“We’re here to educate our viewers on what’s going on in this world.” — Olivia Speranza.
ISSUE: Summer 2011
DEPT: Plugged In
STORY: Melody Lee
MYX-Rated, MYX Channel
“We’re here to educate our viewers on what’s going on in this world,” says Olivia Speranza, co-host of MYX-Rated, a new show on MYX Channel, a music, entertainment and lifestyle channel dedicated to the Asian American community. Indeed, the Japanese-Italian American takes viewers on a wild ride ranging from pop culture to high tech gadgets. Catch the show’s “Undiscovered” segment, showcasing Asian American talent in places others wouldn’t think to look. “There’s so much talent out there and finally people are able to harness that,” says Speranza.
— Melody Lee
More stories from Audrey’s Summer 2011 issue here.
Olivia Speranza co-hosts the new show MYX-Rated, a new segment of MYX Channel, with Joey Guila. The show features a variety of topics from pop culture to consumer electronics. The show is meant to be well-rounded, but in a way that is relevant to Asian Americans. It was literally tailored for Olivia who has always been into art, music and writing, but never settled for anything in particular — the host of Japanese and Italian descent liked it all and this show gives her the creative freedom to cover everything. Her producer is 100 percent open to whatever she brings to the table, she says.
Earlier this year, Asian American-focused music network MYX went on a blogger-hunt in an effort to find fresh faces with big voices for their revamped website, MYX.tv. The search is over, and there are 16 new Asian American vloggers and bloggers from across the nation with different backgrounds and perspectives to best represent the new generation.
When MTV premiered its first music video in 1981 with the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star,” it was only a matter of (three) decades before reality shows like Punk’d, Next, and The Jersey Shore would dilute the channel’s musical spirit. For those who are into tracking down real music videos, there’s still hope — in the form of a MYX.