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Radio Round Up: Stories and Pics from Urban Radio, Skip Dillard, Elroy Smith and more

Elroy Smith with Yuna

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Pictured from left; Kimmie Taylor, Asst. PD & Morning Show Co-Host, Yuna & KBLX-Operations/Program Director, Elroy Smith

Skip Dillard with Cast of The Color Purple

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Had a Blast Painting with The Color Purple on Broadway Cast This week! WBLS Mothers Day Paint Night! — with Gloria Lee and Skip Dillard.

Charlotte’s Radio One Morning Show Producer Roger Moore has exited.

unnamedMoore wishes Radio One The Best in their endeavors to automate all three-morning shows simultaneously. At this time I looking for my next Big Radio Opportunity in which I encourage GM’s, Station Owners And Corporate PD’s to feel free to contact me at 972-765-7945.

I come equipped with an arsenal of tool that will prove lucrative to any urban format.

“As a manager use to say to me Some Will Some Won’t So What Next”.

My time at Radio One Charlotte was well spent and I looking forward to the next wonderful journey in broadcasting. I am leaving in celebration, feeling victorious and waiting for God’s to place my feet firmly at the next blessing in my radio journey.

Feel free to reach out to him at [email protected]

 

 

“Save WNKU” Begins with Quick Local Support

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Music and radio usually live in an entertainment bubble away from politics. Unfortunately, the waves of a new budget slashing governor in Kentucky have washed ashore on noncom Music Discovery WNKU-FM. Now a fire sale of WNKU is on the table, and local supporters of WNKU are quickly lining up to help save the invaluable and unreplaceable local community service.

CincyMusic.com started the ball rolling today by posting a compelling story and a petition to “Save WNKU.” The petition already has 1,210 signatures and is growing fast. Signatures include community leaders, local business owners, event and concert promoters, NKU students, alumni, faculty and staff. Many local musicians, including members of the Heartless Bastards and Wussy, have chimed in to ask the university to reconsider a possible sale. Lisa Walker of Wussy wrote, “This station makes it possible for me to make music in Cincinnati and actually succeed.” Charles Auerbach, father of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, signed saying NKU should keep the station, “Because it’s the best radio station in the Midwest.”

WNKU’s license-holder is the University of Northern Kentucky, which frankly has been one of the best university license holders that I’ve seen in regard to their management of a radio station license. The university supported WNKU in the past year through a station management change and installation of a new strategic plan, including an updated music format, new talent and imaging, and one of the best new websites for a music station in the public radio system. The station and the university have been rewarded with new listeners and members. Unfortunately, the university is now being forced by a budget slashing governor to make drastic cuts to its expenses.

Changing a format on most commercial radio barely gets acknowledged anymore. It happens all the time as sales targets and station ownerships change. Changing a public radio format, or worse, selling a public radio station, is much more complicated. For starters, the listeners actually care and speak up, as do all the other active stakeholders in a public radio station. So cue up the station members (those who give their own money for direct support), major donors, underwriting businesses and organizations, invested local non-profits, station staff, friends and families. In the case of a university-owned station like this one, you can also cue up the university staff, students, alumni and related groups. In the case of a Music Discovery station that is the loudest screaming evangelist in Cincinnati for local music and direct support of local artists, venues, festivals and creative jobs, then they’re lined up, too. Together, there are literally tens of thousands of people and companies in Cincinnati that would feel a negative impact of economic, social and cultural proportions if WNKU is sold. And they’re speaking up. You can too by signing and distributing the petition.

 

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.

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