KMOJ-FM remains 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 and Forums like Housing, Health, and Education. KMOJ disseminates programming and information through our on-air presentations, website, and social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. North Minneapolis is a residential neighborhood primarily populated by African Americans so KMOJ provides culturally specific engagement activities where residents can seek relief from the strains of the inequalities inherent in achievement gaps. KMOJ hosts or partners with a number of organizations to address community needs. KMOJ-FM commits more than 16 hours per week to Public Affairs programming that focuses entirely on issues that affect African Americans 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, Twin Cities Public Television, among other outlets. KMOJ collaborates with Community non-profits (Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, Stella Whitney-West); The Urban League (Steve Belton); Minneapolis and St. Paul NAACP; African American Leadership Council, Government agencies (State of Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz; Attorney General Keith Ellison; The City of St. Paul, Mayor Melvin Carter; Ramsey and Hennepin Counties; and the City of Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey), Educational institutions (Minneapolis and St. Paul Public schools, Independent School District 622, Burnsville Public Schools; Superintendents (interim Superintendent for MPS) Rochelle Cox; Joe Gothard, Christine Tucci-Osorio and Teresa Battle respectively; The University of Minnesota and Mankato State University, Best Academy and Harvest Prep School). KMOJ-FM works with many business community partners like Summit Academy OIC, and The American Red Cross. Hamline University, St. Paul College; St. Thomas University, and, Metropolitan Technical and Community College, Catholic Charities, Avivo, Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities; Cars For Neighbors; Minnesota Public Housing Authority, and Union Gospel Mission, KMOJ also regularly engage with parents and influencers through its seven-member, Community Advisory Board.
KMOJ’s programming is focused to engage more in education and finding solutions for the problems in the communities of color. KMOJ is acting on its mission of educating its listeners through a more aggressive focus on eliminating teen violence, home foreclosures, job creation, and community empowerment. The station is also focused on the issue of homelessness; food insecurity; and, of course, COVID-19 vaccination and recovery. Through nurturing KMOJ’s HDs station, KMOJ is reaching a previously underserved segment of its community (18-24 year-olds) with culturally specific programming. Current metrics indicate an audience that continues growing. Partnering with The Minnesota Department of Health, The Department of Commerce and Education; and The Department of Public Safety, KMOJ is providing critical, life-saving information to its audience. KMOJ developed Local and National documentaries on vaccines and civil unrest.
KMOJ is a voice for people of Color and regularly gives voice to its listener base through its programming and community events. KMOJ actively engages elected and community officials such as Alice Roberts-Davis, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, and James Burroughs, 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 such as Louis King, President of OIC American and The ED of Summit Academy, in its ongoing effort to find a community-based solution to COVID. The station’s original newscast was translated into four different languages for public consumption. The stations present local news each hour.
The CPB Grant provides KMOJ with the financial resources to continue to provide live broadcasts from community events, especially since its presence is now even greater with Covid restrictions relaxing somewhat. The grant also allows KMOJ 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 which resulted in a continued improvement in the quality of programming. Most recently CPB funding is enabling KMOJ to replace a seasoned Program Director with another talented individual to guide its broadcast online efforts that are designed to reach an even broader audience. KMOJ was also able to purchase equipment enabling the station to broadcast remotely in an effort to control the spread of the virus.
Additionally, the grant provides KMOJ the opportunity to have its information consumed nationwide through its website and various social media platforms, now including those targeted at a younger more diverse audience. KMOH believes this effort is critical to effective communication today and in the future. The support is especially helpful as KMOJ navigates its way through COVID-19 vaccination and recovery and continued violence in the metropolitan area civil unrest.
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ITEM I: STATION SENIOR/EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT
Business Office Manager/Traffic Manager
Walter “Q Bear” Banks
Community Engagement Manager
Rico Woodard (Nevotion)
ITEM II: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A full list of those members is posted on this website at https://kmojfm.com/wp/board-of-directors/
Meeting dates and times are listed in the link at the bottom of the page.
ITEM III: ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. Keith Mayes
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.