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CBS Stations Promote Black History in Communities Across the Country

Date Posted: 2/21/2024

CBS-owned stations across the country are celebrating Black History Month throughout February with daily local news reporting on cultural community events, resources and celebrations in each community. Stories include CBS News Baltimores 30-year Black History Month oratory contest, a new 30-minute Black history special as party of CBS News Colorados year-round Elevating Black Voices series and a look at the Black surfers rewriting the sports narratives from CBS Los Angeles. In addition, the CBS-owned stations have collaborated to produce an hour-long special, Teaching Black History, launching Friday, Feb. 23. The documentary focuses on what communities across the country are doing to preserve history.

Strahan Hosts Mental Health Roundtable with Black Athletes

Date Posted: 2/21/2024

On the ABC networks Good Morning America, host Michael Strahan spoke with a group of Black athletes about their experiences and struggles with mental health. The conversation highlighted the importance of being free enough, confident enough, strong enough, supported enough to share how you truly feel to the world, he said. Only one in three Black Americans with mental health illnesses obtain treatment, GMA reported.

Audacy Sacramento Encourages DEI Initiatives

Date Posted: 8/23/2021

Audacy Sacramento launched Audacy Serves in May across its six stations KKDO-FM, KSEG-FM, KRXQ-FM, KSFM-FM, KUDL-FM and KIFM-AM in the Sacramento, Calif., market, to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. The program includes a weekly public affairs show, a mentoring program for students exploring media careers and an ongoing series of on-air public service announcements from like-minded organizations in the community. We seek to use our resources to amplify the voices that support diversity, social justice, equity, human rights and anti-racism, and this program deepens our commitment to this work, said Audacy Sacramento Senior Vice President and Market Manager Stacey Kauffman.

ABC Stations Launch Race and Culture Content Team

Date Posted: 3/31/2021

ABC owned stations have formed a content team focusing on race and culture, to help publish and highlight news stories from underrepresented and marginalized communities across multiple platforms for both daily news coverage and special projects in its New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno markets.

Embedding a content team across our stations which ensure intentional inclusion of balanced coverage underscores our commitment to inform and reflect the communities and audiences we serve, said Wendy McMahon, president of ABC Owned Television Stations. ABC is committed to featuring the stories and experiences of richly diverse communities that often go untold and yet bring an incredible perspective that must be heard.

The team includes executive producers and multiskilled journalists from marginalized communities and diverse backgrounds. The journalists are embedded at stations and will develop crucial community relationships that will guide deeper reporting.

CBS Special Tackles Bias Against Asian Americans

Date Posted: 3/31/2021

CBS News produced a one-hour special, titled Asian Americans: Battling Bias Continuing Crisis that was presented on March 31. The special, produced by CBSs news and culture unit, was anchored by Elaine Quijano and produced and reported by a team of Asian American journalists at CBS News.

The special features a roundtable discussion that includes actors Olivia Munn and Daniel Dae Kim, activist Amanda Nguyen, professor Russell Jeung, and chef/TV personality Melissa King discussing the increase of violence against Asian Americans and the ways bias impacts Asian Americans.

WBALs Tackles Race and Equity

Date Posted: 3/18/2021

WBAL, Hearsts NBC affiliate in Baltimore, streamed a 90-minute special addressing race and equity hosted by Soledad OBrien on March 18. The special, "To Be An American: Identity, Race And Justice" features a wide array of thought leaders from across the nation. The diverse lineup of guests, from academia, literature and entertainment, shared personal stories, essays and insights to bring greater understanding to the complex topic of race, identity and belonging in the United States.

The program was produced as a part of "Matter of Fact with Soledad OBrien."

WLS-TV Chicago Highlights Black History Month

Date Posted: 2/15/2021

ABC-owned WLS-TV Chicago, Ill., is celebrating Black History Month with special news, programming and vignettes, and newly named Race and Culture Reporter Will Jones is contributing to news reports and a half-hour special, "Our Chicago: Black Voices of Change." Jones reports for ABC 7 Eyewitness News will cover hidden or overlooked stories in the Black community and other news reports will shine a light on race and equity as it relates to disparities in health, business opportunities, education and justice. Additionally, a series of vignettes will discuss the impact of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement and the South Shore Drill team.

Eight ABC-owned television stations and 32 connected TV apps will feature dedicated Black History Month content for viewers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.

WNCN Goldsboro Profiles Equity in Education Initiative

Date Posted: 2/10/2021

Nexstar Media Groups CBS affiliate WNCN Goldsboro, N.C., profiled two local women on February 3 who are making a difference in education as part of their Black History Month programming. In 2018, Devin Warmack and Dr. Sasha Crocker started a company called Teach It! Education Consulting Group, and their mission is to guide schools, educators and parents in creating learning environments that support equity in education by putting systems in place that ensure success of all students.

