Nicole Duhaney better known as Nikki Z had always wanted to pursue a career in media. A strong minded and opinionated individual, she is currently keeping listeners on the edge of their radio dial in Jamaica, as the host of the weekday Rise and Blaze Morning Show on FAME FM 5:00am to 9:00am.
Prior to joining the Fame FM team, Nikki Z worked at Jamaica’s ZIP 103 FM where she quickly established herself as the maven and diva of morning radio commanding a strong presence and eventually helping to push the station’s ratings in the national all media survey to double digit figures.
With a decorated history of media credentials under her belt, it’s surprising to many, that Nikki Z joined the US Army while still a teenager. It was an introduction to College Radio which opened many opportunities for her in media.
Her first foray into media came via Jamz 910, a hip hop station in Connecticut. She then ventured to NYC where she did field production work for BET’s “Turn Style”; audience coordination for Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd w/ Colin Quinn and also appeared in the infamous Rick James episode on The Dave Chappelle Show. Nikki Z eventually was hired at Power 104 to work as a board operator for the infamous Wendy Williams Radio show. With hard work and determination she worked her way from board operator and late night broadcaster to the 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekday shift. She also worked at Hot 93.7 FM in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Connecticut native later relocated to Jamaica and did a stint at the popular cable station HYPE TV before her ground breaking stint at ZIP 103 FM.
After venturing into music production she started her own imprint Goldie Lox Productions. She produced the hit single Don’t Cry by Mavado which was featured on his Billboard charting album Gangsta for Life.
Nikki Z is the creator of the syndicated radio countdown show Nikki Z Hot 20 Countdown. It is aired in several key markets in the US, the Caribbean, the UK and in Europe.
As CEO of her very own DNZ (Diva Nikki Z) Enterprises, she has executed campaigns for a number of entertainment personalities including the Voice Season seven finalist Anita Antoinette.
Nikki Z won Jamaica’s Teen Choice Award in 2007 for Favorite Female Radio Personality and also Young Black and Gifted Award for Broadcast Communicator in 2011.