MEET DYANA

Dyana Williams’ career exceeds limitation. Whether showcasing her talents in broadcasting, print journalism, community activism, television producing and reporting, artist development and media coaching, or hosting and lecturing, she’s remained a constant force in the entertainment industry for over four decades.

 

Dyana is known for her illustrious career as on-air talent in radio. She hosted "Afternoon Delight," a popular daily radio show on Radio One's WPPZ-FM. She also co-hosted “Soulful Sunday” with Derrick Sampson, a weekly show broadcast via Radio One adult contemporary station, WRNB-FM. "Soulful Sunday" won the Achievement in Radio Award for Best Weekend Show in Philadelphia. A Philadelphia staple for years, each Sunday on 100.3 on the FM dial, she was deftly weaving the musical history born of her adopted hometown and other classic music — from Aretha Franklin, to The Temptations, to Teddy Pendergrass…and every artist in between. 

Affectionately named "The Ambassador of African-American Music" by American Express’ Departures magazine, the Harlem, New York native began her career at WHUR-FM in the Nation’s Capitol and later, journeyed back home to the top-rated station, WBLS-FM. After making history as the first African-American woman to join an on-air team in rock radio at WRQX-FM, she landed her first on-camera position as an entertainment reporter on “PM Magazine,” which aired on Washington, D.C.’s CBS affiliate, WUSA.

Williams made Philadelphia her home in 1980 when she accepted a coveted on-air position with WDAS-FM. Along with organizing the station’s community-based activities, she moonlighted as a News & Entertainment Reporter for BET and Music Consultant for VH1’s “The Soul of VH1.” 

 

She has been spotlighted on CNN's Headline News as one of the top African American leaders in the country and has also appeared on PBS, MTV and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. A frequent commentator on the highly acclaimed TV One music series, UNSUNG. Along with Mark Rowland, Williams co-executive produced the Teddy Pendergrass episode of UNSUNG, which garnered a NAACP Image Award that season. Williams has also been an on-camera entertainment contributor for Chasing News.

Her writing has graced the pages of numerous publications including Billboard, The Philadelphia Tribune and The Philadelphia New Observer. She’s been profiled in The New York Times, VIBE, Essence, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Jet, Upscale,The Philadelphia Sun and The Philadelphia Weekly. Williams also frequently lectures at major colleges and university campuses throughout the United States. Among them, she has spoken at such illustrious institutions as Howard, Hampton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University.

Over the past few decades, Williams has expanded her portfolio to include artist development and media coaching. Dubbed by the New York Times as "hip-hop's artist whisperer," Williams has engineered media strategies for her celebrity clientele who have included Rihanna, T.I, Charlie Wilson, Janelle Monae, The Zac Brown Band, A$AP Rocky, two American Idols, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, one housewife of Atlanta, Sheree Whitfield, multiple GRAMMY Award winners, many platinum-selling performers, executives, actors and athletes, among many others. 

Fondly referred to as "The Mother of Black Music Month," Williams helped establish June, Black Music Month (with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble and broadcaster Ed Wright) and was recognized for her music activism in the White House by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. 

Williams is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, NABFEME and is the past president and current board member of The Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy (or the GRAMMYs organization). Williams is also serving on the board of the National Museum of African-American Music in Nashville, where she chairs the Music Industry Relations Collective. She is the co-producer of the Marian Anderson Awards, and has proudly orchestrated tributes to Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynton Marsalis, Patti LaBelle, Gamble & Huff. A graduate of the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication, where she graduated cum laude, she currently sits on their board.

​Ever mindful of the importance of family, Williams is most proud of her role as mother to her three children from her former union with acclaimed producer and songwriter, Kenny Gamble – Salahdeen, Princess Idia and Caliph, and her grandson Luke.

Dyana Williams, a certified PADI scuba diver and passionate art collector, splits her time between her homes in the Philadelphia area and in New York City.

MEET THE TEAM

Sarah Janiszewski

 

Sarah's expertise is in artist development and management, cultivating artist, label and partner relationships, leading music initiatives, and developing artist and brand marketing strategies.

 

Sarah is vice president of Influence Entertainment. She has trained under Dyana Williams in artist development and media coaching, and has been a trusted artist advocate for over a decade. Together, she and Williams also co-produce engaging events and procure talent for various projects.

 

Sarah was previously head of industry relations and marketing for Jammer, a digital music service which had Scooter Braun as its lead partner. She oversaw partnerships with major labels and artist teams and developed artist marketing strategies, including campaigns for Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Anitta, and Jonas Brothers, to name a few.

