Can a kid from Germantown score his own TV show? Fox 29’s Quincy Harris shares his inspiring Tasty Talk.
Tasty Talks founder and Realtor Michelle Leonard launched the 2019 Tasty Talks season in the elegant Yangming banquet room by introducing her star-studded VIP table. Along with Quincy Harris’s Fox “family” members Thomas Drayton, Karen Hepp, Mike Jerrick and Lucy Noland were NBC10 News Anchor Tracy Davidson, our May 2019 Tasty Talk speaker; as well as Tasty Talk alumni Nicole “Nik the Web Chick” Michalik, publisher Eddie Keels, celebrity photographer HughE Dillon of PhillyChitChat.com and Kyree Terrell, founder of MyNewPhilly.com.
Quincy Harris delivered his Tasty Talk with wit and charm, sharing how he realized his dream by building relationships and giving to others:
“I grew up in Germantown, a product of the inner city, and I unapologetically love where I’m from. What was different for me was my mom and dad. They were always on me, like a second job. One day my dad offered to give me half of the $70 I needed for a video game if I earned the other half cutting grass. He never expected me to earn the $35, but I did. It taught me to always go for what I know. When I was 12, I saw Arsenio Hall on TV interviewing every hip hop artist I wanted to know. From that day on, I knew just what I wanted to do.”
“While studying at Temple, I managed to sneak backstage at a Power 99 concert, and I talked myself into a job at the radio station. I worked two days a week – for free – answering the phone. But I’ve learned that if you have great energy, it will take you places, and people will teach you things. After a while, I got to do promotions, and got comfortable talking to large groups of people. That got me a gig as the man on the street on the Wendy Williams Show, which led to interviews with rappers no one really knew – like 50 Cent and Kanye West. Building those relationships became a big thing for me.”
“Fast forward, I graduate Temple, head out to LA with my girlfriend, dumped her – just kidding, she’s my wife now – and in 2 weeks got a job on Big Boi’s syndicated radio show. But I kept my Philly relationships alive. Sometimes they’d call and ask me about certain artists, and I would just give. And when you lead with giving, the energy that you put out, it comes back. Four and a half years later, the guy I met backstage at the Power 99 Concert who gave me my internship was calling me to come back and head up my own radio show. Soon, those relationships landed me on morning TV on Fox, and eventually, I got my own show, The Q, doing exactly what I always wanted to do. It’s been a blessed life.”
The icing on Quincy’s Talk came courtesy of Kim Wright of “Nothing Bundt Cakes,” who presented Quincy with a Bundt cake to celebrate his 40th birthday. According to Yangming proprietor Michael Wei, “the remarkable number of celebrity guests now attending each new Tasty Talk is a tribute to Michelle Leonard’s tremendous effort to build a vital community around the Tasty Talks.”
Get your tickets now for CBS3 Reporter Stephanie Stahl on Wednesday, February 27.
Tickets to see the Emmy-Award winning Health Reporter are just $20 in advance ($25 at the door, if available), and include hors d’oeuvres, a hearty family-style lunch, dessert, tax, tip and charitable contribution. A member of the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame, our February speaker has been recognized by numerous health organizations for her positive impact on our region’s health. Stephanie has chosen as the beneficiary of her Talk “The Women of Tomorrow,” whose unique mentoring program helps at-risk young women to achieve their full potential.
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- January 31, 2020
- November 25, 2019
- October 31, 2019
- September 27, 2019
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Kyree Terrell, founder myNEWPhilly.com
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Jim Donovan, CBS3 anchor
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