After noticing the inequities and lack of resources in their experiences at schools as instructional facilitators, an issue in education that dates back to the discriminatory practice of redlining, they now offer through Teach It! tailor-made support, one-to-one coaching, faculty team building and equity training among other services, despite a lack of school resources. With a focus on student achievement, they hope to expand across the country. "For us thats where our heart is, the students and getting them what they need and what they deserve," said Dr. Crocker. "Were going to do what we can do, one school at a time, one teacher at a time, to help the students that we know definitely need this help," Warmack said.

WMGC-FM Detroit Celebrates African Diaspora Food

Date Posted: 2/5/2021

Beasley Media Groups WMGC-FM Detroit, Mich., morning show "The Gello Show" reported on an initiative aiming to help Black restaurants, cooks and chefs hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and celebrate Africas contribution to American food during Black History Month. The four-week series, "Taste the Diaspora Detroit," features food from Black-owned restaurants and supplied by Black-owned local farms to create culturally inspired shoebox lunch dishes for weekly curbside pickup. Highlighting African cuisine as well as Creole, Caribbean and Soul Food, the goal is to sell 400 boxes a week and donate 100 boxes. Proceeds will go directly to the chefs and local farmers who supply the lunch boxes.

ABC Stations Celebrate and Explore Black History Month

Date Posted: 2/4/2021

Eight ABC owned and operated stations across the country committed to premiering and airing a new slate of content for Black History Month in February. Stations in New York, including WABC-TV New York City, the most watched station in the nation, Los Angeles, Houston, Raleigh/Durham, N.C. and more will carry special reports and unique content to educate, explore and celebrate local and national Black history.

WLKY-TV Louisville Profiles Black Leaders

Date Posted: 2/2/2021

Hearst Televisions CBS affiliate WLKY-TV Louisville, Ky., is participating in Project CommUNITY: History & Hope, an effort to give voice to the experiences of Black seniors by uniting them with young Black journalists for probing, in-depth interviews and conversations exploring the state of race in America. The project features 28 stories, one for each day of Black History Month, with each of the companys television stations producing at least one story for the project. WLKY will showcase a conversation between morning Anchor Caray Grace and Reverend Charles Elliott, as well as a profile of civil rights activist Mattie Jones by weekend morning Anchor Marvis Herring.

In addition to the perspective Project CommUNITY: History & Hope will provide viewers across Greater Louisville, WLKY is proud to continue our tradition of celebrating Black trailblazers who have worked to transform our communities, said Glenn Haygood, WLKY president and general manager. This year, WLKY is showcasing the strength of the spoken word by partnering with local author and poet, Hannah Drake, whose thought provoking poem Dawn imagines a world of transformation and unity.

WABC-TV New York Highlights Black Culture On Air and Online

Date Posted: 2/1/2021

ABC-owned WABC-TV New York will air content focused on Black History Month almost daily on air and online via their website. Programming highlights include pieces on the importance of understanding Black history as American history, pandemic frontline workers, vaccine concerns, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the next generation of leaders and activists. WABCs Here and Now, an hour-long program dedicated to issues of interest to the Black community airing Sundays at noon, has aired an archive of past stories.

WJXT and WCWJ Jacksonville Honor Black History Month

Date Posted: 2/1/2021

Graham Media Groups WJXT and CW affiliate WCWJ Jacksonville, Fla., will honor Black History Month with special programming highlighting Black culture and the achievements of Black Americans. On WJXT, River City Live Host Eden Kendall will sit down with News4JAX anchors and reporters who have made the decision to wear their hair in a natural or protective style. The series, Passing the Crown, will explain how The Crown Act, or Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, works to make it illegal to discriminate against someone due to the way they wear their hair.

Each day in February, WCWJ will air a short vignette, profiling a moment or person from Jacksonville who played a significant role in African American history. On February 7, WCWJ will air What About Me, featuring the voices and perspectives of African American men beyond the limiting image of entertainers, athletes and criminals. The month caps off with a two-part documentary airing February 21 and 28 titled For Love of Liberty: The Story of Americas Black Patriots, that salutes the contributions of African American men and women throughout our nations history. Hosted by Halle Barry, the documentary features the voices of Morgan Freeman, Lou Gossett Jr. and more.

WNCN Goldsboro Profiles Equity in Education Initiative

Date Posted: 2/1/2021

Nexstar Media Groups CBS affiliate WNCN Goldsboro, N.C., profiled two local women on February 3 who are making a difference in education as part of their Black History Month programming. In 2018, Devin Warmack and Dr. Sasha Crocker started a company called Teach It! Education Consulting Group, and their mission is to guide schools, educators and parents in creating learning environments that support equity in education by putting systems in place that ensure success of all students.

