Broadcast Schedule - Initiative Radio
2008 | 2007
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January 2nd 2008
Hungarian born Tom Kocsis is straddling the worlds of high finance and philanthropy. He is a business banker with the JP Morgan Chase corporation and he is also very passionate about photography, the African continent and his Lalibela Project in Ethiopia. In the town of Lalibela, Tom and his Ethiopian counterparts house, feed, clothe and educate fifteen orphans around the clock. On his recent visit there, Tom gave each child a digital camera and gleaned many spectacular photographs. Later this year the photographs will be exhibited in New York City.
January 9th 2008
Danny Schechter "News Dissector"
Danny Schechter is a television producer and independent filmmaker who also writes and speaks about media issues. He joined the start-up staff at CNN as a producer based in Atlanta then he moved to ABC as a producer for 20/20. He's authored books such as Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception: How the Media Failed to Cover the Iraq War and Media Wars: News At A Time of Terror. He is the executive editor of MediaChannel.org, the world's largest on-line media issues network, and recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists' Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism. He has produced and directed many TV specials and documentary films, including Counting on Democracy about the electoral fiasco in Florida and Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy. Today Angela talks with Danny about his views, latest projects and the 2008 presidential election.
January 16th 2008
Bill Talen "Reverend Billy"
The Church of Stop Shopping
Using the form of a revival meeting on sidewalks and chain stores, Reverend Billy the stage name of actor-comedian Bill Talen, and his gospel choir exhort consumers to abandon the products of large corporations and mass media. The group also preaches a broader message of economic justice, environmental protection, and anti-militarism, protesting sweatshops and the Iraq War. Reverend Billy and the Church appear regularly on stage, tour internationally and recently hit the big screen in Oscar nominated producer Morgan Spurlock's (Supersize Me) What Would Jesus Buy? After tuning in you might become a stop shopping convert.
January 23rd 2008
Lois, Linda and Susan
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)
If you've resolved to kick a nasty vice, then this is the show for you. Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking and there are no dues or fees for A.A. membership. On today's show Lois, Linda and Susan will talk about their own alcoholism and how they overcame their illness through the A.A. program.
January 30th 2008
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Prior to joining the ASCAP management team, Philip Crosland served in senior marketing and general management positions with the Gallo Winery, Avon Products, General Foods/Kraft and was a Worldwide Advertising Account Director for Johnson & Johnson. He earlier served as a Navy fighter pilot with over 300 carrier landings. In this hour Philip talks about ASCAP's partnership with i-SAFE to create the nation’s first comprehensive educational program addressing why personal piracy of music and other creative content is harmful. Titled The Donny the Downloader Experience this program is being presented in schools across the U.S.
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FEBRUARY 6TH, 2008 | FEBRUARY 10TH, 2008 (ENCORE PRESENTATION)|
MY LIL' STAR
To kick off Initiative Radio's month long salute to Black history makers, Angela sits down with Steve Marcano, a dynamic, successful, African American entrepreneur - under the age of forty. This South Bronx native first felt entrepreneurial stirrings when he delivered chicken and pizza as a young boy. Fast forward to 2002, Marcano established My Lil' Star the first and only minority owned and operated baby product company and in 2004 the company embarked upon a national marketing campaign launching diapers, wipes, bottles, bibs and apparel endorsed by A-list celebrity moms. This lively and inspiring broadcast is not to be missed.
FEBRUARY 13TH, 2008 | FEBRUARY 17TH, 2008 (ENCORE PRESENTATION)|
Continuing our series of Black history makers, we turn our attention to TaraSimone Powell, a young, African American woman entrepreneur, who is living proof of the power of legacy. TaraSimone inherited her thirty year old floral design business Barbara's Flowers from her parents, in fact the business is named after her mother Barbara. The company boasts a list of prestigious clients including; JP Morgan Chase, CBS, Essence Communications, Macy's, Merrill Lynch, the World Famous Apollo Theater and popular musicians like Nas, Kelis and Alicia Keys. Spend an hour with Angela and TaraSimone, for some sound business advice and a little bit of girl talk.
