WMNF 2ND ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION: 88.5 FM - Soul Surviving In Hard Times
Scott Elliott about over 4 years ago
“Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future.”
-Excerpt from JUNETEENTH.COM
In keeping with the growing worldwide celebration of Juneteenth, WMNF is, in its second year, embarking on pre-empting its regular broadcast to provide a full day of African American programming on Friday, June 19, 2009 commencing at 4:00 AM until 6:00 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2009.
Spearheaded by WMNF programmer, Scott Elliott and realized by the many hours of hard work by station staff/volunteers and the African American programmers at the station, this year’s activities promise to go beyond all expectations. New WMNF station manager Jim Bennett is dedicated to the project’s success as one of the many ways for the station reach out to the very community in which it is housed.
WMNF listeners are invited to tune in to the inventive, eclectic as well as informative music and public affairs programming from some of Tampa Bay’s best broadcast talent. The community is also welcome come down to our open house at the station, encouraged to participate in our potluck and join in the festivities that day.
Here is the tentative schedule below:
4:00 – 6:00 AM Pre-Dawn Alternatives/Outside the Box Hosted by Alvon Griffin
6:00 - 9:00 AM Morning Show Hosted by Scott Elliott & Carrie Core Music of African American artists/experience throughout history. A Morning Prayer by Kwabena Dinzulu
9:00 – 10:00 AM Live Music Showcase Hosted by Marvin Flemming Live Performance by Gospel/Funk/Blues outfit, Soul 2 Earth
10:00 – 11:00 AM Critical Times/Friday Forum Hosted By Mabili Ogun
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM True Talk Hosted by Ahmed Bedier & Sammar Jarrah.
Islam's Contribution to Revival of African-American Spirit. From slavery to first Muslim in Congress.
12:00 – 1:00 PM Empowerment Hour Hosted by Carolyn Lighty & Marilyn Wlliams. Amongst other topics, an interview with Douglas A. Blackmon, author of "Slavery By Another Name"
1:00 – 2:00PM Art in Your Ear Hosted by Lizz Straight & Nilla Green Poetry & Hip-Hop are the focus on this day
2:00 – 4:00 PM Afternoon Blues/R&B Hosted by Harrison Nash & Cameron Jones Blues & Soul history. Classic & current blues, soul, funk & jazz with great stories about the artists & times.
4:00 – 6:00 PM Sonic Detour Hosted by Mike Bagley & DJ Cen Flo Edgy, fun & provocative mix of rock-n-roll & Old School Funk & Pop
6:00 - 7:00 PM WMNF Evening News
7:00 – 9:00 PM Soul Party Hosted by Steve ‘The Hitman’ Williams, The D.O.C., et al. Classic Soul & R&B
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM Blues With A Groove: LIVE SHOWCASE Hosted by Robert Cunningham assisted by Scott Elliott
Live performances from all genres of African American music: Blues Pig, Derek Smith, Eliomar Cartagena, Klaasik & Nilla, various poets & more!!
12:00 – 3:00 AM For Lovers Only Hosted by Kwabena Dinzulu
3:00 – 6:00 AM Jizz Mo’ Than Jazz Hosted by Robert Cunningham
Do yourself a favor and tune in to enjoy this amazing full day of African American programming brought to you by WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio!
This 2nd Annual WMNF Juneteenth Celebration promises to be an important contribution to diversity with the goal of empowering and enriching the community as a whole.