As the 10th Season of The Daily Buzz winds down, we’re making some significant changes to the viewing experience before the start of the Fall season. Here’s a sneak peek at the new team – scroll further down the page to learn more about them.
MEET THE NEW TEAM
CHARLES DIVINS – A native Texan, Charles got his first big break landing a contract role and spending over 5 years on the NBC daytime drama Passions. Soon after he made the move to primetime. Spending a season on the WB sitcom Half and Half along with numerous guest starring roles on popular TV shows such as CSI, Melrose Place and My Boys. You might have caught a glimpse of Charles in one of his many national commercials, most recently Crystal Light, Visa and Mercedes Benz. Charles also adds host to his resume having worked on NBC’s LXTV 1st Look and KNBC’s YourLA. When the lights turn off Charles is an avid traveler, marathoner, photographer and co-owner of a popular Austin, TX Salon.
LISA SPOONER received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Texas A&M University. She began her career in television at a station in the Houston area. From there, she moved to CBS 19 Eyewitness News in Tyler, Texas where she began anchoring their Primetime at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10pm newscasts. After several years working the evening shift, she decided to give the morning show a whirl. It was then she discovered that waking people up every morning fits her outgoing personality and is what she does best. Most recently, Lisa anchored the morning show, Fox 4 Rising, for WFTX-TV in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Lisa is no stranger to national television. In 2002, Lisa won the title of Miss Texas and competed that fall at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. During the nationally televised pageant, Lisa won an interview award and was named as a Top Ten Finalist.
LANCE SMITH is most widely known as the “face of CMT”. A Nashville native, Smith spent his early adulthood pursuing a career in acting and landing lead roles in various country music videos. Shortly thereafter he moved to Los Angeles to take the dream higher. His stint there, however, would be short lived when, in 2000, he landed a unique position on one the highest grossing music tours in the country, the Dixie Chicks’ Fly tour. In front of an average 15,000 people a night, for 92 shows, Smith was part of a two-man crew performing a high energy, interactive warm-up act between the show’s opener and the headliner. This experience would ultimately lead him back to his roots in Nashville by catching the eyes of executives at Country Music Television. MTV’s takeover of the country music video channel provided an opportunity that would make Lance Smith a household name with a broad, middle-America audience. In May of 2001 Smith became the network’s first ever “VJ”, hosting a TRL spinoff style show, Most Wanted Live. The gig was live every afternoon in front of the nation and at just 22, Smith quickly learned the television and entertainment industry ropes. Eventually the network made a change and handed him the keys to one of their staple programs, CMT’s Top 20 Countdown.
419 episodes later and nearly a decade down the road, Smith had a lot to look back on (including meeting his wife, Carrie at the channel!). Along with hosting many other shows for the network, like Fremantle’s Can You Duet and dozens of live red carpet specials, he also had the opportunity to take part in film roles in movies such as Larry the Cable Guy’s: Health Inspector and Delta Farce. In 2008 Smith also released a children’s book entitled The Old Man and the Cat and was invited to the set of Good Morning America to chat with show host Robin Roberts to promote the project. At the beginning of 2010, after a long career at CMT, Smith decided to make a change. Being a personality was only ever a small part of what Lance Smith brings to the table. After years of building a strong and loyal fan base, Smith left his position at CMT in the hopes that his fans will follow to wherever his talents are needed. Today, he brings his unique talents and personality to a wide variety of television programming and beyond.
JESSICA REYES was previously the mid-day radio personality for CBS 92.5 Maxima in Tampa,FL as well as the official spokesperson for Toyota of Orlando. Before that she was the host of “Mambo” on Univision channel 26 in Orlando as well as mid-day radio host for La Mega 98.1. The weekly “Mambo” segment followed Jessica throughout Central Florida as she uncovered the latest happenings and cultural events. She also had the opportunity to bring viewers interviews with their favorite artists and everyone who is/was making a mark in O’town. Jessica has been in love with the entertainment industry her entire life and was thrilled to share the city’s secrets. From time to time you could also catch her anchoring the weather as a fill in. On her radio show Jessica makes your workday a bit shorter with the latest gossip-fashion trends and diet tips. On the west coast? Catch her as the official voice for Latino 96.3 and while in Miami you can also hear her voice for she is the official voice of El Zol 95.7 FM.
Most recently Jessica worked for XM radio as well as Cbs radio in DC. During that time she traveled every week to NYC to take acting classes as well as cast for auditions. Jessica got her start in radio, first as a traffic reporter and that is where she had the opportunity to work for Fox 35 news as their morning news traffic girl. Jessica has also worked with names such as Clearchannel-Mega Communications and Entravision. She sees herself as an inspiration to young Latinas who are chasing their dreams just as she is doing.
Jessica gets her own inspiration from role models such as Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks for their success, hard work, and influence on other people especially women but most of all, from her mother, who is her HERO.
Raised in a Puertorican family from Jersey, Jessica grew up listening to Hector Lavoe, Gloria Gaynor and New Kids on the Block. Today she listens to everything from Kanye to La Quinta Estacion. Jessica loves all kinds of music and she may surprise you with what she carries in her ipod.
SEASON 11 LAUNCHES ON AUGUST 6TH