by Taki S. Raton
In response to the sudden demise of radio station 1290 WMCS, a community forum has been planned for Monday, March 11 at the Brotherhood of Firefighters Hall, 7717 West Good Hope Rd, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
A special tribute to TJ, 1290’s operations manager, is included in the evening’s agenda.
A panel of community stakeholders has also been convened to share views, opinions and concerns as to what this loss means and the moving forward options available to fill the void of broadcasting much needed news, information, and issue analysis of particular interest to and for Black Milwaukeeans.
Confirmed panelists to date include Sherwin Hughes, Dr. William Rogers, Homer Blow, and Nathaniel J. Stampley, Sr.
“My goal for organizing this gathering is to offer an opportunity for our community to respond with gratitude for the voice that 1290 has provided for over 20 years,” says Carmen C. Ray, President and C.E.O. of Rays Consulting and Training and co-author of “Raising Healthy Children in an Unhealthy World.”
As reported in the Milwaukee Community Journal’s February 27, 2013 edition, 1290 AM, “The Talk of the Town” was closed down on Tuesday, February 26 at precisely 10 a.m. The reason reported, according to the MCJ account, was “business, pure and simple.”
Quoting MCJ Publisher Patricia O. Pattillo upon being notified of such an unfortunate circumstance, she positioned that, whether it is print, television or radio, “This is still a business; and to run a business, to keep the doors open, you must make money.”
It was further cited in the MCJ editorial that what happened to WMCS “should serve as a reminder to our community that we must support our institutions with our dollars through supporting the businesses that advertise with Black media (print and broadcast) or if you’re a business owner, buying advertising from the various Black media that have accepted the responsibility of speaking truth-to-power on our behalf.”
The editorial adds that as freedom is not free, “Communication is not free.
There is a cost,” and that we must learn that economics is “the stabilizing force of our community” and we must spend with each other to keep our institutions alive.
MCJ encourages all to read the MCJ in print and/or online and that its website if updated daily.
In a message on her facebook page, TJ expressed that, “It is with great sadness that I say that 1290 WMCS as we have know it for over 30 years has changed. The days of ‘Talk of the Town’ are over. Thank you all who have supported the station.”
According to a March 2 MetroMilwaukee.org posting, the WMCS call letters will be changed to WZTI-AM thereby launching its “Martini Radio” programming featuring the “Rat Pack” era maladies of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin , Tony Bennett and modern artists to include Adele, Norah Jones, and Michael Buble.
“1290 WMCS provided us information so that we could empower ourselves and move our community forwards,” cites the MCJ editorial in its closing. “Its silence on the airwaves will be deafening, will be sorely missed, and hard to replace.”
The scheduled Monday gathering is free and open to the public. For any additional information on this event, please email Ray at: [email protected].
Los Angeles (AP) — Comedian-TV talk show host Steve Harvey is hosting next month’s NAACP Image Awards.
The organization said Tuesday that presenters will include “Django Unchained” nominees Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx. Queen Latifah and Tony Goldwyn also will be among the presenters. Dennis Haysbert will be the announcer for the live broadcast.
Harvey said he’s honored to host the ceremony and promised “great things in store for the night.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards honor diversity in the arts. Contenders for the top movie prize are “Flight,” ”Django Unchained,” ”Beasts of the Southern Wild,” ”Red Tails” and “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds.”
The 44th annual ceremony is scheduled to air Feb. 1 on NBC.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
The nominations for The 2012 Soul Train Awards are finally in!
The show will broadcast November 25th at 9PM from Planet Hollywood In Las Vegas. Whitney Houston is nominated for best gospel inspirational performance, and Amy Winehouse is nominated for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award.
Here they are:
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS ’12 – NOMINEES AND AWARD CATEGORIES
Best New Artist
- Elle Varner
- Emeli Sande
- J. Cole
- Luke James
- Robert Glasper
- Esperanza Spalding
- Gary Clark Jr.
