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2019 NAB Marconi Radio Award Winners Announced

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Black radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singersWinners of the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday evening at the 30th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner, sponsored by Xperi and held at the Radio Show in Dallas, Texas.

Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are: Legendary Station of the Year KRTH-FM, Los Angeles, CA AC Station of the Year KRWM-FM, Bellevue, WA Legendary Station Manager of the Year Dan Seeman, Hubbard Twin Cities and Hubbard North, St. Paul, MN Best Radio Podcast of the Year "Denied Justice Podcast", WCCO-AM, Minneapolis, MN Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks CHR Station of the Year KRBE-FM, Houston, TX Major Market Personality of the Year Felger & Massarotti, WBZ-FM, Boston, MA Classic Hits Station of the Year WMGK-FM, Philadelphia, PA Large Market Personality of the Year Crisco, Dez and Ryan, KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN College Station of the Year WRHU-FM, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY Medium Market Personality of the Year Mike Street, WBTJ-FM, Richmond, VA Country Station of the Year KYGO-FM, Denver, CO Small Market Personality of the Year Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO News/Talk Station of the Year KIRO-FM, Seattle, WA Major Market Station of the Year WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. Religious Station of the Year KKFS-FM, Sacramento, CA Large Market Station of the Year KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN Rock Station of the Year WRIF-FM, Detroit, MI Medium Market Station of the Year KIPR-FM, Little Rock, AR Spanish Station of the Year KLOL-FM, Houston, TX Small Market Station of the Year KWYO-AM, Sheridan, WY Sports Station of the Year WBZ-FM, Boston, MA Urban Station of the Year WHQT-FM, Hollywood, FL Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm. Four renowned radio personalities and previous Marconi Radio Award winners returned to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Delilah, Rickey Smiley and Tom and Kristi of "The Bob and Tom Show" served as emcees and presenters throughout the event.
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Howard University Announces Renovation Plan For Howard Center To Include Much Needed Student Housing


howard universityThe University collaborates with the District of Columbia and significant financial and development partners to invest $33 million of tax-exempt capital in the initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 9, 2019) – Howard University announced today that it has completed plans to renovate and modernize an existing campus asset known as Howard Center, located at 2225 Georgia Avenue, NW. The agreement calls for the University to lease the 3rd through 9th floors of the Howard Center, a former hotel/restaurant venue most recently used as Howard University Administrative Offices with ground floor retail, to Provident Group – Howard Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) entity for a term of 41 years. The space will be renovated into 176 below-market rate micro, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments with amenity space. The primary residents will be students, faculty, staff, and associates.  Howard will retain ownership and control of the asset, and receive an up-front payment to reinvest in the University’s mission.  In addition, Howard will participate in the performance of the asset by receiving annual lease payments and residual cash flows from the transaction. This initiative continues the strategy championed by President Wayne A. I. Frederick to innovate the campus while improving the Georgia Avenue Corridor. For the first time, the project will make available a new housing offering that targets primarily professional and graduate students who make up a significant portion of the campus population. Currently, there are limited affordable housing options within close proximity to the central campus. “I am committed to improving our student experience at every level.  While we have renovated much of our housing stock over the past couple of years, the Howard Center project provides an improved foundation for our core graduate and professional programs which are key components of my growth strategy. Also, included in the program are community spaces where residents can engage with faculty and alumni, which further deepens the linkage between generational University stakeholders” says President Wayne A. I. Frederick.  “This project is a unique opportunity for Howard University to drive the re-imagination of the Georgia Avenue Corridor.  It is a small, but significant initial step in furthering the DUKE Plan which envisions the immediate environment as part of the ‘Howard Town Center Area.’  This and our previously announced Bond Bread Factory and WRECO Garage redevelopment initiative will further enhance the local community experience while encouraging economic growth, job creation, and development.” radiofacts.comHoward Center is a nine-story concrete structure totaling 90,157 gross square feet.  Its central location near downtown is served by public transportation and is uniquely situated along the lower 7thStreet/Georgia Avenue Corridor (US-29) at the intersection of several vibrant and rapidly redeveloping neighborhoods, including Pleasant Plains, Shaw, and the historic U Street Corridor. This neighborhood has experienced significant growth over the past 10 years, which has made it increasingly difficult for price-sensitive students, faculty/staff, and long term residents to reside close to the University. The Howard Center program aims to adaptively re-use a deteriorating building in a fashion which expands access to housing, while fulfilling the Black planning principles and vision established by the District of Columbia. Having been in the works for nearly 12 months, the project team worked extensively with the community, the District of Columbia’s Industrial Revenue Bond Program leadership, and a large team of municipal finance and real estate experts.  The program brings private capital to support the University’s mission in a way that ensures that the project is adequately capitalized for development activities as well as ongoing operations. “We were excited to learn of Dr. Frederick’s vision for the University” says Ramiro Albarran, Head of Originations at Preston Hollow Capital, LLC.  “Preston Hollow Capital brings creative solutions with its investments nationally.  We were proud to include Howard University in the $1+ billion of investments that we made in 2018.  Howard University is an iconic national institution and we are thrilled to bring our expertise in structuring and capital allocation to support this project, the associated innovative program as well as the mission overall.” The Howard Center program brings a new and enticing residential environment to the University community.  Accordingly, the project prioritizes residents in the following order: (1) Graduate and Professional Howard University Students; (2) Other Eligible Howard Students; (3) Howard Faculty and Staff; and (4) Howard Associates.  The proposed redevelopment program for the Howard Center is primarily a dormitory use intended to serve the housing needs of the expanded University community, while maintaining continuity of operations for the University-serving ground floor retail components. The redevelopment program consists of the following elements: (a)  Residential: Levels 3 through 9 are designated to receive a total of 176 residential units with a mix of unit types that includes micro units, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites ranging in size from 300 to 775 square feet.  Each unit will be outfitted with an individual bathroom and kitchenette, and will be fully furnished to include a bed, dresser, table, chair, and closet or armoire. (b)  Amenities: Levels 3 and 4 will be outfitted with building amenity spaces for residents to include a fitness center, social lounges, a gaming room, and a laundry facility. (c)  Retail: The existing retail tenants (Starbucks, Barnes & Noble) that are located on levels 1 and 2 will remain in place to serve the greater university community. “This project continues our aggressive approach of providing creative solutions to University Development projects,” says Howard Real Estate Executive Anthony Freeman. “Implementation of the lease required specialized structuring to provide appropriate delineation of the dormitory/residential and retail components.  Additionally, we were able to build an expert development team, fully capitalize the project and provide reinvestment capital while minimizing risk to the University by financing the project with off-balance sheet tax exempt bonds.” The Howard Center team includes industry leaders in Higher Education and municipal finance including: The District of Columbia, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Preston Hollow Capital, Provident Resources Group, Corvias Campus Living, and Alvarez & Marsal. The building is currently vacant except for the ground floor retail. The transaction was completed on November 28, 2018.  Construction has commenced with an anticipated completion in the Summer of 2019.
President Obama Releases Statement on the Death of Michael Brown

