More than 20 percent of
people who listen to
talk radio are black and
that tally does not
include Black Talk
stations. Black Talkers
Founder Robert "Rob"
Redding Jr. says, "Black
talkers and their
listeners are the most
neglected in talk radio
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.
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.
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Williams Eyes Another Station - Richard Prince is reporting
that the talk radio host may buy another TV station.
Bev Smith encourages women - During a recent talk in
Pittsburgh the talk icon made a major impression
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.
Colbert has taken over as program director at Sirius XM Urban
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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."
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.
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
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.
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
- 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
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 listener,
Bryian 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:
word urban is just a shifty, disingenuous way for White people
to say Black, like having Black characteristics."
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."
Black Talkers has learned that it appears that Warren Ballentine
has been removed from the air due to being charged with mortgage
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.
XM host George Wilson is off the air due to Stroke -
BlackTalkers.com 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."
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
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 -
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 -
WMCS-AM tops list of 14 black talk radio stations in Arbitron
performance, according to a study conducted by
Madison with Michelle Obama - Michelle Obama recently
thanked Joe Madison and his listeners for support during the