Emilie McKendall

Board Member

Emilie McKendall is a retired accomplished radio personality and a savvy entrepreneur. Emilie is also the creator and owner of Emilie & Friends, a national radio talk show.  She is Founder and President of Rainbow Gal, Inc., a multi-media company specializing radio and television production including casting for voice-over talent.

When Emilie McKendall decided to retire three years ago she chose West Palm Beach, Florida as her home.

With a special concern for young people, fathers’ rights, and education, Emilie decided to use her talents in West Palm Beach to be a driving force in helping to influence positive change.

Emilie McKendall currently volunteers as co-editor for The League of Women Voters, Palm Beach County’s Newsletter. In addition to her duties as co-editor of the newsletter, she is involved with advocacy where she hopes to inspire others to become active in improving their communities. Emilie was a member of the fundraising committee for Palm Beach County/s Kid Sanctuary campus for two years. She is enjoying most of her retirement days on the golf course and is also a member of the committee for the NCCI Inaugural Golf Outing.

Emilie McKendall’s odyssey in radio began at WBEE AM 1570, Chicago’s Jazz Station, moving up  the Chicago radio industry ladder by working at WGCI-AM and WVAZ V-103 today’s R&B and Old School station where her ability to connect with listeners helped her show jump from #10 to #4 in the 25-54 category. Emilie’s full-time assignment at upstart station, 106.3FM, gave the station credibility and excitement. She also teamed up with radio and television legends Merri Dee and Monique Carradine in a “girls only” conversation that netted big ratings for the 24-hour radio station WVON 1690AM where Emilie & Friends was launched and aired every Saturday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

As Emilie’s fan appeal broadened over the years, she was asked to emcee dinners, make appearances, promote events and commentate at fashion shows. With her voice and her winning personality, she connected with the audiences and won raves. She also provided voiceovers for the best-selling “learn to step” DVD, bringing a special verve and vitality, translating into record sales locally and nationally.  Emilie is also the voiceover talent for many commercials and industrial training films.

Over the years, Emilie McKendall has served in other key positions including Community Relations Representative in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and Public Information officer for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.  A compassionate, caring person, Emilie provided in-kind services to Cris Radio where she read to the blind.  She is also active with the literacy group Sistahs in the Groove and is a strong supporter of St. Jude Hospital.