Today I'm spotlighting my friend, DJ Larry Jones! I have always believed that creative minds tend to gravitate towards each other and that is how Larry and I got to know each other! We work at the same place and would engage in regular friendly conversation as our paths crossed. Our creative endeavors were a topic that came up frequently. Larry hosts his own radio show -The Power Hour- which I have heard a lot about. I told him about my blog. We began tossing around the idea of working together sometime. Then we began to realize that our worlds outside of work were interlinked. We knew some of the same people and have or have been involved with different organizations. What a small world! I was able to chat with Larry and get to know more about him and his journey as a DJ. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Larry grew up in Harlem, NY with five sisters and one brother. "I was always really into music," Larry told me, "my dad played everything. He was very invested in music and I loved to watch him practice." In fact music was a huge part of Larry's move into radio. In fact he actually got a scholarship to NYU for the trombone. "I did not end up taking it because of peer pressure," Larry explained. Well, that did not slow him down. Larry moved to North Carolina in 2006 and still wanting to satisfy his love for music, he began to venture into radio. "What I love about radio is that it combines my love for music and the power of my voice," he told me, " you have a platform to talk about what you feel is important and share that with a large group of people. No one can steal that from you. No one can take your voice."
On The Power Hour, Larry covers a wide range of topics. Everything from interviewing celebrities, to kidnap and rape victims sharing their stories, to fitness instructors, Larry has covered it all. In fact this past Monday he was invited to a proclamation signing by city officials. "I don't want to limit myself," he explained.
Larry did tell me that health and wellness is one of his favorite topics so every Monday he does a segment about 'What is in Your Diet?' He often includes fitness instructor, Tanra Brown, who conducts a Youtube live stream and covers foods to eat. In fact, Larry said that one his most rewarding experiences was when a guy called in and said that he and his wife had changed their diets because of the segment.
While that was a rewarding experience, Larry has also had some very difficult conversations as well. "One of the most hardest hitting projects was talking to a woman who was abducted by traffickers. which was extremely emotional." Currently there is the Black Lives Matters protests that are being held all over the country. "For me, personally, I will speak on the issues but also keep moving forward," Larry said, "I think that there is a lot of good that has come out of these protests. though it can be challenging at times."
Larry has to easily be one of my favorite people at work, and I love his drive and his vision for his dream. "I want to see this through. My goal is to move to XM Radio," he told me. And I don't think he is that far off from it! I'm so excited to see where this journey takes him!
You can find him on Youtube and Instagram