Radio Host. Worldwide Traveler. Savvy Interviewer.
Jakki’s persistence and tenacity to getting at the truth has served her well. After attending East Tennessee State University studying Communications and Journalism, she switched over to the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, graduating with honors. While in school, she became attracted to the radio aspect of communications, so much so, that, while there, she was recognized for having “The Best Talk Show”.
“I love meeting people, interviewing them and learning about their passions. It’s so rewarding to me when people can be helped or inspired to make positive changes to their lives through information they receive from my show…I really love it.”
Is radio “dead”?
No, radio is not dead. The business has changed, true, but radio will always be around. With the advancements in technology, we now have satellite radio and internet radio. Internet radio is wonderful because those who create and host internet shows can automatically have a worldwide audience. It’s great!
Who is your mentor in the radio industry and why?
I have always admired Wendy Williams. I was a huge fan of hers back in her radio days. I’ll always remember her saying that in her intern days she had two beepers, one for fun and one for work. And when that one for work would go off, she was always available to be at the station because she would actually be in the area hanging out just in case she was called. That’s smart. She said while the other interns were playing around and not taking their opportunities serious, she was not playing around. She learned the business. Her success proves her point.
What impact do you hope to make with the latest incarnation of your show?
I want to inspire change. I want to continue to bring controversial topics to the forefront. I want to encourage people to think outside the box and be open to change. I’ve learned that once you create a platform as an opportunity to change their thoughts and encourage them to be the best they can be, they can—and often do—change their lives.
What do you look for in a guest?
Who has been your favorite guest so far and why?
All of my guests have been great. But if I had to choose the one that made the greatest impact on me, that would be Tabitha Cardenas. She is a young Hispanic lady in California whose 2 year old child, Juliani, was kidnapped and murdered by her boyfriend in January 2011. He then killed himself. And, she was pregnant with a little girl by the murderer. However, today she is happily married raising that baby girl and has had another child!
How do you plan to engage your audience during an interview with a guest?
My listeners are a big part of my show. I want the listeners to call in to talk to me and the guests, ask questions and respectfully make their views known. Without dialogue, the issue discussed cannot be transformed into healing solutions.
What is your favorite type of music?
Hands down, Classic Soul/Rhythm & Blues-Old School of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. That’s the type of music I play on my show in between my talk segments.
What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I like to workout at the gym, watch Netflix and catch up on my sleep!
Out of all the places in the world that you have visited, which one(s) have you found to be the most accepting of different cultures?
Amsterdam. Everyone is happy and high!