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The Art Cunningham Show: over two decades of Black history through Black media

 

 

By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer

 

There is no more effective means of communicating than the media, particularly the visual media and especially television, since every home has at least one set. How far, after all, do you think the present celebration of Black History Month would’ve got without the media? Its inception came back in 1926, founded by Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week. It is undeniable the impact media communication has had, growing from the first celebration by Black United Students at Kent State University in 1970 to America acknowledging Black History Month in 1976, President Gerald Ford making it official.  

All this is said to underscore that Art Cunningham, creator-host of The Art Cunningham Show for 23 years, put the issues-oriented program on the air as a means to get voices of the African American community expressed that otherwise went unheard. Continue Reading →

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Local cable TV talk host aims to educate ‘Joe Blow’

 

 

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

After 20 years, a local cable television program, the “Art Cunningham Show,” is still on the air at Northwest Community Television — Channel 12 (NWCT), located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. If show host Art Cunningham has his way, the programming in the next 20 years will keep getting younger. The “Art Cunningham Show” is one of few programs if not the only one shot live at the NWCT studios and then delivered to Minneapolis and St. Paul cable outlets for prerecorded broadcast the following week. The program is hosted by Art Cunningham, who is also the executive producer. Continue Reading →

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