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Hailing from Tucson, Arizona by
way of Tallahassee, Florida, Yasmin Young is living a dream, not
only as one of Charlotte, North Carolina's #1 radio station,
WPEG Power 98ís Morning Show Co-Host and an avid music lover,
but she has also become a staple in the Queen City and
surrounding area as a community leader and an inspiration to
many young girls and single moms.
Though it was by accident,
Yasmin found her passion in radio and djing, after moving from
Arizona to Tallahassee to attend Florida
A&M University. She was elected
to student government, where she met Lady J, who was also in
student government and a radio personality at the college radio
station. Lady J invited Yasmin, a freshman to play a small role
on the radio show, that later ended, but it was just the
beginning of her journey in radio. Yasmin learned turntable
fundamentals while staying on at WAMF now WANM. Honing in on her
skills, Yasmin bought her first set of Technic 1200's, a mixer,
amp, and speakers in 1998 to become more proficient.
Yasmin outgrew the college radio
station, she went on to secure an internship at 96.1 a cumulus
station with Terri Thomas, the midday diva, who guided her to the next level. In 1999, Yasmin landed another
great opportunity to showcase her skills. At WVHT, Hot 105.7,
Yasmin quickly worked up the ranks from weekend personality,
nights, to midday and
eventually promotions director.
Believing in the power of
education, in 2000, Yasmin pursued her Master's Degree in media
from New York Univeristy. Upon returning to Tallahassee in 2002,
she was then hired by WWLD, Blazin' 102.3 as a local
producer/news reporter for the nationally-syndicated Doug Banks
Morning Show. Yasmin improved her skills by working weekends,
while also becoming a promotional spokesperson and event emcee.
Yasmin's sacrifices and hard
work paid off. In May of 2009 she was promoted to doing nights
at Blazin' 102.3. In April of 2010, less than a year after her
previous promotion, Yasmin was recruited for the #1 station in
Charlotte, leaping from market #162 to #24.
Yasmin has since hosted many
events and has taken on the responsibility of being a community
leader and activist, using her many skills, talents, and
resources to give back and empower teens and women.
When asked why she takes such an
interest in the community, Yasmin proudly answers, "I love to
meet and build a rapport with people." "Rolling up my sleeves
and getting into the community and streets is the best way I
know how to do that". She also expresses that it makes her feel
good to know that she is giving back and contributing to the
advancement of her community.
Yasmin's community involvement
goes deeper than just showing up and supporting community
events. She is also a single moms advocate and she truly
inspires and empowers women and teens to grow their businesses
and work hard. She states that she's passionate about empowering
women because "As a woman, I want to make sure that we are
respected and are able to be successful as we desire to be!"
What does Yasmin hope to
accomplish by reaching out in the community and empowering
women? In her own words, she states, "I want women in
particular, of all educational and economic backgrounds to
realize that they are powerful and can accomplish their goals,
no matter what." She continues, "Women are so important in this
world, they are the backbone of society." Yasmin concludes with,
"I just love to reach out to women with that message, I also
love to encourage women to help each other build by supporting
each other because that's what makes us successful."
Yasmin is also no stranger to
her own achievements and accomplishments. She has received the
TJ's DJ's Platinum Needle Award, Ozone Magazine's Sexiest Female
DJ recognition, and nominations for Break-Out Personality and
Best Female DJ at the Southern Entertainment Awards. Though
inspired by music itself, Yasmin credits and looks up to media
veterans such as Terri Thomas, Hurricane Dave, Terri Avery, Miss
Jones, Wendy Williams, Oprah, Ellen and Tyra Banks for the truly
amazing personality and DJ that she is today.