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Check Out Michelle Adams’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Adams.

Hi Michelle, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My radio career began in September 2016. I was with an internet station that played mostly hip hop. My choice of music has always been rock and roll. At the time, I had never done radio before. The station owner heard my voice and thought it would be great for radio. I had no idea what I was doing and basically got thrown in. I appreciated the opportunity but didn’t know what I was getting myself into. At that time, my best friend was my co-host and at first, we never had a topic. We just played music and hung out. Eventually, he didn’t want to do the show anymore and I did it alone and absolutely hated it. I was scared to be honest. Eventually, I kept doing my show which was called “Doin the Most with FoxyRebelYell”. I turned it into a show about what was happening locally in Las Vegas. I featured different types of restaurants and things to do in local Las Vegas. I wanted people to know there was a lot more to do in the city off the strip. It brought attention to a lot of local businesses. The station eventually got rid of live shows in August 2018.

One of the personalities went to 22.3 Take Over Vegas Radio and said she loved it. I met with the station manager and embarked on a new radio image and brand and my radio career took off! My life was already so busy as I work in the legal profession, I was a mentor/education foster parent for children in the foster care system, I was always out and about obtaining content for my show. I loved how 22.3 Take Over Vegas Radio embraced me and my music. There’s no one playing rock and roll and by that, I mean classic rock, metal and punk rock. I really loved putting my show together and executing it every Sunday. I fell ill in August of 2019 and was diagnosed as being severely anemic. I had been diagnosed as a diabetic years prior and had issues with my vision as well. I ended up having to give up my show in September 2018 right after the Radio Grammys. I could barely walk and manage the law firm I was with at the time. I had to begin a series of iron and blood transfusions. I didn’t realize it would take a toll on my kidneys and my body. DJ Badgyrl was great and said she would hold my spot at the station while I recuperated. She was great about everything and while I got myself together, we stayed in touch. She cares so much about her team.

Once I got well and it took a while, I wanted to come back strong with a new show. In May of 2020, I launched a new show with a strong comeback and called it “Sex Fox & RocknRoll!” I knew I wanted to have frank and honest discussions about sex coupled with great rock music. I am such a fan of local musicians in Las Vegas and had spent so much time on the rock scene out there. The show was a hit! It was well received and embraced and I knew I had the support of DJ Badgyrl and the entire Take Over Team. My plate was full as I was still trying to feel 100%, working full time, attending my Master’s Program and learning sign language as a second language. I was still heavily involved in working with a few local bands, managing them and getting them out on the road again during a pandemic. I love my radio show and I love the feedback and loyalty from my followers who stayed with me and my journey. In September 2020, I was in a bad car accident and it left me partially blind. I had to have very serious eye surgery and I thought once again I would have to give up my show. By the grace of God, my vision has been getting better and I was able to share my story with my listeners and show that even with being a diabetic, anemic and extremely visually impaired, I could still work in the law, attend school, learn languages and keep rocking my show. My radio career has blossomed so much since 2016 and I am excited about my future and the future of Sex Fox & RocknRoll!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have always been outgoing and owned my personality. I don’t think I got to show it so much at my first station. I wanted to be great at it but needed guidance. I loved the opportunity to learn and really find out who and what I was in radio. My health did not make this easy. I had a best friend commit suicide and when she did she absolutely killed my soul. I think rock music and my show were a big part of how I got through that time. I did go into congestive heart failure at that time and really didn’t think I could manage my life including my radio show. I kept grinding because it was my outlet. I had a friend tell me I had a platform to discuss health issues and the things that I was going through and she was right. I had to keep working, keep learning, keep getting healthier and learn how to balance and take care of myself. It was a struggle. Once my first station let everyone go, I didn’t think I would stay in radio. It happened abruptly and I suppose it was a blessing because it leads me right to 22.3 Take Over Vegas Radio. I had bronchial pneumonia for six months and in December 2018 and I really struggled not only to manage my work, my extended education and my show, I also had to make sure I got healthy. My radio show was an outlet and I wanted to make sure I stayed true to the strong mentality that had been instilled in me. There was no way I was going to let any of these things derail me.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I manage a law practice in Las Vegas. We specialize in business litigation and a few different areas of practice. I have been in legal since after high school graduation. I love managing the firm, managing trial cases and working on high-end litigation and trial. With regards to my work with the firm, I am known to work hard, get along with clients and stayed prepared with attorneys and staff. I am most proud of the fact that I know I want to get out of legal and work with the deaf culture. I have set that in motion by learning sign language. I attended ASL school in New York City while living there and loved it. I think making the transition into becoming an interpreter lets me know that I can push myself and maintain a sense of self while remaining strong in pursuing a new career field. I have always been an individual who did my own thing. I was told that my outgoing personality is what set me apart. My love of the arts, music, people and all things nontraditional makes me who I am.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
I have learned that I cannot please everyone and that I have to remain true to myself. Being in radio has set me apart from so many other things in my life. I have to find balance in work and health and radio and it can be challenging. I know that if I am not healthy, everything else will fall apart around me. Being diagnosed as a diabetic in 1996 was hard because I went into a diabetic coma at age 24 and didn’t know exactly what was happening. I was so sick prior and by the time anyone knows what was wrong, I thought it was too late. I lost my vision at that time and I had to fight to restore it once I got healthy. Pushing myself too hard while trying to maintain my life goals and work wasn’t the answer. I put my health first and everything and everyone second. I have learned that I have one life and there is no time for regret. I have to be myself and live to the fullest.

Contact Info:

  • Email: madamssd1972@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @foxyrebelyell
  • Facebook: michellerebelyell

Image Credits
Lashana Jefferson

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