- Leah Labelle
Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
- BeBe Winans-America America
- Fred Hammond-I Feel Good
- Marvin Sapp-My Testimony
- Mary Mary-Go Get It
- Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks-Celebrate
Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
- 2 Chainz feat. Drake-No Lie
- Wale feat. Miguel-Lotus Flower Bomb
- Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz-Mercy
- Young Jeezy feat. Ne-Yo-Leave You Alone
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
- Keyshia Cole
- Mary J. Blige
- Melanie Fiona
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
- Robin Thicke
- Trey Songz
Album of the Year
- The One– Eric Benet
- Channel Orange-Frank Ocean
- Life Is Good-Nas
- Write Me Back-R. Kelly
- Looking For Myself-Usher
Song of the Year
- Estelle-Thank You
- John Legend feat. Ludacris-Tonight (Best You Ever Had)
- Trey Songz– Heart Attack
- Wale feat. Miguel-Lotus Flower Bomb
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
- Thank You-Estelle (Writers: Arden Altino, Akene “The Champ” Dunkley, Jerry Duplessis, Doug F. Edwards, Thomas D. Richardson, Aliaune Thiam)
- Tonight (Best You Ever Had)-John Legend feat. Ludacris (Writers: Allen Arthur, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel Pimentel “Miguel”, Clayton Reilly, John Stephens)
- Daughters-Nas (Writers: Nasir Jones, Ernest D. Wilson, Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka)
- Share My Love-R. Kelly (Writer: Robert Kelly)
- Climax-Usher (Writers: Usher Raymond IV, Sean “Redd Stylez” Fenton, Thomas “Diplo” Pentz, Ariel Rechtshaid)
Best Dance Performance
- Beyoncé-Love On Top
- Chris Brown-Turn Up The Music
- Nicki Minaj-Starships
- Rihanna-Where Have You Been
CENTRICTV.com Best Caribbean Performance
- Cover Drive-Bajan Style
- Damien “Junior Gong” Marley-SuperHeavy
- Jimmy Cliff-Rebirth
- Matisyahu-Spark Seeker
- Sean Paul-Tomahawk Technique
CENTRICTV.com Best International Performance
- Amy Winehouse-Our Day Will Come
- Daley feat. Marsha Ambrosius-Alone Together
- Emeli Sande-Next To Me
- Estelle-Thank You
- Gotye feat. Kimbra-Somebody (That I Used To Know)
- Rebecca Ferguson-Nothing’s Real But Love
CENTRICTV.com Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group
- Chris Botti-Impressions
- Kenny Garrett-Seeds From The Underground
- Melody Gardot-The Absence
- The Robert Glasper Experiment-Black Radio
- Tony Bennett-Isn’t It Romantic
CENTRICTV.com Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group
- Ben Tankard-Full Tank
- Brian Culbertson-DREAMS
- Cassandra Wilson-Another Country
- Esperanza Spalding-Radio Music Society
- Peter White-Here We Go
Atlanta/PRNewswire/ — Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com) — The nation’s first-ever broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences — will turn one on Sept. 26 and its first year on-the-air has been overwhelmingly successful, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups and distribution, advertisers and viewers alike.
In just 12 months on the air, Bounce TV:
•Is already seen in 80% of African American homes, 17 of the top 20 African American markets and over 60% of U.S. television households.
•Can be seen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, Cleveland/Akron, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Kansas City, Hartford/New Haven, Norfolk, Dayton, West Palm Beach, Birmingham, Memphis, Louisville, among other markets. Bounce TV will arrive in Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Orlando within the next 10 days (See below).
•Acquired hundreds of motion picture rights from most major studios, including: The Walt Disney Studios; Paramount Pictures; Miramax; MGM Domestic Television Distribution; NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution; Sony Pictures Television; Warner Bros. and Lionsgate.
•Produced three original series; carried live sporting events; celebrated Black History Month with a line-up of powerful documentaries; aired special memorial tributes to African American entertainment figures Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and Don Cornelius and more.
•Has agreements with most major television station groups and advertisers have embraced the network.
