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Tee-Roy, iHeartMedia's on-air personality at 93.3 The Beat in Jacksonville, Power 99 in Philadelphia, and in other markets; tells local Jacksonville TV station News 4 that his listeners say play Kanye West in light of Ye's recent anti-Semitic posts on Twitter that have resulted in him being banned by Elon Musk. “I thought more people would be like, ‘Hey, don’t play Kanye. I don’t want to hear him.’ But the response has been the total opposite So, to me, it’s shocking,” Tee-Roy said. “The biggest thing that came up has been race. Everybody’s said, ‘He’s a Black man and we need to support him as a Black man.’”


ABC News president Kim Godwin has decided to take Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes off the air, saying they’ve become too much of an internal and external distraction. Look for the hosts to return rather quickly as the ratings for 'GMA3' from last week saw a significant boost from the prior two weeks before the news of their affair surfaced. Godwin said that the relationship is not a violation of company policy.


Samantha Chatman has been promoted to weekend morning anchor at Chicago's WLS-TV ABC 7 Eyewitness News.


Watch and listen to Angela Yee's last broadcast on The Breakfast Club. Charlamagne and DJ Envy will continue on without a third member as no replacement for Angela has been named as of yet. >Read more...


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June 15, 2012

Black Radio in Danger of Disappearing in New York City

Radio personality Bob Law says, "They've been programming scared. They've tried to play it so safe, ...they’re hardly black stations at all."


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS- When radio station WRKS (98.7 FM) was subsumed last month into WBLS (107.5 FM), there was considerable relief that the popular Sunday morning talk show “Open Line” would continue on ’BLS.

Longtime city talk radio host, programmer, restaurateur, entrepreneur and activist Bob Law thinks that’s good, too.

But Law also says too much of the discussion about the station shuffle missed the point. “The more important issue wasn't whether ‘Open Line’ would be on ’BLS, but the fact that Kiss is gone,” says Law. “We lost a whole radio station. That’s what we should have been talking about.”

Law, who spent many years at WWRL and hosted the nationally syndicated talk show “Night Line,” is no fan of the way black radio has sounded in New York in recent years. “ They've been programming scared,” he says. “They’ve tried to play it so safe, because that’s the only way they've felt they can get advertisers, that they’re hardly black stations at all.”

Continue reading this article on the New York Daily News website

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