Get to know Asia!
Virginia Beach, VA. native Asia Chandler grew up listening to Virginia radio and was inspired to chase a career in broadcasting at a very young age. Many hours were spent talking and singing into her hairbrush and then at the tender age of 9, she got the best gift ever. It was a toy from Radio Shack, that allowed her to talk over AM stations…and that was it. As she grew up, her passion for radio grew even more intense and she chose to study Communications and Journalism in college.
Moving to Boston Massachusetts, she attended Northeastern University where she got her feet wet at the student-run station 104.9 WRBB. After graduating with honors and dual degrees (BA in Journalism and a BA in Communication), Asia tried to pursue a career in Radio and Television but could not find a job in her field. Until one day in 2001, a radio station popped up…that no one knew about. And she heard an announcement that they were looking for fresh new voices for the station. Agreeing to go with a friend that wanted to audition, she found herself in line with over 3,000 people. Convinced by her friend to audition, Asia finally agreed and for days anxiously waited to receive the results. When the results were in, Asia was one of the finalists and she got her very first start at Radio One Boston.
She spent several years with Radio One at WBOT, Hot 97.7 serving as the Heat Wave evening host, the Hot Spot Entertainment Reporter and the Afternoon Mid-day host until landing a full-time on-air position with Citadel on Hot 106 in Providence. But everything came full circle when she started her dream job hosting mornings at WBCG on Big City 101.3 in October 2007. Winning The Best of Boston Award for 4 consecutive years, The Urban Music Award for Best Radio Personality for 4 consecutive years, Garrison Awards and other local accolades proved that her talent was as great as her passion. But after 4 years of success on Morning Mayhem, unfortunately the station was sold and changed formats…so, it was then that Asia decided to make a change.
Asia relocated to Washington D.C in 2011 as a freelance entertainment reporter. In August of 2015, she returned to her Radio One home where it all started. In just months Asia was promoted from one weekend shift, to two shifts and two different stations within the Radio One family. And shortly after, she received an even bigger opportunity, and landed the entertainment reporter position on the Donnie Simpson Show with a segment called “Can We Talk?” She can now be heard weekdays at 6:30pm and you can also check her out every Saturday from 3-7pm on “Afternoons with Asia.”
Now in her 15th year of radio, Asia has proven that she is much more than just another pretty face. With her extra rich voice, sweet sexy tone, unique charm, and witty sense of humor–this radio diva can put a smile on anyone’s face. Her voice has been heard on several radio stations in Boston, Baltimore, Providence and Washington, DC.
Music has always been an integral part of Asia’s life. She is a trained singer, can play clarinet, flute, oboe and bass clarinet; and has written original songs. In addition to her many talents, Asia is also a published journalist, youth mentor and very involved with the music youth ministry at her church. Her mission in in the workplace…is the same as it is in her everyday life….To love life’s journey, always put God first in everything, and to always uphold values of faith and honesty. Her Motto is make every day better than the day before and that things in life can slow her down, but nothing but death can stop her.
So watch out…the best has yet to come!
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Out of the Washington Metropolitan Area hails a proven stellar talent who has honed her professional, social and educational expertise in the entertainment industries’ Radio and Television Broadcasting Journalism field.
Teresa Marie currently displays her professional talents for Radio One on Majic 102.3FM Washington D.C. / Magic 95.5FM Baltimore. Teresa has built her media experience on both the “STELLAR AWARD WINNING” WPGC AM Heaven 1580 and WPGC FM 95.5. Teresa utilizes her accomplishments to give back to the community and provide education and awareness to individuals who suffer from societal challenges, always lending a helping hand. A graduate of the Columbia School of Broadcasting, Teresa Marie continued to develop and evolve through her work at ABC 7 News/WJLA /News Channel 8. A proven striver, Teresa still finds the time to attend the prestigious American University studying Public Communications.
Only the best and the strong survive! Over her 20 years in radio, Teresa has interviewed and interacted with leading political and community leaders, ministers, award winning artists, authors, and entertainers. Names like President Barack Obama, Rev. Al Sharpton, Former Maryland States Attorney Glen F. Ivey, the Late Dr. Dorothy Height, Les Brown, Tavis Smiley, Blair Underwood, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ice Cube, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Denyce Graves, Monique, and Yolanda Adams are but part of the impressive list of important and popular figures who have spent time with Teresa on the mike.
Born in the Philippines as a Military Dependant, Teresa traveled extensively around the world and has been exposed to various cultures and traditions. It’s an experience that helped shape her eclectic style of communication, allowing those in her presence to feel at home and safe during interviews or live events she’s hosted.
Teresa’s mission statement is to “Take Education and Opportunity to the Communities.” This has led to her life’s work and passions developing concepts like; PINK FRIDAY’S aiding Breast Cancer victims and honoring survivors; saluting unsung heroes with EVERYDAY PEOPLE; journeying through African American History with a show called AROUND THE CITY IN 80 DAYS, and empowering women with her WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM. Teresa’s approach to her profession is beyond categorization.
Lamar “LBD” Robinson is a radio veteran with over 25 years in the industry. A DMV native, LBD has graced the airwaves of several radio stations on the east coast to include an award-winning stint as an afternoon host in the city of Boston. He is dedicated to his craft and enjoys bonding with his audience “on the air” and in the community. LBD has been featured on national and local television and can be heard every weekend on Majic 102.3/ 92.7.
An acclaimed singer and performer, Al B. Sure! brings the same passion and delivery to radio, extending a relationship that started almost 20 years ago. Love and R&B with Al B. Sure! delivers his feeling for the music, the moment and a personal connection every Sunday through Friday 7PM to Midnight. Al B!’s vision for the new format is to take the listener on a journey, supplying romantic current and classic hit soulful music, including weekly visits from celebrity guests and intriguing personalities from every genre of the entertainment industry.
Al B. Sure! The Performer
Al. B. Sure!’s history in the entertainment industry spans three decades. From Mt. Vernon, NY Albert Brown found his love for singing in the church choir. Assisting his pastor in building a recording booth, he captured a four-track recording of Sunday’s sermon and choir, later delivering the track to the local station. From there Al B! launched his career with the 1988 debut Warner Bros album “In Effect Mode” which has been RIAA certified triple platinum and climbed to the #1 position on Billboard’s R&B chart for an astounding seven straight weeks. Since then, his career has thrived, receiving recognition with 4 Grammys, numerous awards including an American Music Award for Best New R&B Artist, and more than 75 ASCAP Awards for writing and composition performance.
Al B. Sure! The Radio Talent
His radio career happened naturally starting in the early 2000s during a visit to the Bay Area for a charity event. Al B! did an interview with radio legend Renel on 98.1 KISS FM. Hearing the interview, the Program Director asked if Al B. Sure! would consider doing a weekend radio show featuring the soundtrack of our generation. Next came syndication with ABC Radio Networks with the launch of his ‘Secret Garden Radio’ format of intense romantic classic hit music, adding celebrity interviews focused on relationship-driven topics syndicated to over 60 stations on The Touch R&B format as well as The Armed Forces Network.