About Mina SayWhat
Mina “SayWhat” Llona is a renowned media personality currently on the Rise & Grind Morning Show (6a-10a) on Philadelphia’s legendary urban station WUSL-FM aka Power 99. Mina is the founder, leader, and mentor of “The Power Squad” - an all-female dance team (ages 15-22). She is also the voice of the weather for 103.5 The Beat in Miami and is an ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers community outreach program “Sixers Strong.” In that capacity, Mina works with the Sixers youth basketball league and is involved with events arranged by the Sixers dance team.
Mina was honored by placement on The Source’s Power 30 Radio DJ’s list in 2013.
Growing up in Union City, an impoverish neighborhood in New Jersey, Mina developed a strong love and passion for music, dance and basketball. 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 contributing long hours of hard work and learning more about the radio business and programming, Mina was offered the V.P. of Programming position with the station, which she happily accepted, overseeing a staff of 150 people.
During that time Mina also held internships at WQHT Hot 97.1 New York under Program Director, 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. A couple of months before college graduation, Mina landed full-time employment at SIRIUS Satellite Radio (pre XM merger), as a Music Programmer under the current VP of Programming, Kid Kelly. She begun working at SIRIUS one week after graduating. Six months later, the company merged with XM and Mina was promoted to Music Director/Social Media Coordinator 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 also 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).
At 22, Mina “SayWhat” had finally earned a weekday on-air slot on Sirius XM The Heat talking to 22 million subscribers in North America & Canada. She conceived, produced and hosted a very successful new music show on The Heat called “The Warm Up” (still on the air). “The Warm Up” featured new music, broke new artists and Mina also interviewed established artists. Mina did R&B artist, Elle Varner’s, first radio interview and 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.
Mina SayWhat is currently on air on Philly’s Power 99 and is a personality on the Rise & Grind Morning Show. Mina is also the Social Media Director for 2 urban stations (Power 99 & WDAS 105.3) and is celebrating her 10 year anniversary since first broadcasting on the radio at the age of 18. Mina is the youngest and first Latina to be on daily doing mornings at Power 99. While with Power 99, Mina has created, launched, and currently hosts Power 99′s new artist showcase “Next On Deck.” Mina also founded, created and directs Power 99′s all-female dance team, “The Power Squad”.
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. She has been featured on WTXF-TV FOX 29 many times and NBC 10 in Philly. Mina has been featured 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 community program “Sixers Strong.” She not only represents them in the media, but also works specifically with their youth basketball league. Because of her love with dance and her title as a dance team coach, Mina is also a part of many of the Sixers dance team events. She also belongs to Syracuse University’s WJPZ Alumni Association.