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Another ‘long, hot summer’ threatens North Minneapolis

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

 

After the latest rash of violence on Minneapolis’ North Side over the last couple of weeks, community residents and civic leaders are all searching for ways to stop it. Many are calling this the 21st Century’s version of “a long, hot summer” in the city. “We need to come up with real solutions this time,” stated Bishop Divar Kemp, who was among nearly 30 persons who attended a July 9 mid-morning meeting in the basement of New Salem Baptist Church on Fremont and 30th Avenue North held just hours after three Black women were shot in the area during the early-morning hours. “We are having a long, hot summer,” he said. Over a dozen shootings have occurred in the city so far this summer, reported Minneapolis Police Lt. Richard Zimmerman, who was among several officers in attendance at last week’s meeting. Continue Reading →

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National, local controversy greets opening of new state health exchange

Critics say Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ad campaign misfires with communities of color
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange program, debuted the signup process on October 1. Officials during an October 4 conference call with reporters, including the MSR, estimated that 5,000 accounts were opened during the first week. “We think it’s been going very well,” remarked MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov. She added that many people did “anonymous shopping” but did not disclose specific numbers. “Minnesota is unique,” said Todd-Malmlov. Continue Reading →

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KMOJ-FM honored at American Urban Radio Networks’ Urban Knight Awards

 
American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) hosted their 10th annual Urban Knight Awards at the NAB/RAB 2012 Radio Show in Dallas, TX last September. (l-r) Howard Eisen, president, sales, AURN; Urban Knight Hall of Fame recipient Hymen Childs, partner, Service Broadcasting Dallas; Urban Knight in Advertising Honoree Natalie Swed Stone, U.S. director, National Radio Investment, Omnicom Group; Urban Knight Honorees Kelvin Quarles, general manager, KMOJ-FM Minneapolis, MN; Tony Quartarone, owner, WJKS-FM, Wilmington DE; Dot Ealy, vice president/market manager, Cumulus Tallahassee, FL; and Jerry Lopes, president, program operations & affiliations AURN. AURN also honored Urban Knight recipient Jeff Silver, regional VP/market manager, WBLK-FM, Buffalo, NY (not pictured).  

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From KMOJ to BET: Local radio personality steps into national TV spotlight

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Miss Georgia entertains her on-air radio audience every midday at KMOJ-FM. She recently took her local celebrity status to the Big Apple as a guest judge on BET’s 106 & Park show. Georgia Ellyse, a St. Paul native, appeared on the cable network’s June 8 broadcast as one of three judges. “They have a segment on Fridays called ‘Freestyle Friday,’ she explains in an interview with the MSR prior to her appearance. Continue Reading →

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Striving for diversity in communications industry — Diversity: an overused word, or still useful?

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Diversity is an overused word, said Greater Twin Cities Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) President and CEO Gloria Lewis at the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Minnesota Spring LeadershipForum. She was the keynote speaker at the June 4 event in St. Paul. “Let’s [instead] say ‘everybody,’” Lewis suggested as she spoke to a dinner audience of local communications industry members. “I think one of the things that we have done is that we try to cover up racism. Continue Reading →

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KMOJ/MSR announce ‘positive’ partnership

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Two local “heritage institutions” are now partners to “promote the positives” of the Black community. A new partnership between “the two giant media in the Black community” — the MSR and KMOJ-FM Radio — was announced last week by MSR President-Publisher/CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard and KMOJ General Manager Kelvin Quarles. “The MSR always had a desire to partner with another community organization that has similar philosophies on trying to promote positives in the Black community,” explains Williams-Dillard. “It’s a no-brainer” for the two media entities to join forces, adds Quarles. “The Spokesman is the oldest newspaper in the state targeting African Americans, and KMOJ is the oldest radio station in the state targeting African Americans. Continue Reading →

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Can Black stations win the radio ratings game? KMOJ’s general manager on the complexities of counting a growing Black audience

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Radio broadcasters added nearly 1.7 million weekly listeners in the past year, and radio reaches over 93 percent of Blacks in the U.S., says the nation’s leading radio ratings service. Arbitron recently reported in its 2011 RADAR (Radio’s All Dimension Audience Research) that 93 percent of the U.S. population — an estimated 241 million, ages 12 and older — listen to radio each week. Locally KMOJ-FM also has seen an increase in listeners since boosting its broadcasting power earlier this year, reports General Manager Kelvin Quarles. The power increase now allows the longtime noncommercial station to be heard in St. Paul, whose residents “were not able to get it, but we also wanted to reach those outlying areas where African Americans have moved to,” adds Quarles. Continue Reading →

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