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Who Was Laverne Holliday? Former Radio DJ Died Penniless and Sick, Sold Peanuts to Survive

Laverne Holliday is truly one of the saddest stories we've ever written in Radio Facts and a lesson to radio DJs to never leave their fate in the hands of others. Time is of the essence. RIP LaVerne.A former St.

This Tragedy Shouldn’t Happen to Radio Pros Today

Truly one of the saddest stories we've ever written in Radio Factsand a lesson to radio DJs and entertainment pros to never leave your fate in the hands of others with the advent of technology. For Black radio djs, the pay has always been less and the tragedies numerious.

Greenleaf presents case study at Virtual Education Communicators Boot Camp

Maxine Greenleaf, executive director for the Department of Communications and Marketing, recently presented at the Virtual Education Communicators Boot Camp. Photo by Charles Smith/University CommunicationsMaxine Greenleaf, executive director for the Department of Communications and Marketing was one of nine Higher-Ed professionals to speak at the Virtual Education Communicators Boot Camp last week. Greenleaf’s presentation was entitled, “Executing a Crisis Communications Plan: A Case Study About the Jackson State University shooting.” On December 4, 2019, JSU went on lockdown after a shooter was reported on campus. Greenleaf’s presentation summarized how she led her team to carefully execute a thoughtful, practiced, crisis communications plan, that shared critical information with the public in a measured and orderly way during the University shooting.“It was a great experience that allowed me to share the crisis communication tips with my peers, that I’ve gathered over the years while serving with numerous teams. Planning and execution is truly a team effort,” says Greenleaf.Amongst the nine speakers, Greenleaf was the only individual from a Historically Black College and University. The other public relations and communications professionals represented Harvard Law School, Columbia Business School, Stanford University, Boston University, University of Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins Medicine.“It was an honor to present as the only HBCU representative.”For more information about the conference, click here.

Former Radio DJ Died Penniless and Sick, Sold Peanuts outside Stadium to Survive

A former St. Louis Radio DJ was forced to eat the peanuts she didn't sell that was leftover at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. When she didn't have any peanuts she would pretend to be a guest

Gospel Announcer Tyra Womack Murdered Outside Home

Tyra Womack, an announcer on WEAA-FM’s weekly “Gospel Grace” radio program was murdered outside her home in Baltimore over a neighbor dispute on Wednesday.Tyra WomackBaltimore police were called around 9pm last night to her home where they found the 57-year-old had been shot. She was pronounced dead shorty after ariving at the hospital.

Sister who Loaned Berry Gordy $800 to Start Motown Dies

Radio Facts – I was reading an article that stated that same money today would be valued at $6000.00Originally posted on 2011-08-29 00:20:07Esther Gordy Edwards (April 25, 1920 "“ August 24, 2011) was a staff member and associate of her younger brother Berry Gordy's fabled Motown label during the 1960s.

Poet/Musician Gil Scott-Heron Dies

Poet and Musician Gil Scott-Heron, 62, died yesterday (Friday) in New York. Heron is credited with being one of the most influential hip hop music and spoken

Rap Singer Nate Dogg Dies at 41

Originally posted on 2011-03-16 09:43:36Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale has passed. The rap-singer who recorded on many hit rap and R&B records in the 90s had suffered two debilitating strokes that left him paralyzed over the last few years and was dealing with deteriorating health.

Rapper Shawty Lo Dies in Car Crash

Originally posted on 2016-09-21 07:02:33The hip hop music community has lost Shawty Lo after a car crash early this morning. The 40-year-old died after his 2016 Audi crashed into two trees ejecting him from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Singer Amy Winehouse Found Dead

Originally posted on July 23 2011 18:05:05

DJ Martin Streek Commits Suicide After Being Laid off

Radio Facts Originally posted July 6, 2009. Music Industry HistoryPopular Toronto alternative-indie DJ Martin Streek killed himself shortly after posting a suicide note on his Facebook page on July 6, 2009.

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