After noticing the inequities and lack of resources in their experiences at schools as instructional facilitators, an issue in education that dates back to the discriminatory practice of redlining, they now offer through Teach It! tailor-made support, one-to-one coaching, faculty team building and equity training among other services, despite a lack of school resources. With a focus on student achievement, they hope to expand across the country. For us thats where our heart is, the students and getting them what they need and what they deserve, said Dr. Crocker. Were going to do what we can do, one school at a time, one teacher at a time, to help the students that we know definitely need this help, Warmack said.

WMGC-FM Detroit Celebrates African Diaspora Food

Date Posted: 2/1/2021

Beasley Media Groups WMGC-FM Detroit, Mich., morning show The Gello Show reported on an initiative aiming to help Black restaurants, cooks and chefs hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and celebrate Africas contribution to American food during Black History Month. The four-week series, Taste the Diaspora Detroit, features food from Black-owned restaurants and supplied by Black-owned local farms to create culturally inspired shoebox lunch dishes for weekly curbside pickup. Highlighting African cuisine as well as Creole, Caribbean and Soul Food, the goal is to sell 400 boxes a week and donate 100 boxes. Proceeds will go directly to the chefs and local farmers who supply the lunch boxes.

KHBS/KHOG-TV Arkansas Showcases University Virtual Events

Date Posted: 2/1/2021

Hearst Televisions ABC affiliate KHBS Fort Smith and CW affiliate KHOG-TV Fayetteville, Ark., featured two virtual events on February 1 held at the University of Arkansas and University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (UAF) in honor of Black History Month. Rodney Roberts, as part of The Innocence Project, spoke to 50 UAF students over Zoom about his story of being wrongfully convicted for a crime he did not commit, an experience that many people of color nationwide have dealt with for years. On the other campus, the Tanzanite Zuzu African Acrobats gave an online dance performance. Both events were intended to spark conversation about acceptance and understanding of a culture and history that may be different to many in the community, and to continue the conversation past the month of February.

WLS-TV Highlights Stories From Black Chicagoans

Date Posted: 12/13/2020

ABCs owned-and-operated WLS-TV Chicago highlights the lives and stories of Black Chicago residents with a new half-hour special, "Our Chicago: Living While Black," on December 13.

The half-hour special features two storylines, the first, an intimate portrait of one South Shore family who opens up about "life in their neighborhood", the violence that surrounds them and how they beat the odds. The second, an eye-opening look at Black womens maternal health and maternity deserts on the South Side as expectant mothers, new mothers, and OBGYN doctors give accounts of the obstacles they face.

WXIA Grants Support Racial Equality and Justice in Atlanta

Date Posted: 12/1/2020

TEGNAs NBC affiliate WXIA-TV Atlanta, Ga. has awarded several grants through the TEGNA Foundation to address issues of racial equality and justice in the Atlanta area. The National Center for Civil and Humans Rights (NCCHR) received one such grant in support of its Campaign for Equal Dignity, which funds social justice trainings and events.

Hearst Launches Matter of Fact Listening Tour Around Race and Justice

Date Posted: 10/8/2020

Hearst aired a one-hour digital program on October 8, The Hard Truth About Bias: Images and Reality, a conversation centered around equality. It featured conversations about the relationship of race and privilege, racial stress, the impact of bias in the images and language in news and information, and the creation of stereotypes. The Hard Truth About Bias: Images and Reality is the first installment of Soledad OBriens Matter of Fact Listening Tour, a series of quarterly virtual forums to be presented in 2021. The initiative reaches all of Hearsts consumer media brands, including its 33 television stations.

This is a critical conversation for our country, and we are proud to launch this project, expanding the Matter of Fact brand and leveraging journalism resources from across the company, said Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz. The talented, diverse team bringing this project to life is taking on important topics with insightful guests to provide viewers with a range of valuable perspectives.

WISN-TV Hosts Community Policing Panel

Date Posted: 10/6/2020

Hearsts WISN-TV in Milwaukee hosted a panel discussion about the intersection of community and policing during the Social Justice Summit 2020.

The station collaborated with Nō Studios to bring together a diverse and dynamic panel for The Project CommUNITY Special: A Panel on Community and Policing which aired Friday. The program was aimed at advancing a critical conversation about local and legislative solutions for building a more constructive relationship between law enforcement and marginalized communities.

From those who enforce the laws to those who are impacted by them this panel amplifies voices who all seek a similar outcome, said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN 12. Its not a debate. We need change. Were proud to partner with Nō Studios to help identify the best path forward for that change.

Founded by Academy Award winner and Wisconsin native John Ridley, Nō Studios is a member-driven physical space and digital platform that began a discussion about social and economic equality in 2019.

Nō Studios is dedicated to building community through art and activism, Ridley said. We are pleased to partner with WISN this year on our annual Social Justice Summit as we explore topics related to policing and community, voter suppression and the role of social media in contemporary discourse.

