February 11, 2009

Former 100.3 The Beat Personality Moves On to TV

Envy McKee shares her thoughts on becoming the next Oprah. “To be honest, I don’t even know how folks started calling me the next Oprah. It was crazy, I was in London taking meetings about ‘The Envy McKee Show’-- very recently—it was so weird, in three different meetings complete strangers kept calling me Lil’ Oprah. I think my publicist started that hot mess, but it’s an honor that people think of me on the Oprah wave length. She is a lot to aspire to emulate in one’s career. I think for the time being I’ll aspire to be the first Envy McKee and if I happen to accomplish in my career even half of what Oprah has been able to accomplish in her career, then we’ll have something to talk about. I do have every intention of doing my part to put Philly on the map in a big way though…we’ll see how it goes.”

Here's more on Envy's new TV Show:

The word on the streets is that Envy McKee, former award winning 100.3 The Beat Personality, now has a TV show all her own to air locally on Comcast Channel 21 (Radnor 21) beginning in March. The Envy McKee Show is a 30 minute weekly TV series, working toward becoming a 30 minute daily TV series and daily web show, produced by ArkyM Entertainment, LLC, which dishes about pop culture, politics and social woes in a way that is information based, entertaining and fun. Host Envy McKee has already been successful producing a show of this genre on commercial radio--“On the Real with Envy”--a program McKee has received honors and accolades for during its three years in production on 100.3 The Beat in Philadelphia.

The Envy McKee Show also features the talents of another ‘Beat’ personality—comedian Michael Shawn. Michael Shawn is a 9 year radio veteran on both 100.3 The Beat and New York’s Hot 97. He's also been seen on BET's Comic View, HBO's Def Comedy Jam and in front of packed comedy show venues across the country. Michael Shawn contributes regular funny features and interviews on The Envy McKee Show.

There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding Envy’s abrupt departure from 100.3 The Beat last May, and although Envy herself has kept quiet about the details of her leaving, industry speculation has slated that McKee left because of a supposed off-air verbal scuffle she had with former Hot 97 morning show host Miss Jones. These claims have not been confirmed or denied. When asked for comment McKee says with a smile: “I loved being a part of The Beat family and no matter what it looks like, I still am. I started my radio career there and now I’m building my television career. I have an amazing television project called The Envy McKee Show that is so much fun, funny, informative and interactive… and will change the way people from 8 to 80 watch television. At least, that’s our aim. My goal is to do for Philly what Oprah did for Chicago. I’m very excited about it.” The Envy McKee Show is scheduled to begin airing in the Philadelphia surrounding areas first. Meanwhile, McKee’s production company is in talks with both American and British media companies to work out details of syndicating The Envy McKee Show for national and international distribution in the near future. The Envy McKee Show will begin airing Monday Nights at 8PM starting in March on Comcast 21.

Envy McKee was featured in 2007 on the cover of the Philadelphia Daily News Sexy Singles series, was honored as one of the 10 Most Influential African-Americans Under 40 by the Philadelphia Tribune and took home several A.I.R. Awards last year for her show, ‘On the Real with Envy’--including Best Talk Show Host.
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