After a lengthy and extensive search, veteran broadcaster Brian Anthony has been named the new general manager for Winston-Salem State University radio station WSNC 90.5 FM, effective Feb. 1, 2018.
A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Anthony has more than 35 years of communications/media experience, the majority in the radio industry.
“Brian Anthony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the commercial radio industry that will help to increase WSNC’s market presence and expose WSSU students to an actual radio industry atmosphere,” said Dr. Kathy Stitts, interim dean of WSSU’s College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education. “We are anxious for him to join our Ram family and begin helping to grow WSSU’s radio station into one of the most notable in the country.”
He has worked for various broadcast companies, including Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia), Gannett Broadcasting, Noble Broadcasting, Jacor Communications, UNC Ventures Inc., and Inner-City Broadcasting in the Houston, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria (Illinois), Columbia (South Carolina) and Piedmont Triad markets. Most recently, he launched Forsyth Technical Community College’s radio station, 105.1 FM The FORSe.
Anthony was a nominee for “Program Director of the Year” and “On-Air Personality of the Year” with Billboard Magazine and the Young Black Programmer’s Coalition. He also was listed as “Honorable Mention” in a recent Radio Facts publication listing of the “Top 10 Urban Program Directors” in the history of Black radio.
Since 2009, he has served as president and project manager of Omega Bay Enterprises, a communications-based consultant company that focuses on website development, content management, special event planning, marketing, advertising, and public relations.
Anthony graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas Southern University in Houston, where he got his start in radio at the campus station, KTSU-FM.
As general manager, Anthony’s responsibility will include programming, personnel, development and financial operations for WSNC-FM. Anthony succeeds Elvin Jenkins, the station’s longtime general manager, and Ben Donnelly, who had served as the Interim general manager after Jenkins’ departure in 2017.
“This is one more major step up the management ladder for me that I envision translating into additional growth in two areas for Winston-Salem State University,” Anthony said. “First, providing the university with an enhanced marketing voice in the Triad. Secondly, and probably most importantly, creating an industry standard operation that can lend itself to becoming one of the top training facilities in this region of the country for radio broadcasting.”
WSNC-FM, with studios and tower on the campus of WSSU, provides jazz, blues, reggae, Latin and gospel music programming; news and public affairs content from National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI); and local public affairs programming. The station began broadcasting in 1983. For more information, visit wsncradio.org.
SOURCE: WSSU News & Information
iHeartMedia has promoted renowned programming veteran Doc Wynter to the new position of Executive Vice President of Urban/Hip-Hop Programming Strategy. He will report to Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. In his new role, Wynter, who has been with iHeart for 29 years, will continue to oversee the company’s Urban and Hip-Hop brand formats and work to improve the company’s Urban brands. He will also continue to develop the company’s roster of Urban and Hip-Hop programmers and on-air talent, book artists, produce events, and continue as PD of REAL 92.3, “LA’s Home for Hip-Hop.”
“No one understands Urban and Hip-Hop programming like Doc and we’re thrilled he’s expanding his role leading iHeartMedia’s programming strategy for those key formats,” said Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for iHeartMedia. “He’s been instrumental in launching several of our Urban and Hip-Hop stations nationwide and we’re excited for him to be even more hands-on with all of our Urban brands in our over 150 markets.”
SiriusXM today announced the launch of “Last Mile, Second Chances,” an exclusive new show about formerly incarcerated women moving back into society and how communities can help in the transition. The show airs on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel 126 at 9:00 am ET.
Hosted by justice reform advocate Topeka K. Sam, the compelling weekly show focuses on women personally affected by the penitentiary system sharing their experiences, traumas, and stories and tackles the topics of disenfranchisement, paying restitution, and the larger issue of incarceration and its ripple effects on women’s lives and that of their families.
“I am thrilled to host ‘Last Mile, Second Chances’ and help women turn the page on their past and start fresh,” said Topeka K. Sam. “It’s important for women moving back into society to have a place where they can learn the new ways of navigating the world – from how to apply for a job, get housing, or even going back to school – and SiriusXM’s ‘Last Mile, Second Chances’ will offer just that.”
“‘Last Mile, Second Chances’ fits in perfectly with Urban View’s mission of empowering our listeners to participate and foster change in their communities,” said Karen Hunter, Urban View host and Programming Consultant, SiriusXM. “At some point formerly incarcerated women return to society, which brings up the question, ‘What will they do now?’ We know the transition is difficult but SiriusXM’s ‘Last Mile, Second Chances’ can help.”
Upcoming guests on “Last Mile, Second Chances” include advocates Susan Rosenberg and Laura Whitehorn; New York University doctoral student Michelle Jones; author and activist Sibil Fox Richardson; Director of U.S. Prison Programs for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture Johnny Perez; Soros Justice Fellow James Kilgore; and The Federal Defenders of New York’s Director of Mitigation and Client Services Vivianne Guevara.
Having served three years in a federal prison, host Topeka K. Sam witnessed firsthand the epidemic and disparity of incarceration on women. The shock of learning some of the most gruesome details leading these women to jail – and their loud cries at night as they missed their children – prompted her to become their voice once she was free.
Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries whose mission it is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women and girls transition back into society through spiritual empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. She is also the founder of Hope House NYC, a safe housing space for women and girls. Topeka serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership. She is a Beyond the Bars 2015 Fellow and a 2016 Justice-In-Education Scholar both from Columbia University, a 2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow working on Probation and Parole Accountability, a 2018 Unlocked Futures Inaugural Cohort Member and a founding member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Topeka attended Morgan State University; she lives in the Bronx, New York.
SOURCE Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
Today Radio One Atlanta launched the all-new Classix 102.9 “Atlanta’s Classic R n B” just in time for the New Year. An up-tempo fun format playing the biggest Classic R n B songs from the 70s and 80s with artists like Rick James, Prince, The Gap Band, Earth Wind and Fire, The Whispers and even some classic funk. Then on January 3rd, the DL Hughley Show debuts weekdays 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed two weeks later with the Tom Joyner Morning Show officially returning to Atlanta on January 16th.
“Ever since Tom left the market, there has been an outcry for him to return to Atlanta,” said Tim Davies Regional Vice President and General Manager. “We found the audience for our Boom format was too narrow. By expanding the playlist and launching a fresh R & B sound with the Tom Joyner Morning Show in the morning and for the first time in Atlanta the DL Hughley show in the afternoons, Classix 102.9 will be a great new station for the market, and a perfect complement to our cluster.”
Hurricane Dave, VP of Programming and Operations announces Erwin Hill (Katt D) is promoted to PD. “We love to promote from within our organization. I’ve had the pleasure to see Katt D in his role as APD for MAJIC 107.5/97.5 FM and Praise 102.5 FM. There’s no doubt he’s going to do some amazing things in his new role as Program Director for Classix 102.9.”