Raised in Detroit and attending Cass Tech High School’s Performing Arts curriculum Vaneese found that she enjoyed the lively pace of radio. “My original intention was to produce award winning radio commercials…that all changed during an internship when the program director asked me if I wanted to go on the air.” It was the proverbial turning point in her career. Finishing a degree at the University of Detroit and a few part time gigs later in Urban Adult Contemporary, Disco and New Wave formats Vaneese eventually landed a full time slot as host of “Jazz On AM” at a station radio owned by the late Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg. It wasn’t long before she moved back over to FM, this time as host of an evening program, “Night Moods” on Detroit’s WJLB. After building a radio resume at several stations in Detroit, Washington, DC called in need of a host for an evening smooth jazz show.
For a little more than 10 years her luminous voice was heard throughout the night as host of “Lights Out Washington.” Vaneese eventually moved to afternoon drive to successfully navigate the timeslot from 12th to 7th in the Washington DC market. After a change in formats Vaneese was picked up by Radio One and can now be heard nightly on the Quiet Storm on Magic 106.3 in Columbus, OH and weekends on Majic 102.3 in Washington DC. You can connect with Vaneese through Twitter @Vaneese and Facebook VaneeseJohnson.