Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing
things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire
other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Kid! of the Month for July, 2008:
“The advice I have for other kids who may want to get involved in a career in radio is: follow your dreams, set goals, work hard, and don't let people discourage you. Because when people say that 'you're too little', or 'you can't do that', these are people who may be either jealous of you, or just don't believe that big heroes can come in small packages."
“Celebrating youth leaders is important because their ideas and inventions can make a difference in our communities, improve our lives, and change the way the world thinks for the better.”
Shali Jonzun, Age 11,
Our July 2008 Amazing Kid! of the Month:
While Shali Jonzun, now age 11, first began working on his parents' radio show, he came to realize that most of the stories about kids and teens we hear about in the media focused on 'negative and unlawful behavior'. Shali wanted to start a show that showcases positive role models for young people and gives them 'a place to talk about their concerns and ideas.' Out of this desire to help, Shali decided to put the focus on the positive when it comes to kids, and with the help of his loving and supportive parents, created Jonzun Radio Kids. His radio show, which airs on WPUL 1590AM (Daytona Beach, Florida) and streams worldwide on the Internet during scheduled show times (www.JonzunRadioKids.com), can also be heard on-demand 24/7 on his website www.jonzunradiokids.com/id34.html. The show reaches a land coverage area that represents a population of approximately 875,000+ people.
Read more about Shali and his amazing story below, and you just may be inspired to start your own radio show someday!
Don't forget: If you, or a young person
(or persons!) you know, has an
amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill,
ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids!
know about it! Simply complete our
Amazing Kids! of the Month award online
form, visit our AKOM nomination information page
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Shali Jonzun, at age 11, is America's youngest terrestrial radio talk show host. He is the owner and host of the international talk, music, and entertainment radio show, Jonzun Radio Kids, and co-host of the international all-star music talk show Audition Radio.
Before starting his own show, Shali was no stranger to radio and the music & entertainment industry. He was born into a famous family in the Music and Entertainment Industries; for example, his late Granddad, Ray Vernon Johnson Sr. was a pick-up musician for Ray Charles & B.B. King. His uncle, Maurice "The General" Starr is a Multi-Platinum Hit Producer/Writer, and his late uncle, Dr. Arthur C. Rayford was a Master Visual Artist. Thus, Shali was very fortunate to learn from such amazing role models and mentors, which gave him a wonderful opportunity to explore his talents at an early age.
"I consider my mentors to be God of course, and my parents, because you can always trust them, and they'll never let you down. My dad Michael Jonzun, is Host of Audition Radio (where I got my very first break on-air), and a Multi-Platinum HitSongwriter, Recording Artist (Jonzun Crew), and Record Producer who has sold well over 200 million records, videos, and DVDs world wide, and my mom, Cheryl Levittan is a Public Relations professional and co-host of Audition Radio. Between the two of them, with their lifetime of experience, and our family's faith in God, this is what has helped me to be who I am today," he says humbly.
Shali's his start in radio at age 9 on his parent's show, Audition Radio, as a Production Assistant and Co-Host. After 15 months of never missing an Audition Radio show, waking up at early hours to be on-air, diligent preparation, research, observation and work, in September of 2007, at age 10, he got his "big break" on WPUL 1590 AM (Daytona Beach, Florida ) to go solo with his own show, Jonzun Radio Kids. Despite Shali's busy schedule. he continues to work and appear on Audition Radio in the same capacity. It was during that initial 15-month period of working on his parent’s show, Shali noticed that in general, most talk shows and news programs talk about kids, tweens, and teens, but not with them; and usually the discussion focused on negative or unlawful behavior. Shali decided to give a voice to kids, tweens, and teens.
And thus he started Jonzun Radio Kids. The show airs on WPUL 1590 AM out of Daytona Beach, Florida, and their signal reaches a population of approximately 875,000 people, streams worldwide, and is available on-demand 24/7 at: www.JonzunRadioKids.com. Shali's guests have included several high achieving and famous youngsters along with plenty of kid-on-the-street interviews with kids of all ages on different topics of interest to young people and adults doing positive things for kids. Shali recently interviewed Alyse Rome, Founder and President of Amazing Kids!, and Patrick Ivison, Amazing Kid! of the Month, November 2007, and Mr. Stan Lee, Creator of Spiderman, Iron Man, and The Incredible Hulk. To read more about and listen to the interviews click here: www.jonzunradiokids.com/id34.html, or for consideration to be a Guest on the show, email the show's producers at: JRadioKids@yahoo.com.
Shali's interview with Patrick Ivison will be posted on the homepage of Shali's website in the coming days: http://www.jonzunradiokids.com
Shali receiving the United States Congressional Recognition Award
As a radio Talk Show Host, Shali's amazing achievements have earned him several awards and a whole lot of recognition! He received the United States Congressional Recognition Award from Nevada’s Congresswoman Shelley Berkley in February of 2008. Kenny Kids Magazine honoured him with the title of “Entrepreneur of The Month” in October of 2007. He was invited to speak as an Education Celebration Youth Panelist along with actors Chris Massey of Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” & Disney’s Kyle Massey of “Cory In The House” at the star studded 6th Anniversary Celebration of Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino during Black History Month in 2008. He has been interviewed by several news stations, written about in Hometown News and The Daytona News Journal. He also received front page coverage in the Daytona Times, and countless Internet sites have featured him.
Shali was recognized as a 2008 Youth Ambassador at Fitzgeralds's
Shali realizes that he is blessed to be born in a famous family and wants to use the opportunity to make a difference. “I’ll never forget what President George W. Bush said in his reply to my letter when I was in 3rd grade, ‘…During this important time in our history, you can help America by setting high goals, working hard in school, and helping others in your community. Our country needs your hope, idealism, and energy.’” says Shali, describing one of his memorable moments. (See copy of entire letter from President Bush to Shali here)
In addition to bringing positive programming to both his community and internationally via the Internet, this past Christmas he did a toy drive and gave away 200 toys to needy kids in Volusia County, Florida. He gives to several charities, has authored over 30 kids books (soon to be self-published and available for purchase on his website), andof course he encourages kids to read because, as his grandmother always told him, "Readers are leaders." He also gets invited to speak at schools to encourage kids to follow their dreams, and has been recently invited to be a member of a Youth Leadership Board in Deland, Florida.
Amazing Kids! is proud to announce that Shali has recently joined Amazing Kids! as one of our Youth Ambassadors. As an Amazing Kids! Youth Ambassador, Shali will be helping to spread the word about Amazing Kids! and their new Launch My Dream! initiative and related contests.
Way to go, Shali!
When he is not working on his talk show, Shali is a regular 11 year old. He enjoys riding go-karts, writing short stories, playing video games, listening and watching talk shows, roller-skating, road trips, going to museums, theme parks, watching classic movies, sitcoms, and cartoons. He loves to read. He’s read over 1,000 books and received several reading awards. “If you want to be a Radio Talk Show Host, you have to read, read, read. You also have to study, inform, listen, be willing to learn, be patient, flexible, and always expect the unexpected (because you never know if you're going to have a technical difficulty).”
With his amazing gifts, supportive family and strong faith, Shali is no doubt well on his way to launching his dreams for his amazing future someday! Keep up the amazing work, Shali! We'll be listening...!
It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!)
If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it! Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are! We are always looking for new stories. And don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you!
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