A native Chicagoan, Shirley Strawberry is one of the most recognizable names and voices in radio today. Dubbed, “The Best Voice in Radio” by Steve Harvey, she is the co-host of one of today’s biggest, nationally syndicated radio morning shows in the country with nearly eight million listeners.
Her career in radio started as a radio jock in the mid-80s at Chicago’s WCGI-FM as the co-host of the Doug Banks Show. By the early 90s, Shirley’s local popularity has soared enough to peak the interest of Hollywood radio where she began working at 92.3 The Beat, KKBT-FM, in Los Angeles where she quickly built a loyal fan base. In 2000, the radio mogul, Cathy Hughes (Radio-One), took over the station. Among other huge deals they propositioned, Shirley was offered the job as Steve Harvey’s co-host.
Today, more than a decade later, Shirley has sat side by side with Steve Harvey while the country fell in love with “the voice” of Shirley Strawberry and the wisdom she imparts during the show’s Strawberry Letter segment. Each week day, during this segment, Shirley and Steve offer honest advice to listeners who have sent in letters concerning life’s challenges.
The radio segment grew to be one of the most successful of the show. So much so Shirley was asked to write a book based on the letters from the show. The result, The Strawberry Letter, Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn’t Sexy. Which went on to win a NAACP Image
Award for “Outstanding Literary Work-Debut Author” in 2012. The book garnered national acclaim and was a Washington Post Best Seller, Shirley also has been Radio Ink’s Top 100 most influential personalities for three consecutive years. With her infectious laugh and smooth voice Shirley has risen to heights only God can take credit for.
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