every girl loves m to learn from a legend
by: Kanarian Kindred
EGL: How did you get into the business? My career started in Mississippi in Country Radio where I was an air personality. Later I was able to convince my General Manager to support my concept of playing Black music on the station. He gave me a two hour show that developed into a six hour, high revenue generating day part.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? EGL: Upon getting your foot in the door in this business, what obstacles did you face? When I started in Country Radio, the primary obstacle was I was Black and I just didn’t fit. However, I didn’t allow that to deter my determination to become an air personality and a member of the station’s staff. In later years, I wanted to Program and that was almost like taboo... everybody told me ‘women didn’t program.’ Of course I thought that was ridiculous and went on to become Program Director of the station that I worked for in Memphis.
EGL: What would you say has been your biggest career high? Being named Senior Vice President at Def Jam Recordings. The first, and only woman to hold that position. Low? When I left Def Jam, the circumstances that surrounded my departure was a career low for me. I had given a lot to that company and they had given a lot to me; however, the final chain of events were unfortunate for us both. EGL: What’s your opinion on the business today? It’s mediocre; I’m watching it sink. I see all the quickie microwave artists... they leave as quickly as they come. Everything seems so dependent on the technology. I love music technology and it has certainly made a lot of things easier... it just didn’t make those things better. We seem to have exchanged people for programs and apps.