Jamillah 'JAM' Muhammad, Veteran Radio Executive, Dies at 51

Jamillah Muhammad
Estate of Jamillah Muhammad

Jamillah Muhammad

Radio industry veteran Jamillah "JAM" Muhammad died on Sept. 12 following a battle with cancer. She was 51.

Most recently vp at marketing and management firm The Lewis-Kortez Group, Muhammad previously served as operations manager at Stevie Wonder-owned Los Angeles radio station KJLH. Her estimable radio career also included similar executive posts with various other urban-formatted outlets across the country, including Beasley-owned WPEG and WBAV, Charlotte; Radio One’s WMMJ-FM (Majic 102.3), Washington, D.C.; Clear Channel’s WMXD-FM, Detroit; WKKV-FM (V100), Milwaukee and WVAZ-FM, Chicago. A Detroit native, Muhammad was born Aug. 7, 1970.

"Among the assets of being in the radio and the music industry are the unique people you meet along the way," says Sheila Eldridge, CEO of Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting. "Affectionately known as 'JAM,' Jamillah was one of those special people who was always there with her infectious smile and sisterly love. She was a pioneer for women in radio, understanding both local and syndication, and always open to share her knowledge. RIP 'Radio Baby,' you will be missed."

"Jamillah was a consummate professional and the nicest person you’d want to meet," adds David C. Linton, chairman of the Living Legends Foundation and program director-host of jazz station WCLK, Atlanta. "She took care of business, though she had a nice way of telling you ‘no’ and you couldn’t get upset. No matter how bright her star rose as her career blossomed, she remained down to earth as she dealt with highs and lows of this business. The one thing about angels is that they have to return to God, so I know JAM is in a great place."

Muhammad is survived by her life partner Kortez Harris, her mother Ernestine Pope, sisters Stephanie Rochelle and Ernestine Key, and brother Earl Muhammad.