Urban Radio Celebrates Black History Month
February 2, 2015 at 3:53 AM (PT)
FEBRUARY is BLACK HISTORY MONTH, several stations shared a glimpse with ALL ACCESS of what they are doing to celebrate.
COX MEDIA/ORLANDO, FL Dir./Branding and Programming MICHAEL SAUNDERS, "Since 2007, STAR CARES engages listeners through an interactive tour discovering the historical impact of African Americans in FLORIDA. Over the years we've traveled to many destinations including FORT MOSE in ST. AUGUSTINE, HARRY & HARRIET MOORE MEMORIAL in TITUSVILLE, SANFORD's GEORGETOWN, and even our own piece of history in EATONVILLE. This year WCFB (STAR 94.5) invites you to embark on the journey as we visit the JACKIE ROBINSON BALLPARK, THE HOWARD THURMAN HOUSE, BETHUNE COOKMAN UNIVERSITY, CITY HALL, and more."
CRAWFORD BROADCASTING/CHICAGO MD BARBARA MCDOWELL "One of our highlights for BLACK HISTORY MONTH is our annual program at DUSABLE MUSEUM on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20th. This year there will be a special appearance by JOHNNY GILL."
CARTER BROADCAST GROUP/KANSAS CITY, MO OM/PD MYRON FEARS, "Much of our focus is on BLACK HISTORY makers here in the KC market. We are going to start with our very own company and interview our owner MIKE CARTER on the morning show. This will be the 65th year for this company to be Black owned and operated by the CARTER family. And there are many other historical organizations in this town, like the NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL MUSEUM which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. We also are planing to recognize KANSAS CITY's own Hip-Hop artist Tech N9NE, last year FORBES Magazine listed him financially in the top 20 among Hip-Hop artists. We have so much BLACK HISTORY here past and present to celebrate at KPRS/KPRT."
ALPHA MEDIA/JACKSON, MS OM/PD STAN BRANSON, "We are doing a couple of programming things that run once an hour. On our Urban AC WKXI, we run BLACK HISTORY EXPRESSIONS. It's living history makers telling their stories with a big reveal at the end. On Urban 99 JAMS WJMI we use elementary and JR. High school students to tell about a historic Black person, it's called LEGACIES IN BLACK HISTORY."
SERVICE BROADCASTING/DALLAS Dir./Marketing/Promotions FRANCIS DAVIS, "One of our big events for BLACK HISTORY MONTH is one of DALLAS' signature fundraiser events. It's the UNCF MASKED BALL at the OMI DALLAS HOTEL ON FEBRUARY 28th. K-104's DEDE MCGUIRE aka DEDE IN THE MORNING will be announcer for the Red Carpet with featured celebrity guests, dignitaries, and community leaders. SMOOTH R&B 105.7's LYNNE HAZE will emcee the event."
EMMIS/NEW YORK OM SKIP DILLARD told ALL ACCESS, "Besides on air recognition, we are involved in various events throughout the area. On our website we have 'OUR BLACK LEGACY' and DEFINING MOMENTS IN BLACK HISTORY. We ask the question which BLACK HISTORY moment has changed or shaped you. Listeners are encouraged to share via social media and post videos/pictures. Plus there are many notable African-Americans featured, www.ourblacklegacy.com."
RADIO ONE/CLEVELAND OM/PD BILL BLACK, "On air WZAK AND WENZ we are sending listeners to our website to click on the 'HELLO BEAUTIFUL' link to see what is happened in BLACK HISTORY on that day. For example, YESTERDAY FEBRUARY 1st was the date back in the day that JAMES BROWN recorded POPPA's GOT A BRAND NEW BAG in CHARLOTTE, NC. Also BIG BOI of the group OUTKAST was born in 1975 on FEBRUARY 1st. In addition we are scheduled to appear at several events during BLACK HISTORY MONTH."
MCDONALD BROADCASTING/LANSING, MI, PD DON BLACK, "One of the things we do is 'LANSING LEGENDS.' We highlight local African-Americans that have had a positive effect on the LANCING community. Every year we choose new people. It's a way to highlight BLACK HISTORY MONTH with local flavor."
CUMULUS MEDIA/BATON ROUGE, LA OM/PD J MICHAEL FRANCOIS' "We are producing our tribute 'THE GREATEST INSPIRATION' to local men and women from past and present who have made a difference. We are doing this to give today's generation a portrait of individuals from their communities that are making history towards building a more perfect union. The tributes will air all month on all three of my Urban stations, KQXL/WEMX/WXOK."
RADIO ONE/INDIANAPOLIS PD KAREN VAUGHN, "We do a lot of work with FOREST MANOR MULTI-SERVICE CENTER. Our mission is to help them raise money for a student scholarship for BLACK HISTORY MONTH. The Center strives to improve the quality of life for individuals and families for our neighborhoods. This is just one of our objectives during BLACK HISTORY MONTH and we have several events planned throughout the month for our stations WTLC/WHHH."
ENTERCOM/SAN FRANCISCO OM/PD STACY CUNNINGHAM, "KBLX runs BLACK HISTORY vignettes specifically that focuses on local African-Americans that have made a difference in the BAY AREA community. I want to point out THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL and ST. NOIR FOOD FESTIVAL. These are two of many events we will take part in."
ALPHA MEDIA/DAYTON, OH PD/MD FAITH DANIELS, "92.1 WROU presents the NATIONAL AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM and CULTURAL CENTER's SALUTE to BLACK HISTORY. The Center is located in WILBERFORCE OHIO. There are productions and discussions planned for every SATURDAY afternoon in FEBRUARY. On the 7th, the ROBERT TOWNSEND Documentary focused on Black Comedy,'WHY WE LAUGH.' It's the HENRY 'BOX' BROWN story on the 14th. Something for the kids on the 21st, 'A STORY A STORY.' Finally on the 28th, a wonderful presentation of 'THE FOUNDER, THE LEGEND, THE PIONEER.' For details visit www.ohiohistory.org."
RADIO ONE/CHARLOTTE, NC PD MARY K, "PRAISE 100.9/92.7 and OLD SCHOOL 105.3 is presenting 'I'm CHARLOTTE BLACK HISTORY' on air and at www.praisecharlotte.com and www.oldschoool1053.com. We'll pay tribute in a unique fashion with African-American artists and celebrities telling the stories of our history in their words. In addition we are highlighting CHARLOTTE African-Americans that have even nominated for accomplishments in our QUEEN CITIES communities."
HOWARD UNIVERSITY's Urban AC WHUR/WASHINGTON, D.C. OM MAXX MYRICK, "We have all sorts of activities on and off the air. WHUR is going to honor Black entertainers from D.C. There is the MID-ATLANTIC JAZZ FESTIVAL the 13th through the 15th. Also we are going to celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH by giving away a free download of the complete STAX/VOLT SOUL SINGERS Volume's 2 & 3 sampler. A lot of classics are featured on these CDs. There are all sorts of other things scheduled, but these are some of the highlights."