Thursday, January 7, 2016

An Open Letter to D.C.-area Fans of the Tom Joyner Morning Show

Dear D.C. Area Fans of the Tom Joyner Morning Show,

I'm not inclined to promote or even recommend Tom Joyner, WMMJ 102.3 FM, or any media properties of [expletive deleted].  But your alarm at [expletive deleted's] recent decision to move TJMS from 102.3 FM to 1450 AM is unwarranted.  Below are some easy and free alternatives for anyone to continue listening to Black folks' favorite uncle at the family reunion BBQ.

There's a button or menu option on your car's entertainment center that enables users to switch between 'AM' and 'FM' radio frequencies.  Use it.  It's 100% safe.  I promise.  Then, using the entertainment center's dial or button, tune to 1450 AM, any time between 6 and 10 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, to hear TJMS. 

Many of you undoubtedly have mobile devices of one type or another; i.e., 'smartphones', tablets, etc., that allow you to listen to programming by broadcast radio stations streamed over the Internet.  Even [expletive deleted] streams its stations, including WOL 1450 AM.  AAMOF, TJMS is streamed, 'live' over the Internet at, and you may listen in by using any number of mobile apps from radio streaming services like TuneIn.  It's possible to connect your mobile device to a Bluetooth-equipped car entertainment system for enjoying TJMS in your car, almost anywhere you might drive, through today's high-quality car speakers.

Finally, many car entertainment systems come equipped from the factory with HD Radio.  In the D.C. area [Expletive deleted] will be airing TJMS on WKYS-HD2, WPRS-HD2, and WMMJ-HD2.  The sound quality of FM HD Radio is superb, although at the expense of signal range.  Still, for listeners within 20 or so miles of any of these stations TJMS will be available.  So relax.

Don't shed tears for Tom Joyner over this move as he's earned millions selling shares of his company, Reach Media, to [expletive deleted] while continuing to syndicate his show across the nation through Citadel.  I suspect TJMS will continue to be widely available well into the foreseeable future. Everyone knows the unabashedly bammafied uncle at the cookout isn't leaving as long as food and beverages are available.    



Monday, January 19, 2015

OPPORTUNITY ALERT!!!! Volunteers Wanted for WOOK-LP Radio Board of Directors

WOOK-LP 103.1 FM is seeking enthusiastic, talented, and skilled volunteers with a passion for D.C.-area art and culture to serve a two-year term on its board of directors.  Contribute your time, imagination, and leadership to establishing this station for the voices of the nation's capitol.  Individuals active in indie media and the local performance arts, and professional experience in fundraising, grantwriting, underwriting, marketing, and event management/coordination in the nonprofit sector are encouraged to apply. 

For further information and an application, contact WOOK at (443) 288-3374, or send an e-mail including your full name, address, and phone number to wookradiodc@gmail.  Type 'Volunteers for Board of Directors' in the subject box.

Monday, November 17, 2014

WOOK DC Artists Appreciation Happy Hour - Friday, November 21st!

Celebrate metropolitan D.C.'s performing artists with WOOK-LP Radio, and OK 103 personality/birthday girl Ida Campbell, in anticipation of FM 103.1's upcoming launch during D.C. Artists Appreciation Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m., Friday, November 21 @ the Austin Grille, 919 Ellsworth Drive, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Free food!  Cash bar!  Sponsor a 15-, 30-, or 60-minute block of WOOK programming with a donation -- all donations are tax deductible.  Music acts...  BRING A PROMO CD for exhibition!  Follow WOOK on Facebook or Inbox for more information.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WOOK-LP Announces Schedule for Recording Promos and Station IDs

WOOK 103.1 LPFM announces the following schedule for programmers and show hosts to record promos and liners in anticipation of its on-air launch this Fall: 

     Wednesdays - 1 p.m.- 7 p.m.
     Thursdays - 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
     Saturdays - Noon - 6 p.m..

