First off this young lady right here. BLESSING.
We got to speak with radio personal Ms. Kierra M from Dash Radio Southside and on youtube under Dash Radio’s page as well! She’s an amazing person from beginning to end. She helps women FULLY embrace themselves without judgment. She created events like ‘Girls Night In’ and launched her brand ‘The FEMprint.’
Check out what she had to say!
1. What’s your radio name & where are you from?
My on-air name is “KierraM” and I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland
2. What stations can we find you on?
Southside on DASH Radio
3. What’s your favorite thing about being on the radio?
I’m a creative at heart, so I love just about everything dealing with radio. I’m the talent, producer, and engineer of my own show. Just a little fun fact about me is that I’m an ‘introvert’ at heart so radio allows me to express myself to millions yet not be seen.
4. Do you do things in the community outside of radio?
Absolutely! When I was 5 years old, I lost my paternal grandmother to breast cancer. The day after she passed away, my great-grandmother [her mother] had a heart attack and passed away. So can you imagine attending a double funeral at age 5?! To make matters worst, my father struggled heavily with the deaths for YEARS.
So as soon as I was given a platform I started to share my grandmothers story, and annually [during the month of October] I treat at least 2 breast cancer survivors to a day of relaxation as well as make a small donation to a local breast cancer non-profit organization on behalf of my grandmother. To date I’ve worked with Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes and Mia Wright’s “We CAN-cervive”.
This year I wanted to give back to children whose been affected by cancer after watching this illness take the life of 5 year old Ayden. So I’ve partnered with his mother and “Ayden’s Army” to adopt a family for the Christmas holiday. A family who has a child affected by cancer, and I’m so excited because in December I’ll be flying out to Las Vegas to surprise the family.
5. What are your career aspirations outside of radio?
Right now I’m working on so many different things, some of which I don’t want to speak on. But to be completely transparent, the ‘end goal’ has always been television. Ever walked into a room and knew you belonged there?! That was me in 2016 when I walked onto the set of “The Real” daytime talk show in Los Angeles. I felt so comfortable and free. I felt like this is what I’m supposed to be doing! So since that day, I only make decisions that align with my end goal of one day being on television with my own talk show [or even a paneled one].
Other than that, I definitely want to develop a mentorship program for young girls interested in having a career in entertainment, beginning an official non-profit in my grandmothers name [one that partners with other non-profits to advocate/support families suffering from all forms of cancer each year], and television production. I’d like to think that I have a few show ideas brewing!
6. Where can we find you on an off day?
WOW! I barely have days off. Kevin Hart once said that the moment you take a break everything that you’ve worked so hard for can be taken from you by the person whose been waiting for you to slip. So I hardly ever take off. But when I do, you can find me spending the entire day doing whatever my 7 year old daughter wants to do!
Most don’t know that I’m also a single mother!
So we spend my off days watching Netflix, going to the movies, dinner, Chuck E Cheese’s, hanging out at the park, going to the book store, etc….
7. What are some of the weirdest things that have happened to you on air?
I’ve been doing radio for 4 years so as you can imagine, there’s been some pretty interesting times.
- High-profile talent being uncooperative [based on mood]
- Went an entire show without it being LIVE
- Caller confessed their love for me!
- Those are just three moments that I could think of….
8. How do you react when you get noticed in public?
It’s still pretty weird to me because I sometimes forget how many people listen and watch me. So I’m normally weirded out that they know my name, but nonetheless BLESSED because there’s some people whose been in the business longer than me and still go unnoticed. So it’s a blessing, and I communicate with every one who approaches me whether in person or on social. I’m horrible with names, so that’s always an issue.
But it’s a blessing to me…. I love everyone who supports me.
9. Have you ever faced backlash from something you’ve said on the radio?
Not really backlash, but definitely a difference in opinion.
So when Kanye first started with the shenanigans I felt bad for him. I’ve always been a huge supporter of Kanye and I strongly believe that this man has not been the same since the death of his mother in 2007. Right after that came Amber Rose, the Taylor Swift situation, etc….