“I am very proud of our network and the amazing growth it has enjoyed. Bounce TV’s rapid expansion validates the need for free programming for our under-served community,” said Martin Luther King III, a member of Bounce TV’s Board of Directors.
In celebrating its flourishing first year on the air, Bounce TV today announced:
•Its first motion picture licensing agreement with Lionsgate®, a leading diversified global entertainment company, that will bring a package of African American-skewing Lionsgate movies to the network. Among the titles: Halle Berry’s Academy Award ®-winning performance in the highly-acclaimed Monster’s Ball; Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Boat Trip and Murder of Crows; the inspirational story Pride starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac and more.
•A sports rights renewal agreement to televise both football and basketball games from the nation’s largest African American athletic conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA.)
•WXYZ-TV, one of the leading ABC affiliates in the country and Detroit’s #1 rated television station, will launch Bounce TV on Weds. Sept. 26, the network’s official first birthday.
•Bounce TV will be launched on FOX-owned MyNetworkTV sub channels in Phoenix, Minneapolis and Orlando by October 2012.
•The network is in the final stages of discussions with Nielsen and anticipates having national Nielsen ratings in the fourth quarter of this year.
•Toyota and Nissan have renewed sponsorship agreements while General Motors and Chrysler will become sponsors for year two.
Bounce TV targets African Americans primarily between the ages of 25-54 with a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series and now original series. Bounce TV airs twenty four hours a day, seven days a week on the digital signals of local television stations. Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Andrew Young are among the Founding Group and Board of Directors of Bounce TV. Bounce TV is majority African American-owned. Toyota USA is the signature sponsor of the network.
Bounce TV targets African Americans primarily between the ages of 25-54 with a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series and now original series. Live sports and events are part of the Bounce TV schedule, including both football and basketball games from the nation’s largest African American athletic conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA.)
Christian Newswire — Total Prayze Entertainment Group Continues to Combine Vision with Innovation in Evolving its Gospel Entertainment Brands.
“Our focus is on developing and producing inspirational content for broadcast, cable and new media,” said CEO David M. Wallace. “We have an opportunity to let people experience the world of Gospel music like never before.”
Total Prayze Entertainment Group has just recently launched Encore: MusiQBox — A Premier Christian & Gospel Music Video Platform www.totalprayze.
com/musiqbox. The platform is another move in the company’s bid to expand its reach which includes its digital magazine, a mobile application development division, a television & film production division, an in-house creative design agency and an eBook publishing division.MusiQbox is planning to make the leap into television, in 2011 MusiQbox was represented in Cannes, France by RebelMedia Ventures through an international distribution deal.
The company’s production division (Total Eclipse Productions) has expanded with the launch of MusicBlock Entertainment www.totalprayze.com/musicblock.
“MusiBlock’s primary focus will be on Gospel music-oriented original programming,” said David M. Wallace. “MusicBlock is a natural extension of Total Eclipse Productions.” Total Eclipse Productions is committed to creating & developing original shows, films and digital content, scripted and unscripted for all platforms. Plans are underway for Judah Praise Experience: The Sequel as the company is exploring additional opportunities for future events in NewYork and beyond. The company will also be using its Facebook page for its digital magazine (www.facebook.com/encoregospelmagazine) which is becoming a one-stop hub to stay-up-to date with the latest news & events in the Christian & Gospel music industry as a platform to make stronger inroads into television and movies.
Beginning in October, David M. Wallace will release his second eBook under his digital imprint, Kingdom First Publications. The author will address many issues children face today through a series of children’s books. The series centers around and African American child who imagines herself as a superhero called “Queen Bee.”
Visit www.totalprayze.com/kingdomfirst Under the direction of David M.
Wallace, the company will continue to look for ways to grow business relationships such as the one with GETV (Gospel Entertainment Television).
“I am pleased with what we accomplished with GETV,” said David M. Wallace, head of original programming.
“Our programming has been instrumental in building up GETV and we look forward to more opportunities as we strive to be a driving force in the faith-based community.”
Visit www.totalprayze.com for more info.