By RODNEY HO/ firstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Friday, August 12, 2016
Porsche Foxx held a welcome back party at Boogalou Lounge Thursday night. She spent a lot of time hugging and taking selfies with her fans. She was back in her element connecting with people who listened to her faithfully on V-103 from 1998 to 2004, then again in 2007 to 2008.
She's now on R&B oldies station Old School 87.7. Scrappy, wily radio owner Steve Hegwood - competing in a crowded radio landscape - found a way to grab a strong signal and generate enough income to afford a jockey of Foxx's stature.
He gave her a few weeks to settle in but decided it was now time for her to get out in the public and reconnect with the listeners. She'll also be doing endorsements.
I wasn't able to interview her. She was working while I was there and the DJ was thumping loud music. But hopefully I'll get time to talk to her another time.
She's grappled with drinking and other addiction issues that cost her previous radio gigs but now appears sober and happy. And it took Hegwood to give her another shot.
"She has a beautiful spirit," said Cathy Smiley, a Conyers educator who came to the event to say wish Foxx well. "She has a wonderful aura and ease on the radio. She's a true professional."
R&B singer Case specifically came by to support her as well. "We go way back. She's definitely the best," he said.
Dr. Joyce Morley , known as the "Love Doctor," worked with Foxx for years on her V-103 show and also stopped in to give her friend love. "She's such a good person," Morley said. "She'd give her shirt off her back to you." She noted that it's been eight years since Foxx was on the air and that eight in the Bible means "new beginnings."
"Great talent," she said, "never dies."