Carol Blackmon

June 17, 2013 - 03:28 AM - 235 views

Carol Blackmon is a legendary media professional who has spent more than three decades as a radio personality and more than twenty years as a television host for the Georgia Lottery and a host for one of the  national drawings, Mega Millions. She along with four female broadcast colleagues are the proud yet humbled recipients of a Resolution from the Georgia State Capitol. As part of this prestigious acknowledgment, they also received accolades and recognition from the House of Representatives and the Senate.  They were part of the inaugural recognition honoring Women In Radio in the State of Georgia, an esteemed honor. This was very humbling for Carol because she acknowledges standing on the shoulders of so many legendary Women In Radio that paved the way for her and her colleagues. This special group of broadcasters soon became dubbed the “Fabulous Five” and were also given another unexpected salute; this time from the City of Riverdale.  

Little did they know there was another acknowledgment waiting in the wings, last but not least, the “Fabulous Five” received a Proclamation from Atlanta City Hall from the men and women of the Council, a recognition spearheaded by Councilman Michael Julian Bond.  These inaugural presentations have created memorable experiences for the “Fab Five”, as Carol also affirms that they are blessed to do the work they enjoy, while also having fun, making a difference and helping others along the way. Nonetheless, they are grateful to be regarded by those in public service, the community and the industry they love and serve.   

In June 2016, Carol added a monumental event to her life that placed her talent on a national stage as part of a major event created by someone whose name is synonymous with creativity, community, humor, fun, multimedia guru, motivator and an overall lifestyle influencer.  She was invited to be the week-long host and program emcee for more than 200 moms of the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Boys. Carol shared her stories of perseverance, empowerment, and encouragement to single moms while receiving much support from them during this annual Harvey Foundation event.  Her week ended with Brigadier General Donna W. Martin from the US Army “coining” her by presenting Carol with the Brigadier’s personal Coin of Excellence. An honor that Brigadier General Martin had earned as a nearly 30 year Veteran and highly decorated soldier. This is by far one of her most valued honors.         

The backstory to Carol’s career began in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., where dance was her first love.  She was part of a local dance troupe that traveled throughout Western New York, but she also played leading roles in stage productions. Yearning to feed her first career choice to become a Fashion Illustrator, Carol eventually found employment in retail and studied Retail Management in college. Rising through the retail ranks was unfulfilling and she began looking at career opportunities.  A family friend told her of an overnight DJ position at a local radio station; intrigued she applied for the job. Shortly after, she was hired and started her journey to an illustrious career.  

After several months at the Soft Rock station, the R&B powerhouse WBLK came calling. She quickly worked her way from part-time to middays. This led to many weekend gigs in Toronto, Canada making appearances at popular nightclubs. Her talent led her to her next opportunity, working morning drive at a jazz station in Gainesville, Florida.  After adding the morning slot to her resume, it was time to look at Atlanta for the next career opportunity.     

Highly respected radio icon, morning man and Program Director for 1380 WIGO, Mike Roberts, hired Carol to join the team.  After growing her talent at WIGO, she went to WBUS, hosting middays. Carol soon joined V103, the leading station in Atlanta, where part-time transitioned to middays and later, to Co-Host the "Mike and Carol in the Morning Show", dominating ratings in Atlanta morning radio for nearly a decade! As co-host, she conducted many intriguing interviews with noted celebrities, including Oprah, Usher, Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx, and Samuel L. Jackson.  She also hosted a popular weekly dance show, called “Atlanta Jams”, that garnered some of the best local ratings during its tenure, while providing teens with a fun and safe atmosphere and major acts a platform for their artistry.  She also was the voice of an international R&B radio show, “Night Champagne” that aired in Japan.   

After her time at V103, Carol became a media coach, a partner in a public relations firm. She has voiced commercials for many national and global brands like Toyota, Macy’s, Publix, Nissan, Home Depot, Clinique, Apple, Ford, Red Lobster, JC Penney, OWN and countless others.

Carol’s additional on-camera work includes a Public Service Announcement for blood donation, an AT&T Industrial Film, and a Home Depot Industrial Commercial and kids promo with her son.    

For seven years, Carol hosted the Majic Midday Café on Majic 107.5/97.5.  She always made it a point to promote positivity as she entertained, educated and informed her audience on a daily basis.  Her show also provided the platform for her to seize the opportunity for community advocacy with important features. She created segments that helped feed the less fortunate, shared employment opportunities and wellness information, that included encouraging her listeners to get their annual mammograms. She also started Mammograms for Moms, an annual feature of her show that added an extra push for mammograms during the month of May.   

Her biggest accomplishment to date is being the proud mom of a wonderful son, who is a SCAD graduate with a BFA in Animation.