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For five hours long, five hours strong, Chicago listeners are entertained, captivated and inspired by the hip and charismatic personality of Loni Swain. In July 2009, Swain took over the midday timeslot at Chicago's heritage Hip-Hop and R&B station, WGCI-FM. With daily show features including Job Classifieds, Entertainment Reports and the Midday Mix with Dj 33 1/3 that is not-to-be-missed, its no wonder that the 9am-2pm hours fly by for the faithful weekday listeners. Loni Swain is a well-rounded talent that has remained laser-focused in her efforts to propel her successful media career forward.
Born in New Orleans, Swain began her radio career while studying Communications at the University of New Orleans. As the Production Manager's assistant at campus based WWNO Public Radio, Swain focused on the technical aspects of radio by producing and recording live classical music segments. After three months, she simultaneously began interning at Clear Channel Radio's WQUE-FM and was hired after only six months as a part-time on air personality. In recognition of her dedication and talent, she was offered the midday time slot on sister station “Rhythmic AC/KSTE 104.1 FM”. As “Halie Diaz”, Swain shocked 104.1 (KSTE-FM) during the day and continued to satisfy her loyal listeners as “Loni” on WQUE-FM in the overnight weeknight slot and weekends. With increased ratings she held the midday slot for six months, until the station format abruptly switched. Thereafter, Swain participated in “United Radio”, which kept listeners across the country abreast of post-Katrina progress in New Orleans and all it’s surrounding areas. As a part of this effort, she interviewed state and city officials, as well as countless disaster relief teams. That same year, Swain was invited to emcee at the nation’s most unparalleled musical celebration, the Essence Music Festival.
After receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, Swain accepted the position as afternoon-drive Co-Host and Producer at Baltimore's WERQ-FM, during which time the afternoon drive show received its highest known ratings in the history of the station. From Baltimore, Swain was offered her own show at Saint Louis' WFUN-FM as the host of Loni's Love Lounge. Upon her arrival, Loni's Love Lounge boosted the time slot's ratings in the market, consistently maintaining, at minimum, top four rankings and becoming the highest rated show on the station. It’s apparent that Swain’s top priority in this industry is to become a household name. Given her proven track record of success, she is well on her way.
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Sony Music's chief creative officer, who has helped launch the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, and many more, made the revelation in an interview airing today on Katie Couric's new talk show Katie, as the Hollywood Reporter points out. “I'm still attracted to women," Davis said in a preview clip. "You don't have to be only one thing or another. For me, it's the person.” The 80-year-old father of four also stressed that he's "in a monogamous relationship."
These personal disclosures come alongside reminiscences about the likes of Springsteen, Houston, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Foo Fighters in Davis' new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, according to Rolling Stone. Hitting stores today, the book, co-written with longtime music critic Anthony DeCurtis, reveals Davis' first sexual experience with a man took place in "the era of Studio 54." According to the book, Davis carried on relationships with two women and one man after separating from his second wife, in 1985, and sustained a "monogamous relationship" with an unnamed male doctor from 1990 until 2004. He has reportedly been in another relationship with a man since then.
Davis told ABC that bisexuality is "maligned and misunderstood." Asked about the notion that men are either "gay, straight, or lying," he said: "I'm not lying. [Bisexuality] does exist. For over 50 years I never had sex with a male. It wasn’t repressed. I had very good sexual relationships with women.”