Corporate Public Broadcasting (CPB) Report 2021

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 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 achievement 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, Twin Cities Public Television, Minnesota Television Network among other outlets. We also collaborate 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, Marcus Owens; 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 Ed Graff, 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 also works in conjunction with many business community partners like Summit Academy OIC, The American Red Cross. Hamline University, St. Paul College; St. Thomas University, and, Metropolitan Technical and Community College. Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities; Cars For Neighbors; Minnesota Public Housing Authority, Union Gospel Mission, Dr. Charles Morgan. KMOJ also regularly engages with parents and influencers through its Community Advisory Board.

KMOJ’s programming is focused to engage more into education and finding solutions for the problems in the communities of color. We will continue our mission which is to educate through a more aggressive focus on eliminating teen violence, home foreclosures, job creation and community empowerment. We’re also focused on the issue of homelessness; food insecurity; and, of course COVID-19. Through nurturing KMOJ’s new HD station, KMOJ was able to begin 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 is actively engaged elected and community officials such as Janaan Ahmed who serves as the student representative on the Minneapolis Public School Board; 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; Louis King, President of OIC American and The ED of Summit Academy, OIC and the leader of the African American Community Response Team in its effort to find a community-based solution to COVID. The station’s original newscast were translated into four different languages for public consumption.

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. Most recently CPB funding is enabling to employ a seasoned Program Director to guide our broadcast on-line efforts to 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 which are critical to effective communication today and in the future. The support is especially helpful as KMOJ navigates its way through COVID-19 and civil unrest.


Questions? Contact Freddie Bell at or (612) 377-0594


Freddie Bell
General Manager

Vic Clemons
Program Director

Kelley Solie
Business Office Manager/Traffic Manager

Walter “Q Bear” Banks
Community Engagement Manager

Rico Woodard (Nevotion)
Underwriting Manager



A full list of those members is posted on this website at 
Meeting dates and times are listed in the link at the bottom of the page.



   Melissa Chitwood
   Joe McKenzie
   ONeal Hampton
   Dr. Keith Mayes
   Anthony Richie
   Anthony Pankey
   Kitty Harris

   Wes Spain

   Jonathan Turner




  • 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