Make Yourself Heard: Break Your Song On The Radio Panel

Want to know how to get your song on the radio?

Join us Thursday, June 30e at 19 ‘o clock/EST for our Be Heard Panel at The musical encounter – a virtual discussion on the business behind the music presented by Radio One.

Get to know our panelist and moderator below who will provide valuable information during this panel for free!

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Richmond, Virginia is where it all started for A Plus, where he grew up with a huge love for music. While his friends spent time playing with toys, trading cards, or playing sports, Plus spent most of his allowance on cassette singles and albums from his favorite artists. While studying at Virginia State University, Plus interned for Radio One’s WCDX-FM (iPower 92-1) in the summer of 2005. After just 2.5 months as an intern, Plus was hired as a part-time personality for his hometown heritage station. Recognizing the importance of this opportunity, he worked overtime to learn as many components of his job as possible, which ranged from morning show producer to mix-show DJ. Proving that hard work pays off, A Plus moved to St. Louis in 2011 to take on the position of evening on-air personality. After nearly six successful years, Plus moved to Detroit in 2017 before accepting its first program director position in Cincinnati in June 2018. After another programming stop in the Ohio capital city of Columbus, A Plus is now the Director of Operations for Radio One Cleveland. , leading heritage brands such as 93.1 WZAK and Z107.9.

Derek Harper

Derek joined WVEE as the producer of its #1 ranked morning show in 1994. In 1998, he accepted the position of COO/Morning Drive Personality at WFXM in Macon, Georgia. In August 2002, Radio One brought Derek back to Atlanta as assistant program director/co-host/producer of the morning show “Si-Man in the Morning.”

In 2005 Derek assumed the title of Program Director for WAMJ and in 2007 he was given the additional responsibility and title of Program Director for WPZE.

In 2009, he helped launch the “Coco Brother Live Show”. He has won more Stellar Awards than any program director in history (5) and his inspirational station WPZE is the only station in history to win Station of the Year honors for three consecutive years. In 2018… he assumed the role of Director of Inspiration Format for Reach Media/Urban One. In 2019, he assumed the title of Director of Operations for Radio One Atlanta. In October 2022… He will be inducted into the Black Radio Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mike Swift

Mike “Swift” Powell is a 17-year radio veteran who has worked across multiple formats as a personality, mixer and on-air programmer. He got his start at Urban AC station KMEZ in New Orleans and rose to the position of assistant program director/afternoon host/mixer at rhythm station Power 102.9 KKND. He continued to expand his radio lineup becoming a familiar voice in New Orleans’ alternative rock scene by becoming the nightly host of Alt-92.3 and mixer for the city’s only all-EDM mixing show Electric. playground. After 12 years in the New Orleans market, Swift jumped at the chance to become the Program Manager for Streetz 103.3 WGIV in Charlotte, Hot 107.1 KXHT in Memphis, and finally in Washington DC at famed brand 93.9 WKYS.

Nicole Paris

Paris Nicole began her career as an intern at a local radio station when she was only 16 years old. This unique experience and exposure ignited his passion for broadcasting and defined his career trajectory. Nicole then graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism.

Nicole has interviewed some of the entertainment industry’s hottest stars such as T.I., Kevin Hart, Angela Bassett and Kerry Washington; Just to name a few. Paris is a captivating presence on and off the air. His talent and insight have been featured on major media outlets, such as TMZ, Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV, XXL, Bossip, NBC and Fox29. She was also Virginia’s official host for President Barack Obama’s “DJs for Obama” campaign in 2012.

Determined to use her talent and influence to impact lives, Paris “The Fly Chick” Nicole is also an advocate for the community with her annual “Fly Kids Coat Drive”, “Fly for Prom” and “Fly for school”.

Nicole is one of the top-rated radio personalities at Philadelphia’s WRNB 100.3, where she hosts Afternoon Drive from 2-7 p.m. daily. Nicole is also the program director of 100.3, making Nicole one of the youngest radio executives in the country.

Terri Thomas

Terri Thomas is an award-winning Operations Manager/Program Director for KBXX, KMJQ, KROI and She has been nationally recognized by Radio & Records, Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, Radio Ink and Radio Facts. Terri is also a recipient of the prestigious Ronnie Johnson Industry Mentor of the Year award. She is known as a problem solver and has a proven track record in coaching and building award-winning teams as evidenced by ratings and revenue success. Her creativity, passion and positive energy are contagious. She loves helping people achieve their dreams and spends time mentoring many up-and-coming media and entertainment professionals across the country.

Terri is the published author of two children’s books “J Mac is the King of Freestyle” and “The New Kid”. She has also worked with Artbridge as a volunteer teaching art to homeless children to build their self-esteem. She works with St. Jude Children’s Hospital and sits on their radio advisory board. Terri is a founding member of the Second Street Sax Syndicate as a soprano saxophonist, aspiring photographer, Food Network junkie, budding fitness enthusiast, dog lover, and fiercely loyal to her friends and family. His motto is “Keep God First and Follow Your Dreams”.

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