SiriusXM announced today that it will honor civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special programming airing across SiriusXM’s Urban View (126), Progress (127), and P.O.T.U.S. (124) channels. The exclusive programming will mark the 50 year anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis, TN.
On Wednesday, April 4, SiriusXM host and human rights activist Joe Madison will remember Dr. King by broadcasting his daily show live from Ben’s Chili Bowl. The popular D.C. restaurant, which was frequented by Dr. King, remained open during the riots that ensued following Dr. King’s assassination, providing shelter and food to activists, firefighters, police officers, and public servants. Confirmed guests include Walter Fauntroy, former D.C. delegate to Congress; Virginia Ali, owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl; Anthony Williams, former Mayor of Washington D.C.; Sterling Tucker, former D.C. Council Chairman; Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilmember and former Mayor of D.C.; William Lucy, former Secretary of AFSCME; Tom Sherwood, veteran D.C. reporter; Bruce Johnson, WUSA-TV anchor; and radio broadcaster Butch McAdams. SiriusXM’s “Joe Madison The Black Eagle” airs on the Urban View channel from 6:00 am – 10:00 a.m. ET.
SiriusXM’s Progress channel will launch its two-day commemoration of Dr. King starting, Tuesday, April 3, with a special edition of “Make It Plain with Mark Thompson” (6:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET) live from The National Civil Rights Museum. The historic site is located at The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET the channel will broadcast a live event, “The History of the Sanitation Workers Strike: Lesson Learned.” Actor and activist Danny Glover will moderate the conversation with William Lucy, who stood on the front lines with the strikers supported by Dr. King.
Progress will also broadcast from the Mason Temple Mountaintop Speech Commemoration event live from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. The celebration will spotlight Dr. King’s famous last speech the night before his assassination. Top musicians will perform and be joined by Dr. King’s surviving children, national political figures, and the civil rights leaders who were by his side during his final moments.
On Wednesday, April 4, Progress will begin its special programming with Mark Thompson live from the Civil Rights Museum, before Thompson takes to the streets from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET as he broadcasts from within the “I Am a Man” march to Mason Temple and carries the rally’s speeches and musical performances. From 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET, Progress will be live at the Balcony Ceremony, where civil rights icons and other notable figures will pay homage to Dr. King. The channel will also provide coverage of the official wreath-laying ceremony, culminating in the 6:01 PM Bell Toll signifying the time of his death.
Also on April 4, the non-partisan P.O.T.U.S. channel will remember Dr. King with an original documentary hosted by Tim Farley at 12:00 p.m. ET. “P.O.T.U.S. Remembers April 4, 1968: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” sets the scene in Memphis, TN, the night before Dr. King’s assassination, as he delivers his final, historic “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech, and continues with remarks from President Johnson and Robert Kennedy once news broke of Dr. King’s assassination. The two-hour special features commentary from historical experts, politicians and modern-day pundits and journalists – including fellow civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis; former Senator Fred Harris, MSNBC’s Joy Reid, and CNN’s Van Jones, as they reflect on Dr. King’s lasting message.
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Power 106 (KPWR-FM, 105.9 Los Angeles), has announced Powerhouse 2018. Powerhouse is Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 12 Noon – 11:00 pm at the Glen Helen Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018
GLEN HELEN AMPHITHEATRE
2575 Glen Helen Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA 92407
12 NOON – 11 PM
Powerhouse 2018 features 2 stages and a festival area. The New @ 2 stage features live performances from emerging Hip Hop artists. The festival area offers graffiti artists, body art, psychic readings, games, a Ferris wheel, charging stations, food trucks, and lifestyle activities. Join Power 106 DJs in the Power Party tent. Powerhouse is a 1-day music festival, doors open at noon.
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The channel will features a wide range of classic hip-hop content, music, interviews and in-depth retrospectives curated and presented by LL, as well as other innovators of hip-hop music, including Ice Cube, Stetsasonic, Eric B. & Rakim, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Ultramagnetic MCs, Too Short, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Canibus, Wu-Tang Clan, Run-DMC, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, Black Moon and Ice T.
“Rock the Bells Radio” is allowing its audience to look at and listen to classic Hip-Hop through the lens of our current culture and music.