Good Karma to Launch Station for Milwaukees Black Community

Date Posted: 10/5/2020

Good Karma Brands is launching 101.7 The Truth, a local radio home for Milwaukees Black community. The station will launch this year and feature local shows with authentic conversations about news and current events, a celebration of Black culture, information created by and for the Black community with an emphasis on empowerment, family, faith and, community.

At Good Karma Brands, we believe every voice matters but as the events of this past year unfolded, we realized there were underrepresented voices that had so much to say and needed to be heard, Craig Karmazin, Good Karma Brands founder and CEO said. We believe there is a unique opportunity for us in Milwaukee to launch a station that can make a real impact across the city, and within our company. Im excited to see how the station grows and evolves and look forward to meeting the strong demand for compelling and targeted content for Milwaukees Black community.

As a locally owned media company, we are proud to serve our local communities to inform and entertain our listeners, support our advertising partners, and employ teammates, said Steve Wexler, vice president and market manager, Good Karma Brands Milwaukee. With the launch of 101.7 The Truth, we are making good on our promise to serve our community in a deeper and more meaningful way, and to specifically serve our Black neighbors and friends who make up nearly 40 percent of Milwaukees population. Im thrilled to launch this station with our talented hometown team.

Univision Town Hall Discusses Racial Justice with U.S. Senator and Former HUD Secretary

Date Posted: 8/15/2020

Univision hosted a virtual town hall on August 14 about the underlying and historical racial injustice that has lead to nationwide protests, discussions on policing and police reform and how to move the country forward.

The Time is Now: Understanding and Confronting Racial Injustice panelists included prominent academics, politicians and leaders, including U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julin Castro. Mariela Romero, Regional Community Empowerment Director for Univision, moderated the discussion.

WSLS Airs 20/20 Focus: The Push For Equality

Date Posted: 8/14/2020

Graham Media Groups WSLS 10 Roanoke, Va., aired an hour-long original production called "20/20 Focus: The Push For Equality" on Aug. 6. The special program put a spotlight on racial disparities, covered a wide breadth of history and explored how Virginia can move forward toward a more equitable future.

Racial injustices dominate headlines daily; its our responsibility to go past that. Journalists must dig deep into the issues, station News Director Rick Moll said. The work WSLS 10 put in to share difficult conversations while educating is a testament to the connection between our brand and our viewers.

It was sobering, informative, engaging and full of hope, said Graham Media Group President and CEO Emily Barr.

Scripps Howard Foundation to Award $600,000 to Advance Diversity in Journalism

Date Posted: 8/12/2020

As part of its commitment to support equity, diversity and inclusion within the journalism industry, the Scripps Howard Foundation will award a total of $600,000 to institutions of higher education to enhance or create programs that will inspire high school students to embark on journalism careers. Read more here.

iHeartMedia Milwaukee Launches Brilliantly Black

Date Posted: 8/3/2020

A group of iHeartMedias radio stations in Milwaukee are launching an initiative to support Black-owned businesses, restaurants, and nonprofits.

The Brilliantly Black initiative is being led by radio stations V100.7 (WKKV-FM), FM106.1 (WMIL-FM), 95.7 BIG FM (WRIT-FM), 97.3 The Game (WRNW-FM), and The BIG 920 (WOKY-AM). The initiative is modeled after a similar program at iHeartMedia Chicago in which each radio station encourages listeners to visit its website and enter keyword brilliant to get more information about Black-owned businesses, restaurants, and community resources. The available information includes health and wellness businesses, fashion and beauty, community and faith organizations, local businesses, and restaurants.

I want to congratulate our team on this grassroots opportunity to support Black-owned businesses, said Colleen Valkoun, President of iHeartMedia Milwaukee. Please join us in supporting the Black business community. I am thrilled we can use our stations to impact and inform the public about this much-needed community resource.

Local Black-owned businesses, restaurants and organizations are also encouraged to submit their information for inclusion on each stations Brilliantly Black community resource website:

Fox Philadelphia Airs Our Race Reality

Date Posted: 8/3/2020

Fox-owned WTXF Philadelphias initiative Our Race Reality is a continuation of the important conversations happening every day in the community. Fox29 is tackling issues such as health care, economic and educational injustices, and criminal justice reform.

The most-recent installment, Our Race Reality: Policing the Problem, takes a look at issues surrounding policing and the different sets of issues Black officers face themselves.

"We know we have a responsibility as a broadcaster in our community to do our part, to use our powerful platform to have these difficult conversations, and to educate," said Managing Editor Megan Duncan.

