Mina “SayWhat” Llona is a Media Personality with over 10 years of broadcast experience ranging from television and radio to digital media. Growing up in Union City, an impoverish, urban neighborhood in New Jersey, Mina developed a strong love and passion for music, dance and sports, which has manifested itself in her career choices. She loves to learn and laugh.
Mina Llona has been an On-Camera Contributor on Fox 29 Philly since 2014. You can watch her every Friday at 5:30a. She has appeared on 6ABC, CBS and NBC10 in Philly as well as featured nationwide on Inside Edition, Oxygen’s Sisterhood Of Hip Hop and The Rachael Ray Show.
Mina, under the name Mina SayWhat, was an On-Air Host on the Rise & Grind Morning Show (6a-10a) on Philadelphia’s legendary radio station WUSL – Power 99 for 6 years. Joining their team at the age of 25, she became the first Latina morning show host on Power 99. The show reached #1 overall 18-34 while Mina was there, the first time in the history of morning shows at the station. She was also the voice of the weather for WMIB – 103.5 The Beat in Miami from 2013 to 2017. Mina is bilingual and has hosted Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Parade since 2015.
Mina is intelligent, beautiful, hard working, fun and she loves talking to people. She regularly interviews celebrities, athletes and politicians. Some of these interviewees include: Hilary Clinton, Kanye West, Nas, Kobe Bryant, Usher, J. Cole, Mark Wahlberg, Senator Cory Booker, Danny Garcia, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Hart, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Black Thought from The Roots and 50 Cent – just to name a few. Her work is featured on her music website – MinaSayWhat.com.
Mina started coming into her own while she attended Emerson High School in Union City, NJ. She played basketball, volleyball and softball for the schools’ varsity teams. Her volleyball team won the NJ state championship while she was on the team. She ended up graduating salutatorian from Emerson and received a full academic scholarship to Syracuse University (SU). Mina’s career in broadcast begun at the age of 18, while she was a freshman at Syracuse broadcasting daily on the school radio station, WJPZ 89.1. While she was at Syracuse, Mina interned under Ebro Darden at WQHT Hot 97 in New York City and WWHT Hot 107.9 in Syracuse, NY. A proud graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at SU, Mina graduated cum laude with two majors (Television, Radio And Film/Political Science) and a minor in Music Business. Her first official big break in radio was at the age of 22 when she was hired at SIRIUS XM Radio. There she broadcasted to 22 million subscribers on Sirius XM THE HEAT and was also a Program Director/Music Director for various music channels. Four years later Mina decided to accept the morning show position in Philadelphia in 2012.
Mina does a lot for the community and is a big believer in giving back! She is the founder of “The Power Squad,” an all-female dance team ages 15-22, where Mina serves as a coach and mentor. The team is celebrating its 5th year! She is an ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers “Sixers Youth” basketball league. As their ambassador, Mina hosts community events on behalf of the Sixers and participates in kids training camps, charity events and various other events with the organization. Mina is also a member of Syracuse University’s WJPZ Alumni Association, which she served on the board of for 1 year. Mina returns to campus 1-2 times a year to talk to students interested in media.
Having a Political Science background, Mina has been active politically. Mina was invited to the White House under President Obama to discuss healthcare solutions. She also campaigned for Barack Obama in Reading, PA for his first election in 2008. In 2016, Mina hosted a panel on music and politics for the Hilary Clinton campaign.
Mina regularly contributes to speaking engagements at universities, ivy-league colleges, high schools and elementary schools and she moderates discussion panels. Mina spoke at her alma mater Syracuse University and has spoken at Temple University, Villanova University and University Of Pennsylvania to name a few. Her speaking topics range from succeeding in media, to women empowerment, the future of radio, staying focused in school, the importance of social media, branding, finding your path and overcoming your economic circumstances. Additionally, Mina hosts her own annual women’s empowerment panel titled, Queen Me Women’s Panel, which she has done so since 2014.
In addition to being a community ambassador, Mina has served as a Brand Ambassador for various companies including Pepsi, Aquafina, Gift Of Life Organ Donation, McDonald’s, Ideal Image, Mattress Firm, Yahoo, Budweiser, Kicks USA, AT&T, Villa, BET, MTV, VH1, TNT. As an ambassador, Mina represents and promotes these brands and their products.
Mina’s likeness and interviews have been featured on countless sites, blogs, magazines, and TV channels. Mina covered Syracuse University’s prestigious Alumni Magazine in 2008 and was highlighted in physical copies of Philly’s Daily News and Straight Stuntin Magazine. Digitally, Mina has been mentioned in the Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Source Magazine, Hip Hip Weekly Magazine, Black Radio Exclusive and more. 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, InFlexWeTrust.com, HipHopSince1987.com, HipHopWired.com, Vibe.com, VibeVixen.com, Rap-Up.com, ThisIsRNB.com, and many, many, many more!
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