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SoundBits: DJ Extraordinaire (and Big-Screen Bit Player) Lorenzo Thomas

It seems safe to say that Lorenzo Thomas was made for radio. One listen to his velvety, effervescent voice and you’ll know what we mean: This cat has got it goin’ on. As host of Live from the M.I.A., Lorenzo has show- cased such A-list guests as Tyler Perry, 50 Cent, Don King, Sade and DL Hughley. Then again, that may be easy compared to his day job – hosting the four-hour weekday show Afternoon Jumpoff on WEDR-FM in Holly- wood, Fla. Guess it’s a good thing we got the New York City native, who now calls Miami his home, at all for this column. That said, let’s get right to the grilling.

CAPTION: “My fans need to know just how much I love and appreciate them,” Lorenzo (above) tells us.

“My fans need to know just how much I love and appreciate them,” Lorenzo (above) tells us.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your BlogTalkRadio show – why should listeners tune in?

We talk about entertainment, music, current events, lifestyle, sports and politics. But most of all, you get to spend an hour with me – live from the Sunshine State.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve VJ’d on BET’s Video Vibrations and Planet Groove. I also had small parts in the feature flicks Enemy of the State and Forces of Nature.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

I would have to say [‘70s New York City DJ] Frankie Crocker, because I grew up listening to him. And Paul Harvey, because his show was the first I had to monitor when I started as an intern.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

President Barack Obama would be my first choice. But I’ve already aired the interview I conducted with him prior to the election. Second would be Muhammad Ali. Though that might be a bit difficult at this point in the champ’s life. So – because they’re such a hot topic – I’d have to say Chris Brown and Rihanna.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

I’m wearing clothes. [Editor’s Note: So he says.]

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

The strangest thing I’ve ever done on the air is fall asleep, only to be awakened by the police. [Editor’s Note: Do tell.]

To sample Lorenzo’s show, click here.

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Don King: ‘Obama’s Time Is America’s Time!’

Even by his own standards of grandiosity, Don King is pretty pumped these days.

After all, not only did he live to see the first African-American sworn in as our nation’s commander-in-chief, but he’s still out doing what he does best in this “new era of change.”

“We got Obama reaching out, so let’s help him reach out and touch someone,” Don (above, at the president’s January 20 inauguration) tells us.

“Obama's reaching out, so let’s help him reach out and touch someone,” Don (above, at the president’s January 20 inauguration) tells us.

That, of course, would be pro- moting fights – namely the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

On Saturday, Don will be front and center at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, as his latest protégé – lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell squares off against contender Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka.

And tonight at 10 p.m. ET, Don appears on Live from the MIA to tell host Lorenzo Thomas why this fight means more to him than any fight he has promoted since 1974 – when he burst onto the boxing scene with “The Rumble in the Jungle” – the first in a series of three match-ups between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.v-day-don-king-event1

“I feel wonderful because Amer- ica is coming of age. America was pregnant and she gave birth on January 20 to a baby named Hope Change Freedom,” says Don.

“And for those who have fallen in the struggle, fighting for, march- ing for and praying for freedom and equality – John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King – all these are fallen soldiers, but not forgotten.

“We got to rise to the occasion to bring America to its true fruition to fulfill its prophecy. One man, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

“Omaba’s time is America’s time!”

To hear Don King’s full interview, click here.