“Celebrating what would’ve been Dr Martin Luther King‘s 82cd birthday and in doing so we should all be mindful of the power of his words. We should be mindful of King’s words as we continue to dialogue about what sort of responsibility those who speak to the public have especially via broadcast medium.
In 1967, Dr. King delivered a rare and powerful speech in Atlanta to NATRA (National Association of Television and Radio Announcers). The members of this important African American organization were very appreciative as King laid out the indispensable role Black radio had played in shaping and furthering the Civil Rights struggle. King names off some of the key unsung radio heroes who he says there would not have been a Civil Rights movement had they not reflected the mood of the people and brought critical information to the masses.
King also talks about how radio is the most important and predominant medium in the Black community. It has far more reach and influence than television. He also talks about how the music these Black radio announcers played. King asserted that it helped united people.” - Davey D of Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner from the article “Martin Luther King: The Importance of Black Radio & Using Word...
Let's be honest. For many of us, black radio died a long time ago. We aren't producing any more Marvin Gayes and Stevie Wonders. What passes today as classic Soul music is Jamie Fox's "Blame it on the Alcohol." It's not that the black community is not full of talented, would be musicians singing and rapping on street corners in every hood but black radio is too busy playing Soulja Boy every five minutes to give aspiring artists a fighting chance.
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the strong legacy of black radio stations, as the companies were instrumental in not only giving us the latest hits but giving the community critical, need to know info during the 60's and 70's. Ms. Hughes should be especially honored for her innovative approach to black talk radio with WOL in Washington DC.
But this ain't the early 80's and the days of radio hosts like Petey Green have long been replaced by the Lil Waynes of the world.
I find it very disappointing that while the Right wing media moguls are up in arms over the FCC's new diversity committee that could possibly break their vice grip on the air waves, black folks are concerned about whether or not they can get their hourly Beyonce fix.- Min. Paul Scott from the article “Should We Save Black Radio?”
Much has been written about the state of Black radio today. We all know the problems but there are few with viable solutions. After three years of research, three years of trial and error, the Black Talk Media Project believes it has found the keys to creating something that has never been attempted before using tools that were not available until recent years. It time to stop complaining about corporate controlled media and the exploitation of the Black Community and begin creating a network by the people for the people. We hope that independent Black radio hosts, producers and media platform owners will join our call for collaboration in creating not one, not two, but many online Black radio stations to serve the needs of the millions of Black people online.
Scotty Reid, the President of the Black Talk Media Project produced this one-hour podcast discussing the need for a truly independent Black radio network and how it can be achieved.
Be a part of the upcoming Black radio conference to take place in the next few days. To be included on this private conference call, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Twenty-two media producers have answered the call thus far and this is the last public invitation so send your contact information now.