Shawna on The Radio is a talk radio interview and podcast program. Ms. Shawna May is CEO/founder.
Shawna is no stranger to the entertainment business. While still in high school at 15 years old, she started a radio career at WTBQ Radio Station located in Warwick, New York. Shawna co-hosted her first show “Teen Talk” which was a youth-oriented show that focused on teen issues and promoted positive role models through personal interviews and discussions with her co-hosts. Shawna became the Senior Advisor of the show in 2006. As Senior Advisor, Shawna contacted, scheduled and produced all the local and national celebrity shows and appearances.
As a result of the program’s success, in 2008 Shawna was asked to create and develop a new program.
On January 3, 2009, “Spotlight” debuted. Shawna created “Spotlight” to feature both upcoming and renowned artists and media professionals. Shawna managed and co-hosted the show with Natalie. They have interviewed the following celebrities just to name a few: Sugar Ray, several American Idol participants including: Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre, Kimberley Locke, David Hernandez.
Some other notable guests such as: Tyler James Williams from “Everybody Hates Chris,” Lucas Prata, Judy Torres, Reina, D.J. Skribble, Jared Cotter, model Ronnie Kroell, Saving Abel, Hinder, Gavin DeGraw, Nikki Blonsky, Counting Crows, Abigail Breslin, Mark Ballas, Jessie James, Brianna Brown, Celebrity party planner, Rena Puebla, Mike Lombardi, NBA player Quentin Richardson, Ray Johnston, Adam Barta, Tiffany Giradina, Push Play, Fizz and JBoog, 2AM Club.
Shawna also speaks to children during school assemblies about growing up with a disability, following her dreams and being successful in the entertainment business.
Shawna is actively involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley who grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. She is also involved in The Hailey’s Hope Foundation which helps families who have babies in the N.I.C.U. of Westchester Medical Center.
Shawna had her own wish granted in November of 2001 when she met Britney Spears. Shawna is now an active member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s alumni committee. Britney Spears was honored to meet Shawna who was born at 23 weeks gestation weighing only 1 pound and 4 ½ ounces.
Shawna was one of the first infants to survive after such an early a birth. She has coped with physical disabilities and surgeries her whole life, but has never allowed them to define her or alter her plans for a career in the media. NBC Sports anchor Bruce Beck did a profile piece on Shawna highlighting her interview with the New York Knicks forward Quentin Richardson.
A few weeks later, MSG’s Al Trautwig and The New York Times also interviewed Shawna about her work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, her radio show and her interview with Quentin Richardson. They were particularly impressed with Shawna’s success and excited about her promising future career as a young radio host. In addition, Shawna was featured in the May/June 2010 issue of Orange Magazine in the “I am Orange County section” and in the Warwick Life magazine for her career in radio.