes that aired on MTV2, hosted by his long time friend and Philadelphia Hip-Hop Legend Parry P, and has also been featured on BET’s “Rap City” in its prime years. DJ Jay-Ski is also a member of two of the greatest DJ crews on the planet, the Senate DJ’s as well as the Skratch Makaniks, collectively showing people the art of “Turntablism” as well as the art of rocking a party…the RIGHT way.