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April 22, 2014

Columbus Short Apologizes to Tom Joyner 'I Was Not Drunk Or High'

"Yes, I apologized."
Columbus Short Apologizes to Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning Show for Use of “N” Word and Bizarre Interview

“My sincerest apologies for the confusion over my appearance on your show last Friday morning” – Columbus Short

Columbus Short exclusively sent a statement to Tom Joyner’s website, BlackAmericaweb.com, to apologize after his “bizarre” interview last week on the Tom Joyner Morning Show went awry including his use of the “n” word. Through his publicist Short  issued a statement directed to Tom Joyner and the show. The Tom Joyner Morning Show is syndicated and airs weekly on stations across the country from 6am – 10am ET.

Full Statement Below:

April 18, 2014

U.S. Marshals Shut Down Unlicensed 'Touch 106.1 FM Boston'

The only Black radio station in Boston has been shut down by United States Marshals and the FCC. The station operated as a low-powered radio station over the air for the last eight years. Which means the station broadcast area was less than 10 miles, but somewhere along the way the FCC has yet to grant the station the licensing necessary to continue to broadcast according to station founder Charles Clemons. He addresses the issues surrounding the shutdown in the [video] below.

The station continues to broadcast on the internet at TouchFM.org and is available on iOS and Android mobile devices. U.S. Marshals yesterday seized any equipment that would enable Touch 106.1 to broadcast over the airwaves. Clemons has been fined $17,000 by the FCC for operating without a license in the past. The station although not profitable has established itself as a viable option for the African American community in Boston mainly in the communities of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. The last Black radio station in Boston was heritage station 1090 WILD, which operated  for over 40 years as a AM radio station that signed off at sunset due to FCC regulations. Radio One which currently owns WILD chose to lease it to Chinese Radio International and dropped the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Rev. Al Sharpton talk show, local information and music programming in 2011.

April 16, 2014

The 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' (S)ex Tape, It Worked!

From HuffPostLive -- "Mimi Faust of 'Love and Hip Hop' is the latest reality star to release a tape. Are these (s)ex tapes the new guarantee to becoming a household name, and do we hold the women who make them to different standards, depending on their race?"

-A good question asked by HuffPostLive ...Before Monday, we as many others had no idea who Mimi Faust was or could care less about the show. But apparently we were in the minority in this world of rachetness. If you're tuned into social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) you couldn't avoid it. As we see it, it was not a (s)ex tape. It was a promotional video you had to work for to see. Brilliant marketing wouldn't you say! And for those of you with no talent, you now have a business model for yourself, and that is the sad part. Just wondering...do any of these people on this show make music, have a song on the radio, do anything that is productive other than get paid to act.

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April 15, 2014

Radio if Not Hurting; is No Help for Black Artists

Black artists such as Beyonce, Aloe Blacc and Pharrell have broken through to radio audiences and consumers of music despite no promotional push from radio. In the case of Pharrell we began posting stories and videos on this blog back in January on his hit song 'Happy' and the dances people were creating in their own cities around the world, when very few stations (most notably Black radio) even had the song on their radar. What took corporate radio management so long to get on-board with this song? Check out Pharrell's comments on Oprah Prime on the OWN network [below]. He tells Oprah the song had "zero airplay and then BOOM!" it became an international hit overnight.

April 9, 2014

Reverend Al Sharpton An FBI Informant with Code Name J. Anthony Brown

“This only validates that I always
stood and represented what I always said”

– Reverend Al Sharpton
Reverend Al Sharpton Gives Most Detailed Statement on Controversy to Tom Joyner on the Tom Joyner Morning Show

This morning exclusively on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, during his weekly commentary, Reverend Al Sharpton cleared the air about his work as an FBI informant.

“So what’s the problem? That I wanted to do something about it?” Sharpton says. According to him, these allegations are only coming to light because President Obama is speaking at his annual National Action Network convention.

April 6, 2014

Chuck Stone, Legendary Newspaper Columnist and Tuskegee Airman Dies

Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone, Jr., a former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill journalism professor and co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, died on Sunday. He was 89.

Stone wrote for and led some of the country's most influential African-American newspapers, including the Washington Afro-American where he served as White House correspondent and editor, the Chicago Daily Defender where he was editor and the New York Age where he was a reporter and editor. In 1972 he became the Philadelphia Daily News' first black columnist. -From WRAL TV Raleigh, NC

April 4, 2014

Streetz 103.3 is the NEW Hip Hop Station in Charlotte

Taking its cue from Atlanta sister station, Streetz 103.3 has launched in Charlotte. The station is using "We Are Hip Hop" as its imaging.

The station is operated by Steve Hegwood, the former Radio One VP,  and his company Core Communicators. The “Streetz” brand is not only on in Atlanta but also in Little Rock. The new Streetz 103.3 is doing cross promotion currently with Streetz 94.5 its Atlanta area station’s Streetz Fest on April 26.

The new hip hop music outlet in North Carolina will compete with CBS Radio's Power 98 WPEG.

April 1, 2014

'Godfather of House Music' Frankie Knuckles Dies at 59

Legendary DJ and music producer Frankie Knuckles has passed away at age 59. Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles first played disco in New York before moving to Chicago in the late 1970s.

It was there he started spinning at The Warehouse, the club credited with giving birth to the house music genre.

The official cause of death is currently unknown, but some reports suggest it was from complications related to Type II Diabetes.

Here's a sample of Frankie Knuckles mix on the former WBMX 103 FM (now WVAZ V103) in Chicago.