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JoJo O’Neal with All-Star Panel: “On the Air: The History of Black Radio in Orlando”

Wednesday, October 18, 6 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library

A DeLand native, JoJo O’Neal studied radio and television broadcasting at the University of Central Florida and has been a full-time radio personality since 1984. During that time she simultaneously spent seven years as floor director and camera operator for Channel 9 Eyewitness News Daybreak.

JoJo can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Star 94.5, Orlando’s No. 1 radio station for “Today’s R&B and Throwbacks.” Since April 2016, she is also heard weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jacksonville’s Hot 99-5, “Duval’s Only R&B.”

JoJo’s familiar voice has been heard in commercials, videos, tutorials, and e-books worldwide. At the October 18 program, she’ll be joined by an all-star panel including Monica May (Star 94.5), Chris Hill (Aquarius One Broadcasting), and Shanti Persaud (the owner of WOKB).

Named in honor of the late Joseph L. Brechner, an award-winning journalist, community leader, and freedom-of-information advocate, this new series of speaker programs focuses on the media in Florida’s history. All programs take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library (Albertson Room, 3rd Floor) and are free.

Future presentations in the series include:
November 1: Gary Mormino: “From 9/11 to Pulse”
November 15: Adam Ware: “Sunshine State of Mind: Florida in the American Imaginary”

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.