Jackie Griffin has made the mistake before and she’ll probably make it again. As the co-host of “R3 Solutions,” a weekly radio program on WOL (1450 AM), Robert Griffin III’s mother is constantly fighting the urge to refer to the show as “RG3 Solutions.”
“Today was much better than last week,” Griffin said Tuesday inside a studio at the Radio One building in Silver Spring after completing her third show alongside Darnell Lee.
R3 stands for “Real People, Real Experience, Real Results.” The show, which airs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., provides entrepreneurs with advice to start and grow their businesses, and also touches on issues related to community outreach and spirituality.
“I feel like I’m getting the swing of it and I think it’s because we’re talking about issues that I’m passionate about – veterans, the children and my faith,” she said.
Griffin, a military veteran with no background in radio, met Lee through Radio One’s longtime news and community affairs director, Sheila Stewart, who died in a car accident last October. Lee, who worked as a carpenter for the D.C. Department of Public Works and as a Metro train operator before founding W&T Travel Services in 2006, started the show in November in honor of Stewart, whom he considered a mentor.
“I was talking to Sheila before she passed about starting a radio show to help entrepreneurs start their business and get certified,” he said.
Griffin said she talked to both Roberts – II and III – after Lee invited her to be his co-host last year.
“They told me to do it,” said Griffin, who joined the show three weeks ago. “My son told me, ‘Go out there, don’t be afraid, you can do it.’ The rest is history. I think I’m going to keep doing it.”
Tuesday’s guest was Cory “Coco Brother” Condrey, founder of the Condrey Evangelistic Association and the former host of BET’s “Lift Every Voice.” Previous shows have featured local politicians, business leaders and entrepreneurs.
“It’s about community awareness,” Lee said. “It’s diverse. Sports, politics, and entrepreneurship, you’ll get all three. Like the Bible says, you get the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”
Griffin has been doing motivational speaking for about a year and a half, mostly in churches and schools. Last year, she did a speaking tour to help raise money for Baylor’s Robert Griffin III QB Scholarship. She says her experience dealing with reporters since her son was in college has helped prepare her for her new radio gig.
“It’s good that God has given us this platform through our son’s success in the NFL, but we want to make sure that we use it so that we can have some more kids who are successful in this world,” Griffin said of her and her husband’s efforts in the community.
“Out at Redskins Park, it’s like Monty Hall, let’s make a deal,” Lee said during Tuesday’s show, referencing DeSean Jackson’s visit with the Redskins. “A big shout-out to [Redskins Senior VP] Tony Wylie, I hope they get that deal done. That would be a big addition for your son to stretch the field.”
“That would be wonderful,” Griffin said.
That was the extent of the Redskins talk Tuesday, but Griffin is aware that could change as the word gets out about the show.
“We’ll have to wait and see,” she said of the possibility of fans calling in to ask about her son. “I know that’s not what we’re here for, but I won’t ignore the questions.”