About Mina SayWhat
Mina SayWhat is a Media Personality currently broadcasting on the Rise & Grind Morning Show (6a-10a) on Philadelphia’s legendary urban radio station WUSL-FM aka Power 99. She is the voice of the weather for 103.5 The Beat in Miami and was honored with placement on The Source’s Power 30 Radio DJ’s list in 2013. With over 10 years of radio experience, she has interviewed celebrities such as Kanye West, Nas, Usher, J. Cole, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Hart, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx and 50 Cent – just to name a few.
Mina SayWhat is intelligent, beautiful, hard working and fun and her talents extend beyond her radio experience. She is a triple threat – having expertise in radio, tv and digital. Mina is the founder of “The Power Squad,” an all female dance team ages 15-22, where she serves as a mentor and is an Ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers “Sixers Youth” basketball league – La Liga Del Barrio. Mina also currently and/or previously served as a Brand Ambassador for various companies including Yahoo, McDonald’s, Gift Of Life, Pepsi Co, Kicks USA, Villa and more. She’s an on-air contributor on Fox 29 in Philly since 2014, has appeared on 6ABC, NBC10 in Philly and featured nationwide on Inside Edition and Rachael Ray. She also has a music blog – MinaSayWhat.com. A proud graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication of Syracuse University, Mina graduated cum laude with two majors and a minor and previously broadcasted on SIRIUS XM Radio.
Growing up in Union City, an impoverish neighborhood in New Jersey, Mina developed a strong love and passion for music, dance and sports. At the tender age of 18, while attending Syracuse under a full-academic scholarship, Mina was introduced to her radio career at the school’s radio station, WJPZ-FM 89.1. Cracking the mic like she was a pro on her daily air-spot (2p-6p), Mina caught the ear of alumni in the professional radio business, who ultimately became her media mentors. After lots of hard work and learning about the radio business and radio programming from her mentors, Mina begun rising through the ranks and was eventually offered the V.P. of Programming position with the station. She happily accepted, overseeing a staff of 150 people.
During that time Mina also held internships at WQHT Hot 97.1 New York under then Program Director and now Morning Show Host, Ebro Darden, and at WWHT Hot 107.9 Syracuse while at Syracuse.
Mina graduated from Syracuse University in 2008, John Bayliss Radio Scholar & Cum Laude, with a dual major in Television, Radio and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication (one of the top communication schools in the country) and Political Science. She minored in Music Business. One week after graduating from Syracuse, Mina started her full-time position at SIRIUS Satellite Radio (pre XM merger), as a Music Programmer Coordinator under the current VP of Programming, Kid Kelly. Six months later, the company merged with XM and Mina was promoted to Music Director/Social Media Director for Sirius XM’s Hip Hop & R&B channel The Heat (channel 47) and Program Director of Sirius XM LOVE (channel 17). She also eventually programmed the Christmas channel, HOLLY. While at SiriusXM, Mina assisted in programming Sirius XM 80’s on 8 and 70’s on 7 and worked closely with all 4 original MTV VJ’s (Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter).
After the merger at the age of 22, Mina also landed a weekday on-air slot on Sirius XM The Heat talking to 22 million subscribers in North America & Canada under the name Mina SayWhat. She created, produced and hosted their very successful new music show on The Heat called “The Warm Up” (still on the air). “The Warm Up” features new music, broke new artists and Mina also interviewed established artists. On the show, Mina broke records, such as Miguel’s “Adorn” which eventually snowballed to become a #1 Grammy winning song. Mina also was on-air weekends and did new music segments for The Heat’s weekly countdown, The Hotness. After 4 amazing years with SIRIUS XM, Mina accepted the position as a Morning Show Personality on Philadelphia’s legendary heritage hip-hop station, Power 99 FM. She was only 25. Mina was the youngest and first Latina ever to be hosting a daily morning show at Power 99.
Mina SayWhat is currently on air on Philly’s Power 99 and is a host on the Rise & Grind Morning Show. The show recently celebrated it’s 5th year. She is also the Social Media Director for Power 99 and you can check Mina’s podcast, Mina’s Mind on Power99.com or like them on Facebook to watch her Facebook Live.
Mina SayWhat was previously signed with urban footwear and apparel chain Kicks USA. She was their Brand Ambassador for 2 years and as part of that deal Mina exclusively made appearances for the brand in addition to appearing in print ads, hosting events and doing a variety of other things on behalf of the brand.
Mina’s likeness and interviews are constantly featured on countless sites, blogs, magazines, and TV channels. Mina covered Syracuse University’s prestigious Alumni Magazine in 2008. Mina has been featured on Inside Edition and in physical copies of Philly’s Daily News, The Source Magazine, Hip Hip Weekly Magazine, Black Radio Exclusive and Straight Stuntin Magazine. Her interviews and content have been posted by Complex.com, Allaccess.com, MTVNews.com, BET.com, Worldstarhiphop.com, RapRadar.com, The Source.com, NewMusicServer.com, HipHopDX.com, Thisis50.com, GlobalGrind.com, Hotnewhiphop.com, AllHipHop.com, 2dopeboyz.com, TheBoombox.com YouHeardThatNew.com, Nahright.com, InFlexWeTrust.com, HipHopSince1987.com, HipHopWired.com, Vibe.com, VibeVixen.com, Rap-Up.com, ThisIsRNB.com, and many, many, many more!
MinaSayWhat.com features her interviews, events, music blogging, and breaking entertainment news.
Mina is very involved with the community and is a big believer in giving back. She is a spokesperson for Gift Of Life organ donation and campaigned for Barack Obama in Reading, PA for his first election campaign in 2008. She currently mentors young girls via her dance team and contributes in speaking engagements at universities, ivy-league colleges and high schools. Mina has spoken at her alma mater Syracuse University, as well as Temple University and the University Of Pennsylvania. Mina is also an ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers “Sixers Youth” program and works with their youth basketball league “La Liga Del Barrio.” Mina has also worked with McDonald’s as their “Mover and Shaker” doing many communities events on behalf of the brand. Professionally, Mina belongs to Syracuse University’s WJPZ Alumni Association and returns to campus 1-2 times a year to talk to the students.