Egypt Sherrod Is Moving To ATL [EXCLUSIVE]
1 year ago
The media personality dishes on the South (and satellite radio)
Radio personality Egypt Sherrod may have made a name for herself in New York, but she's since moved to Atlanta to voice their midday show on V103. However, as the host of HGTV's 'Property Virgins' and with a starring role in the new film 'Life Love Soul,' Egypt proves that being a new mom doesn't mean she can't multitask.
We caught up with Egypt before she began her new radio gig (March 19, folks!) to talk about the newfound pressure that online radio programs like Pandora have put on her as a host, what drew her to her movie role, and what make Atlanta so attractive.
Loop 21: On top of the success of 'Real Housewives,' your show 'Property Virgins' is set to film a double season in Atlanta, in addition to 'Love & Hip-Hop' heading down there next season. Why do you think the city has become so attractive?
Egypt: It's been called 'Black Hollywood' for years, but as far as it being a major mecca for entertainment and communication, it's still on the rise. Los Angeles has always been looked at as the place you need to go if you want to be in TV and film, and New York is where you go if you want to do theater and radio, but I think - and you can put money on this - I think that in a few short years, you're gonna see a lot of people from the North and the West migrate South. Tyler Perry just opened up a studio down here, I heard Steve Harvey is too, I think Terri Vaughn opened up a green room. There are a lot of major networks that are moving corporate offices down here because they recognize it’s a huge African-American population and guess what? We spend a lot of money, so why not be down here appealing to the people that are keeping your business going?
Loop 21: Is it frustrating being in the radio industry, but not having a say in what or who deserves to get played?
Egypt: No, because I'm in the industry, not of it. It doesn’t define who I am. I can still go to sleep at night and not feel like, 'Oh my God, what am I gonna do if I'm not working in this business?' That’s very dangerous. When Wall Street crashed and people started jumping off of buildings – that’s because they didn’t think that they could exist without that job. But I know that I'm on the radio from a certain time to a certain time. That's my job. But when I'm off the radio, I will play what the hell I wanna play [laughs]. And even when I'm on the air, I can introduce to the audience artists that they may not be familiar with like, 'Hey, here's a CD I was listening to last night, you might wanna pick it up if you know what I know!'
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Loop 21: Have you adapted to programs like Spotify and Pandora?
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