Black radio and the Civil Rights Movement

This well written article on Radio-Info discusses how black radio played a role in shaping the Civil Rights Movement, in which local stations (such as WVON in Chicago and WDAS in Philadelphia), were the eyes and ears to the black community and dispatched the latest information on numerous issues.

This public service continues to this day, as several syndicated programs hosted by Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, and Michael Baisden – as well as other black radio hosts – helped mobilize listeners regarding the Jena 6 case, which included broadcasting their shows on-site from Louisiana, and informing listeners regarding the latest on the situation.