Mina “SayWhat” Llona is a Multi-Media Personality with over 10 years of broadcast experience ranging from television and radio to digital media. She is also an event host and public speaker operating her own business, Mina Llona Imperium LLC. Growing up in Union City, an impoverish urban neighborhood in New Jersey, Mina developed a strong love and passion for music, sports, and dance. She loves to learn and laugh. Over the years she has developed to wear many hats that include Radio Personality, TV Reporter, Podcaster, Event Host, Influencer and Public Speaker.
Mina Llona has been an On-Camera TV Contributor since 2014. Mina reported entertainment and lifestyle news on Fox 29 Philadelphia's 4a-6a morning show weekly from October 2017 to July 2018. She has also appeared on 6ABC, CBS and NBC10 in Philly as well as featured nationwide on Inside Edition, Oxygen’s Sisterhood Of Hip Hop and The Rachael Ray Show. Mina is bilingual and has hosted Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Parade, which airs on 6ABC in Philadelphia, since 2015.
Mina, under the name Mina SayWhat, can be heard nationwide 6p-12a ET on SIRIUSXM The Heat (channel 46). She also podcasts weekly on her show called “Mina’s House” and is on-air weekends on Boom 103.9 in Philly.
Mina started coming into her own while attending Emerson High School in Union City, NJ. She played basketball, volleyball and softball for the schools’ varsity teams. As the Vice President of Student Council, Mina regularly spoke in front of her peers and hosted school events. Her volleyball team won a NJ state championship while she was on the team. She ended up graduating Salutatorian from Emerson and received a full academic scholarship to Syracuse University (SU).
Mina’s career in broadcast begun at the age of 18, while she was a freshman at Syracuse broadcasting daily on the school radio station, WJPZ 89.1. While she was at Syracuse, Mina interned under Ebro Darden at WQHT Hot 97 in New York City and WWHT Hot 107.9 in Syracuse, NY. A proud graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at SU, Mina graduated Cum Laude with two majors (Television, Radio And Film/Political Science) and a minor in Music Business. Her first official big break in radio was at the age of 21 when she was hired at SIRIUS XM Radio. There, she broadcasted to 22 million subscribers on SiriusXM THE HEAT and was also a Program Director/Music Director for various music channels.
Four years later, Mina decided to accept a position in Philadelphia as the Morning Show Host on the Rise & Grind Morning Show (6a-10a) on Philadelphia’s legendary radio station WUSL – Power 99. Joining their team at the age of 25, she became the first Latina morning show host on Power 99. The show reached #1 overall 18-34, the first time in the history of morning shows at Power 99. She was also the voice of the weather for WMIB – 103.5 The Beat in Miami from 2013 to 2017. After 6 long years of doing morning radio in Philly, Mina decided to return to Sirius XM in 2018.
Mina does a lot for the community and is a big believer in giving back! She is the founder of “The Power Squad,” an all-female dance team ages 15-22, where Mina serves as a coach and mentor. The team is celebrating its 6th year! She is an ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers “Sixers Youth” basketball league. As their ambassador, Mina hosts community events on behalf of the Sixers and participates in kids training camps, charity events and various other events with the organization. Mina is also a member of Syracuse University’s WJPZ Alumni Association, which she served on the board of for 1 year. Mina returns to campus 1-2 times a year to talk to students interested in media.
Mina is a Public Speaker and Event Host who regularly contributes to speaking engagements at universities, ivy-league colleges, high schools and elementary schools and she moderates discussion panels. Mina spoke at her alma mater Syracuse University and has spoken at Temple University, Villanova University and University Of Pennsylvania to name a few. Her speaking topics range from succeeding in media, to women empowerment, the future of radio, staying focused in school, the importance of social media, branding, finding your path and overcoming your economic circumstances. Additionally, Mina hosts various events in the Philadelphia area. You can find her regularly hosting arena concerts, outdoor shows, book signings, pep rallies, movie and TV show screenings, parades, fashion shows, basketball camps and tournaments, parties and more. Mina hosts her own annual women’s empowerment panel titled, Queen Me Women’s Panel, which she has done so since 2014.
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