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, the demographic is geared 12+. The station’s slogan says it all. Where Minds, Words, Music & Rhymes Meet.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR | JONAH ROTENBERG
As a California native Jonah Rotenberg embodies the phrase ‘California Dreaming’ a student in the school of theatre at Oakland School of the Arts, Jonah exhibits tenacity, determination and vision. Some of his many accomplishments include roles in “Chip Tolentino” from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. NHSI Film Acting Program and Audio/Visual Apprenticeship Program. One to continually challenge himself Jonah Rotenburg recently took on the role of Program Director for KOSA radio, a 24-hour student-run radio station for Oakland School for the Arts, taking on the day to day responsibility of running a terrestrial 24-hour radio including guiding a staff of eight has proved to be yet another skill mastered by Jonah who says “Programming KOSA radio is an important task to highlight the culture of Oakland and OSA. Celebrating the unique and diverse community of this great city and school.”
MUSIC DIRECTOR | AVELINA “LINA” SANTOS
Bay Area native Avelina Santos, is a dancer, actor, and singer. Born into a family of artists and musicians dating back four generations, whose most notable musician is her father, percussionist John Santos. Avelina aka Lina has performed across California and in Puerto Rico with the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company and Quenepas Youth Dance Company. Santos’ considered a triple threat starred in two short films, Margarita by director Maris Curran and Remigration by Oscar award-winning director, Barry Jenkins. She has studied jazz, blues, Latin, folk, contemporary and classical music and dance with a diverse array of master singers, musicians and dancers through the many performance art camps she’s attended in the Bay Area. Currently Lina a student in the School of Vocal Music at Oakland’s prestigious performing arts school, Oakland School for the Arts, where she further displays her talents as the Music Director on the school’s 24hour internet radio station www.kosaradio.org Lina says “It is a great joy in sharing all that I know and love about music with KOSA listeners.”
ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR | PILAR SEBASTIANA BALLESTEROS
SPECIAL MUSIC PROGRAMMING | EZRA WALLACE
When it comes to music you can count on Ezra Wallace to bring that in-depth knowledge and passion to the table. A student of Theatre at the Oakland School of the Arts an unparalleled performing arts school in Oakland California Wallace has aspirations of working in the music industry specifically becoming a part of the rap game. Currently, Ezra is on staff at KOSA radio a 24hr online student-run radio station at Oakland School for the Arts Ezra says “I joined radio because I have a passion for music and I want to work in media. So that’s me!”
PROMOTION DIRECTOR | AUDREY DOUGLAS
Audrey (aka A.DougNasty) Douglas is someone many would consider to be one of our future ‘Game Changers’ environmentally astute and well versed on all things natural, Audrey’s vision for the future is one that includes an eco-friendly environment that respects the planet and makes use of the natural resources that will help enhance the earth above ground and below the sea. A current student at one of California’s premier performing arts schools, Oakland School for the Arts, Douglas is enrolled in the school of theatre where she is constantly growing and expanding in her craft, an accomplished mime legend, Audrey recently took on a new role as head of Promotions for KOSA radio, a 24hour online student-run radio station at Oakland School for the Arts, Douglas heads up a staff of two using her creativity and talents to build listenership through on-air give-a-ways, the future looks bright (need a quote from Audrey about working at KOSA)
MOSE LIPNER, ROSALIO ANTONIO CASTELLANOS & AVA LOSEE-UNGER
SOCIAL MEDIA DEPARTMENT
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR | BRIGHID “BRE” MAHONEY
SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM | EMILIO MENA
STREET TEAM DEPARTMENT
STREET TEAM DIRECTOR | NIA RICHARDSON
Nia M. Richardson brings that New Orleans flavor to the Bay Area! Her poise, humor, style, and infectious laughter commands attention. A student of theatre at Oakland School for the Arts, Nia has been performing 2 years with the African American Shakespeare Company. She has held the covenant positions of Stage Manager and Assistant Director of OSA’s production of Aye, No!. Richardson has been featured in television commercials, and she is a voice-over actress. Currently Miss. Richardson has joined OSA’s KOSA radio where she is Director of the Street Team, Nia says “My crown may slip and slide but I will always stay strong. Something I want all people to feel through KOSA Radio”.
STREET TEAM | TRISTAN THISTLETHWAITE
WEBMASTER | ZOE SALAHUD-DIN
KOSA CONSULTANT | LEON JONES
Leon has been with KOSA Radio for the past 3 years and is glad to continue to be working with such an amazing station! 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 and even help the position of Program Director. Being the veteran that he is, Leon will provide support to the station with his diverse work ethic, quality and experience. 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 Artistic Director of Manifested Theatre Company (which he founded), 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!.”
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.