Kanye is, and has been craving attention for a while now! Even the birth of his children hasn’t been able to fully fill the void in his heart which is why he’s literally going crazy [on top of being bi-polar].
So I was a huge advocate for Kanye West and no one could understand it. For a while it’s because I was a crazy creative gemini just like him. But NOW…… he’s gone too far and I can no longer support the madness that he’s creating.
But the real backlash came when I gave my comments on his wife, Kim Kardashian! On-air, I said that there is NO WAY that I’d allow my husband to make a fool of himself. Not only do we have investments together, he is a representation of me as I am to him, AND we have children! If my husband needs mental help, I’m getting it for him and attending the sessions with him. There’s no way that the entire world can see that her husband is craving attention and she doesn’t! And further more, I’m not going to make a mockery out of him by putting out business on one of the top watched reality television shows to date. NOT WHILE HE’S IN THIS MENTAL STATE. Women are the back bone of their families, we guide the family dynamic in every way. He’s wrong, but she also needs to step up and lead.
Most don’t like when I call her out…. but who cares! It’s my opinion.
10. What’s the hardest thing to do when you’re no longer in work mode?
GET OUT OF WORK MODE! It’s so hard. I’m constantly thinking about what I need to get done, how much time I have to get it done, etc…. Even when I’m out with family I sometimes get irritated because I’d rather be working on something dealing with the brand. It’s horrible because I can’t turn it off. Not even when I sleep!
11. How do you feel about “Fake Friends” only being around you because you’re on the radio?
I’m really BIG on energy, and I’m almost always right. So I can spot the fake from a mile away, and I won’t entertain them. For the most part, I’m a loner. I love being by myself or with people that I’ve known for years. New people are always a challenge for me, and I’d have to spend time with them in order to really figure out if I want them around or not. But I’m really stingy with my energy, so you’ll always find me with 1 or 2 other people…. that’s it! However I’m cordial with everyone.
12. What’s your relationship like with your co-workers?
I don’t use the term co-workers with this bunch! We’re FAMILY. My boss is like my BIG BROTHER, even when he comes down on me I know it’s out of love and his desire to see me grow and win. Southside on DASH Radio is a family environment, we genuinely care for one another.
13. What are your other passions?
I love to read and journal. Most don’t know that I journal almost everyday about something! But I also love to read as well. Sometimes my daughter and I will just go on a date to the book store, grab a book and sit down to read for a few hours. It’s so therapeutic.
Most recently I read Elgin Charles’ memoir titled, “By The Way”. It was such an amazing book! Shoutout to Mr. Charles!
14. Describe a typical night out with you and your friends.
If you guys would have asked me this question 4 years ago I would have had a different answer, one more exciting. But I feel like we’re old women now. We’ve all just turned 30, have various careers, live in various states, kids, some are married, etc…. So when we finally get together we INTEND to have fun/wild nights but after a few glasses of wine we’re all tired and headed to bed early. Pretty boring right?!
But what I love about my friends the most is our conversations about life and growth. We laugh together, cry together, talk about the past, praise each other, etc… My friends are my BIGGEST supporters. They knew I would be here before I believed it.
It’s about 9 of us! Some live in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Virginia, and I’m in Georgia. But we’ve been friends for almost 12 years.
15. What’s next for you entertainment wise?
My goal everyday is to be the best DAMN radio personality that I can be! To continue to grow in my craft and enjoy the journey. I’ve noticed over the past few months that it’s all about timing, and I’ve been really growing in rank. So my plan is just to remain faithful, relatable, authentic, and humble.
16. Who are your biggest supporters?
My biggest supporter of all time is my 7 year old daughter! She tells me all the time how proud she is to have me as her mommy. She even mimics me [which is hilarious]. But other than her, my intermediate family and best friends.
18. Where do you see yourself within the next 3 years?
People always think I’m crazy with I say this…. But I see myself working for Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry as both ‘talent’ and a ‘content creator’ within the next few months!!!!!!! But within the next 3 years, I see myself really growing with Southside “DASH Radio”, being on television as a main character, starting BOTH my non-profit and mentorship program, opening doors for other young black creatives and my family.
I see myself being everything that God wants me to be!
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