HBCU Buzz recently did a Top HBCU Hosts Competition, a sequel of sorts to their acclaimed Top HBCU DJ’s Competition that’s done at the start of the year. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Christian Daniel Kornegay, better known as CDK On The Mic, would be a fixture of this competition. His communication skills are out of this world and his ability to network and light up a room is legendary in itself. He has an intensive hosting resume and a strong base of fans, especially at his HBCU North Carolina A&T State University.
CDK was already a well-regarded HBCU Host, expanding his reach to other schools such as Alabama State and North Carolina Central. However, his campaign during the top host competition showcased why CDK is indeed the top host in the nation. Regardless of any list, CDK has cemented himself as a star and as a future legend in this media game.
One of the biggest fixtures of CDK’s rise to becoming the top HBCU host in the country is how he connects with his supporters. CDK has a deep connection with each person that he comes in contact with, finding a way to establish common ground with them. He’ll speak to every person as he walks in a room and has an inviting energy. Speaking of energy, CDK is always on ten. He took the attention of several social media onlookers as he used TikTok as a way of expression and social media engagement. How you treat your supporters is important. It’s what separates you from barely making it to being a superstar. CDK’s supporters are an extension of him and you can tell that they are huge advocates for his success.
CDK paid his dues on his way to being the top HBCU host in the nation. Attending North Carolina A&T, he stands in the shadows of great hosts and entertainers before him. Terrence J and Darren Brand are two that immediately come to mind. CDK was able to secure support from them on his journey and even co-signs. He worked his way up from an intern to on-air personality for 102 Jamz, a flagship Hip-Hop station in the Greensboro area. He worked on his craft and has even been able to rub shoulders with celebrities such as Floyd Mayweather Jr. CDK trusted the process and continued to put his heart into his hustle and made things happen.
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But, CDK’s biggest strength has to be his networking ability. He knows everyone. He’s familiar with nearly every host and DJ that’s about their business. He makes it a priority to take every opportunity to make a connection, on the off chance that it could lead him to something greater in the future. He’s fearless in his approach, entertaining every encounter with the thought process that no is only a delayed yes or a repositioning of his journey to the top. Just look at who he’s secured to endorse him for this competition. Princeton from Mindless Behavior. Darren Brand, B Daht and Osama Bin Drankin’ randomly on an Instagram Live. Kurt Angle. Yes, WWE legend Kurt Angle endorsed CDK. Even Pretty Vee during her appearance on HBCU Pulse playfully showed CDK love. His spirit and hustle is infectious.
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Last night I had the opportunity to expand my brand as a celebrity host🙏🏽. It made my night when @yesimprettyvee complemented my smile 😁. We talked about her time at @saufalcons. She gave shouts out to @ncatsuaggies @famu_1887 @nccueagle & @wssu1892 for ALWAYS bringing that energy. 7K viewers in 15 minutes! The interview will be featured on our “ In the Spotlight “ segment on the HBCU Pulse Apple Podcast. Huge thank you to @hbcupulse ✊🏽. Be on the lookout for who’s next 👀
All of these factors play into his overall brand. The brand of CDK On The Mic is becoming solid in HBCU circles. How he campaigned in this competition only solidified things even more. The pictures of his face on different celebrity’s bodies, the social media engagement tactics he used to garner support. All of that is a fixture of a greater brand that he’s creating for himself. This type of work ethic, drive, creativity and patience is what breeds successful alumni. Soon you will say that name of CDK with the likes of Terrence J and Darren Brand. Honestly, he’s already there.