Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ida Campbell, Cortney Hicks, Ted Kelly to Host 4th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival, June 16, 10am - 9 pm

We're very proud to announce our celebrity hosts for the 4th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring:  WPFW-FM's Ida Campbell, Majic 102.3's Cortney Hicks, and's Ted Kelly. 102.3's Cortney Hicks.  Born and raised in Motown, Cortney "BabyGirl" Hicks knew early on in life that her love of music would lead to a career in the entertainment industry. While attending Michigan State University she took an internship at a local radio station in 1994. Cortney's natural delivery and ability to connect with listeners quickly provided an opportunity for her to join the full-time on air staff. Upon graduation in 1995, she relocated to Chicago and joined the WEJM staff as the new Midday Host.

After a very successful three year run in Chicago, she was invited to return home to Detroit and serve as a part of the Morning Show team on WJLB from 1997-2000. Cortney's love for Chicago took her back in 2001 to serve as Midday Host and to assist in launching WPWX. Through hard work and dedication, Cortney was soon promoted to the coveted Morning Show Host position in 2005 making her the first female in Chicago radio history to headline a Morning Show.
As the radio industry continued to change, Cortney identified the need to be in radio management as a means to further her career. In 2007 she relocated to Mobile, AL and joined the WBLX team as Assistant Program Director and Midday Host. Recently, Cortney expanded her media career to include TV as the entertainment reporter for the NBC affiliate in Mobile, AL.

Throughout the years Cortney has and continues to mentor many who have gone on to attain major success in the media industry. Known for her great celebrity interviews, community involvement and youth advocacy efforts, she is excited about serving as Midday Host on MAJIC 102.3.

WPFW-FM's Ida Campbell.  Ida Campbell, born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and raised in Washington, DC, has been singing all her life. Ida’s Blues Nation Band was formed in 2008 to bring a distinctive blues and R&B sound like no one else’s. Ida’s finds her musical inspiration in artists like B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, and ZZ Hill among others. In addition to the blues guitar masters, she also emulates the spirit and energy of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, KoKo Taylor, Barbara Carr, Denise LaSalle, Tina Turner and Betty Wright.

Ida brings a spirited, invigorating, soul shaking presence and masters the kind of sound of blues that will affect you to the bone. Blues Nation is comprised of professional musicians from the District, Maryland and Virginia that have played with Grammy and Grammy-nominated artists and international acts.

We are pleased to welcome Ida Campbell back to her 4th Silver Spiring Blues Festival.  She has been our celebrity host since the beginning of the Festival.  In 2010, she performed with her fantastic blues band, "Ida Campbell & the Blues Nation."  She also has served as Montgomery Community Media's on-air host for interviews of our Silver Spring Blues Festival performers.

Ted Kelly.  Ted Kelly, an internationally recognized digital media pioneer, brings his unique interview style, commentary and proven ear for new talent to AND Magazine. Ted Kelly’s over two decades at the forefront of music and media ranges from major market, national and international morning radio personality to executive management for some of the world’s largest media companies in New York, Washington DC and globally.

As Program Director of the world's first and only global pop music channel, WorldSpace Satellite Radio’s “UPop”, heard in 134 countries around the world and in America on XM, AOL and DirecTV, Ted Kelly assembled an international air staff with radio stars broadcasting live 24/7 from studios in Johannesburg, LA, Washington DC, London, Singapore, India and Dubai.

As Senior Vice President of Global Content Promotions and Events for WorldSpace Global and US XM Channels, Ted Kelly was personally responsible for dozens of satellite radio firsts, including the first global concert broadcasts live from Europe, NYC, South Africa, India and Singapore, and daily broadcasts to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. His live backstage coverage of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, America's Virgin Mobile Music Festival, the global radio hosting of The Annual Brit Awards, Mandela's 90th Birthday 46664, The Concert For Diana, We are The Future in Rome, as well as Live 8 and Live Earth are all considered broadcasting benchmarks.

Ted Kelly is a Senior Music Editor at

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