Career highlights also include having served as a GRAMMY board member, managing an Interscope Records and Will.i.am Music Group artist who had a No. 1 single, directing all marketing for a music brand in which she managed a multi-year partnership with The Roots, and managing special projects for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. 

Sarah is a proud graduate of the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication, in which she graduated cum laude.

K. Foxx

K. Foxx grew up surrounded by the sounds of the streets and the creative energy of New York City. She honed her talents as a dancer while attending the prestigious Professional Performing Arts High School in Manhattan. Studying with the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, she knew her path was toward the world stage. 

K. Foxx attended the historic Shaw University in North Carolina where she first ventured into radio and television. Upon graduation, she got her first job in radio atK97.5 WQOK in Raleigh. She was soon recruited to move to Miami and join 99Jamz WEDR. After working weekends and overnights, K. Foxx landed her big break hosting South Florida's number one radio show "The Takeover" with the world renowned DJ Khaled. K. Foxx was recognized as Best Female Air Personalityby the Miami New Times, and voted Best Radio Personality by the Broward New Times. The New Yorker, has been recognized by The Source Magazine as one of the most powerful media personalities in the nation. Ms. Foxx can now add Cover girl to her resume, after being selected to grace the cover of the 8th edition of EBE Magazine: Evolving Beauty and Elegance. 

 

 

After making a name for herself in Miami, K. Foxx was handpicked to join the legendary radio station Hot 97 WQHT in New York. Her voice could be heard every weekday morning during the Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Morning Show with K. Foxx. She is also a fixture in the entertainment television field. She has solidified herself as a TV personality after she made appearances on HLN's Jane Valez-Mitchel, Showbiz tonight, Joy Behar, Uncommon Sense on MTV, and Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29. K. Foxx was also asked to be a correspondent for EXTRA on NBC. Later, Foxx joined iHeartMedia heading up the number 1 night show from 6-10pm on Miami's 1035 The Beat WMIB. She also secured midday shifts on 93.3 The Beat Jamz in Jacksonville, Florida and 92.3 KIIZ in Killeen, Texas. K. Foxx  joined the Radio One family, and she was one half of the Quincy Harris Morning show with K. Foxx on WRNB, in Philadelphia. Later she was granted her own Midday show on WRNB from 9-3pm called the “K.Foxx Show”. Recently she has taken her talent and skills, and joined Dyana Williams long standing company, Influence Entertainment as a Media Coach. 

 

A trailblazer, and  passionate about giving back, K. Foxx started the “K. Foxx Princess Project” which gives graduating seniors the chance to have the prom of a lifetime. Sponsors provide dresses, shoes, hair, make up, and even a limousine ride to the prom! K. Foxx is just beginning her journey to success; but along the way she wants to make sure that up and coming leaders know that hard work is rewarded.

 

K. Foxx is also a Carma ambassador, and serves on the board of the Carma foundation, lending her time and talents to helping marginalized women and children in the Caribbean, South America, Africa andthe inner cities of the United States. 

Laiya St.Clair

Laiya St.Clair is a seasoned on-air personality/content creator and talent booker. Her contributions to radio have garnered a proclamation from The City of Philadelphia and top positions on The Source Magazine’s “Power 30 In Radio” 2 years in a row. 

 

This Washington, DC native has been featured as talent for Comcast, Fox, The CW and The Doctor Oz Show and HuffPost Live, Music Choice . Throughout Laiya’s radio career she produced multiple morning radio shows leading her into the content creation space.  She formed a production company with partners called, It's the Life Creative, while working as a Consultant and Content Producer for Philly 360°, an initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, VisitPhilly . These partnerships came together to support Laiya’s vision of a popular live interview series in Philadelphia called Inside the Studio. 

 

You can now hear Laiya weekly on iHeart podcast, Questlove Supreme where she shines as a producer/co-host and she strategizes the booking of guests like Dave Chappelle, Sheila E., Solange, James Mtume, Gabrielle Union, Snoop, Shep Gordon,Chris Rock, Quincy Jones, Michelle Obama, Bobby Brown and many more.  She also serves as cohost/producer of VisitPhilly’s premiere podcast, Love+Grit which highlights all things dope about Philadelphia.  Both podcasts provide an opportunity for Laiya to bring her own style of knowledge and humor to shows immersed in the telling of stories that have created and are creating historic legacies for the world’s pleasure.