By Dave Dakota
You never know the capabilities of someone you see out at a bar or any public setting. For a female exotic dancer who recently had her first MMA fight, looks could be deceiving. I talked to Emily Blanchard about her new love, as well as keeping her night job.
DD: First of all, how do you work as an exotic dancer when you have a black eye?
EB: Makeup is pretty amazing (laughs). I mean, I am pretty good, so it’s rare that I have any scratches. I was a high school wrestling champion. And I wrestled boys. I have been doing golden gloves since I was 8. I just happen to also be cute, and make money as an exotic dancer. I love both of my jobs. They both make me feel great. I plan on doing both until I am making so much money fighting, and that I am so famous that exotic dancing doesn’t make any sense. And by the way, if I got super famous, I would do tours of the strip clubs and be a feature dancer. Those bitches make a ton of money (laughs).
DD: So you’ve been fighting your whole life. Why did you just turn pro recently?
EB: I promised my dad that I wouldn’t take my first pro fight until I was 21. Last year I did a lot of traveling, so I made my debut at 22. I think it was the perfect time. I was 13-0 as an amateur. I plan on fighting in the big shows very soon! I just want to get 5 or 6 fights under my belt, and then go for the UFC belt. I am a 105 pounder so I want to spend the next year adding 10 pounds of muscle while still keeping my agility to fight for the UFC 115 pound title. I walk around at 116. So I definitely need to put on muscle to compete with these girls. I honestly think I could win the title today, but I want to always be the absolute best version of myself that I can be. So I want to do it the right way. This way I will have the confidence to destroy any opponent that I get in the cage with.
DD: Have you ever had to use your training on a customer?
EB: Yes, but I will not talk about that on the record here. (laughs).
By Dave Dakota
An all exotic dancer radio stat5ion is coming to Providence. IT is all top secret, but it will be a terrestrial station. This new brand will start in providence as a test market and then move to stations all across the country when the format proves to be successful. I talked to the creator of this new format Max McNeil about his new radio franchise.
DD: Why did you decide to use Providence as a test market?
MM: There were 10 cities in the mix. We felt that Providence would be a good test market because it is just your normal city, and we want to prove that this format will work everywhere. We already have one of the big guys ready to put us on 50 stations. We just need proof of concept. We plan on making this thing huge. We are going to start out by partnering with local clubs in each city doing live broadcasts and events with them.
DD: Is there an audience for this?
MM: Our research shows that there is a huge interest in the life of exotic dancers, and we think we could have a top 5 station in all of the important demos.
DD: What kind of programming do you plan on rolling out?
MM: The main shows will be talk shows, and we will have some music shows. We have some compelling and hilarious characters that will launch this station. These guys live wild lives. All of that will be must listen to radio. The female dancers will also have their own shows. We plan on having the best talk station in the country. They will cover everything. We even have MMA and Fantasy Football shows planned! This thing is going to be fun. No one does 24/7 like talk radio anymore. We will always be live and we will make all of these properties 100% local. I think being local is a very important part of radio. We will ne4ver have syndicated programming and we will never do anything pre-recorded. We want to be at the pulse of everything going on.
DD: When does the station debut?
MM: We are looking at the first quarter of next year. We do not want to rush this thing out. Our facility is top notch, and the staff we have put together is amazing. Get ready for a radio shakeup coming soon!