Jared "Jay B." Boyd, WYXR 91.7 FM
Jared "Jay B." Boyd is a Memphis-based multimedia journalist, DJ, and on-air personality. He is the program manager for WYXR 91.7 FM and a former columnist for The Daily Memphian. Boyd has written extensively about Memphis' musical history and its momentum forward, interviewing the likes of Anita Ward, Don Bryant, Booker T. Jones, and Shirley Brown, along with other emerging and legacy artists from the region. Since 2019, Boyd has served as the writer and co-host of the internationally syndicated NPR program "Beale St. Caravan," presenting the sound of the Mid-South's live music scene to audiences across the planet. In 2020, Boyd contributed liner notes to Craft Records' 3-LP vinyl release The Gospel Truth: The Complete Singles Collection. The following year he composed a listening guide companion to the Vinyl Me, Please limited reissue of Frederick Knight's Stax Records debut I've Been Lonely For So Long. He is also a record collector and DJ committed to preserving the music of the past by introducing dusty grooves to dance floors, in lounges, and on the airwaves.
Ena Esco, Verbally Effective Podcast
Ena Esco has been in the radio business for over two decades and has worked in various roles such as producer, voice-over talent, morning show co-host, mid-day and weekend talent. She has graced the microphone for media powerhouses such as Cumulus, Citadel and iHeartMedia. In October of 2020, Ena joined the programming at WYXR 91.7FM on Tuesdays from 12-1p with Verbally Effective Podcast. Most recently, Ena Esco has rejoined iHeart Media as co-host on the Mike Evans Memphis Morning Show on V101FM from 6a-10am starting October 31st, 2023.
Through her gift of communication, Ena created a platform to spotlight the people and stories of those who are at the forefront of ushering in a new era in Memphis. In January of 2018, Ena started Verbally Effective which is a topical, interview-style podcast that intersects art, culture, politics and entertainment. Each week she is joined by a featured artist, entertainer, elected official or young professional with roots in Memphis. Verbally Effective delves into each guest’s personal journey
to uncover the incredible stories fueling their purpose, the highs and lows of their pursuits, and how through their passion they are moving the culture forward.
Known for its forward-thinking, high-quality production, as well as its reach and influence, Ena is the founder of Ivy Multimedia LLC. The company launched a quarterly event coined “PodBox” where local MidSouth podcasters build community, learn from multimedia experts and share best practices. Ena recently partnered with her alma mater, LeMoyne Owen College, to conduct multimedia MasterClasses with the students to teach the inner workings of podcasting, radio/tv and social media strategy. Ena was chosen as one of the Memphis Grizzlies HBCU Empowerment Awardees for 2023 as a result of her commitment and passion for her alma mater and the Memphis community. She is currently the Innovator in Residence at the historic Cossitt Library located in Downtown Memphis curating podcast programming which includes workshops, live podcasts, one one-on-one sessions and the Inaugural PodBox Memphis Festival.