Today we’d like to introduce you to Keisha J Kelley.
Keisha J Kelley is the Founder and CEO of Black College Experience, which was started in 2015, but officially founded & moved to podcast on May 15, 2016. Ms. Kelley has been working in sports radio since 2011 and has hosted five different sports shows in which three she produced. Although I have covered every sport from Little League to the NFL Draft Red Carpet, I always had a passion for Black College Sports. Being a 2003 graduate of Southern University & A&M College, in Baton Rouge, LA., sports were always a consistent part of my life. I will finish my MBA in June from UOP.
While co-hosting my previous shows: Double Coverage Divas, PQ Sports, and DK Sports, I would always give a 15-20 minute update on the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and all of the accomplishments of athletes from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It was suggested that I do a show for black college sports for 2 hours. I respectfully obliged but continued to provide highlights and statistics now including the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference,(SIAC) and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. (CIAA). Upon the heels of expansion and canceling the online show, Double Coverage, did I decide to fully pursue black college sports. Shortly after, I asked for names for our new show, and Black College Experience was the name we agreed on! While still on internet radio, my first cohost, Crystal Bennett, an alumna of Florida A&M University, served as my co-host for a short while before parting with Black College Experience. However, until this day, she and I are very close and she still offers advice and roots me on! At the heels of her departure, came my second cohost, Derrick Thomas, a Mississippi Valley State University graduate, and we have been rocking and rolling ever since. Shortly after Derrick joined me as my co-host, I made the decision that it was time to leap, and on May 15, 2016, BlackCollegeExperience aired its first show on Spreaker Podcast.
In addition to serving as Founder & CEO of Black College Experience, I also serve as a sideline reporter. Some of my work includes SWAC and SIAC Media days, sideline reporting at ESPN’s SWAC/MEAC Challenge, NBC Sports Bayou Classic, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Top 50 NBPA Camp and the Black College Football HOF Enshrinement. Keisha has also attended the NFL Draft in which she also covered the Red Carpet. Black College Experience has been invited to over 100 events including media days, HBCU showcases, career days, and sports panels. BCE has interviewed over 50 guests including, former and current National Football League Players, Commissioners, Coaches, Athletic Directors, etc. As the brand has grown, Black College Experience continues to travel around the world to cover both D1 and D2 HBCU athletics. BCE also reaches the masses in Independent conferences as well.
The uniqueness about BCE sports podcast is that it covers every HBCU sport including but not limited to swimming, sailing, lacrosse, and triathlon, which are non-traditional sports. BCE’s most recent accomplishment is a book scholarship that Keisha founded in memory of her father, James A Kelley, that will go to students who are currently enrolled or planning to attend an HBCU. In addition to Black College Experience, Keisha also serves as a mentor for Big Brother Big Sisters, PR Officer Southern University Atlanta Alumni Chapter, Mentor (Southern University) Member Southern University National Alumni Federation & Sports Broadcast Mentor Black College Experience now airs weekly on Sunday evenings at 6 pm CST and 7 pm EST on Spreaker.com.
Great, 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?
It definitely has not been a smooth road! Switching cohosts was one of the biggest challenges in the beginning because I was looking for someone that I could establish a long-lasting relationship, friendship and business partnership with. Derrick Thomas was a perfect choice! After nearly two months of being on podcast, my father passed away. This was one of the toughest times of my life. My father had been in my life 35 years, so to no longer have him hit me very hard!
Black College Experience – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We specialize in bringing positive exposure to HBCU athletics and our Institutions! I saw the need that we have for positive stories as well as exposure to our athletes who don’t get the media coverage that they deserve. While BCE does not promote negative media for clicks or likes! One thing that sets us apart is covering all sports in all conferences including Independent conferences. To date one of the things I am most proud of is being able to attend and cover the Black College Football HOF Enshrinement and meet products of HBCUs that are also NFL HOFers. I am also proud that two scholarships will be honored in my late father’s name, and most importantly I feel complete telling the HBCU Story every day! It is always about the athletes! If we don’t tell our story, who will? If not now, when? Managing to book NFL HOFer (Willie Roaf) also comes as a major accomplishment as he reached out to me!
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Attending and covering the Black College Football HOF Enshrinement.
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