We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazze Maxie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazze, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I’m a mother to a 3 year old little girl named Madison. I love her so much! She has so much personality and is very smart. I thank God for her every day. Having my daughter changed my life in such a major way because she makes me think twice about how I want to be viewed in the public eye. I’ve turned down opportunities that do not align with my image because I want to be a good role model for my daughter. I also try to be a present parent. For me, it’s very important that I’m active in her life and for her to know that I will always be here to support and encourage her to be the best person she can be.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Currently, I wear many hats at Urban One Dallas. I’m an On Air Personality, Community Affairs Director and Internship Coordinator. I also host Mid-Days for 94.5 The Beat in Waco. My career started right out of college when I accepted an internship to work for Urban One Dallas. I worked hard and was hired and eventually promoted. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am now. At one point I was working 7 days a week for about 2 years. I look back at it now and can’t believe I did that! Working in radio may look easy but many people aren’t aware that most people work 6 days a week and initially the pay is very low. You’re on the radio and broke all at the same time. Luckily, I was able to move up in the business and now I’m able to make an impact in the community. I really love to see people that I’ve brought on as an intern move on to bigger and better things in their careers. I’ve also been nominated and received many awards for my community service in the broadcast industry. Also, under my leadership Urban One Dallas has received 5 National NAB Crystal Award Nominations for outstanding community service.
Some lessons I’ve learned along the way is to work hard and never let anyone stop you from fulfilling your dreams. When one door closes keep it moving and try another door. You only need one yes so it doesn’t matter if you received 100 no’s. When the opportunity comes, make sure you are ready so always practice and prepare for the big dance.
I would like the world to know that I’m more than just a media personality. My brand consist of bringing important issues and assistance to the community, networking and incorporating it all into my media personality as a whole.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was coming to visit I would definitely take her to some well-known places here in the Dallas Fort Worth are such as the Stockyards in Fort Worth, South Dallas has a new food pop up I’d like to check out along with some really cool places to eat like the Farmers Market or True Kitchen and Kocktails. I love to go to places with live music that are chill and laid back. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic I’ve had to put a lot of that on hold but hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy our normal lives again soon.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I’d like to thank my family and friends for always supporting me in my creative endeavors. Sending all my love to my husband Brandon Maxie and my daughter Madison Maxie, my life would not be complete without their love and support.
I’d like to shout out DJ Smoove with a VE for helping me do my aircheck many years ago which resulted in my first On Air job opportunity! It was offered to me by then PD John Candy at 97.9 The Beat. Currently, I’m the Community Affairs Director, Internship Coordinator and On Air Personality on the weekends. My first big promotion was given to me by Gary Spurgeon who was the General Manager of Urban One Dallas at the time. He promoted me to the Community Affairs Director and this job has allowed me to help so many people through the power of radio.
There’s no way I can tell my story without giving credit to Edward Graham and Edward Sanchez. They are the owners of Edwards Media LLC and gave me my first opportunity as a full time On Air Personality. I hate to give him his credit but Graham still mentors me in business and in the broadcast industry. lol Shout out to 94.5 The Beat in Waco for all the love and support they’ve given me after all these years.
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