Recording sessions last approximately 90 minutes, so plan your time accordingly.  E-mail with your contact information and name of your WOOK  program to reserve the date and time for your recording session(s).  All recording sessions and directions to the production studio will be confirmed by telephone.    


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Egghead Declares Jazz Dead After Listening to Albums Played Backwards

My first reaction upon reading Washington Post Deputy Editor Justin Moyer's August 10 op-ed ('All That Jazz Isn't All That Great') was to write a point-by-point deconstruction.  Then I remembered jazz doesn't need a defense.

It's clear from his editorial Moyer doesn't particularly like jazz.  A better characterization is he doesn't like what he believes jazz to be, despite his admission to being clueless as to what is jazz music.  He made 5 points -- none of which I'll recite here -- as they're all irrelevant to assessing The State of Jazz Music in 2014.  I don't understand the motivation for making such pronouncements beyond a writer's compulsion to project themselves as the default yardstick by which the rest of us are to measure life's experiences. 

The disagreement I have with many pundits is their steadfast conceit aesthetic judgements have absolute value.  I can appreciate someone stating their like or dislike for a particular thing, even when their opinions are volunteered.  But in the case of aesthetics, which in theory encompasses all art to certainly include jazz, we're really talking about the expression of ideas.  Jazz for me represents self-expression through music.  Accordingly, jazz can both assimilate and be assimilated by other influences, events, places, and people.  A Night in Tunisia is bound to sound different to different sets of ears.  Imagine the infinite variations possible on one composition as it's performed by different artists.  As interpretations of this and many other concepts are continually performed by artists every day across the globe, the suggestion jazz is kaput doesn't hold up to reason.  Jazz as an idea lives on.  It's probably this phenomenon that explains the academy's embrace (and occasional romanticization) of jazz, leading nerd-priests like Moyer to qualify it according to pop marketing theory.      

Perhaps Moyer's intent was to provoke a reaction from readers, and therefore by reacting with this essay I've been punked.  OK... he got me.  But I think it's important that we recognize that an idea need not be popular, exclusive, novel, spontaneous, or have a purpose for it to exist.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Call for Models: Funk + Fashion

A outdoor music and fashion event scheduled for August 2014 in Prince George's County, Maryland is hosting auditions for metro D.C.'s most stylish female and male models, 7 p.m., July 2nd and July 9th at Safari Lounge, 4306 Georgia Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.. All models are to provide headshots. Ladies are to wear shoes with a minimum 3" heel, with neutral or no makeup and *no* accessories. Plus-sized female models are welcome! Men are to be 6' or taller, wear a fitted top, and may wear their shoe of choice. $15 registration fee.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Public Affairs, Talk/Variety Programs Announced For WOOK-LP 103.1 Lineup

WOOK-LP radio is adding two talk shows to its programming schedule, Socially Speaking and Breath of My Ancestors. Sincere Seven Executive Director and 2012 D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate for D.C. Council At Large Perry Redd produces Socially Speaking, a Progressive news and current events program, currently podcast live from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.  Redd, a D.C. native, songwriter, and longtime social activist, is also a nationally-syndicated columnist whose op-eds can be found online at  

D.C. author, motivational speaker, poet, and activist Ty Gray-El will host Breath of My Ancestors, a weekly 1-hour program showcasing spoken word artists of metropolitan Washington and beyond.  An internationally recognized storyteller, Gray-El is focused on resurrecting radio theater with Breath of My Ancestors as a way to

Look for WOOK to offer encore editions of Socially Speaking podcasts on demand beginning late March/early April 2014.  Breath of My Ancestors is scheduled for Mondays at 8 p.m. starting with WOOK-LP 103.1's anticipated Summer 2014 launch on the FM dial.  Join Perry and Ty in establishing WOOK as a platform for D.C.-based art and culture as a member or sponsor.  Ask about opportunities for hosting your own WOOK radio program.