Corporate Public Broadcasting (CPB) Report 2020-21

KMOJ-FM is committed to producing and delivering no less than 60% of its programming to community dialogue and education. The station’s community engagement strategies encompass live remote broadcasts of community forums and Town Hall Meetings. KMOJ disseminates programming and information through our on-air presentations, website, and social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. North Minneapolis is a residential neighborhood largely populated by African Americans so KMOJ provides culturally specific engagement activities where residents can seek relief from the strains of the inequalities inherent in opportunity gaps. KMOJ hosts or partners with a number of organizations to address community needs. KMOJ-FM commits more than 15 hours per week to Public Affairs programming that focuses entirely on issues that affect African American’s and other people of color.

KMOJ-FM collaborates with many public media outlets (Minnesota Public Radio), Insight News, North News, 360 Journalism, and The Spokesman-Recorder Newspaper, Black Media America Television, Minnesota Television Network among other outlets. We also collaborate with community nonprofits (Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, The Urban League), government agencies (the State of Minnesota, The City of St. Paul,  and the City of Minneapolis), educational institutions (Minneapolis and St. Paul Public schools, University of Minnesota and Mankato State University, Independent School District 622, Best Academy and Harvest Prep School). KMOJ-FM also works in conjunction with many business community partners like Summit Academy OIC, Hamline University, Metropolitan Technical and Community College. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Twin Cities.

KMOJ’s programming is focused to engage more in education and finding solutions for the problems discovered in communities of color. We will continue our mission which is to educate through a more aggressive focus on eliminating teen violence, preventing home foreclosures, facilitating job creation, and community empowerment. We’re also focused on reducing sex and human trafficking, and finding Men of Color for Littles through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Through bringing on a new HD station, KMOJ was able to begin reaching a previously under-served segment of its community (18-24 year-olds) with culturally specific programming. Current metrics indicate an audience that has expanded to three times its size in the last 12 months. Partnering with Union Gospel Twin Cities, KMOJ is helping to feed hungry, find resources for those who are indigent, and share important information on residential, medical, and dental support to those in need.

KMOJ is a voice for people of Color, its primary listener base. In 2020 KMOJ started the process of engaging the newly-elected and community officials such as Janaan Ahmed who will serve as the student representative on the Minneapolis Public School Board; Alice Roberts-Davis, the newly appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration and James Burroughs, the new Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Minnesota Children’s Hospital, in an effort to bring forward people of color who are making a difference in the communities we serve.

KMOJ was the content expert in the Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media project which led to a 2019 Spring Conference. KMOJ participated in more than 20 listening sessions throughout the state to create a contact for the conference. The purpose of these listening sessions was to use insights from community members and stakeholders to directly inform the conference program and the work of the partners.

We sought to learn what racial narratives look like in an ideal media landscape by asking what is working well, what current representations in media looks/sounds like, and what impact more accurate racial narratives would have. The communities that participated were White Mainstream Journalists, Community Media, Young POC journalists, Journalism Educators, Mainstream POCI Journalists, Iron Range (Virginia), St. Cloud, Rochester, Worthington, Duluth, Indigenous (Bemidji), Indigenous (Mille Lacs), Trauma Specialists, Crime Reporting, Queer POCI, West Broadway Open Streets and Generation Listen MPR. KMOJ is also producing the second in a series of Human and Sex Trafficking, Breaking Free for local and national consumption, plus a new documentary on housing disparities. KMOJ earned a first-place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for our work on the Sex Trafficking series. In June 2020, KMOJ won another first-place award for the follow-up documentary entitled Sex Trafficking-Breaking Free. This month also saw the airing of a documentary focusing on homelessness entitled, Housing First.

In the past, the CPB Grant provided KMOJ with the financial resources to continue to provide live broadcasts from community events. The grant also allowed KMOJ the ability to hire Independent Contractors to host, produce, and voice various programs that targeted issues that face the African American community. KMOJ was also able to continue to increase the quality of its Public Affairs programming by hiring more professional Independent Contractors that resulted in a continued improvement in the quality of programming. Additionally, the grant provides KMOJ the opportunity to have its information consumed nationwide through its website and various social media platforms which are critical to effective communication today and in the future. The support is especially helpful as KMOJ navigates its way through COVID-19.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration – On-air Interviews
Black History Month activities throughout the month of February along with the airing of vignettes of Historical African Americans and interviews with local icons.
Community Education Forum – Live Broadcast
Commemorating the Life of Prince 

Juneteenth Celebration -Virtual Celebration and on Site Festival Hosting
Sex Trafficking-Breaking Free, June 2020

Housing First- Documentary
Hosung Disparities Documentary

Numerous live remotes from community activities that promote health homeownership violence prevention and other issues that affect or listeners.
KMOJ FM CPB GRANT DATA: CPB is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. KMOJ and all grant recipient stations must publicly display the following information to be eligible for grant funding.

Questions? Contact Freddie Bell at freddiebell@kmojfm.com or (612) 377-0594

ITEM I: STATION SENIOR/EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Freddie Bell
General Manager
freddiebell@kmojfm.com

Kelley Solie
Business Office Manager/Traffic Manager
ksolie@kmojfm.com

Walter “Q Bear” Banks
Operations Manager
QBear@kmojfm.com

Ray Seville
Underwriting Manager
rayseville@kmojfm.com
ITEM II: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A full list of those members is posted on this website. Meeting dates and times are listed below.

2019/20/21 Board Meetings

ITEM III: ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

   The Rev. John Bowen
   Joe McKenzie
   Michael Carter Sr.
   Dr. Keith Mayes
   Anthony Richie
   Anthony Pankey
   Kitty Harris

ITEM IV: OPEN MEETINGS

  • Check back for date/time/location of upcoming meetings of the Community Advisory Board.
  • Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the KMOJ conference room at KMOJ studios located at 2123 West Broadway Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55411.

Link to Board Meeting & Advisory Board Meeting Calendar