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Radio One Hosts Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Date Posted: 6/18/2020

Radio One’s Washington, D.C., cluster aired a virtual town hall meeting on June 17 titled “The Beat Don’t Stop: Don’t 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 music’s 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

iHeartMedia’s KRRL-FM, Emmis-owned KPWR-FM, Alex Meruelo’s KDAY, and Voice Ministries of Farmington’s 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.

KOKI-TV Broadcasts Tulsa Pride Parade

Date Posted: 6/13/2020

Cox Media Group’s 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 year’s parade. The 2019 parade commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, which launched beginning of the LGBTQ+ pride movement. Cox’s 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.”

KDVR-TV Airs ‘Racism and Reform: Seeking Solutions’

Date Posted: 6/13/2020

Nexstar’s 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.

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 Meredith’s CBS affiliate WFSB-TV Hartford-New Haven and Connoisseur’s 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 Network’s 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 University’s WFSK-FM Nashville is primarily a jazz station, but has also historically been a hub for news and organization in Nashville’s 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 station’s role here.

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

Date Posted: 6/8/2020

Sinclair’s 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 it’s 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 Broadcasting’s 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 Chicago’s 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.

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

Capitol Broadcasting Company’s 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 Floyd’s 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.”

KFOR Hosts Town Hall Facilitate Conversations on Race

Date Posted: 6/5/2020

Nexstar Media Group’s NBC affiliate KFOR-TV Oklahoma City, Okla., hosted a one-hour town hall to facilitate an honest conversation about race as a part the station’s “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.

WRAL Hosts Town Hall on Police and Protests

Date Posted: 6/4/2020

Capitol Broadcasting Company’s 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 station’s social media pages.

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

Date Posted: 6/4/2020

Competing morning shows from Dick Broadcasting’s WKZL-FM and Entercom’s 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 Floyd’s arrest and death. Panelists included Houston’s 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.

WSB-TV Hosts Town Hall on Race Relations

Date Posted: 6/2/2020

Cox Media Group’s 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 Company’s 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.