WIBW-AM Hosts Day Long Discussion

Date Posted: 8/1/2020

Recently, Alpha Media hosted a day-long discussion on race. Talk show host Danielle Norwoo on WIBW-AM 580 and FM News 104.9 supplied local content relevant to the Topeka community. This video features a discussion with Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran, and two local ministers, Pastor Grant English from Western Hills Church and Pastor T.D. Hicks from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

TEGNA Addresses Racial Inequality in Newsrooms

Date Posted: 7/31/2020

TEGNAs VPA of News Ellen Crooke talked to TVNewsCheck about how the Black Lives Matter movement has promoted greater intentionality in the groups efforts for diversity and inclusion in its newsrooms and corporate leadership. TEGNA has also amplfied its Verify fact-checking project and data visualization efforts during the pandemic.

WKMG Hosts "Real Talk" Town Hall

Date Posted: 7/30/2020

Graham Media Groups WKMG Orlando, Fla., began a "Real Talk" initiative to discuss important issues of race and justice in society. One talk, held on Juneteenth, brought together local stakeholders on topics including law, education, health and societal concerns. The second installment tackled the topic of inequity in the justice system. A panel of experts discussed sentencing disparities, wrongful convictions, mass incarceration and other issues surrounding our criminal justice system.

WEWS Airs Conversations on Race: Moving Forward

Date Posted: 7/23/2020

On July 22, Scripps WEWS Cleveland aired a one topic newscast entitled Conversations on Race: Moving Forward. It was an hour-long special report that explores how we got here, and how we move forward toward a more equitable future. Below is a link with the special and all of the information you should need. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

WCNC Highlights Racial Inequality

Date Posted: 7/21/2020

TEGNAs WCNC Charlotte is highlighting racial inequality in Charlotte and beyond with a new series Inequality in America. The station is examining how systemic racism is ingrained in policies and practices at companies, government agencies, law enforcement and more. WCNC has interviewed health officials about racial disparities and how they are disproportionately affecting Black Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. The station has also put the spotlight on the only Fortune 500 company with a Black CEO and looked at the way the company is tackling racial injustice head on at its Charlotte branch. Finally, WCNC has put the spotlight on a Black woman looking to educate other women about white privilege and what it means to be anti-racist through a series of conversations shes hosting. WCNC is committed to using its platform to educate and inform as the country experiences transformational change in the wake of the death of George Floyd. These are regular segments in WCNC newscasts.

KHQ Airs Community Conversations About Race

Date Posted: 7/18/2020

Cowles Companys KHQ Spokane In the first example (in three parts), we partnered with the City of Spokane to create a three part virtual town hall discussion on race and policing. The panel involved civil rights activists, minority youth, the Police Chief and Mayor (among others). The station took viewer questions by phone, Skype, and social media during the two-hour event that aired on the primary and secondary stations and streamed on the website.

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KHQ also hosted a community conversation hosted by one of their anchors. People with diverse backgrounds to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and diversity as it specifically relates to the Spokane region.

Vegas PBS Airs Diversity in Local Journalism

Date Posted: 7/17/2020

Vegas PBS aired a special edition of Nevada Weekly, "Diversity in Local Journalism." Local newsrooms are built to bring their communitys stories to light. Yet, some newsrooms dont reflect their cities when it comes to diversity in hiring. In this discussion with local journalists and community activists, Vegas PBS explores the importance of having newsrooms reflect the places they serves and what Southern Nevadan newsrooms can do to improve hiring practices.

WZDX Hosts Town Hall on Race Relations

Date Posted: 7/16/2020

TEGNAs WXDX-TV Huntsville hosted a virtual town hall on race relations on June 24. The event featured local leaders, activists, and police officers. WZDX encouraged viewers to submit questions.

Lehigh Valley Public Media Hosts Conversations on Race

Date Posted: 7/15/2020

Lehigh Valley Public Medias PBS39 and WLVR Bethlehem, Pa., steered programming toward racial issues this summer in an effort to use their platform to elevate marginalized voices.

Programs include:

Community Conversation: Systemic Racism: More Than Skin Deep: PBS39 explored the impact of racism on American institutions.

Community Conversation: Policing the Police: This one-hour program explored how the police can maintain the public trust.

Courageous Conversations: Lehigh Valley Public Media presents Courageous Conversations. Hosted by Monica Evans, the series covers topics that delve deeper into the issues effecting African Americans right now.

WKMG Investigates Police Brutality and Policing

Date Posted: 7/15/2020

Graham Media Groups WKMG Orlando, Fla., investigated stories of police brutality following the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests. Coverage spotlighted community activists determined to make a difference, and elevated the role conversation plays in demanding change for the community. WKMG created a dedicated station webpage to host resources and stories.

The station also pivoted pivoted the focus of their franchise, Getting Crime Results to examine the relationship between law enforcement and communities. Investigations put a spotlight on how agencies are altering training and improving community policing.

KTIV Provides Community Support

Date Posted: 7/14/2020

KTIV Provides Community Support Quincy Medias KTIV Sioux City, IA, provided important news coverage and community support in recent months. They provided extensive coverage of racial protests and aired messages of unity. As COVID-19 swept the globe, the station broadcast important safety messages. Read more here.

