For nearly two decades radio personality, producer and coach, MalaniKai, has dedicated her life to basketball, mentoring and daring to speak her mind.
MalaniKai works tirelessly to help cultivate future leaders both on and off the court, and strives just as hard to stimulate audiences who appreciate and understand her no-nonsense, sometimes politically incorrect views on life.
Her unique voice is the perfect tool to disarm listeners before driving home her opinions on faith, politics, family, and community. Her message of determination, self-reliance, and personal responsibility resonates whether she’s training young people or engaging with her radio audience.
The Troy, NY native has served in numerous staff positions at AM and FM radio stations from New York to Atlanta. MalaniKai also spent 13 years behind the scenes at Turner Broadcasting.
“I’ve done it all,” says MalaniKai. “I went from morning show co-host at a soft rock station to host and producer at a gospel station. I’ve been a reporter, sports analyst, news anchor and even worked the boards. I found my passion the day I became a talk show host.”
MalaniKai still holds her high school's record (Redemption Christian Academy) as all-time leading scorer in basketball and secured a full Division I basketball scholarship to Syracuse University. The broadcasting major eventually transferred to Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ. After being recruited by the late Jerry Falwell Sr., MalaniKai finished her college career at Liberty University.
As the first woman head coach of a boy’s prep team at her high school, the middle child and confessed over-achiever racked up wins across the country resulting in 90 percent of her players receiving full scholarships to college.
Over the years the PK (preacher’s kid) has remained grounded in faith and stays motivated by a work ethic instilled by her parents, who founded one of only a handful of international African-American owned boarding/prep schools in America.
“More important than winning, I teach my players to build good character and to give 110 percent in every aspect of life,” says MalaniKai. “I’ve tried to impart that same message to my radio audiences over the years. My parents, Rev. John Massey Jr., Mrs. Joan E. Massey, taught me through their example that I can accomplish anything if I work hard enough and keep God first. I am determined to follow in their footsteps,” she adds.
MalaniKai is happily single with kids.....her seven nephews and one niece.