MY BROADCASTING LIFE:
I began my broadcast career at Memphis State University on their jazz station WSMS in 1987. From there she worked in television news at WMC Channel 5 as a vidifont (graphics) operator. By the time I left, 2 1/2 years later, my duties had expanded including writing, editing, and even shooting video for news stories. I took a break from broadcasting and worked in Human Resources for 4 years. In 1994 I became "Eileen The Love Queen" an on-air personality at WDIA, then moved to KJMS (Smooth 101) as "Eileen The Diva". While holding down an air shift, I was promoted to Programming Assistant for WDIA & WHRK (K97). When Clear Channel acquired 2 other urban stations in the market, I was promoted to Assistant Program Director for WDIA, WHRK (K97) and KJMS (Smooth 101). Clear Channel debuted its 1st FM gospel station in December 2002, WHAL 95.7 Hallelujah FM. I was instrumental in launching this station and was given added responsibility when upper management named me Program Director and now I consult the other Hallelujah formats in other cities. Before joining the morning team on Hallelujah, I was heard on the Fun Morning Show with Bobby O'Jay on WDIA.
I grew up in Mt. Pisgah on Weaver Rd, under Rev. A.C. Jackson and Rev. Frank Harris (19 years). Then I matured at Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church under Dr. Alvin O. Jackson (16 years). Now, I am continuing to grow at Greater New Liberty on Webb under Rev. Darrel K. Shack...TGAND 4 Life!
Whether you love NeNe or hate NeNe you've got to respect her hustle. To quote the cover of Ebony Magazine’s Money & Power issue, she is getting her “Hollywood Hustle“ on.
Leakes is working the heck outta her 15 minutes of fame. She’s now officially a Hollywood actress with her recurring roles on “Glee” and “The New Normal” and has been working the publication scene with features in Vogue, US Weekly, and now Ebony Magazine.
How’s that for rich? Other reality stars might want to take note.
Ebony Magazine has even named NeNe as one of the 100 most influential African-Americans of the year! She's a phenom!
Leakes is beyond determined as she is one of the rare reality stars to convert realitism into a successful career.
I've got to see who else is on the list!