Those who have been confused by the sudden nautical references and increasingly aggressive sentiments from Rihanna and her fan "Navy" must not realize she's just method acting. No, she's not gearing up to actually head to battle (unless those trying to squash "S&M" are involved), in reality she's been bitten by the acting bug. (How many solo albums? Yep, it's about time.) And now, with only 295 days until its release, we have a very brief glimpse at her big-screen debut in the upcoming action flick Battleship.
Did you see her? We know it's hard to make out her figure amidst the distraction of Tim Riggins' beautiful soul, but look closer. The Hollywood newbie gets an entire two seconds of screen time in this trailer—and gets to steer a boat all by herself. From the esteemed mind of Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg, the film stars FNL alum Taylor Kitsch (Texas Forever!), True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard, newly minted action hero Liam Neeson and fellow non-actor Brooklyn Decker. It's your standard boy likes girl but boy needs to impress said girl's dad by putting his life endanger story. With aliens. But Battleship's release isn't until March 2012, and movie trailers can be deceiving. That being said, we're worried this film doesn't fully take advantage of Rihanna's talent. Where are the lap dances?
Michaels aims for more exciting sound: New WAMO program director seeks higher ratings
New Pittsburgh Courier April 21, 2001 | L, Genea Michaels aims for more exciting sound: New WAMO program director seeks higher ratings by Genea L. Webb For New Pittsburgh Courier Jay Michaels has always been surrounded by music.
"I've always had an ear for music ever since I was little," says the "30-something" Michaels who hails from the West Coast.
"My dad use to be Ray Charles' musical director, and my mom was a Rayette (one of Charles' background singers). I've been around music my whole life. I'm from L.A., and we were born with star water in our baby bottles." So, at the age of 15, when his speech teacher suggested he pursue a career in radio, it was right down his alley.
"In the 10th grade in my speech class, I did an impromptu (performance) of a radio person, and my teacher thought I was (a) natural. And she was the one who encouraged me to pursue it, and I did and I stuck with it," says the divorced father of one son.
Now, 20 years later, Michaels says he is at the top of his game as the newly hired program director for WAMO 106 JAMZ (FM station only). He started working at the station Jan. 15 after Ron Atkins got a promotion with American Urban Radio Networks.
As program director, he is in charge of "what comes out of the speakers." He is responsible for music played on-air, hiring DJs and what those DJs say on the radio.
"I'm like the coach of a team," he says proudly. site michaels printable coupon
Before joining the WAMO team, Michaels held several radio jobs in various cities, including KBCE-FM in Alexandria, La.; WCGI-FM in Chicago; WMXD-FM in Detroit and KDAY-AM in Los Angeles.
When offered the program director position at WAMO, Michaels says it was an opportunity he wasn't going to pass up.
"Ron called me and asked me to come here and be the program director; it felt right," says Michaels, who was casually dressed in a white warm-up suit, turtleneck, tennis shoes and gold earrings during a recent interview.
Alan L. Lincoln, president of the Radio Division for Sheridan Broadcasting Corp., says Michaels has a lot to offer the station.
"He brings a wealth of programming experience to the table. We are anticipating great things from him," says Lincoln.
In turn, Michaels says Lincoln has been fantastic to work for.
"He's a great boss. I love working for him," he says.
Michaels, an avid writer and shopper, hopes to accomplish many goals in his new role. His first objective: increase the station's ratings. He also wants to bring a more exciting sound to the station.
"I'd like to see the station in the top five in the market and in ratings," says Michaels, who resides in the Crawford Square development in the Hill District.
"I also want it to be a station that people can depend on. I want us to maintain our heritage position. We're a lot more upbeat since I got here, and we sound fine." Michaels says he's accomplishing his goal of creating a more exciting sound for the station by playing more rap songs on-air during the day.
Writing is another love of Michaels, and he incorporates that passion into his daily radio work, developing much of the scripted material listeners hear from on-air personalities. site michaels printable coupon
"I love writing, but I love radio," he says simply.
"I like the one-on-one with people. Everything that the DJs say...like promotions, and everything you hear about the (station), I had a hand in writing," he says excitedly.
"It's like writing a song. You get to hear your song after it's finished. I get to hear my stuff on the air." Michaels' typical day at work begins at 5:45 a.m., when he arrives at the station to prepare for the "Breakfast Jam" with Sly Jock and Vickie Hill. He began working on the morning show after personality Keith Richards was fired.
The show runs until 10 a.m., and that's when Michaels begins his program director duties. Usually his days end around 3 p.m., but sometimes he can be found at the station at 6 or 7 p.m., depending on what's going on.
"I have a tendency of making people around me better," says Michaels who also enjoys traveling. "I've been able to help others utilize their talents to reach their potential." After two decades in the business, Michaels still loves what he does.
"I couldn't possibly get bored (with radio) because everyday is something different," says Michaels, a member Covenant Church of Pittsburgh in East Hills.
"I'm one who needs constant challenges, but I take one day at a time.
"My biggest fulfillment is sharing my experiences with my staff and helping them get better communication with listeners and on the air.
"I also like the challenge of making our non-Black listeners feel comfortable," he adds.
"Pittsburgh has been just so warm and wonderful to me and everybody's been really receptive to me." Adversity has not been a factor for Michaels, and he attributes that fact to his charismatic attitude and easygoing way with people.
"I haven't experienced it because I know how to talk to people," he says with a smile.
"I'm 100 percent supportive of my people, but I do embrace everyone because we're all God's children." Photo (Jay Michaels) L, Genea
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