Editors Note: Is always a thrill to hear about other black entrepreneurs in the industry. Cory “Coco Brother” Cundrey literally vanished a couple of years ago from his nationally syndicated gospel show on Syndication One. The show was taken over by gospel singer James Fortune, who had encounters with the law before and after taking over the show. As we do not get the show here in LA, you would know better than I do if James Fortune is still the host as I didn’t feel like researching it but the timing couldn’t be better for CoCo to return to the airwaves. I attended one of his Gospel Festival shows in Atlanta once I was truly amazed at how respectful the black teenagers were. They even called me “Sir.” We are often so bombarded with extremely negative images of black kids that commercial media even has black people jaded. I had no idea that many black kids were into gospel. Thanks to Carol O for the story below…The weekend begins, off to the beach.
CoCo Brother Going Live, Again
He’s back… After a hiatus of nearly two years, hip-hop’s spiritual radio personality – CoCo Brother – is back in the saddle and on the air, this time in the ownership seat as well as behind the mic.
His brainchild this time out is Radio Condrey, his own syndication company, with the first show – “CoCo Brother Live: The Weekend” – rolling out this Sunday on Steve Hegwood’s immensely popular Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta. Ownership is new territory for CoCo, but rest assured that his new show is the same brand of high-energy content with a spiritual twist.
“I’m very, very exited to be back,” he says. “Radio is addictive. I got the radio buzz. You can leave radio but radio will never leave you. Everyone has a calling and a purpose and I found mine in radio. I realized my calling years ago, and now it’s time for purpose. Radio is about community and that’s what my show is about. Every time I am on the radio, I help someone and that’s a great thing. I’m very excited to be back.”
“CoCo Brother Live: The Weekend” is two hours of music, of course, as well as interviews with top-notch Gospel talent and inspirational talent. The first show airing this Sunday features Rev. T.D. Jakes, Earnest Pugh and Charles Jenkins.
Streetz 94.5 isn’t the only one stepping out with CoCo Brother – he’s already locked down about a dozen stations in small, medium and even P1 markets. Stations initially on board include: WFXM-FM (Power 107.1) Macon, WFMV-FM (95.3) Columbia, (Kiss 105.1/7) Macon, WYPZ-FM/AM (Praise 95.5/1350), WZAZ-AM (1400) Jacksonville, WSPX-FM (Gospel 94.5) Orangeburg, WJLI-FM (Gospel 98.3) Sumter, WTUA-FM (Power 106) Saint Stephen and WPDT-FM (Gospel 105.1) Florence.
Hegwood, who was one of CoCo’s mentors in the early years, anticipates a great show.
“CoCo is definitely a star, a go-getter, a true entrepreneur and very, very popular. Whether in the secular world or spiritual realm, he is a true guy. What you see is what you get. I think he will deliver a great show.”
“CoCo Brother Live – The Weekend” is not just another syndicated show. It specializes in mixing hip hop with a spiritual message, something he perfected years ago before stepping away from the game in 2013. Since then, he bought some 200 acres of farmland outside of Atlanta and developed it into what he called Faith Farm, where people can visit to, as he puts it, “learn faith through farming.”
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