When tuning in to The Healthtopia Radio Show, it doesn’t take long to realize something’s up—namely that host Bonnie MeChelle has got it going on in the broadcasting department. What with her effortless, energetic, entertaining delivery, the Atlanta-based certified fitness instructor would seem to be able to move to terrestrial radio in a snap. And indeed she has! Every Friday at noon, Healthtopia Radio can also be heard on the Peach State’s WAEC-AM. But no matter where you listen, you’re not alone. Our host currently boasts 240,000 listeners who tune in each week to…well, why bother explaining when we’ve got Bonnie herself sitting right here. Time to kick it, sugar…
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
The Healthtopia Radio Show is a Christian health and wellness program designed to uplift your spirit and bless you with information that’ll help you through tough times. It features interviews from top television personalities and best-selling authors, who offer a unique perspective and the motivation for becoming wiser in the areas of parenting, relationships, spiritual growth and weight loss.
What’s the No. 1 reason why you host a BlogTalkRadio show?
My mission for The Healthtopia Radio Show is to spread the message of healthy living all over the world, and to help people love themselves and take better care of their bodies.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
For fun, I write children’s books and poetry in my spare time.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
None other than Oprah Winfrey. I’ve been watching her program since I was a little girl and I admire her hosting skills, entrepreneurial accomplishments and generosity. I’d like to produce a TV show on her OWN network in the future.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
It would certainly be Oprah—and Windy Williams and Tyra Banks. Because they’ve all reached the pinnacle of success with their TV shows, while inspiring millions of people to lead better lives. They represent what can be achieved with perseverance, consistency, luck and talent. Plus, I want them to know that they’re building a strong foundation for future generations.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
My usual fitness gear, because I just finished taking my daily two-mile walk, followed by 30 minutes of yoga. Ahhhhhhhhh! I feel so proud of myself for losing over 100 pound-and keeping it off for the past five years. I’m The Biggest Loser of all.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
Interviewing a guest despite the fact that I was having contractions and preparing to go into labor the entire time! It was with a celebrity news anchor who’s got millions of fans. And you never would have guessed that I was in so much pain as I moved smoothly from question to question, as if nothing was happening.
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