As the clock approaches midnight Sunday, it’s bedtime for most people in the Washington, D.C., area, but Angela Stribling is just warming up her smooth, silky voice to get lovers in the mood.
“Pillow Talk,” Stribling’s weekly late-night program on 96.3 WHUR FM, airs from midnight-2 a.m. after Mansy Pullen on “The Original Quiet Storm.” And while the Buffalo, N.Y., native has been a singer, actor and celebrity show host for decades, she is best known as a voice at WHUR, where she uses her voice to soothe and encourage wounded hearts.
“I feel blessed to do what I love,” Stribling said in an interview. “I really care for people genuinely and I want to help them with their relationships on my show. … I am trying to help them in their relationships to be happy wherever they are in their lives.”
Stribling is part of a long line of women at WHUR who used the Howard University station as a steppingstone to successful careers at the station started by Radio One CEO Cathy Hughes.
“With all of the other things that I do in my career from doing voiceovers, singing and acting what resonates most is giving back to the community,” said Stribling, who along with others at the station will be presented the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Heritage Award next month for its consistent commitment to community service. The recognition will take place during the 34th Annual NAB Crystal Awards on Tuesday, April 13.
Renea Nash, news director of WHUR, said, “It is an honor to work at a radio station where the leadership believes in service. We are able to do things that are important to the community whether it is feeding the needy or giving coats to disadvantaged children or building shelters for women and children facing domestic violence, our general manager believes in that and it comes under the Howard University motto and that is giving service.”
There is a long list of women who make WHUR what it is today. Stribling said that every Wednesday, “We have ladies’ night.” It is a time, she said, when “we just can be ourselves and talk about what is going in the community and to love on each other.’”
Stribling perfected her musical skills in New York City at various venues that included The Rainbow Room, The Supper Club and The Soul Cafe. Her performances earned her the honor of sharing the stage with names like Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Najee, guitarist Mark Whitfield and bassist Victor Bailey.
Stribling has built a career as a multimedia broadcaster and communicator. Stribling has appeared in several films and television shows and she one of the most sought-after voices in the country. Her professional credits include doing ad voiceovers in national radio and television campaigns for Mercedes-Benz, Prudential Life Insurance, Time Life, Colgate Simply White Toothpaste and Folgers Coffee.
Stribling said a high point in her career was appearing as a vocalist at a tribute for former Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). She has also hosted “Screen Scene” on BET.
Her personal life is vibrant, she said. As for her love life, Stribling simply says, “I’m dating.”
“I believe that my real mission as a public figure is to serve people,” she said.