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Radio veteran continues career at The Current

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer
Derrick Stevens was born in New York and was ‘weaned’ on radio. It was listening to the late legendary DJ Frankie Crocker (1937-2000), who pioneered the “urban contemporary” music format back in the 1970s that convinced him radio was the place to be. “I knew I wanted to be in radio when I was eight years old,” admitted Stevens, the production manager at KCMP-FM. “I grew up listening to Frankie Crocker on the radio — he was my everything, the king of the radio. I was enthused with how he went into a song. Continue Reading →

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Hometown talent celebrate BMA’s 25-year anniversary

 
African American cable music company saluted by local music artists
 
By Robin James

Contributing Writer

 

“Coming here tonight, I see so many great friends in the house who are here with us tonight…Without you there would be no us,” Pete Rhodes, the founder of the BMA Network, said at its first BMA Channel celebration held at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant on Friday, December 21. This three-hour event, which Rhodes hosted, was free and open to the public. A first-of-its-kind event, it also served as the 25th anniversary of the BMA Network. Sponsors of the event included IPR, Comcast, and the Minnesota State Lottery. Technically speaking, BMA has been around for 28 years, but as far as formal annual celebrations go, the number 25 works. 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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