Portland knows Tra’Renee Chambers’s voice. It’s the afternoon drive time voice that spins hip hop hits on Jam’n 107.5 and, before that, KinkFM and Z100. We also know it from Afternoon Live, the lifestyle television show she hosted for years on KATU, covering everything from films to fashion to parenting topics. For some kids, it was the voice of their social worker. At Self Enhancement Inc people know her voice as their licensed therapist, friend, and even, at one point, the interim director of SEI’s community and family services.
Now, the mom of three is embarking on a new—kind of old—chapter: a revival of her former public affairs radio show, Situations & Conversations with Tra’Renee, this time as a video and audio podcast and social media talk show, bringing together people from all aspects of her life and career to date. The show was recently picked up by KATU for its first season consisting of 12 episodes.
So for this week’s episode of Footnotes, Portland Monthly senior editor Eden Dawn spoke with Tra’Renee Chambers about reviving Situations & Conversations, and the importance of using her platform to elevate underrepresented voices.