I SEE U, Episode 30: Terrestrial Radio Racism

A provocative look into the lack of racial and gender diversity in broadcast radio ownership, plus how discrimination and the isolation of certain minority groups still exist


Employees go about their work in America’s only black-run radio station, WERD in Atlanta, Dec. 3, 1956. They are Jimmy Whittington (seated), staff announcer; J.B. Blayton Jr., general manager, and Margaret Ross, secretary. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


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For decades, members of the Black community and other communities of color have been excluded from owning media broadcast properties. Recent data released by the Federal Communications Commission shows that women and minorities are underrepresented in license ownership, particularly in FM commercial radio stations. Will the FCC ramp up policies and legislation to effectively promote diversity of media ownership? Check out this powerful episode of I SEE U, as host Eddie Robinson chats with the first and only African-American female to ever own an AM or FM radio station in all of New England – President/CEO and General Manager of Cutting Edge Broadcasting, Carol Moore Cutting. The radio pioneer discusses in unguarded detail how discrimination and racial prejudice continue to run rampant in today's broadcast ownership industry. Veteran radio programmer, Nikki Swarn, also joins the conversation. Swarn is the GM of THE DROP—a new public media, Urban-Alt station with an all-Black staff based in Denver, Colorado.


This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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