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During Fall Term of 1993 at Michigan State University, Cortney took an internship at Power 96.5 that proved to be her introduction to a successful multimedia career. Her natural delivery and ability to connect with listeners earned Cortney an opportunity to be hired full-time well within the year. She came to be known as "Lansing's Home Girl" and was loved in Mid-Michigan and the MSU community.
In 1995, Cortney accepted an opportunity at 106 JAMZ as the new Midday Host in Chicago, the 3rd largest market in the country. Thereafter, she was invited to return home as co-host of the legendary Mason & Company Morning Show on WJLB FM98 in Detroit from 1997-2000. Cortney returned to Chicago in 2001 to serve as Midday Host and assist in launching Power 92. Through hard work and dedication, she was promoted to the coveted Morning Show Host position making her the first female jock in Chicago radio history to headline a morning show. In 2007, Cortney relocated to Mobile, AL to join 93 WBLX as Assistant Program Director and Midday Host. She was also the weekly Entertainment and Community Affairs Reporter for U-TV44. Cortney made another career building move when she became the syndicated Midday Host at Radio One for MAJIC 102.3 in D.C. and KISS 105.9 in Detroit from 2010-2014. While living in D.C., she made a guest appearance in the off Broadway production of "The Color Purple", "The Vagina Monologues", "The Dr. Oz Show" and had a principal role in the Discovery Channel series "Who The Bleep Did I Marry". Cortney was a regular pop culture contributor for TV One, FOX5, DC50 and WUSA9. She hosted one of the official 2008 Inaugural Balls celebrating the re-election of President Barack Obama and was a FLOTUS press core member for Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, while also serving as Spokesperson for the YWCA National Capitol Area.
In 2015 Cortney moved to North Carolina to serve as Music Director and Afternoon Host for WBAV V101.9FM. She was also the lifestyle and entertainment contributor for "Good Day Charlotte" on FOX46. From 2017-22 she hosted a syndicated radio show with Townsquare Media for their central Texas markets and returned to Detroit as a featured on-air personality at 105.1 The Bounce. In 2019, Cortney joined FOX54 in Augusta, Georgia as the new Morning Anchor and was promoted to Evening Anchor the following year. In 2022 she was named News Anchor and Host for Season 3 of the Fox Soul Network's nationally syndicated daily news show the "Black Report" where she helped create and anchor almost 200 shows for the network. In 2023 Cortney was invited to join the Fox Corporation's local affiliate FOX2 Detroit as a Digital Anchor to help launch their new steaming show "Detroit Live".
As a crowning moment in her 30 year broadcasting career, Cortney's body of work in radio will forever be preserved as she and 29 other industry trailblazers were inducted into the Library of Congress in April 2023. To commemorate the honor, an exhibit featuring her work will travel nationwide on display and then permanently rest in the Atlanta University Center's Robert W. Woodruff Library. Cortney is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a well sought after mentor to the next generation of talent, a big sister to 3 brothers and a newlywed.
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