Petal is available forStoryline Consulting
I'm an active Storyline Consultant for Just Radio Ltd. (UK). Current Projects (2021): Dance Divas, for BBC World Service.
Producer & Audio Production
I'm an FCC Licensed Broadcaster, and diplom'ed Audio Engineer. My work in public radio spans: Programming Development, Producer, Host, and Music Programming for: WKCR 89.9FM, Klubradio.de, PlainsFM 96.9, RadioLora 97.5, and heritageradionetwork.org, in New York City, USA, Zurich, CH, Berlin, DE, and Christchurch, NZ .
I have a 10 year background as a Consultant for Fashion Trend Forecasting, Consumer Insights, and Market Research firms, where I have guided clients in exploring & extracting their target audiences' identity to leverage marketing strategies.
Audio-Branding: Expansion Team, Eyeball
Fashion Trend Forecasting: TobeNext, Peclers Paris, ESP Trendlabs
Market Research: WPP: The Futures Company, Kantar Futures
Cultural Sensitivity Guidance
As a proud BIPOC (both indigenous and black) born and raised in the US to first generation immigrants from the Caribbean, I offer the inside perspective of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, and have first-hand experience living as an expat in: the UK, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Germany where I was based for 15+ years. While attending Columbia University, I specialized in additional coursework via several institutes including: IRAAS: Institute for Research in African-American Studies, AFAS: African American and African Diaspora Studies, CSER: Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.
- Fact Checking
"I believe that each life on this planet impacts not only our shared histories but has a ripple effect on one another in ways we could not possibly imagine."
I've traveled-worked in over 21 countries & lived in the US, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, & the UK, following a 15+ year creative career spanning the fields of: Fashion Trend Forecasting, Market Research, Consumer Insights, & Entertainment.
I've amassed a world-wide network of compelling people and insider resources, & can efficiently & effectively research & vet newsworthy guests, heartwarming stories, or formal market research relevant topics.
BBC World Service
In this two-part series, Queen of Clubland Martha Wash tells the story of underground dance music in New York from the perspective of the female vocalists, DJs, talent scouts and remixers on the scene in the late 70s, 80s and 90s. As their careers develop, so does the music as new technology and outside trends inform the underground scene.
All the contributors in this first episode are linked by one underground night club which would help lay the foundation for modern dance music – the Paradise Garage.
We meet Carol Cooper, whose career began as a music journalist in the late 70s and would later become a pioneering A&R for major labels.
Yvonne Turner was at the Paradise Garage every weekend, she would first work in a vinyl shop and then began her career as a producer and remixer at Streetwise records. Production was a field dominated by men. She would create some of the most important dance music remixes of the mid 80s, before Chicago house became the dominant underground genre.
Sharon White is a legendary DJ and one of the first women on the scene. She would step in for Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage, in addition to holding a residency at gay superclub The Saint. Before that, she was the first female Billboard chart reporter and first female head of dance music promotion at Motown.
Gail Sky King also DJ’ed several times at the Paradise Garage. She came to DJ’ing through roller disco and held a residency at RnB club The Red Parrot. She edited a huge number of the dance tracks coming out of New York in the 80s, through her work at Shakedown Studios and became a renowned remixer and composer.
Judy Weinstein would book artists for live performances at the Paradise Garage, electrifying vocalists such as Jocelyn Brown, Gwen Guthrie, Loleatta Holloway and Martha Wash – whose vocals would feature on some of the biggest dance hits of the 80s and 90s. But like the producers and remixers, they too would have enormous difficulties getting credit for their work.
Produced by Victoria Ferran
Story Editor: Petal Largie
- Show Development
- Audience Development
- Grant Writing
- Fact Checking
- Contract Review
- Audio Engineering
- Customized (U87 inspired) Recording Tools Condenser Mic MC-107
- Neumann KMS 105
- KRK Rokit 5 Speakers
- Behring Phoria UM2 Soundcard
- Behring XENYX 802 8 channel mixer
- TC Helicon Voice Live Play