Scripps Journalists Firsthand Account Covering Protests

Date Posted: 7/7/2020

As broadcasters continue their public service journalism through coverage of protests across the country, two of Scripps reporters and anchors, Dia Wall and Kevin Holmes, recently talked to TVNewsCheck about their experiences covering the protests in Kansas City, Missouri, for KSHB-TV. Read their observations about what makes these protests different from others theyve covered.

WXOW-WQOW Launches Hometown Conversations

Date Posted: 7/3/2020

Quincys WXOW and WQOW La Crosse, Wis., recently started a series titled Hometown Conversations. Its an effort to host meaningful conversations in the community and work toward positive progress. The stations air versions on broadcast and post the full interviews online. Segments can be viewed here and here.

Sos Radio Hosts Discussions on Police and Racial Equality

Date Posted: 7/1/2020

Scott Herrold from Sos Radio talked to police chaplain Patrick Detken from the Henderson Police Department about seeking to understand before seeking to be understood. Patrick is a Latino police chaplain from Nevada. This audio came from a morning show discussion on Sos Radio - KSOS/Las Vegas.

Scott Herrold from Sos Radio talked with author Carlos Whittaker about racism, bias and how it affects the identity of children growing up in a mixed race home. Carlos is half Mexican and half Panamanian. This audio came from a discussion on the Sos Radio morning show.

WREX Supports Community

Date Posted: 7/1/2020

Quincys NBC affiliate WREX Rockford, Ill., supported the community in many ways in recent months. WREX provided critical updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, aired poignant conversations on the protests surrounding racial equality, and hosted a Community Listening session. Read details here.

KTMY-FM Raises $148,000 for Neighborhood Rebuilding Fund

Date Posted: 7/1/2020

In partnership with the Neighborhood Development Center, KTMY-FM myTalk 107.1 along with its listeners and advertising partners helped to bring awareness and support to businesses owned by people of color that were destroyed during the recent riots along the Lake Street corridor in Minneapolis, and Midway and Frogtown areas of St. Paul. To date, $148,393 has been raised.

WBNS Airs Shining the Light: Real Talk on Racism

Date Posted: 6/25/2020

WBNS aired Shining the Light: Real Talk on Racism on June 25. It isnt always the overt reactions that people think about. There are little things that happen every single day where you react based simply on the color of another persons skin and you probably dont even realize it. During this special, they looked at the history of the black community in Columbus, "the talk" that all black parents have to have with their children, economic access for people of color, and cultural education.

Westwood One Airs Black Lives Matter: From Protests to Police Reform

Date Posted: 6/24/2020

Cumulus Westwood One News presented the special Black Lives Matter: From Protests to Police Reform on July 4 - 5. Correspondent Elliott Francis explored how the killing of George Floyd by a police officer sparked a national conversation on racial and social injustice in the United States. Francis also looked at the impact the movement has across all aspects of society.

WCVB Airs Project CommUNITY Race Matters in Massachusetts

Date Posted: 6/23/2020

WCVB recently aired a special during primetime -- "Project CommUNITY Race Matters in Massachusetts" on June 23 from 7:30 9:00 p.m. The special explored the history of racism in Massachusetts and examined what needs to be done so that everyone can move forward together. Topics included policing and reform, bias and disparities in health care and wealth. Anchors Maria Stephanos and Karen Holmes Ward led the program, convening a panel of experts to discuss and analyze this current moment in our country.

Radio One Hosts Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Date Posted: 6/18/2020

Radio Ones Washington, D.C., cluster aired a virtual town hall meeting on June 17 titled The Beat Dont Stop: Dont Mute My City to discuss the importance and history of Go-Go music in the region. The town hall was hosted by syndicated Radio One personality DJ Quicksilva and featured guests, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, CNN Political Analyst and White House Correspondent April Ryan, local activist Ron Moten and Howard University professor and author Dr. Natalie Hopkins, among others. The panel discussed the musics impact on Black culture and how it can be used to address issues including class struggles and gentrification.

Black Radio Hosts in L.A. Offer Dialogue on BLM Protests

Date Posted: 6/18/2020

iHeartMedias KRRL-FM, Emmis-owned KPWR-FM, Alex Meruelos KDAY, and Voice Ministries of Farmingtons KJLH-FM Los Angeles responded quickly to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police. They preempted scheduled programming to cover the Black Lives Matter protests and provide a constructive platform for discussing racial issues. The Los Angeles Times detailed their efforts here.

