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Willie Clark 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

In the 1950s and early ’60s, radio personalities such as Clyde on a Cloud, Bigfoot Saul, and the Hossman were household names in Orlando’s black communities. All were heard regularly in Central Florida during an era when radio DJs reigned as major figures in popular culture. This program will revisit the beginnings of minority broadcasting in the Orlando area and chronicle its emergence as a dominant media platform in the community. The program includes a brief retrospective on the city’s black radio pioneers and the history of WOKB-AM 1600 (“Tiger Radio”), the area’s first full-time black station, followed by what promises to be a lively panel discussion with legendary radio personalities, executives, and at least one former radio station owner, “telling it like it was.”

 Willie Clark is an award-winning broadcaster, entrepreneur, and community activist with 30-plus years of experience in the radio and television industry.

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.