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 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. 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 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-underserved 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 18 months. Partnering with Union Gospel Twin Cities, KMOJ  is feeding the indigent, sharing important information and providing residential, medical and dental support to those in need. Presently KMOJ is developing a Local and National documentary on Housing that is already having an impact on increasing the awareness of tenants’ rights.

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. KMOJ is the content expert in the Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media project. It culminated in a 2019  Spring Conference attended by community stakeholders and journalists across the State of Minnesota. The purpose of the conference was 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 produced the second in a series of Human and Sex Trafficking, Breaking Free for local and national consumption for which it won first place, Special Projects for In-depth reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. This year KMOJ will institute a Youth Advisory Board to better understand the needs of its younger listener base and present a two-hour documentary on housing Disparities.

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.

. 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
Housing 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

 

Zannie Glover

Program Director

Zanniek@kmojfm.com

 

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

Walter “Q Bear” Banks
Community Engagement 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

   Melissa Chitwood
   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