The Globe and Boston Black News launch community-driven radio show
Tune in on Friday morning for an all-new radio show aimed at uplifting the stories of Boston’s black community.
Boston Black News is in partnership with The Boston Globe to launch “Black News Hour Presented by The Boston Globe,” a one-hour radio show that airs monthly on Fridays at 8 am. This week’s first segment will feature a conversation with Boston mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George.
Founded by Pastor Bruce Wall, Boston Black News is Boston’s first and only black-owned, FCC-licensed, FCC-owned, black-owned FM station and faith-based television network. BBN is an offshoot of Boston Praise Radio and TV, also founded by Wall, who is a pastor at Global Ministries Church in Dorchester.
“We created Boston Black News to provide a more nuanced picture of life in Boston’s black community to counter the predominantly negative or fanatic stories of our community reported by the mainstream media,” Wall said in a statement. “We are very pleased that The Boston Globe is joining our ever growing list of news and information programs available to all listeners in the greater Boston area.”
In a press release, the World said the purpose of the partnership is to develop a space for the black community to engage and connect with the World, writers, news sources and community stakeholders to deepen connections across Greater Boston, allowing a moment of reflection on the past to learn how to create a better, more diverse, and more inclusive future.
“We understand the importance and crucial role that the black press has played in reporting the hardships and achievements of Boston’s black community,” said Peggy Byrd, director of marketing at Boston Globe Media. “Collaborating with BBN… is a critical part of ensuring that we support independent black media highlighting the myriad of stories existing in the black community.
Wall stretched towards the World about a partnership and was happy when he got a response the next day.
“I knew we had to cover stories about black people and produced and reported by black people,” he told the World. “So I [contacted] the Globe because I liked the quality of the writing, and I love and appreciate some of the journalists who were there.
Wall believes the collaboration will benefit his station and listeners, as well as the World.
“We’re going to help the Boston Globe reach Black Boston like they’ve never done before,” he said.
Black News Hour will air monthly on Fridays at 8:00 a.m. on WBPG-LP 102.9.
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