Meet the Staff!!
GENERAL MANAGER/BROADCAST INSTRUCTOR | DR. DELORES THOMPSON
A Bay Area native and radio 20 year veteran, “Yo Girl” Delores began performing with the City of Oakland’s Parks & Recreation department at an early age. Shortly after high school landed a coveted position with Oakland’s very own Soul Beat entertainment television where she dominated programming and entertainment reporting. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Delores continued her career at various LA radio station’s before beginning a 15-year long stint at Stevie Wonder’s 102.3 KJLH-FM, where she was featured in “who’s who in Black LA” magazine and was dubbed “Southern California’s #1 Lady in the Mid-Day.” Delores returned to the Bay Area, where the mother, minister, motivational speaker and Executive Director of her own non-profit “Sista Girl Network,” piloted the inaugural broadcast online radio station KOSA Radio at the Oakland School for the Arts, where she has been blessed to start a broadcast department, she also volunteers her decades-long expertise at Oakland’s Youth Radio. When asked to give a description of the station Ms. Thompson replied “Our 24hr programming is a mix of music and talk that fits the 12+ demographic. The station’s slogan says it all. Where Minds, Words, Music and Rhymes Meet.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR | LEON JONES
Leon has been with KOSA Radio for the past 2 years and is glad to be uptaking the position of Program Director. He started off KOSA Radio with his feature What’s the 411? Giving you the 411 from the streets to inside the hallways of OSA. Leon has really taken up the initiative from going to writing and producing his own feature to overseeing/producing content for KOSA Radio as a whole under his theme Uplighting Voices. He has been at OSA since freshman year and now is a Senior in the Theatre department studying acting and musical theatre. Besides radio, Leon has done some theatrical management — titles consist of Founding Artistic Director of Manifested Theatre Company, Production Stage Manager for The Oresteia, House Manager for OSA’s production of Footloose and Assistant Producer for youth camps at Throckmorton Theatre in Mill valley. Leon believes he will pursue acting & theatre as a career. Leon’s dream is to be in a broadway musical and to start a professional theatre company. Leon’s hobbies include singing, watching action movies, stage combat and live play. Leon says “KOSA Radio is a place where dreams become a reality, something that only then shows in the work, something not everyone can claim!.
RESIDENT PRODUCER | SIMON SINGH BHULLER RIORDAN
PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR | BRYCE HARPER
Bryce has been at OSA since the six grade starting off in theatre but now is in his Sophomore year in the Fashion Design sub-pathway. Showing in his track record, Bryce is always levitated to projects that interest him. Since his time at KOSA Radio, being it’s Promotions Director, he has a lot of fun and take his work super seriously. “For [KOSA Radio] to be run by several teenagers I think we definitely are very educated and hardworking” he states. Bryce is a firm believer in teamwork, he co-produced with Curtain Call Kids the musical “Teen Beach Movie” and once worked with fellow students on creating and having a step team at OSA. Bryce’s plan is to keep creating this year, he wants to start a fashion club so that other students at OSA can participate in making fashion and learn about it. But that does not stop there because Bryce also is working on his own clothing project coming out in May. “Please stay tune!” he states.
ASSISTANT PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR | ALYSSA ALEGRIA
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR/ENGINEER | DAVID SMITH
Mr. Smith has been working in Information Technology since 1987. David joined OSA in its first year. He is excited to be working with the OSA community to design an effective, reliable, and innovative technology infrastructure that supports OSA in all areas. He holds a B.A from Earlham College.