I had a chance to listen to the station and Ms. Fel during my last two trips to Arizona and wanted to reach out to this young lady to get an inside scoop of the radio business and her experiences. I had a few questions and she was totally open to an interview.
Q. Are you from Arizona, and if not, what brought you to the beautiful desert state?
ThatGirlFe: Yes I’m from Arizona, born & raised! 🙂
Q. Prior to working at Power 98.3, did you work at any other radio stations?
ThatGirlFe: Power 98.3 is the first & only radio station I have worked for, so far.
Q. How did your career start off in the music radio business? Was it through internships or were you lucky enough to know someone to bring you right in?
ThatGirlFe: It helps if you do know someone but most people, myself included, start off by doing an internship. There’s no money involved just school credit but the experience u gain is all worth it. Plus you get to meet some cool people in the industry.
Q. What inspirational advice would you give to those out there looking to break into radio?
ThatGirlFe: The best advice I could give someone who is trying to get into radio is, APPLY for an internship! If you’re going to a school then ur already halfway there. You don’t have to take radio related courses, you just have to make sure it’s ok with your school if u can earn school credit by working for a radio station. And once u get the internship, be ready to work hard and show them you are there for the right reasons, not just to meet celebs!
Q. Who is your favorite artist you’ve interviewed and/or met so far?
ThatGirlFe: So far the coolest person I’ve interviewed would probably have to be Ne-Yo. Mostly because he just had a great personality and had great answers to my questions. This was back when he was going to be performing at one of the Arizona Jazz Festivals. And as far as the coolest person I’ve met, most artist or “celebrities” are really down to earth people. They are so regular when they are right in front of u but I do remember looking at Alicia Keys’ nose and eye make up as she was talking to me. I didn’t hear a word she said because I was thinking to myself how cute her nose & make up are. Lol! Rihanna one time asked me if my lip piercing hurt because she was thinking about getting something like that. Her & her people convinced me to take a picture with her. I didn’t want to because I went to work looking busted. Lol! I told myself I would always get ready for work after that. But I tend to get along with and communicate with one of my all time favorites the most, Miss Mya. She is my Beyoncé. So she would probably have to be the coolest person I met. Lol! Plus she sang Happy Birthday to me one time! 🙂
Q. Is this your last pit stop, your “I’ve accomplished my dream”, or do you have plans to move through different and even higher channels within the radio business?
ThatGirlFel: There was a time when I was doing part time radio and still working at a regular 9-5 where I questioned if I still wanted to do this radio thing. It was taking soooo long for me to get a full time position and bills still needed to be paid. But I thought ahead and knew I would miss it if I left it completely. So I kept doing it part time and one day someone believed in me! Obtaining a full time position was good enough for me. I love my job & my city but I would be cheating myself and everybody that believes in me if I didn’t pursue a better opportunity if ever one came my way! 😉
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