Kashon Powell Just Became The First Woman Vice President Of Programming At Radio One
#BlackGirlMagic and Women’s History Month have combined and created a truly inspiring result, as it was recently announced that Kashon Powell has been promoted to Vice President of Programming at Radio One—making her the very first woman to hold the position.
In her new role as VP of Programming, Powell will head the programming strategies for the D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, markets. She will also continue to manage the six station D.C. cluster; WMMJ-FM, WKYS-FM, WPRS-FM, WYCB-AM, WTEM-AM and WOL-AM, as well as continue programming for WMMJ and syndicated programs including, The Russ Parr Morning Show and Love and R&B with John Monds.
Powell’s foray into the world of radio started back in 1992 in Houston, Texas at local affiliate KBXX-FM. She worked her way up from a research assistant to becoming the first woman Program Director for the station. The 2000s saw even more career success for Powell. In 2002 she was named Urban Editor for Radio & Records (R&R) in Los Angeles, joined Clear Channel/Philadelphia (now iHeart) in 2004 as Assistant Program Director/Music Director and was soon promoted to Program Director for WUSL-FM and WDAS-FM. She parlayed this role into eventually serving as iHeart’s Director of Urban Programming in Virginia, which included stations WOWI-FM, WKSA-FM, and WBTJ-FM. In 2015, Powell officially joined Radio One/Washington D.C. family as Program Director of MAJIC 102.3 and 92.7 and was promoted to Operations Manager in 2017.
Speaking about what her new role means to her, Powell said:
“I’m honored to be entrusted with the programming and content creation of stations with such rich tradition and culture. I’m thrilled to be a part of the brain trust that continues to cultivate content across our numerous programming platforms.”
In a news release, Radio One CEO David Kantor spoke very highly of Powell and what she brings to the company:
“I’m delighted to have Kashon in this position. Not only has she proved to be an outstanding programmer with the huge success of our Washington cluster but it will be great to have the voice of a woman, our primary demographic, among our senior programmers. I know Kashon’s contributions to the company will be enormous.”
We want to extend a huge congratulations to Kashon Powell on her amazing new position and continuing to inspire the next generation of women to go after their dreams.