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More than 20 percent of people who listen to talk radio are black and that tally does not include Black Talk formatted radio stations. Black Talkers Founder Robert “Rob” Redding Jr. says, “Black talkers and their listeners are the most neglected in talk radio today.”

Norris out at NPR

Cincinnati WDBZ goes gospel

Atlanta talk show host Rashad Richey signs syndication deal

Joe Madison succeeds at 52-Hour Marathon …

 Black Talker’s Personality of the Year 2014 Roland Martin  has just teamed with Empowerment Radio Network – The show will begin airing on the network at 10 a.m. ET, ERN’s David Anderson tells BT. The show will be replacing Warren Ballentine, who is set to be sentenced on criminal charges this week. It will air with a fresh 24-hour lineup.

Congratulations to Roland Martin for being selected Black Talkers’ Personality of the Year. Martin’s new talk radio and television shows and sizable social media following have earned him this year’s honor.

Larry Elder out at KABC… StoryWarren Ballentine found guilty. Story…Warren Ballentine goes to trail…says he has been suffering from depression. Story…

Black talk show host says that he has been banned from YouTube

Sidney Wood out at WAOK

Angelo Henderson Praised as a “Doer”

WWRL switching to Spanish-language station, ending an era in black radio Get the story here

WAOK morning show host is leaving the stationGet the story here

 Black Talkers releases Talented 10 list for  2013 … View the list here

 Roland Martin gets morning show NewsOne Now� with Roland Martin started on Monday. The interactive daily show simulcast live on radio starting at 7:00 a.m., with the third hour airing weekdays at 9:00 a.m. ET, on TV One. CheckTV listings in your area or listen to all 3 hours live, online. Award-winning journalist Roland Martin leads the conversation with a full multimedia experience� viewers can interact with �NewsOne Now� across radio, television, and social media. Got a question? Be sure to tweet us at @NewsOne or @RolandSMartinwith the hashtag #NewsOneNow to weigh in. �African Americans are some of the most highly engaged cable news consumers, and it�s vital that we meet that thirst with a daily morning show that speaks to our issues, our concerns, from our perspective,� says Martin. Read more

 Group targets Al Sharpton for Advertiser Boycott … Read about it

Atlanta media legend Ron SailorSr. Dies …  Read about it

 KPFA host JR Valrey banned from Pacifica radio network … Read about it

Sharpton now on WLIB …Read about it

Armstrong Williams Eyes Another Station – Richard Prince is reporting that the talk radio host may buy another TV station. Read article.

Bev Smith encourages women – During a recent talk in Pittsburgh the talk icon made a major impressionRead article

Black Talk Radio On The Rise – The days of talk radio dominating the general market for white male listeners is beginning to fade to black, literally. Black talk radio is on the rise in major markets across the country boasting an affluent listenership of educated black men 45+ with real spending power. Read article

Chris Colbert has taken over as program director at Sirius XM Urban View  – See LinkedIn

Black talk show host at the center of lawmaker’s post – Tommy Sotomayor, a controversial African-American talk show host based in Atlanta. Sotomayor opines that black women “are the worst stewards of children on the planet, and says they do not care about their children.” Read the story…

Empowerment Radio Network’s David Anderson talks about bringing Warren Ballentine back to radio –Anderson’s new network features Ballentine and talk icon Bev Smith. He talks about his new network on Redding News Review.

Warren Ballentine returns to the air – Black Talkers has learned that Warren Ballentine has returned to the air on WAGF-AM in Dothan, WJBE-AM in Knoxville, WOWE-AM in Flint, WJMG-AM in Hattiesburg and WPUL-AM in Daytona Beach. His show can be heard at his normal time slot, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST via the Empowerment Radio Network. You can listen to him on TUNEIN by searching for “Empowerment Radio Network.” Stations interested in running the show can email or call 888-799-3074.

 Sirius XM moves The Urban View to 110 from 128 – the following message has been posted on the channel web site. “The Power is now SiriusXM Urban View and has moved from channel 128 to channel 110.”

NYC’s favorite Sunday talk show OPEN LINE is losing a member of the show, James Mtume, and gets new time slot with fewer hours – A listener alerted us to the staffing change and time: “…they announced that the heretofore the two hour show that aired from 10 a.m. to Noon on Sunday for decades, will have a change in time starting next Sunday airing from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. I am sitting here simply flabbergasted” …We are awaiting a call back from Program Director Skip Dillard.

Joe Madison is no longer on WOL-AM – Sirius XM Morning show host Joe Madison is no longer on WOL in Washington, D.C. He is now only on Sirius XM. See WOL-AM’s schedule.

