Continuing a look at our new group of VJs, we’re giving you an opportunity to get to know Michaelantonio Jones, who has interests in journalism, politics, and serving others. (Follow him on Twitter!) If you’ve seen him on the network and thought, “Who is that guy?”, then here’s your chance to get to know Michaelantonio Jones a bit better. DittyTV Senior Editor Tim W. Jackson caught up with him to ask a few questions for our latest “Get to Know a VJ” segment.
My on-air responsibilities for Ditty TV right now are delivering news cut-ins. Basically, I try to tell folks about what’s going on in a way that’s both conversational and congenial (granted I still don’t know what to do with my hands).
My good friend Sam Shansky reached out to me to see if I were interested in a VJ spot. He knew I had a background in journalism and took a chance on giving me a shout.
To be honest, it’s working on the new news set for me. Having the prompter makes all the difference. I am incredibly thankful for that.
I currently work in healthcare administration at a private practice clinic here in Memphis. I come from a family that really believes in service—whether it be teaching, nursing, military, or law enforcement—which is why I initially went into news. I just want to help folks. So after leaving news, I transitioned into a chief technical officer position helping modernize another clinic before I ended up in my current role. But politics is my first love, which is why I’ve worked on several campaigns in communications and information systems roles helping candidates who I believed were trying to put people first. Like I said, I just want to help folks.
Memphis is my home and I’ve spent most of my life here; although, I lived in the Middle East for two years as a kid while my parents worked overseas. As for first musical memories, I’d say that as a product of the Bible Belt, it’d be church. Music has always been a large part of my life, especially singing. I sang in A cappella all the way through junior high and high school, and even in college for a year. I even dropped out of band for a year just to stay in chorus.
When I have a few hours to kill, Civilization 6 probably has my attention if I’m not catching up on current events. When I’m taking a break from screens, I’m probably doing some personal research, reading one of the multitude of books that are on my “to read” list, or catching up on sleep.
I like to spend time with interesting folks and have good conversation or catch some live music happening around town. Memphis is filled with wonderful humans and has an incredible music scene.
The consistent quality content and the passion that goes in to its production portends an incredibly bright future for DittyTV. The organization’s ability to lift up rising and unique artists on a platform with such a massive reach is something really special. I can’t wait to see what this next year brings for DittyTV.
Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and lean on the folks around you. Also, mind those gut feelings—that little voice in the back of your head is a bridge over valleys that are hard to trek out of.