LL says, “If you wanna be a fly on the wall in the world of Classic Hip-Hop, SiriusXM’s ‘Rock the Bells Radio’ is for you. It’s where fans can come and be immersed in the music, the culture, the energy and the history of Classic Hip-Hop.” LL continues, “We’re gonna have great artists, legendary artists, lyricists, superstars, sex symbols. This is the place to be if you want uncut, raw, pure, classic Hip-Hop, but there’s one catch—it’s strictly for O.G.’s.”
To help launch the channel, a special invitation-only roller skating event will take place on Wednesday, March 28 at World of Wheels in Los Angeles. The “Rock the Bells Radio” launch will be hosted by LL COOL J along with the acclaimed DJ Z-Trip; a live broadcast of the event will air at tonight on “Rock the Bells Radio” SiriusXM Channel 43!
“Rock the Bells Radio” is named after a combination of one of LL’s hit tracks, “Rock the Bells,” and the title of the groundbreaking, debut album it came from, “Radio.” “Rock the Bells Radio” will air on channel 43, available on satellite radios, the SiriusXM app, and other connected devices.
The channel logo for LL COOL J’s “Rock the Bells Radio” was created by the acclaimed and influential American contemporary street artist, Shepard Fairey, famous for creating the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster during the 2008 presidential campaign.
“We couldn’t be more excited that LL COOL J’s “Rock the Bells Radio” channel will launch live from our special Los Angeles event. SiriusXM was at the forefront of the classic hip-hop format, and with LL on board, it makes the channel that much more compelling,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “With both the channel and this unique event, LL will be taking SiriusXM listeners on a hip-hop journey that can’t be found anywhere else. For listeners looking for the origins and influences of today’s burgeoning hip-hop culture, they need only turn to LL Cool J’s “Rock the Bells Radio” to hear it. LL will make the channel feel as current and alive as of today’s music with a stellar presentation, surprising programming choices, and new cuts from classic artists.”
LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has achieved great success crossing into multiple mediums. A Kennedy Center Honoree, two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recording artist, actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, LL displays his wide range of talents with every project.
LL COOL J’s “Rock the Bells Radio” is the latest SiriusXM channel created with iconic and leading artists, including Diplo’s Revolution, Eminem’s Shade 45, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, The Beatles Channel, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Garth Brooks’ The Garth Channel, Willie Nelson’sWillie’s Roadhouse, Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Radio, Tom Petty Radio, Pearl Jam Radio, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, and Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzy’s Boneyard.
SiriusXM subscribers will be able to listen to LL Cool J’s “Rock the Bells Radio,” channel 43, on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/streaming to learn more.
Radio One and a network of 51 gospel, R&B and hip-hop stations raised $1.7 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Urban Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids March 1st and 2nd.
Thanks to events such as this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
“Radio One is proud of the effort of our stations, syndicated programs, employees and our highly engaged and loyal listeners for responding to our radiothon in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Colby Tyner, Vice President, Programming, Radio One. “This partnership is a decade in the making and once again, we exceeded our financial goal. Our mission to represent the community is powerfully demonstrated with this radio event across our stations, proving the continued power of radio to emotionally connect with its listeners and move them to action.”
During the event, thousands of Radio One listeners across the U.S. called in or went online to become St. Jude Partners in Hope and joined the #ThisShirtSaves Lives movement by pledging to make a monthly donation of $20 or more. Several popular on-air personalities participated in Urban Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids, including syndicated hosts Tom Joyner, Erica Campbell, Willie Moore, Jr. and Darlene McCoy.
The on-air push coincided with a social media campaign encouraging listeners, employees and talent to participate by wearing and sharing photos in their THIS SHIRT on their social media channels. To join the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES movement, visit: www.thisshirtsaveslives.org.
“It’s inspiring to think about the major impact the urban music industry has had on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and I am so grateful to all of the women and men in gospel radio and fellow artists and friends in the industry who lend their support to the Urban Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids program,” said Richard C. Shadyac, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. “The funds raised are further evidence of the urban music industry’s continued commitment and the significant role it plays in helping some of the world’s sickest children.”
Since its inception, Urban Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids has raised more than $12 million. Radio One stations encourage listeners to become St. Jude Partners in Hope by making a $20 monthly pledge. The on-air talent helps share the mission and vision of the hospital through testimonies from local patient families, updates on new research and new advances in treatment. St. Jude launched the first national broadcast with Radio One stations in Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, DC, Raleigh, N.C., Indianapolis, Houston, Richmond, Va., and Charlotte in 2008. This year, five additional stations were added to grow the footprint and expand further into the UAC format.
SOURCE ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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