Nina Chantele is doing what no other woman in radio has done before. Her roles as co-host of Chicago's WGCI-FM's popular morning show,"The Morning Riot,” and midday personality of KISS-FM have made her the first on-air personality to do double duty in a major market. She's even doing two different formats (urban and top 40). Not bad for a woman who never intended to become an on-air personality.
Nina has been rocking a mic since 2002. A feat she attributes to her friend and mentor, radio veteran Rick Party. He noticed something special about the Chicago native and strongly suggested that she turn in an air check to local stations. Two-days later she landed a part-time job at WPWX-FM and within a year was offered her first full-time gig at WMIB-FM in Miami, Florida doing afternoon drive. The former medical billing specialist quickly won over the locals and when the ratings came in she received confirmation that radio truly is her calling. Nina was #1. Offers to voice track WSSP in Charleston, South Carolina and WBTT-FM in Ft. Myers, Florida soon followed. In less than two years in the game this rookie was dominating on three stations! Nina Chantele later moved to KXBT-FM in Austin, TX and then KZZA-FM in Dallas, TX. In 2006, she was asked to return to Chicago as KISS-FM's midday personality and after three successful years was offered additional duties with their sister station, WGCI-FM, as part of the "The Morning Riot.” Each morning, she uses her wit and charm to compliment her two male co-hosts and then quickly changes studios to fly solo each midday. In 2010, she added reporting the entertainment news twice a week on 'Good Day Chicago' FOX, to her already jam-packed schedule. May 2011, Nina was asked to join ABC Chicago's 'Windy City Live', an ensemble program that filled the 'Oprah' time slot. 'Nina Knows', appears every week delivering the latest in celebrity gossip and trends.
With every move Nina Chantele has proven that she can hold her own and bring in the listeners. Her friendly "you can tell me anything" persona intermingled with infectious humor, informative celebrity interviews and hit songs keeps her listeners tuned in daily to receive their dose of Latina love.
In this male-dominated industry, Nina considers herself a spokesperson for women. She diligently seeks to represent strong, intelligent, successful, driven women, while encouraging others to work hard to achieve their dreams. This multitalented communicator has also proven herself to be a desirable commodity in the voice over arena. She has done hundreds of commercials and even landed the position as the national voice of Sean Jean's fragrance, Unforgivable.
Nina Chantele spends her free time supporting charitable causes, using the powerful medium of radio to bring about positive change. Upon hearing of the unfortunate death of Frankie Valencia, a DePaul honors student, she actively worked to ensure the scholarship set-up in his name would become endowed; the first funds will be distributed in the fall of 2011. She also let her support to Children's Oncology Services and its One Step Program for children with cancer at Campfire Ball 2011, as the master of ceremonies. The event was attended by several Chicago celebrities. And the organization closest to her heart is the Kleo Barrett Angel Foundation, which assists the victims of domestic violence. She has also helped launch an initiative to encourage Chicago students to attend school regularly.
Nina Chantele may have gotten into radio by accident, but it is obvious that this was her destiny. Her exemplary work ethic, natural ability to draw others near and love for her craft has kept her elevating to new heights and setting records!
Jaden Smith and his awesome daddy Will Smith have been on promo tours around the world for their new film 'After Earth', which hits theaters on May 31st. Yesterday afternoon they appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and denied the rumors that he wants to be emancipated from his parents. WATCH:
Nicki Minaj's run as a judge on American Idol is about to be over. Reportedly, the YMCMB Barbie's first season on the reality talent show will also be her last.
Us Weekly reports:
Another seat at the American Idol judges' table will soon be up for grabs. On the heels of Randy Jackson's announcement that he's leaving the show after 12 seasons -- and amid rumors that producers are firing the remaining three panelists -- Us Weekly hears that Nicki Minaj will not return to the competition come fall.
"It's safe to say she isn't coming back to Idol," an insider tells Us, adding that she will be focusing on her next album, touring, and endorsements. "She's okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway."
Minaj joined Idol as a judge in 2012. Even before the new season commenced, there was talk of a rivalry with fellow judge American Idol. The two have been sparring privately and publicly from the start.
Although Randy Jackson already announced his departure, the status of Mariah Carey and Keith Urban's return is still unknown.
Welp....that was a quick $12 million she made in a year!
Kerry Washington doesn't like when people call her Scandal character Olivia Pope a "side chick". In an interview with Wendy Williams, she said, "I just mean for women...I feel like when we refer to other women as a piece it's objectifying. But I mean also, the President whether she's choosing to not be with him, she doesn't believe she deserves it because she doesn't really think he'll leave his wife. But he has said, 'I'll give up all of this for you.' So is she a side piece or is she just someone who's afraid to be all in? I don't know Only Shonda Rhimes knows."
WATCH her on The Wendy Williams Show yesterday:
Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith have both received criticism and praise for their modern approach to raising their two children, Jaden & Willow Smith. In a recent interview, Will even spoke on 14 yr old son Jaden wanting to be emancipated for his next birthday.
Will Smith plans to give the gift of freedom to his son. In an interview with "The Sun" he said, "(Jaden) says, 'Dad, I want to be emancipated.' I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ooh."
His teenage son has built quite the resume thus far in his career: He has collaborated with teen pop superstar Justin Bieber, stared in movies, is a clothing-brand entrepreneur, has taken home a Teen Choice Award and has even been romantically linked to reality star Kylie Jenner.
Smith says he grew up with a strict father, so he understands his son's desire to be on his own.
"If kids just want to have command of their own lives, I understand."
“We generally don’t believe in punishment. From the time Jaden was five or six we would sit him down, and all he has to do is be able to explain why what he did was the right thing for his life," Smith adds on his parenting.
The father-son duo have appeared in three movies together including the new sci-fi flick "After Earth."
Smith says it mirrors their real life bond, "It's very similar for Jaden and me — your father's the biggest movie star in the world, and you're struggling for your little piece of dignity in this extreme shadow."
In order for Jaden to really separate himself from his parents at the age of 15, he would need to file court documents, get married or join the military.
But at 15??? Would you allow it???
My BFFs Tony Sculfield and Leon Rogers from our sister station 107.5 WGCI went to Six Flags recently to take on Batman: The Ride Backwards! Looks like it was pretty wild!
Luckily nobody lost their lunch!