What's On Today - Monday

Winter Weather Advisory

Heavy snow is forecast for the Twin Cities this weekend.  A winter storm warning is in effect until tomorrow afternoon.  A little less snow is expected in the Twin Cities than originally forecast, with accumulations of six to ten inches.  The snow will move in early this afternoon and taper off tomorrow.

Donations Pour In For Moms 4 Housing As Evicted Women Claim Victory

Moms 4 Housing’s goal to bring awareness to the current housing crisis in Oakland was met with pushback following their arrest and release from jail after being evicted from the abandoned home that they’ve been living in since November. According to a press release, the belongings of the mothers and children who lived in the home have been destroyed. The release revealed that East Bay MUD “dug a trench around the home and Wedgewood had movers dump all the families’ personal belongings in the street.” [Read more]

Tyler Perry Says Bad Ratings Played A Part In His No Writers Room Philosophy

Tyler Perry honored with a Star

Source: WENN/Avalon / WENN

Tyler Perry is doubling down on his no writers room rule by claiming bad ratings played a part in his decision.

The media mogul went viral earlier this month when he bragged about being the sole writer for his various shows on BET+ and OWN. “I have no writers room. Nobody writes any of my work. I write it all,” he said in an Instagram video. Perry immediately received backlash for his confession, with many asserting that his shows could become better with a writers room and he could give more opportunities to burgeoning writers. [Read more]

Minnesota Vikings Head West

The Vikings are headed west to battle the San Francisco 49ers tomorrow in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs in Santa Clara.  The Vikes stunned the Saints last weekend to advance.  The top-seeded Niners had a first-round bye after finishing 13-and-3.  Seattle visits Green Bay in the other NFC divisional game.

KMOJ FM Selects Zannie Glover (Zannie K) as Program Director

Zannie Glover (Zannie K)

KMOJ is announcing the selection of Zannie Glover to the position of Program Director for KMOJ FM. He will be responsible for giving direction to the sound of KMOJ FM, The Peoples Station, and The Ice as well as management of the station’s online presence.

In making the announcement, Freddie Bell, KMOJ General Manager says Glover’s selection follows an exhaustive search. “We were looking for an individual capable of handling the rigors of managing and growing our multifaceted communication platforms which are designed to train broadcasters and give the community a voice,” Bell says.  [Read more]

KMOJ: Final Hours of 2019 RadioThon!!

by Freddie Bell

With only two days left in the KMOJ Building Our Future Radiothon, I am happy to see how you are responding with your gifts and well wishes. They all help to build the foundation for growth and give voice to the concerns we face as a community. They also set the table to bring on interns and those interested in our business, who aspire to be the next generation of broadcasters. That’s the first part of our mission. Secondly, your help also allows us the space to give voice to the conditions impacting you, our community. [Read more]

CCD/KMOJ Board Additions

Retired Major General David Hamlar, Jr.

The Center for Communication and Development Board of Directors announces the addition of Retired Major General David Hamlar, Jr., and Mr. Eric Harris to the CCD/KMOJ  Board of Directors.   The Retired Major General David Hamlar, Jr. is an Air Force Veteran. A fellowship in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery brought him to the University of Minnesota to train, where he eventually settled and transferred to the Minnesota Air National Guard. He deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and has earned multiple commendations for his efforts. He was promoted as the first African-American Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard and held the position of Assistant Adjutant-General. He was promoted to Major General, and retired 1n 2017. His medical practice is out of several locations to include Regions Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and the University of Minnesota where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology.  As faculty, he trains medical students, residents, and fellows, holds numerous leadership positions and has provided mentorship to those under-represented aspiring applicants and students. General Hamlar has been recognized as a “Top Doc” by Mpls/St Paul Magazine, and “Best Doc” by Minnesota Monthly Magazine. General Hamlar holds a membership with the St Paul branch of the NAACP and remains active with the Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities, where their missions include supporting our local neighborhoods, and communities through mentorship and partnership programs. [Read more]

‘The People’s Station’: KMOJ-FM broadcasts for the Minnesota African-American community and beyond

MinnPost photo by Jim WalshPart of the staff that makes KMOJ go (left-to-right): Back row: Ray Seville (underwriting manager), Malcolm Samuels (underwriter), Glen Golden (announcer), Freddie Bell (general manager), Walter “Q Bear” Banks, Jr. (operations manager/announcer). Front row: Nikki Love (announcer/underwriter), Tiffany Washington (announcer/receptionist), Bridgette Stewart (underwriter).

By Jim Walsh | 08/22/2019

Monday morning was a quiet hive of urgent activity at the studios of KMOJ-FM on Penn and Broadway in north Minneapolis. The station’s weekly board meeting had just ended, and employees and volunteers were gearing up for the business week of running one of the nation’s oldest and most successful community radio stations.

There was legendary KMOJ deejay Walter “Q Bear” Banks, Jr., heading over to his memorabilia-festooned cubicle while planning his next drive-time show. There was the one and only Nikki Love, arguably the most respected hip-hop deejay in the Twin Cities. There was Ray Seville, the station’s underwriting manager and founder of the dance party stalwart Ray Seville Productions, who was heading off to the State Fairgrounds to set up KMOJ’s booth — this year with a “dancing with the deejays” theme. [Read more]