OUTLET: Radio - 98.1 KISS FM
Born in Oakland, California, Renel was raised by her educator parents, Nathaniel and Juanita, throughout the Bay Area. She's a graduate of Woodside High School and Mills College. Renel's early broadcasting experiences with KCBS and KFRC led to her breakthrough in 1986 as an on-air personality on 106 KMEL. She is best remembered as part of the popular "Morning Zoo". Since 1997, she has been host of the "Renel In The Morning Show" on 98.1 KISS-FM. At the beginning of 2011 she added Christie to her stellar team and Renel and Christie In The Morning was born.
Renel's television experience is diverse, enlightening, and fun. She hosted her own music video program on the California Music Channel. Renel's sports broadcasting journey began as host of "Sports In The Classroom", a weekly high school sports education show, and host of "A's Inside Pitch", a weekly magazine series during the Oakland A's 1995 Season. These shows featured Renel interviewing Oakland A's team leaders, including Mark McGwire, as well as numerous sports luminaries. Renel spent the 2004 baseball season in front of the camera for Fox Sports Net Bay Area as co-host of the San Francisco "Giants Pre-Game Show".
Renel has appeared on the annual United Negro College Fund Telethon, as a presenter for the Northern California Emmy Awards (she was a nominee in 2002 and 2006), and as part of the "Bay To Breakers" television broadcast team. Since 1998, Renel has been a segment reporter for CBS 5 and UPN 44 "Eyewitness News", contributing weekly entertainment and sports reports, and feature reports on "Evening Magazine."
In 2000, Renel was honored to be chosen by the San Francisco Giants as the Public Address Announcer for the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park (then Pacific Bell Park). Seated in one of the best seats in the house, Renel spends every home game surrounded by 40,000 baseball fans and an enthusiastic production crew. In her short tenure in the P.A. booth, Renel has logged such memorable experiences as the Park's inaugural Opening Day, Barry Bonds' incredible batting and home run records, and the Giants league and division championships. Renel's work in the booth has been recognized by the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame as the first female announcer of a championship game in any professional sport. Her scorecard from Game 3 of the 2002 World Series can be viewed in the Hall at Cooperstown!
Renel is Vice-Chair of The Friends of Faith, a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness, education and prevention. Renel also serves on the board of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund, which assists organizations and provides services for at-risk youth and underserved families. In 2006, Renel was enrolled as a lifetime member of the Little Sisters of the Poor Auxiliary, dedicated to caring for the elderly poor. Renel's community work has been honored by the Bay Area Black Media Coalition, Women of Excellence, the National Council of Negro Women, East Oakland Youth Development Center, the Glide Foundation, and several others. March 18th, 2005, was proclaimed "Renel Brooks-Moon Day" in San Francisco by Mayor Gavin Newsom , who honored Renel for her 20 years as a Bay Area media personality and her community activism.
When not working, Renel enjoys her leisure time in her San Francisco home with her husband Tommie. She is a health and fitness enthusiast (shot out to World Gym, 16th and DeHaro in San Francisco!) , she's a sports fanatic, (beyond passionate about the Oakland Raiders), she loves all kinds of music (From Luther Vandross to Elton John, Anita Baker to Celine Dion, The Tempts to the Eagles, Babyface to Kanye West, Destiny's Child to the Dixie Chicks, Madonna to Beyonce).
She doesn't know what she did before Tivo her favorites include: "All My Children", "Late Show with David Letterman", "Oprah" and "Ellen", "The Daily Show", "Real Time with Bill Maher", and almost everything on Thursday night!
Her comic idols are: Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Letterman, Wanda Sykes, Carol Burnett and Johnny Carson. Her singing idols are: Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder (duh!) and Barbra Streisand. Her hero: her late father, Nathaniel H. Brooks, Sr. a trailblazer, pioneer and the best role model and daddy a girl could ever have.
She is crazy about show business and pop culture, and shares her passion for all of that through her work everyday on radio and television. Her goal is to inspire, inform and entertain. She's unique. She's living her dreams. She's the Bay Area's very own Renel.
Source: 98.1 KISS FM