Top Black women radio personalities you should know. Meet Felèsha Love, from radio personality to CEO of Black Women In Radio, and the BWIR Historical Society 501(c)3! A scholar, author and former morning show co-host (Atlanta’s KISS 104 and HOT 97.5), Love is passionate about preserving Black radio culture. She presented the BWIR National Historical Collection at the Library of Congress with other stellar media professionals at our nation’s capitol in April. The collection is America’s largest contemporary collection of living history and sound preservation for women. She leads ongoing research and collections in partnership with the Library of Congress’ RPTF and AUC’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. The Mind-Body author nurtured 30-year parallel careers in radio and wellness which fuels her media shows, and business workshops. The “Two Minute Manager,” and “Wellness Moment Shows” are hosted and produced by Felesha for media subscribers.
Meet Felesha Love, Founder and President of Black Women In Radio (BWIR). Felesha was hired as an on-air talent her second day on the job as a receptionist at Lindenwood University. In 1986, she worked weekend shifts, at the legendary Z100 in St. Louis. One year later, she took an historic position as the first black female music director and midday talent at “The Wiz” in Cincinnati.
In 1989, Felesha accepted an offer to co-host a new Morning Show at Atlanta’s KISS 104 with her former PD Brian Castle. She also co-hosted mornings with Harry Lyles. Over the next five years, Felesha was heard on midday, evening drive and weekends at Atlanta’s 1 station V103 and for a short time at Star 94 working alongside Ryan Seacrest. Radio One made a bold move by bringing the Urban Hip Hop music format to Atlanta and hiring Felesha. She became the first black female morning show cohost for its debut at HOT 97.5 WHTA with the “Art Terrell and Felesha Love Morning Party,” as well as, the “Ryan Cameron Morning Show.”
While raising two daughters, navigating divorce and a new blended family, and earning a master’s degree in Business Administration, Felesha was offered a faculty position at Spelman College which lasted seven years. During that time, she developed a wellness pedagogy and established MySpiritFitness© Management Group, LLC (MSF) to produce positive content for broadcast and digital media including her Two-Minute Manager Shows and “Felesha Love Show” podcast.
In 2014, she published a self-help book called Brave Leap to Freedom:Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit to Cultivate Healthy Relationships and began traveling and speaking on platforms with the Ultimate Women’s Expo across the country.
In 2016, Felesha was appointed Board member of the National Black Radio Hall of Fame (NBRHOF). She worked as the Director of Development and served as VP of the Atlanta Chapter. She helped expand NBRHOF Chapters, create and produce marketing campaigns and assisted with planning and research for regional and national agendas. Through her research she noticed the of disparities of Black women in the industry and became determined to remove them from the shadows and implant them into historical conversations. Felesha created a #BlackWomenInRadio campaign in 2017, not to compete with other women’s organizations, but strictly to make the invisible visible and change the perception of how Black women are viewed. It made a national impact. She organized the BWIR Executive Board established and formed the Black Women In Radio, LLC in 2019.