KDVR-TV Airs Racism and Reform: Seeking Solutions

Date Posted: 6/13/2020

Nexstars Fox affiliate KDVR-TV Denver FOX31 hosted an exclusive live virtual Town Hall meeting, Racism and Reform: Seeking Solutions on June 16. The discussion addressed recent protests, the police response and potential solutions. Participants included Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D); Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen; Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock; Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod (D-8th District); Tay Anderson, Denver Board of Education At-large; Brian Sederwall, Pastor and Executive Director of Denver Dream Center; Rev. Dr. Jennifer Leath, Pastor of Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church; and Civil Rights Attorney Mari Newmann.

KOKI-TV Broadcasts Tulsa Pride Parade

Date Posted: 6/13/2020

Cox Media Groups Fox affiliate KOKI-TV Tulsa broadcast the Tulsa Pride Parade on June 13. The annual Tulsa Pride Parade, which typically draws more than 35,000 participants, was canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. KOKI partnered with Oklahomans for to air a half-hour program featuring last years parade. The 2019 parade commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, which launched beginning of the LGBTQ+ pride movement. Coxs KRAV-FM is also a media partner of Tulsa Pride and shared the broadcast on its social media channels.

FOX23 is a longtime supporter of the Tulsa Pride Parade and the work of Oklahomans for Equality, said Cathy Gunther, Market Vice President, Cox Media Group Tulsa. Social distancing has been particularly difficult for many in the LGBTQ+ community, with quarantine restrictions cutting them off from traditional support outlets like the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. We are happy to do our part to help mitigate feelings of isolation that many are feeling during this time of uncertainty.

Connecticut Stations Simulcast A Conversation About Race & Justice

Date Posted: 6/12/2020

Connoisseur Media and Meredith Corp. partnered on a live broadcast about race and justice on June 11. Face The State: A Conversation About Race & Justice In Connecticut aired live on Merediths CBS affiliate WFSB-TV Hartford-New Haven and Connoisseurs six radio stations in New Haven and Bridgeport: The roadblock program will air in New Haven on classic rock WPLR-FM, WYBC-FM, WEZN-FM, WEBE-FM, WICC-AM and WFOX-FM.

Participants included Governor Ned Lamont, Connecticut NAACP President Scot Esdaile, Chief of Police City of Milford, President Connecticut Police Chiefs Association Keith Mello and Assistant United States Attorney Ndidi Moses.

This is a vital topic for our communities, and profoundly important to Connoisseur Media, said CEO Jeff Warshaw. We continue to commit resources to helping our society move forward to a brighter future together.

Alpha Media Airs United for Justice - A Day of Discussion Across 65 Stations

Date Posted: 6/12/2020

Alpha Media aired United for Justice - A Day of Discussion on June 12 across its 65 radio stations in 40 media markets. The broadcast addressed the racial tensions affecting American communities following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

Host Nick Cannon spoke with artists Snoop Dogg and T.I., Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), California Governor Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Carcetti, Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Dr. Melina Abdullah. U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (CA) and Cory Booker (NJ) spoke with host Ebro Darden about how the nation is being impacted and the steps that can be taken. Female hip-hop artist Saweetie spoke about her personal involvement with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Along with personalities in Alpha markets, hosts included Skyview Networks Nick Cannon and Dana Cortez, Ebro Darden, Laura Stylez, Tino Cochino, Big Boy, Jubal Fresh, and Radio Hall of Fame host Tom Joyner.

The events of the last few weeks are reminding us that this is not a new problem but one that needs to be addressed right now. We are united in that we love the communities we live in, said President and CEO Bob Proffitt.

KFSN-TV Airs Anger, Action, Answers

Date Posted: 6/10/2020

ABC-owned KFSN-TV Fresno., aired a special Anger, Action, Answers: A Central California Conversation" on June 10. Six panelists will join moderator Graciela Moreno for a one-hour conversation about what it means to be a black person in this country and learn how to move forward.

WFSK-FM Supports Community During Unrest

Date Posted: 6/9/2020

Fisk Universitys WFSK-FM Nashville is primarily a jazz station, but has also historically been a hub for news and organization in Nashvilles black community, a role that has become even more important during the recent protests followed by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. General Manager Sharon Kay spoke about the stations role here.

WJLA-TV Hosts Live Virtual Town Hall The Racial Divide: Time For Change

Date Posted: 6/8/2020

Sinclairs ABC affiliate WJLA-TV Washington, D.C. announced on June 8 that it would broadcast on June 9 a live virtual town hall addressing the current affairs of race relations, police brutality and political unrest amid a national pandemic. The special, The Racial Divide: Time For Change, would feature a one-hour virtual panel discussion with community influencers, county and city officials, law enforcement, clergy, university leaders and legal experts from the Washington D.C. region.

We believe its vital to bring community leaders from different backgrounds together in an honest, open forum to discuss these important and sensitive issues facing our communities and share ideas in a productive conversation, said Vice President and General Manager Michael Miller.

