People You Should Know: Cayman Kelly, Airpersonality, Sirius XM Radio

Cayman Kelly photoSirius XM Radio air personality Cayman Kelly is a natural-born entertainer.  By age 15, he had already developed a voice that demanded attention.  That voice landed him in radio, reading promos and commercials as a sophomore in high school.  Being around radio broadened his interest and desire to be on the air as a radio broadcaster.  After graduating from high school, he attended Frostburg State University in Maryland as a Mass Communications major.  While in college, Cayman produced and executed his own show on the campus radio station.

After graduation from college, seeking employment in radio was no easy task.  Cayman had a plan and reached out to his mentor, who in turn offered him an opportunity to be visible around the station by helping him out during his show.  There was no money, and of course, there was pressure to get “a real job.”  However, persistence led to a paid job being a board operator.  About a month later, he became a promotions assistant, which allowed him to be on the air, calling in from various locations around the city.  All in the same year, also became an on-air personality at the number 1 radio station in Washington, DC.

People always commented on his voice and asked Cayman to do various projects, such as phone lines, imaging, promos, etc.  One person in particular would always tell Cayman “you need to be doing much more with those “pipes” of yours!”  So, Cayman asked “what should I do?”  There wasn’t really much direction given.  However, radio broadcasting led him to “BET Uptown,” a third party satellite radio channel for XM.  Through this opportunity, he established a relationship with the Creative Services Department at BET, after being asked to voice a commercial for their show, “Celebration of Gospel.”  That project ironically birthed his voice-over career and later led him to become the voice of BET and BET-J for about 7 years.  He has since been signed to Don Buchwald Agency in New York and is now the voice of several radio stations across the country, including Power 105.1 in New York City.  He has voiced television promos for TV Land’s highest rated show, “Hot in Cleveland,” and is currently the promo voice for Bounce TV, The Cartoon Network, TV One, etc.  Cayman is one who never wanted to wait for someone to give him anything.  He’s always believed that no one is going to see your vision like you do, which is why Cayman tries to connect with as many people as he possibly can, that may be able to nurture and cultivate his dreams.  This attitude has led him to many opportunities.  He has been featured in magazines such as Ebony and Sister 2 Sister, has modeled in calendars, and even appeared on a few television shows, such as the Ricki Lake Show and Live from LA on BET.

Cayman Kelly currently has a radio show on Sirius XM’s Heart & Soul Channel and has interviewed Academy Award winners Jamie Foxx, Mo’Nique and Jennifer Hudson, as well as iconic entertainers such as Janet Jackson, Babyface, Mary J. Blige and more.  Cayman is always complimented on his style of interview as being like a “regular conversation.”  There isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t tell Cayman that he should be on stage doing comedy or that he should be on someone’s television show, which is why his new desire is to add television to his resume.  He believes that his path will cross with the right individual that will present this opportunity.  After all, Cayman Kelly lives by the quote — “A thought is a thought until placed into action…got to go at it, to gain satisfaction!”

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