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Rising Stars: Meet Jamal Bostick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamal Bostick.

Hi Jamal, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I have been in radio & journalism since 2014. A huge influence for me to get into this industry was my mom, she’s been a writer and entertainment publicist since the early 90’s so I always grew up with aspirations to be a journalist and work in the industry. While I was doing college radio and working on the magazine at Cypress College I was working as an intern/photographer with AllHipHop.com working with Chuck Creekmur and learned so much from him and through that got into DJing at clubs and really started becoming a student of the game and learning more about the industry and falling in love with it more and more. I’ve always wanted to contribute something to hip hop and the culture since I was a little kid and for a while didn’t know how to take the steps to do so until I got into college and stumbled into radio which quickly became my passion.

I remember when I started podcasting, I purchased a cheap zoom mic and hooked it up to my tablet and just started talking, I would play a lot of underground hip hop cause that’s around the time I started listening to Flatbush Zombies, Dom Kennedy, Joey Bada$$, and artists like that so I found my niche in journalism independent artists. So I would go to an underground show scroll through Twitter, Tumblr, and SoundCloud for hours just looking for dope independent artists to cover and talk about on the podcast and my college radio show “Spotlight News”. MY boy Erik Lucas was also a huge influence in me pursuing radio more because he was so good at it. I definitely idolized the guy because of his experience and he took a chance with our professor Mr. Mercer and took me under his wing, I wouldn’t be where I am today if Erik didn’t help me get through college. After leaving Cypress College Erik brought me on with a couple of other friends to co-host his podcast “That Geek Show” which is where I sharpened my writing skills covering pro wrestling, this was also around the time where “wrestle rap” was getting hot so I was able to use my love for pro wrestling and hip hop and cover more artists that way.

Eventually, I went on to CSULB to further pursue my radio and journalism career, towards the end of my tenure at Cal State Long Beach is when I connected with my friend George Menjivar AKA YBG and he was doing radio at CSUF. We became friends pretty quickly and talked about doing a podcast together, through that our group of friends would create Tru1Hundred Radio an online radio station based in Orange County, CA that was created for the community by the community. Tru1Hundred Radio covers Orange County music talent of all genres, sports talk political talk locally, nationally, and internationally. We do original programming which includes podcasts and live events, sometimes streaming live on YouTube and Twitch. We love our community where musicians have access to opportunities that allow them to live their dreams, local businesses have a public relations outlet to reach their customers through interviews and media. Our team worked very hard through the pandemic to build this station from home and this past October, we had our very first show TruFest hosted in Santa Ana. I have accomplished some cool things on my journey so far like writing for Urban Magazine and WestCoastStyles.com to coordinating and running an independent wrestling promotion Gold Coast Federation, but my proudest accomplishment by far is the work we’ve done with Tru1Hundred Radio and we are only growing stronger.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There have been some challenges most definitely, the first 6-8 months we started the station we were in the middle of a huge pandemic. Before vaccines, before questions could be answered a lot of our time was being consumed with what’s next in this story of the virus and on top of that the fear of going outside and being around people it was crazy. It did give us things to talk about on our shows though and we were able to have very open dialogue about various topics, around the time of George Floyd and the riots that went on in LA it created some obstacles with old staff or potential sponsors so there were definitely some rough patches which is normal to start out.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a radio host, DJ, Hip Hop & wrestling journalist. I’m also the founder, station manager, coordinator and program director for Tru1Hundred Radio. Also, I am one of the promoters for Gold Coast Federation pro wrestling.

What I’m most proud of I feel is the fact that I was able to accomplish my dreams and bring my friends with me. My friends and family are my everything and they have seen me through all of the madness from when I was down and had nothing working graveyard at subway, all the way to meeting one of my idols in radio Big Boy up to now about to get a degree and blossom as a broadcaster and building these brands with the greatest team on earth I owe these people everything to be honest.

What sets me apart is I’ve never accepted no as an answer there’s no such thing as quit for me, I am working from the second I wake up till the second my eyes close, I’ve always been that person that always had the motor running, always wants to try new things never scared to fail and if I do I take it on the chin learn from it and move on.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
Taking care of your body and your mental health is so important. With this pandemic it told all of us to sit down and really look at how we are living our lives, from every aspect. I went through my fair share of challenges with this and still struggling too. Suffering from depression can do that to people where the feeling of being unmotivated and just the constant dread of living is consuming you, but everyone here has a purpose in life anybody can make it through any obstacle and hardship set before them, the toxicity of society and social media can be hell at times but it’s all about shining through the shade, finding your lane and realizing that peace can’t be brought to the world unless we find peace and love within ourselves.

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