Bring It On coming to Indiana Talks on January 5th

Bring It On coming to Indiana Talks on January 5th

Indiana University coach Mike Davis appeared as the first guest on Bring It On, a multiple award-winning weekly radio program offering open media access to the African-American community, that debuted Monday, October 10, 2005, on Bloomington Community Radio WFHB. 

Bring It On empowers local citizens to “become the media” by giving creative control to a team of dedicated volunteers who write and produce the program as an independent forum for exploring the people, issues, and events affecting African-Americans in south central Indiana and beyond. WFHB asks only that these volunteers follow a two-prong mission:        
  
1)    foster discussion among African-Americans on key issues
2)    facilitate open and constructive dialogue between African-Americans and the community at large.

Each week the program features an inspiring keynote interview, along with optional recurring segments on local black history, political and economic empowerment, and current health issues.  Bring It Onalso feature headline news and event coverage specifically for the African-American community, with music breaks by local and national black artists.

The program was guided from concept to launch by Bring It On producer and long-time WFHB volunteer, Clarence Boone and WFHB News Director Chad Carrothers as part of the station’s ongoing News and Public Affairs Initiative, which already includes a healthy representation of diversity-based talk programming.  Carrothers is also executive producer of bloomingOUT, Indiana’s only GLBT news program, and Hola Bloomington, Indiana’s only Spanish-language news program.  

It was a long summer, in 2005, for Clarence Boone and original show hosts Jim Sims and Delia Alexander as they coordinated the efforts of literally dozens of volunteers, but the long hours of preparation paid off.  “It was satisfying and exciting to be a part of a vision, and seeing this vision become reality,” says Jim Sims.  “True empowerment begins with being included, being listened to, and being able to participate.”

Producer Clarence Boone agrees.  “The successful launching of this broadcast was the culmination of many long planning sessions with a number of truly gifted and visionary folks.  I’m glad people in Bloomington and beyond embraced what we had to offer.  So, there’s more to come as…we bring it on!

Bring It On began airing every Monday from 6-7pm on October 10, 2005 on Indiana’s first community radio station, WFHB 91.3 & 98.1 FM.  The program can be heard live on the web at www.wfhb.organd you can download or podcast each show as well.  Bring It On has an open submission policy. So, if you have an idea for this program let’s hear it! Send an email to our volunteer staff. The address is: [email protected].

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