Angela Yee, the award-winning co-host of the Premiere-syndicated morning show “The Breakfast Club,” has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 MIW Airblazer Award by the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group.
The Airblazer Award, which recognizes a deserving on-air personality in radio, stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between the MIW Group and Talentmasters Morning Show Bootcamp (MSBC). This year’s award will be presented to Yee Sept. 24 during the 32nd annual MSBC, which will be held virtually this year.
Before breaking into radio, Yee spent five years working with startups and clothing brands, including work on the launch of Eminem’s Shady LTD line. She started her radio career at Sirius in 2005 as co-host for “The Cipha Sounds Effect” which became “The Morning After with Angela Yee” after Cipha Sounds left. She also hosted “Lip Service” on Eminem’s Shade 45 channel. After nearly six years in satellite radio, Yee in 2010 joined “The Breakfast Club,” based at iHeartMedia hip-hop/R&B “Power 105.1” WWPR New York.
“It is the greatest honor to be among the company of women who are leading the way in not just radio but also public service,” Yee said in a release. “2020 has been a challenging year for so many people, and the most important task we have on the radio every day is to inspire, support, and prepare the next generation.”
The list of awards Yee has received is a long one. It includes a WEEN Mission Award, the Shirley Chisholm Woman of Distinction Award, the Vice-Chancellor’s Achievement Award for the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI), a Gracie Award for National Radio Host/Personality, a Gracie Award for her “Lip Service” podcast, and a Spirit of Detroit Award. In 2018, New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio proclaimed Aug. 28 Angela Yee Day. Yee has also appeared as herself on three episodes of the hit Fox TV series “Empire” and hosted a four-season limited run of State Farm’s “Color Full Lives” podcast.
Saying she “puts the blaze in Airblazer,” MIW Group spokeswoman Ruth Presslaff said Yee’s career path “is empowering not only for women currently in the industry but also for the next generation of girls that recognize her vision, authenticity, and leadership. Her work and enthusiasm in and out of radio are truly inspiring,” added Preslaff.
As has become the tradition with the Airblazer award, Yee was selected by last year’s recipient, longtime co-host of “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show,” Kellie Raspberry. “From her early days in marketing to her astronomical success with The Breakfast Club, Angela’s resume reads more like a ‘How To’ guide for women in radio,” Raspberry said. “And as much as I admire her professional accomplishments, I love that Angela uses her voice to highlight causes for women, children, and health.”