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Celebrating Black Voices In Audio

BLACK
HISTORY
MONTH

Black voices have long been a cornerstone of the audio experience. They’ve inspired, educated and connected with audiences and the next generation of talent. Our teams share their memories and inspirations from the past and present in the celebration of Black History Month.

 

B-Daht – WJMH – Greensboro

Absolutely, Big Tigger.

Who didn’t watch Rap City The Basement?! It was a fan favorite. Even if you didn’t rap, you wanted to be in that atmosphere and Big Tigger never was bigger than the star, even when the star wasn’t even a star yet! Tigger always made the star look bigger than life and would even spit in the booth with them sometimes! To see Tigger continue to have a successful career in this demo is amazing. This is the cancel culture. The culture that loves erasing you sometimes more than celebrating you. I don’t remember any negative press about Tigger in the news, no scandals, no foolishness, just top-tier work for decades; it’s respected and commendable.

And to show he has a great eye for talent, he just added one of my good friends, Tyler Chronicles, to his morning show! Nothing but love and respect for the way Tigger has represented over the years! You’ve set one hell of a bar, OG! Thank. You.

 

Steve Hill – KISW – Seattle

Nationally speaking, Robin Quivers on the Howard Stern Show wasn’t so much an ‘influence’ as she was a trailblazer. Being from Baltimore, Kirk McKewan was one of the exceptionally few brothers on a heritage rock station… which probably paved the way for a brother like myself to be on THE dominant talk show in Seattle… on a rock station… for 15 years.

Lin Brehmer – WXRT – Chicago

In high school, I listened to the radio every night. I would tune into WNEW FM 102.7  and try to catch the beginning of the nighttime DJ’s show.  His name was Rosko.

“Wanna’ take a mind excursion? It’s the true diversion. The hippest of all trips…the return to reality. Embrace it. Reality. Sit back, relax and join me, Rosko, on the go. For you and you and reality.”

Rosko was William Mercer, a black jock on my favorite rock and roll station. A black man whose sonorous tones and outspoken views would form my radio education. He influenced what I thought was possible when, later in my life, I would turn on the microphone.


Rocky Rhodes- 98.5 KRZ

“Growing up in North New Jersey I first caught the radio bug listening to legendary AM radio stations in the late ’60s like WABC & WMCA.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but some of the faces behind the voices were Black–Chuck Leonard on 77-WABC and Frankie Crocker on WMCA, one of the “MCA Good Guys.”

In High School when it wasn’t cool to listen to AM radio anymore I jumped to FM & discovered Progressive Rock on WNEW and Jazz on WRVR.  The DJ’s on WRVR, Bat Johnson, Pat Prescott & others, motivated me to become a Jazz DJ in college at Ohio University.  They gave me the confidence to fill in as a host on “Jazz Tonight,” on WOUB-FM in Athens, Ohio, my first taste of broadcasting on a 50,000 FM radio station.”