WGN Explores The COVID-19 Divide With Special Report

Date Posted: 6/6/2020

Nexstar Broadcastings WGN-TV Chicago aired "WGN News Special Report: The COVID-19 Divide" on May 21 to explore the racial divide in the impact of COVID-19. Hosted by anchors Micah Materre and Lourdes Duarte, the special featured community leaders, medical professionals and state officials, including Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton.

Guests discussed the wealth, health and death gaps that lead to higher numbers of COVID-19 in Chicagos black and Latinx populations. Chicago community activists Father Michael Pfleger from Saint Sabina Church and Dr. Carol Adams, president of Urban Prescriptives, also provided insights into the impact of COVID-19 on minority communities. Watch the special here.

KFOR Hosts Town Hall Facilitate Conversations on Race

Date Posted: 6/5/2020

Nexstar Media Groups NBC affiliate KFOR-TV Oklahoma City, Okla., hosted a one-hour town hall to facilitate an honest conversation about race as a part the stations United Voice effort on June 4.

The virtual conversation included Pastor Clarence Hill, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, Social Advocate CeCe Jones-Davis, and U.S. Senator James Lankford.

KGO-TV Addresses Race In San Francisco

Date Posted: 6/5/2020

ABC owned-and-operated KGO-TV San Francisco hosted on June 4 a virtual town hall to address protests and outrage over police brutality and systemic racism against Black Americans. The moderated town hall featured local experts and organizers as well as representatives from the local police force and included audience questions.

Broadcasters Tackle Tough Racial Issues

Date Posted: 6/5/2020

Stations across the country have been airing town hall specials related to protests and issues of police brutality throughout early June.

ABC owned-and-operated WPVI Philadelphia will air a virtual town hall Race, Rage and Healing: Where Do We Go From Here? on June 7, moderated by WPVI anchor Sharrie Williams.

Nexstar Medias CBS affiliate KOIN-TV Portland hosted a virtual town hall to address race and justice issues on June 4.

Capitol Broadcasting Companys NBC affiliate WRAL-TV Raleigh, N.C. hosted a candid conversation with local police regarding law enforcement, also on June 4.

NBC owned-and-operated KNTV San Francisco aired Race in America: The Conversation on June 4 to address issues related to race, especially in the local community.

Urban One Addresses Political and Racial Climate

Date Posted: 6/5/2020

Urban One hosted a virtual town hall, We Are One: More Than A Hashtag, on June 4 to address the political and racial climate surrounding George Floyds death. The town hall featured panelists include NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and National Urban League President Marc Morial among others.

We grieve with the Floyd family over the tragic murder of George Floyd and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who demonstrate and cry out for justice, which is long overdue, said Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes. Urban One has always provided a forum for these kinds of discussions, and we will continue in that 40-year old tradition.

WKZL-FM and WJMH-FM Unite for Conversation on Race

Date Posted: 6/4/2020

Competing morning shows from Dick Broadcastings WKZL-FM and Entercoms WJMH-FM Greensboro, N.C., united to host a discussion on June 4 about the death of George Floyd, protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Both stations aired the discussion without commercials.

KTRK Hosts Police & Our Communities of Color Town Hall

Date Posted: 6/4/2020

ABC-owned KTRK Houston hosted a one-hour virtual town hall on June 4 to discuss the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color. The special examined police issues that have extended from the Civil Rights Movement to the wake of George Floyds arrest and death. Panelists included Houstons Mayor and Chief of Police and a variety of community activists.

KTRK hosted an additional town hall addressing racism and social justice on June 15.

WRAL Hosts Town Hall on Police and Protests

Date Posted: 6/4/2020

Capitol Broadcasting Companys NBC affiliate WRAL-TV Raleigh, N.C., hosted a candid conversation on June 4 with local police and law enforcement leaders. The panelists discussed the relationship between law enforcement and the minority community.

KNTV Airs "Race in America: The Conversation"

Date Posted: 6/4/2020

NBC owned and operated KNTV San Francisco aired Race in America: The Conversation on June 4 to address the issues related to race, especially in the local community. Hosted by anchors Marcus Washington and Jessica Aguirre, the hourlong community conversation aimed to bridge background and generational divides. Viewers were invited to ask questions and provide their thoughts on the stations social media pages.

WSB-TV Hosts Town Hall on Race Relations

Date Posted: 6/2/2020

Cox Media Groups ABC affiliate WSB-TV aired a town hall on June 2 featuring influential political, spiritual and civil rights leaders to address the question Where do we go from here? following unrest over George Floyd death

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms led off the town hall by saying that the most important step now is to decide what change will look like.

WRAL Hosts Town Hall on Race Relations

Date Posted: 6/2/2020

Capitol Broadcasting Companys NBC affiliate WRAL-TV Raleigh, N.C. hosted a candid conversation on June 4 with local police and law enforcement leaders. The panelists discussed the relationship between law enforcement and the minority community.

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