2018 Features

Weekend Gabe



Gabe has covered the national and local hip hop scene since 2010, when he hosted a specialty radio show on WCRX, 88.1FM and studied as an undergrad on the campus of Columbia College Chicago. There he also interned at WBEW, Vocalo, 91.1FM and rose to be the station’s Senior Hip Hop Correspondent. 

Currently, Gabe reviews new hip hop releases weekly on air for Vocalo’s Music Vox and Morning Amp programs. He can be read on Vocalo.Org, Mybsideblog.Com, Planetill.Com and Radioonechicago.com as a music and pop culture blogger. Working on his podcast IllSide Radio he said, “I think these online formats are open avenues of communication that can’t be disputed and are tons of fun and go hand in hand with terrestrial radio.”

In 2014, Gabe was welcomed in to the Radio One Chicago family, and can be heard every week conversing with some of Chicago’s finest hip hop artist including Psalm One, Grammy nominated Really Doe, and producers like A-Villa. Gabe is always working to push the brand of Radio One and truly represents the show’s motto, “All Chicago Everything".

IG: weekendgabe

Twitter: WeekendGabe

Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen hosts the midday show at WTMX-FM, The Mix in Chicago. She started as a hopeful intern and

Lisa Allen hosts the midday show at WTMX-FM, The Mix in Chicago. She started as a hopeful intern and worked her way to her dream job as midday host at 101.9 The Mix, being named the “best radio personality in Chicago” at the IBA Silver Dome Awards in both 2015 and 2018. 

She thrives on concert going, a hectic schedule, getaways with family and all things adventure! 

IG: lisallenonair

Twitter: LisaAllenOnAir

Spicy Mari



Spicy Mari is the CEO & Founder of The Spicy Life. As a Relationship Expert, Spicy Mari has dedicated her life's work to encouraging singles and couples to communicate and connect more effectively by incorporating passion and adventure back into their interpersonal relationships. Raw and uncensored in her matchmaking approach Spicy Mari has been featured on VH1 Basketball Wives, Buzzfeed, OWN NETWORK’s hit show, Don’t Tell The Bride, The Ricky Lake Show, and iHeartRadio as a recurring relationship expert.

Spicy Mari's desire to understand the way in which men and women communicate, started in her adolescence and led her to obtain a degree in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley. Discovering her life's purpose was to not only help people find love but also teach them to sustain it, she developed easy to apply strategies and methods known as Spicy Tips. Kindling romantic flames for others ignited a fire in her that led her to receive certification as a dating coach from the International Dating Coach Association. Shortly after sparking several love connections, she devised The S.P.I.C.Y Life Program, which provides exciting courses, seminars, and events on “Self, Passion, Intimacy, Communication & learning to say YES.” In order to enrich her ability to add value to singles and couples in a digital dating era, she went on to obtain a Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. Formed with the goal of transcending traditional boundaries, The Spicy Life provides self-improvement through effective communication and relationship building.


D & Davis



Demonze Spruiel-Rose, known as "D," and Kenneth Davis are two South Side of Chicago guys who break down all local and national sports on The D & Davis Show and give the best hot takes on pop culture and politics on D & Davis: The Flip. 

The D & Davis Show specializes in sparking and maintaining the type of conversations that do not get played out on every sports broadcast while bringing in-depth angles and perspective to the most essential news of the day. D & Davis has brought in some of the best talents in local and national sports media for revealing interviews, including Dionne Miller of ABC Chicago, Lou Canellis of Fox Chicago, Marc J. Spears of ESPN and The Undefeated and Chicago sports writing legend Fred Mitchell. Demonze and Ken have also lent their expertise on issues of the day to CLTV’s Sports Feed, The Laurence Holmes Show on 670 The Score, and WVON 1690 AM's The Cliff Kelley Show.

D & Davis: The Flip allows the guys to speak candidly and without censor about current events and pop culture including the latest in music, television film and politics. Recent guests on the Flip include reporter from WCIU’s The Jam, Brandon Pope, WGN morning co-host Cortney Hall and comedian/actor Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith. 

Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram at @DAndDavisShow and on Facebook by searching "D & Davis Show."

Nadia Simone


Host & Creator

  theNSider is a well respected and credible media outlet who’s purpose is to represent and showcase Chicago entrepreneurs, entertainers, variety of small businesses, activists, etc in a professional and positive light.

theNSider’s host and creator, Nadia 

Simone, has 8+ years of experience in media and broadcast journalism. Nadia created theNSider with the intention of uplifting others spirits through personal stories, interviews and show a side of Chicago we rarely see. In her own words “I wanted to create a platform for the people of Chicago to showcase their work, talents, skills, concerns, something fun, something we need more of!"

IG: @thensidertv

YouTube Channel: the NSider
Website: www.thensider.com  

Vanessa Baker, Miss New Jersey USA(2003)



Vanessa, the first African American Miss New Jersey USA, competed in the nationally televised Miss USA pageant and donated her time to over twenty different charities and foundations during her reign. She was the official American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region spokesperson where she promoted blood donation, a cause near and dear to her heart. 

A graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Vanessa started to pursue a career in broadcasting. Currently, she is working on her show “The Wish List” as producer and creator. 

Vanessa is also a model for several top make up and skin care brands at QVC.  Her favorite past time is snuggling with her children, Noah and Brooklyn. 

IG: @vanessaelisebaker