Radio Host Egypt Reveals Underrated Artists & Atlanta's 'Real'ity [EXCLUSIVE]
The media personality dishes on her favorite music and that hit TV show
Egypt Sherrod has one of the most recognizable voices in the Northeast. As a longtime radio host for New York's WBLS and Power 105 stations, Sherrod became a staple in the homes, cars and workplaces of the city's residents, but now, the new mom and self-described "radio junkie" has moved to Atlanta where she'll be the midday personality for their #1 station V103 and continue to host HGTV's 'Property Virgins.'
We caught up with Egypt before she began her new radio gig (March 19, folks!) to talk about artists that don't get enough airplay, the biggest mistake an aspiring personality can make, and of course, the better city!
Loop 21: What's the biggest difference between New York radio and Atlanta radio?
Egypt: [Laughs] Now, I love New York radio, I am not speaking blasphemy against it at all, but I’ve noticed that, not only in the Atlanta market, but in a lot of the southern radio markets, they are just more intertwined. The radio personalities seem to be inclusive and supportive of one another. You might be listening to the afternoon show and the morning guy just walks through and hangs out. You don’t tend to get that in New York, the intermingling. Also, something that they do that New York doesn't really anymore is Atlanta supports Atlanta, they support their people, they support the South. You're gonna hear a lot more Jeezy, Waka Flocka and, if it's possible [laughs], Lil' Wayne than you would up North.
Loop 21: Now that you live there, would you say that the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' is a good representation of the city?
Egypt: My experience overall is that people are very charming, very nice. Last night, the doorbell rang at around 7 o'clock and my husband screamed, 'Babe, you gotta come meet the neighbors!' I come downstairs, they've got their kids, and they’d literally baked us chocolate cupcakes, like straight hot cupcakes. Now, in all my time of being up top [laughs], that’s never happened. I may have got a neighbor sending me a letter complaining that somebody ran over their grass or something. But I've been told that a lot of people from Atlanta are embarrassed by the show because it makes people think that all the women down here are like that: very superficial, very materialistic, very catty. I still watch it, but it's not fair to judge an entire state or city on that.
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Loop 21: What artists aren't getting enough play on the radio in your opinion?
Egypt: I'm an R&B chick at heart. Old school and new school. I wish Ledisi would get more play. I'm very happy people really started shouting her name with the success of 'Pieces of Me,' but I've been listening to her for years. I've been listening to Goapele for years. Not to mention a young lady who I really feel never got her props and I'm sad to say that she sort of climbed into a little hole for a while - Jasmine Sullivan. I think that she has the one of the most talented voices of our time, but because she doesn’t have a machine behind her right now, or – alright, I'm walking on egg shells in saying this – because she doesn’t fit a certain cookie cutter description of what people generally like from mainstream, I don’t think shes gotten the success that she deserves. I hope she doesn't retire like she said she wanted to.
Loop 21: You're in a new film, Life Love Soul, with Tami Roman. Is she anything like what we see on 'Basketball Wives'?
Egypt: Not that I've experienced. She's a sweetheart, she's a professional, she's a very humble woman, she's one of my favorite people. We have to remember that that's a show.
Loop 21: What's the biggest mistake that someone can make if they're trying to break into the radio industry?
Egypt: [Laughs] Trying to sound like someone else! Trying to be a personality. It just comes off very precocious. Just be you, exactly who you are when you're talking to your cousin or friend. And talk to the listener, don’t jock, don’t put on. Perfect example: I was in line at the supermarket, and the girl is talking to me: 'Well, what brings you down here?' I told her I was gonna be on V103 and she was like 'Ooh! What's your radio voice?' I said, 'This is it.' And she goes, 'No, no, no.' So I went, [puts on exaggerated Moviefone-esque voice] 'What do you mean? Radio voice?' And she busted out laughing. I was like, 'If I talked to you like that, I wouldn't have a job.' But if you mispronounce words, that’s understandable, you can laugh at yourself. If you stumble, if you get a little hoarse, if you cough in the middle of talking, guess what? That’s very normal.
Read more here as Egypt talks about:
Why Atlanta's become so popular, if she's ever used Pandora, and her role in 'Life Love Soul.'
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