Michael Baisden is undeniably one of the most influential and engaging personalities in radio history. His meteoric rise to #1 redefined radio with the numbers to back it up. The show was heard in over 100 cities nationwide with over 7 million loyal listeners daily in his 10-year career. As a college drop out, ex Air force airman, single parent, and transit worker from the south side of Chicago, Michael wanted his life to mean something. His career began when he took a leap of faith to leave his job driving trains in Chicago to self-publish his book and began touring the country selling books out of the trunk of his car. According to Simon & Schuster, Michael Baisden is “probably the most successful self-published African American male author out there today.” With nearly 2 million books in print his books blend the perfect combination of entertainment, humor, provocation and sexuality. Two of his titles ultimately were adapted into stage plays playing to sold out crowds across the US. Scripts for feature films based on his books are in development. The New York Times best-selling author and relationship expert hosted two nationally syndicated TV talk shows: “Talk or Walk”, which was a compelling and fast-paced daytime reality series that combined the emotion of talk, the conflict of court shows and the fascination of a relationship series and a Late Night Talk show titled “Baisden After Dark” which aired on TVOne for two years. Additionally he produced two relationship documentary films and a television special titled “Do Women Know What They Want?”. Through the power of his sheer determination Michael carved a unique niche as a speaker, radio personality, philanthropist and social activist. He is always in the lead when it comes to helping those who don’t have a voice. He was honored by BBBS with the Michael Baisden Inspiration Award. The award named in his honor will be given in future years to people who are dedicating themselves to actively recruiting mentors. Baisden founded the Michael Baisden Foundation focusing on education, literacy and mentoring. Michael believes that “books change lives” and he is living proof!