TV One host Roland Martin Washington Watch journalist of the year– Martin, who was just let go by CNN, is being honored by the National Association of Black Journalists. Read more here.

Armstrong Williams to Buy Two TV Stations – Syndicated talk show host Armstrong Williams has purchased two radio stations, according to a columnist. Williams is heard weekdays on Sirius XM 128 The Urban View. Read more here.

Warren Ballentine pleads ‘not guilty’

Is SiriusXM trying to undermine black ‘Power’?

Listeners start bring ‘The Power’ back – You can find out more about the group here:

Listeners starting to say SXM 128 Power changes are racist – Mike Sanders writes: “They and we know who they are don’t like the word power because it gives it’s listeners the power and the truth about issues facing black people in America.” Christopher Sullins writes: “Is there another avenue we can use to listen to black talk radio? Who is the new CEO.? It’s probably a white conservative.”

Sirius XM 128 The Power, a black talk channel, hit over name change – One listenerBryian Revoner, writes: “The Urban View sounds like a joke! I can tell in Joe Madison’s voice it disgust him saying it!” Another listener, Trevon Arrington, writes: “The word urban is just a shifty, disingenuous way for White people to say Black, like having Black characteristics.”

Breaking: Multiple Producers Resign from Tavis Smiley Show  –

Radio Facts has the storyBREAKING: WARREN BALLENTINE CANCELED – Ballentine posted this on his facebook page: “To all the truthfighters thank you I TRIED. Reach Media/ radio one just canceled my show. I was accused not found guilty of anything and they do this don’t care about my kid me or the listeners. Well I guess I’m finding out who really is with me now I guess I will be homeless soon.”

Update: Black Talkers has learned that it appears that Warren Ballentine has been removed from the air due to being charged with mortgage fraud – Read here.

Warren Ballentine indicted for mortgage fraud – A Chicago area lawyer and national talk show host was indicted in mortgage fraud schemes that defrauded lenders of $9.7 million, the Justice Department said. Warren Ballentine allegedly plotted with others to get more than two dozen fraudulent mortgage loans and represented buyers at closings knowing that they weren’t qualified for home mortgages in Chicago and its southern suburbs, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday in a release. Ballentine, 41, was charged with two counts of bank fraud, two counts of making false statements to lenders, and one count each of mail fraud and wire fraud in a six-count indictment returned Thursday by a federal grand jury, the Justice Department said. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of about $9.7 million in alleged fraud proceeds.Ballentine, host of the syndicated radio urban talk show “The Warren Ballentine Show,” will be arraigned next week in Chicago.


Sirius XM host George Wilson is off the air due to Stroke – was sent this letter from the family:

“GW would like to thank the many, many listeners who have sent your well wishes and notes of encouragement via email, twitter and telephone.  He appreciates all of your expressions of love and prayers.  Please know that your prayers for recovery are being answered.


“George suffered a stroke due to an irregular heartbeat, medically identified as atrial fibrillation.  He urges all listeners and their families to have your hearts checked as this is a fairly common heart problem affecting more than 3 million people in the US.  GW is recovering well, but will not be back on the air for several months.  He asks that you continue to keep him in your prayers.


“Many of you have asked for an address to send cards and letters to GW.  You may send all correspondence to PO Box 1765, Washington, DC 20013.  Again GW and his Family thank you all and wish you a Happy New Year.”


Sirius XM host George Wilson is off the air due to illness – Here is the following statement released by his family:

“Dear Power Family,

GW of ‘GW on the Hill’ will be off the air for a while due to an illness.  GW and his Family ask that you keep GW in your prayers.  We are confident of a full recovery.

GW thanks his loyal listeners.  He looks forward to discussing any number of subjects on the table with you soon.  Until then, GW bids you peace and urges you to walk softly.

You may tweet your expressions for a speedy recovery to his twitter @GWonSiriusXM or email him at

Thank you,  GW and Family”

Study: Al Sharpton is the top black talker in social media –  Civil rights activist, radio and TV talk show host Al Sharpton is the top national black weekday talk radio show in the country in social media, according to a study conducted by

Study: Milwaukee black talk radio station tops nation in Arbitron listeners – Milwaukee’s 1290 WMCS-AM tops list of 14 black talk radio stations in Arbitron performance, according to a study conducted by BlackTalkers.comStory

Madison with Michelle Obama – Michelle Obama recently thanked Joe Madison and his listeners for support during the election. Web site

WPFW’s Programming Director Resigns – Story

Morning host Bill Anderson leaving 900 WURD – Story

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