Congressional Black Caucus Releases Report on President Obama


CBCF Releases First-Ever Multidisciplinary Journal

radiofacts.com The Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) just released the inaugural issue of a multidisciplinary journal focusing exclusively on public policy issues related to black politics in the United States. The document, which is entitled, Defining the Black Agenda in a Post-Obama Era, focuses on research and reflections following the eight-year tenure of the first African American U.S. President Barack Obama. “Driven by CBCF’s mission to inform policy and educate the public, the contents of this journal provide a historical perspective on several topics important to African Americans, highlights the progress achieved in our commu nity, and sheds light on the collective work we must accomplish as a nation,” said Dr. Elsie L. Scott, interim president & CEO, CBCF; and founding director, Howard University’s Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center. Research featured in Defining the Black Agenda in a Post-Obama Era delves into a variety of important topics including black civic participation and studies on black boys and girls. Among the Journal entry titles are:
  • “Is the Rise in Police Militarization a Response to Changing Demographics?” by Dr. Olugbenga Ajilore.
  • “Expanding Early Childhood Resources to Address Racial Disparities in Education, Employment, and Incarceration” by Drs. Carlton D. Jenkins and Stephanie S. Burrage.
  • “Reigniting the Civic Dimensions of Black Politics: The Imperative of Foregrounding ‘Systems’ When Challenging Systemic Oppression” by Dr. Tyson D. King-Meadows and Shakari Nichele Byerly.
  • “Growing Our Own: Reflections on Developing a Pipeline for Male Educators of Color” by Drs. Shannon R. Waite, Marcelle Mentor, and Travis J. Bristol.
  • “Zero-Tolerance School Discipline Policies and Black Girls: The (Un)Intended Consequences” by Dr. Terri N. Watson.
The publication opens with a foreword from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, chair, CBCF board of directors, and includes a special section devoted to the legacy of Dr. Ron Walters, a preeminent scholar of black political studies, noted civil rights activist, and one of the founding architects of the CBC. For more information, visit the Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research. ABOUT CBCF Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit cbcfinc.org.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Cast Attend US Premiere in D.C. (photos)

Radio Facts: Cast and Filmmakers attended the US premiere of Mission: Impossible - Fallout in D.C. on July 22nd. Many were in attendance for the...


