Growing up in the 80s, 90s and even through today, sports and music have seamlessly merged. To play pro sports and/or to be involved in entertainment are the aspirations of most urban youth. For Dondre’ “Donni-Oh!” Phoenix, it was no different. On the court, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player, and musically, he was inspired by the turntable wizardry and sounds of the legendary N.Y. DJ/personalities Kool DJ Red Alert and Mr. Magic. Becoming a professional basketball player was plan A, and plan B was being an on-air radio personality. Fortunately, BOTH were obtained, at some degree. In 1989, it all began to take shape. “Donni-Oh!” was chosen as one of the Top 500 high school basketball players in the USA. He was also selected as a McDonald’s High School Basketball All-American nominee. In between his basketball and radio careers, from December 1995 - April 2002, Donni-Oh! was the owner of an urban clothing store called Flavaz.
On the music side, in 1989, Donni-Oh!’s pops bought him his first pair of turntables and mixer for Christmas, along with 2 copies of Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terror Dome”. He already had several records bought with his allowance money as a youth, such as, Treacherous Three’s “Feel The Heartbeat”, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5’s “Apache” and “Freedom”, Dr. Jeckyll & Mr Hyde’s “Genius Rap”, Spoonie Gee’s “Love Rap”, Funky 4 Plus 1’s “That’s The Joint”, amongst others.
“Donni-Oh!” didn’t get the chance to play in the NBA full time, however, he played in the NBA Summer Pro League and a few semi-pro leagues, as well. Musically, he attained, his goals and then some. With other unexpected stops and achievements along the way, here’s a timeline, “snap shot”, of the athletic and musical bio of Dondre’ “Donni-Oh!” Phoenix.
Donni Oh’s entertainment career achievements:
1989 – Donni-Oh!’s “Flava” mixtape series began through 2001
1993 – Attended the Columbia School of Broadcasting
1995-’02 – Co-owner of Flavaz Urban Wear (Clothing Store)
1995 – Evening on-air personality at Mix 106.3 FM (Cambridge)
1999 – Mid-day on-air personality on Magic 98.9 FM (Salisbury)
1999-’02 – Public Relations assistant at B.E.S.T. Sports & Entertainment (Philadelphia)
2000 – DJ’d at Egypt, Boyz II Men, Big Tiger & Friends Celebrity Party in Baltimore
2001-present – Launched Flavaz Promotions
2002 – DJ’d at NBA star Rasheed Wallace’s NBA All-Star Party in Philadelphia
2002-04 – Afternoon drive on-air personality/asst. Music Director on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio (DC)
2006-’09 – Host of ItzYourzRadio on Magic 98.9 FM (Salisbury)
2009-present – ItzYourzMedia (TV, radio, internet, voice-overs, production)
2015-present – Launched ItzYourzRadio (Urban radio format) on Tunein
2016-present – Launched Soul Talk 100 (Black talk radio format) on Tunein
2017-present – Joined Live 97.5 FM to re-launch ItzYourzRadioLive on FM
The Evolution of ItzYourzRadio
In April 2006 Donni-Oh! launched ItzYourzRadio on Magic 98.9. In an effort to create a platform for local and independent artists, ItzYourzRadio aired every Sunday 5pm-8pm. The show continued to air until the station changed ownership in April 2009. ItzYourzRadio took to BlogTalk Radio in 2010.
June 1, 2015 ItzYourzRadioLive was created and launched by Dondre' "Donni-Oh!" Phoenix, in an effort to bring back the real essence and creativity of music through radio. In today's cookie-cutter world, especially when it pertains to radio, ItzYourzRadioLive is a breath of fresh air and a throwback to when radio wasn't put in a box. An Urban focus, with a variety of genres to choose from, ItzYourzRadioLive offers a sound very heavy in underground and golden era hip-hop, indie artists, 80s and 90s R&B, neo-soul, reggae, break beats, Baltimore Club, NY and Chi-town House, DC Go Go, urban gospel, 80s pop/rock and an incredible collection of mix shows delivered by some of the dopest DJs in the world.
ItzYourzRadioLive has partnered with TUNEIN, a FREE radio station app with over 50 million world wide subscribers, enabling a large world wide listenership. ItzYourzRadioLive can be accessed via TUNEIN, through your Smart Phone, Smart TV, PC, iPad, Tablet, Xbox, Play Station, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
On February 26, 2017 ItzYourzRadioLive partnered with WKTT LIVE 97.5 FM in Salisbury, MD. to bring a 3-hour radio show that brings the essence of ItzYourzRadioLive (Classics Mix by DJ Ill Kid and DJ Cheese which features Classic Hip-Hop and Classic R&B. The show also features Underground Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul and Indie Artists). Sports wRap features the latest in the sports world by Devon "POV" Mason. Hosted by Dondre' "Donni-Oh!" Phoenix and Jonathan "J-Mo" Molock of Livenation, FREE concert tickets to the hottest shows in the DMV are given away on the show as well as on the 24/7 TUNEIN radio station ItzYourzRadio. Live in studio guests both nationally and locally are featured as well.