Just in case you’re wondering (as we were), Charmaine Bassett is no relation to Angela Bassett. But that doesn’t mean she’s any less entertainment savvy than the leading lady who played Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It. Currently the host of Lady Charmaine Live here on BlogTalkRadio, Charmaine—who tells us, “I was called an ugly duckling until I reached high school”—has appeared in print and broadcast ads for companies ranging from Dove to FedEx to Radio Shack. She also had a role in the 1987 flick The Principal, starring Lou Gossett Jr. and Jim Belushi. And along the way, she worked as an entertainment reporter for CBS Radio, and DJ’d for KHYL-FM in Sacramento, Calif., KDIA-AM in Vallejo, Calif., and KGRM-FM in Grambling, La. Now settled in Sacramento, Charmaine, along with her hubby Joseph, pastors the Spirit of Excellence Christian Center. On that holy note, please put your hands together for this week’s SoundBits subject, Lady Charmaine…
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
Lady Charmaine Live is fun, informative and uplifting. Each weekday between 3 and 4:30 p.m. ET, we bring you interviews with your favorite gospel artists while playing all your favorite gospel songs. Plus, our “Hot Chocolate” and “Coffee Talk” segments focus on topics that concern us day in, day out—from health, to money management and more.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
I was a guest on The Tyra Banks Show in 2005, and a contestant on The Price is Right in 2009. And in 2004, I had a near-death experience when I suffered a bowel obstruction and the doctors told me I wasn’t going to live. But thanks be to God, I am here today!
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
I’d book Oprah because she has managed to tear down walls of every stereotype possible. She has made it possible for the girl who never stood out in a crowd, the girl who’d never be crowned a beauty queen, and the girl who never thought she would ever be on the cover of a magazine to dream and dream big because it is possible!
As we speak, what are you wearing?
Black slacks and a black blouse and black tube socks. (lol)
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
Blow my nose and cough up phlegm.
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