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Exclusive interview with Egypt Sherrod, new host of V-103 (who started 3/19)

Egypt Sherrod started March 19, 2012 on V-103 as mid-day host. She moved from New York and will continue to host HGTV's "Property Virgins" in Atlanta. CREDIT: HGTV

Egypt Sherrod started March 19, 2012 on V-103 as mid-day host. She moved from New York and will continue to host HGTV's "Property Virgins" in Atlanta. CREDIT: HGTV

Egypt Sherrod over the past year has gotten married, had a daughter Kendall and moved to a new city for a new job at V-103 as their latest mid-day host.

“Three huge life events, but I’m still standing!” she said last Friday in an interview at the Starbucks downstairs from the radio studios.

She began her first shift today, replacing Ramona Debreaux, who remains at V-103 but whose new job has not been specified publicly.

“I feel like a kid on the first day at a new school,” said Egypt to listeners this morning at 10 a.m. Her new boss Reggie Rouse decorated the studio with an Egyptian sarcophagus and a throne. They also catered a big buffet in the green room, including peach cobbler and pot roast.

“I have never had a welcome like this in my entire career!” she said on the air. “I feel very blessed.” Over four hours, she talked to Keith Sweat, Musiq Soulchild, Jazze Pha, the Braxtons and Marsha Ambrosius, among others. She also solicited ideas from listeners who could play Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown and Bobbie Kristina in a movie about the late singer’s life.

Egypt’s approach is a bit like that of Wendy Williams: no old-school jock pretenses, just girlfriend-to-girlfriend honesty and dishing.

“I’m a personality,” Egypt said in the interview. “I’m not a talking head. I don’t just read liners and go in and out of music.”

Before passing the baton to Ryan Cameron, she gave a motivational speech. “People only do to you what you allow them to do… Know your self worth.”

Sherrod said she was doing well at WBLS-FM in New York, the No. 1 market in radio. But she woke up one morning and felt she needed a change.

“It was a cold winter morning in New York,” she said. “Need I say more?

Her husband Michael, a professional DJ who goes by the DJ name Fadelf, agreed.

“New York is fabulous,” she said. “I spent 11 years in New York City. It was a great season in my life. But it was time to open another one. It just made sense.”

She spent summers in Atlanta as a teen-ager with relatives and has nothing but warm memories.  So when V-103 dangled the job offer, she jumped.

V-103, she said, “is a station that truly leading the trends. They have huge ratings, top-ranked personalities. They are where other stations look to for ideas and promotion.”

Egypt, who is in her 30s but wouldn’t specify her age, said she has been in radio since she was 19 years old at what was then R&B station 103.9 in Philadelphia, her hometown.

She believes in FM radio’s viability even in this day and age of Sirius/XM, Pandora and Spotify. “No other space can you turn to get local personalities and local information.”

She hopes to have a long-term relationship with Atlanta: “I will peel back the layers so people get to know me and hopefully love me. I’m very compassionate and community oriented. I love my family. I’ll talk about my crazy friends.”

You may have seen her on TV over the years. She was a correspondent on the “Maury” show. She now hosts HGTV’s “Property Virgins,’ which features Egypt helping newbies  buy their first home.  (She was a full-time real estate agent a few years ago between radio gigs.)

The show, which is moving to Atlanta for production to accommodate Egypt, begins next season’s casting next month. She plans to shoot the show on weekends. She said if you’re interested being on the show and are seeking a new home for the first time between April and September, email propertyvirgins@cineflix.com.

Building her multi-media persona, she now has 36,000 followers on her Twitter page. (www.twitter.com/egyptsaidso) And she’s part of an upcoming film called “Life Love Soul.”

“I’m going to be here for awhile,” she promises. “Uprooted my entire family, a long hard move in the middle of maternity leave.”

You can watch her live stream here from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

18 comments Add your comment

Savvy

March 19th, 2012
3:55 pm

Welcome to Atlanta Egypt.

Betty Crocker

March 19th, 2012
4:16 pm

I don’t really care for her on Property Virgins, but welcome to Atlanta..:~)

GaPeachy

March 19th, 2012
4:27 pm

Yeah I’m not a big fan of her on Property Virgins but, welcome and good luck, they can’t seem to keep anybody in that spot. I listen to the Ryan King almost everyday so i will def check her out.

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VALENCIA

March 19th, 2012
5:00 pm

Great article, Rodney!! I have become a HUGE fan of Egypt’s and she did a great job on her first day. Her uniqueness and intellect really gives her a niche on FM radio. She’s honest and straight-forward, too! Congrats on everthing!

Yuseph

March 19th, 2012
5:48 pm

Hey egypt you are so fine you could make ray charles see hope you enjoy atlanta I am a big fan of yours.

Theresa

March 19th, 2012
6:18 pm

Egypt, you’ve been in the business long enough to know that people will hide behind the internet and say things they wouldn’t repeat in real life. So don’t sweat the hate. Atlanta is very different from NY but I’m sure you will adapt. Atlantans are good at sniffing out phonies, if you are sincere and stay true to yourself, you’ll be loved. Good luck to you!

diddy

March 19th, 2012
7:48 pm

She did ok on her first day but I think she sounds to much like Wendy Williams

Ms.Simon

March 20th, 2012
7:39 am

@diddy Thank God she doesn’t look like her though.

I have not checked her show out yet, but I will check it out today. Welcome to Atlanta.

Marcus

March 20th, 2012
9:07 am

Welcome to Atlanta Egypt….With your fine self!

angiem

March 20th, 2012
11:50 am

I am glad she is here to shake up V103. V has become stale and boring. They need some new blood. I think she will bring some flavor to the mix! Good luck Egypt!!!

Jamal

March 20th, 2012
1:08 pm

She does sound like Wendy Williams…..good luck at V-103 in that time slot, been a revolving door since Magic Man

Julia

March 20th, 2012
3:43 pm

I love her on Property Virgins! I am so glad they’re moving the show down here, though. Those homes up in the NYC area are crazy expensive and old (I know it’s the proximity to NYC, but still hard to relate to)! Yay, Egypt!

Marilyn

March 20th, 2012
4:54 pm

I don’t care for her on Property Virgins, would rather have Sandra M. back. But here’s wishing her well on V-103. I don’t listen to that radio station anymore. Prefer 104.7

lovinglee

March 21st, 2012
11:10 am

I just love Egypt! They forgot to mention she was on another show called Home Delivery a few years back that would help people and provide life changing services. I wish her well and I hope she can bring a breathe of fresh air into v-103. Good luck and welcome to Atlanta!!!!

1baddman

March 21st, 2012
11:37 am

Welcome Egypt,i hope V-103 can keep a midday host in that spot; you get used to them and before you know it their gone.

b j johnson

March 21st, 2012
11:40 am

somone else hired for their looks.

Melanie

March 23rd, 2012
6:11 pm

Egypt, I can’t believe I won’t be able to tune in and listen to you on WBLS any more. I was looking forward to hearing all about Kendall when you returned from your maternity leave. We’re going to miss you up here but truly wish you the very best in the ATL.