News/Talk Radio Program Debuts on April 6th in 18 Markets with Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey as Inaugural Guest
Award-winning author, scholar, and social commentator Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is the host of a one-hour weekday news/talk radio show which is set to launch on April 6, 2009. The Michael Eric Dyson Show is confirmed to air Monday through Friday in eighteen markets, including Baltimore (WEAA-FM); Atlanta (WCLK-AM); Raleigh-Durham (WSHA-FM and WNCU-FM); Houston (KTSU-FM); and Las Vegas (KCEP-FM). “It is an honor to be at the helm of a show that is dedicated to providing valuable information, generating discussion about news of the day and the issues which affect our world, and giving a voice to those making a difference,” says host Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. “There are several topics about which I care deeply – politics, religion, economic policy, arts and culture – which will be regularly represented on the show. I hope that we will grow to become a go-to source for listeners who want to think, reflect, and engage.”
The show will air on WFSS (91.9), on the campus of Fayetteville State University, at 3 p.m. each day. WFSS, a 100,000-watt station, is Fayetteville and the surrounding region’s premier station for National Public Radio news and jazz.
The show will consist of three segment blocks: A) newsmaker guest interviews; B) roundtable discussions on politics, religion and the economy, as well as a weekly bloggers roundtable; and C) arts & entertainment/culture guest interviews. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is confirmed as the show’s first guest. Other confirmed guests to appear on the show within its first two weeks include: Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Spike Lee, Hill Harper, Donna Brazile, Samuel L. Jackson, and Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America. “We are thrilled to be working with Michael Eric Dyson on this show, which will be a daily journey capitalizing on his strength and interest in critical social analysis. As such, Dr. Dyson will bring a tremendous amount of wisdom, insight and thought provoking discussion to listeners, sparking conversations that we hope will commence on the airwaves and continue beyond the show into communities around the country,” comments Loretta Rucker, Executive Director of the African American Public Radio Consortium.
The Michael Eric Dyson Show is created and produced by the African American Public Radio Consortium in partnership with consortium member station WEAA-FM, located in Baltimore, MD on the campus of historically black university Morgan State University. The Michael Eric Dyson Show marks the Consortium’s first program that will be self-produced in partnership with a member station. “This is an exciting opportunity for us at WEAA-FM. To play a part in the development of a show that is sure to become a key source of information, with a host who brings so much to the table, is something that we as a member station fully endorse and support. We hope that The Michael Eric Dyson Show is the first of many such joint ventures with the African American Public Radio Consortium,” remarks LaFontaine Oliver, General Manager of WEAA-FM.
The Consortium and National Public Radio have worked as partners for the past eight years to create programs that serve more culturally diverse audiences. Their first project, The Tavis Smiley Show which debuted in 2002 was the first African American focused show to air on the network. The partnership followed up with the creation of News and Notes with hosts Ed Gordon and Farai Chideya in 2005, and Tell Me More with host Michel Martin in 2007. “This is a wonderful development. We are eager to see the show evolve and wish the Consortium team and Michael Eric Dyson great success. NPR will support the AAPRC in every way that we can as they begin this new chapter,” said Margaret Low Smith, NPR’s VP for Programming.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, please contact Gilda Squire Media Relations at 212-928-8090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.