You can hear her voice every weekday on the radio and without even seeing her face, you feel connected to her. She’s an award-winning radio personality who’s engaging, exciting and personable.
Her name is Karen Vaughn and you can find her midday on Cleveland’s 93.1FM WZAK. Balancing motherhood and her career without ever missing a beat makes Karen Vaughn a true “Working Diva.” With a blog of the same name, workingdivas.com, and her voice on the airwaves, she continues to empower females by reminding them to take a moment for themselves.
This kind of attitude has earned her the seventh spot on the list of the Top 30 Black Women in Media. Not bad, sharing the ranks with Oprah. I got the opportunity to ask Karen Vaughn a few questions and here’s what she had to say…
1.) What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?
KAREN VAUGHN: WOW! I don’t think I have just one. But I do rock out to “Enjoy Yourself” by The Jacksons. It’s one of my favorites because of the feel good message. Whenever I hear it, I smile instantly. My family calls it our Disney song because before every Disney vacation we play “Enjoy Yourself” as we arrive on Disney property. For us, it sets the tone of our vacation. Yes, corny but so much fun to sing it at the top of our lungs!
2.) What do you appreciate most about your parents, being a parent yourself?
VAUGHN: When I think of my parents I get emotional because they have done so much for me. I appreciate how they ALWAYS put me first and gave me the best life a child could ask for. Their unconditional love and support is the foundation to everything I have been able to accompolish personally and professionally.
3.) What is the best concert that you have been to and where was it?
VAUGHN: This is a hard one too! I’ve seen many concert yet the one that sticks out is the New Edition “All For Love Tour” in 1987. On the bill was The Force MD’s, Cherrelle, and New Edition. I rocked out the entire time….so much so I saw them in Connecticut and at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Also the Fresh Fest Tour—Now that was a non-stop party. Hip-Hop music was emerging as a force in music at the time. The tour was a movement of music and lifestyle. RUN-DMC, Whodini, LL Cool Jay performed. It was dope! Word! Another great concert was Janet Jackson’s “Velvet Rope” tour. Janet was AMAZING. It’s another tour I checked out twice. Once in Baltimore and Washington, DC.
4.) What is the best month of the year and why?
VAUGHN: July! Summer is in full swing and I can spark up the grill everyday. My grilled Szechwan chicken and citrus ginger salmon are the best.
5.) What is the most important lesson you have learned from your career in radio?
VAUGHN: Network, Network, Network. Take constructive criticism positively. Reinvent yourself continuously. Leave your personal situations at the door; you have an audience to entertain!
6.) If you could tell the world one message, what would it be?
VAUGHN: Don’t sweat the small stuff!!
7.) What’s the best kept secret about Cleveland?
VAUGHN: The Green Tavern on 4th Street. Marsha Ambrousius introduced me to the eatery after seeing them featured on Food TV. They use all natural and organic products. You have to try their Lamb Burgers. They are awesome!
8.) What famous person, dead or alive, would you love to spend one day with?
VAUGHN: Oprah, Bill Cosby, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
9.) What has been the most fulfilling experience of your life?
VAUGHN: The birth of my son. He brings me joy everyday!!!
10.) What is the definition of “The Working Diva?”
VAUGHN: A Superwoman; multi-tasking goddess. A go-getter, trend-setter, problem solving guru. A woman with the understanding talent to juggle life, work and family and still look fabulous. One day while passing a spa, I really wanted a massage. Work was really working me and I needed a break! At this moment I thought, there must be other women that need a day of pampering. I went home, put together a contest proposal to help women indulge in “me time.” Needless to say, the contest was a hit. Since then, the Working Divas theme has blossomed into a lifestyle of women that live an awesome life full of love, balance, family, children, career, sister-friends and yes…fashion.
11.) What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
VAUGHN: The spa! Who doesn’t love to be pampered from head to toe while sipping on green tea! Matter of fact…I’m making an appointment right now.
12.) What 5 albums could you never go without?
VAUGHN: Jill Scott: Words and Sounds Volume 1, RUN-DMC: Raise Hell, George Howard: Personal, Michael Jackson: Off The Wall, and Salt N Pepa: Vicious. BONUS: The SOS Band: The Sands Of Time
13.) What is your favorite place to travel to and why?
VAUGHN: I love Miami and Key West. I lived in Miami for 10 years and loved the energy, weather and looking at the ocean every day!
14.) What is one thing you would like to achieve before you leave this earth?
VAUGHN: One of my biggest goals besides my career choices and projects in media would be to give my parents a huge gift. WIthin the next few years I want to relocate them to any destination they desire. It’s been a goal of mine since I graduated from college.
15.) What can we expect from Karen Vaughn in the future?
VAUGHN: To become a leading Entertainment and Lifestyle correspondent. My website KarenVaughn.comfeatures celebrity interviews, news and events. Check it out!
For more on Karen Vaughn, tune into 93.1 FM WZAK midday on Monday through Friday. You can also follow her on twitter at @KarenVaughn.