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Street Date: February 20, 2018
INDIEPIX FESTIVAL FAVORITES, VOLUME 3, being released in time to commemorate Black History Month this February, features three powerful, thought-provoking documentaries, each focusing on a different part of the African American experience.  Included in the value-priced DVD set are THE NINE LIVES OF MARION BARRY called "mesmerizing[1]" and "a riveting history[2]," THE VANISHING BLACK MALE, which film critic Kam Williams called the "Best Documentary of the Year" when released in 2005, and IN HIS OWN HOME, a hot-button, ripped-from-the headlines doc about police brutality.
Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-addled mayor, the one who famously uttered the phrase "bitch set me up" as he was arrested during an FBI sting in 1990.  He's the poster boy for corruption, a pariah who will never be forgiven for bringing shame on the nation's capital.  Yet to others, Marion Barry is a folk hero.  Hailed as a civil rights champion and defender of the poor, he's the man who transformed Washington D.C. from a sleepy southern town into a political stronghold of Black America.
Barry's soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility.  And from the Mississippi cotton fields to the corridors of power, Barry has weathered drug and alcohol addiction, cancer, 4 marriages, jail time, and political extinction to dominate Washington D.C. city politics for more than 40 years.  With unprecedented access, THE NINE LIVES OF MARION BARRY, from filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer tells the continuing saga of this despised, beloved, and resilient politician. It's a potent story of race, power, sex, and drugs; the tale of a complex and contradictory man who is the star of one of the most fascinating and bizarre chapters of American politics.
Sam Allis of The Boston Globe said, "No screenwriter would dare dream up the rise and fall of Marion Barry. You can't make this up. Which is why The Nine Lives of Marion Barry is such addictive viewing...mesmerizing," Linda Winer of Newsday commented "The rise and fall (and rise and fall and rise-how many is that?) of Marion Barry is a story worth telling" and David Hinkley of the New York Daily News, said, "Love Barry or hate him, it's a remarkable tale...Flor and Oppenheimer have done a fine job of letting it tell itself."
In 2005, director Hisani DuBose looked around and realized that with over one million black  men incarcerated, and high homicide and death rates, the African American male just may be becoming an endangered species.  So, she set out explore whether or not black men are in danger of becoming extinct in THE VANISHING BLACK MALE.  In a provocative and probing documentary, actor Melvin Jackson, Jr. ("The Wire," "Everybody Hates Chris") speaks with African American men of all walks --  doctors, politicians, college students, teachers, law enforcement personnel and others - to determine the state of the black man in America.  Edited by award-winner Alfred Santana (Voices of the Gods), the compelling and incredibly timely exploration is interwoven with music, art and a series of monologues.
Before Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri, the headline-making killing of Trayvon Martin and the death of Eric Garner at the hands of New York City police officers, there was the shocking 2010 shooting ofKofi Adu Brempong, a disabled Ghanaian graduate student attacked by University of Florida campus police responding to a 911 call.  And though few media outlets outside of Gainseville reported the story, the powerful, hot-button documentary featurette, IN HIS OWN HOME, recounts the events of that fateful March day and their aftermath: we watch live video of the police attack on Kofi's apartment; we hear accounts of those who marveled at the number of snipers "ready to shoot at any time" as they surrounded the apartment of a lone student, as well as from fellow students who attest to Kofi's peaceful demeanor; and, we hear from police officers who explain how they felt threatened and had to shoot.  And, in the aftermath, we bear witness to the administration's shortcomings and the students and community activists who demand justice.  Underlining a pattern of racism and police brutality, as well as the frightening "militiarization" of campuses nationwide, IN HIS OWN HOME speaks to widespread and pervasive issues in our country that will, for the time being, remain among our most controversial and disconcerting.

Sunni Joins The Joe Clair Morning Show On WPGC 95.5




WPGC 95.5 announced today that Sunni, the highly rated Midday air personality and “Sunni In The City” host for WPGC 95.5 is moving into mornings as part of the “Joe Clair Morning Show” (JCMS). WPGC 95.5 celebrated its 30th anniversary last month and continues to be one of the most listened to stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

“Sunni is the perfect fit for the Joe Clair Morning Show and we are incredibly fortunate she wanted to get up early and make the transition to mornings,” said Vice President of Programming of CBS DC and WPGC Program Director, Steve Davis.

“Sunni is a breath of fresh air to the Joe Clair Morning Show,” said Joe Clair. “Her unique personality and outlook forged by her past experiences make this iteration of the JCMS unstoppable!”

"I'm truly honored to be able to continue my career in a place like DC where I've felt home since day one, especially at such a legendary station that is WPGC,” added Sunni.

Sunni has been on-air for WPGC since January 2011. In addition, Sunni is active on WPGC’s Social Media helping digital improve the activity and engagement of social media platforms, most notably Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Prior to joining WPGC, Sunni enjoyed success as a #1 rated air talent in Detroit ad well as New York and Miami.