FEBRUARY 20TH, 2008 | FEBRUARY 24TH, 2008 (ENCORE PRESENTATION)|
ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
FOR THE NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHA'I S OF THE UNITED STATES
From, business, to politics, to diplomacy, African Americans are making strides once unimaginable. Today, Angela visits the United Nations (UN) to meet Carl Murrell, who has been the Alternate Representative to the UN for the Baha'i s of the USA since 1991. In this hour, we learn that through the mentoring of an African woman, Carl rose through the ranks of the Baha'i organization to embark upon a career that has taken him to many parts of the world. His lengthy curriculum vitae highlights his contributions to UN and Baha'i related initiatives that aim to bring global harmony, environmental sustainability and gender equality. This is no stuffy show though, Carl has a keen sense of humor and you will definitely be floored by stories about his dancing days at New York City's Studio 54.
FEBRUARY 27TH, 2008 | MARCH 2ND, 2008 (ENCORE PRESENTATION)|
CHARLES NORWOOD, K. BISI AKIWOWO & DONI CLEMENS
OBAMA '08 & HARLEM4OBAMA.COM
On January 23rd, 1972 the African American Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm from New York State, caused controversy when she placed herself in the race for president of the United States. Chisholm's moxie paved the way for other African Americans like; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Illinois Senator Carol Moseley-Braun to also make a run for it. Now in 2008, not only has African American Senator Barack Obama – also from Illinois, taken up the challenge of the presidential race, he actually stands a fair chance against the Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton. Obama has received endorsements from prestigious politicians and public figures of all racial backgrounds and at the time of taping this show, he has secured victory in the Iowa and South Carolina Democratic primaries. Today you'll hear from three young African American Obama campaign staffers, who are working tirelessly to elect our first African American President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama.
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SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2007|
SHOW NO. IR 07-01
JOE FRAGGA, PADMINI RAM & AMBASSADOR OUSMANE MOUTARI
THE WORLD SPORTS ALLIANCE
The World Sports Alliance is on a mission to improve the lives of under privileged children in the USA
and around the globe, while supporting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which were
established in the year 2000 by Secretary General Kofi Annan. Today Angela visits the WSA
headquarters for a discussion with Joe Fragga, Executive Director, Padmini Ram, Program Officer and
Ambassador Ousmane Moutari (Niger) about how the organization uses sports and the Montessori
teaching method to promote health, fitness and education for needy youth.
SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2007|
SHOW NO. IR 07-02
WE THE WORLD & THE ELEVEN DAYS OF GLOBAL UNITY
In the lead up to the International Day of Peace (September 21st) Angela chats with We the World founder
Rick Ulfik and learns among other lessons, that September 11th was not so notorious before the year 2001.
It was in fact the day when countries engaged in armed conflict agreed to call a cease fire in observance of
the first day when the United Nations General Assembly gathered in New York City. Rick also talks about
the upcoming Eleven Days of Global Unity Festival.
SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2007|
SHOW NO. IR 07-03
TRISHA DUVALL & AN TROTTER
NEW YORK JUNIOR LEAGUE
Combating domestic violence goes well beyond helping women in crisis to take the first critical step of
leaving their abusive relationships. There must be resources available to help them cope with life after
they've left their abusive partners and to put them on a positive and constructive life path. In this hour
Trisha Duvall, President of the New York Junior League and An Trotter, Focus Manager for domestic
violence issues, speak about the Junior League's programs for the uplifting women's lives.
SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2007|
SHOW NO. IR 07-04
ONAJE ALLAN GUMBS
Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, songwriter and producer Onaje Allan Gumbs is one of the Jazz world's
most respected musicians. Since the seventies, Onaje has collaborated with many musical luminaries, he is
credited with arranging the R&B classic hit Betcha' By Golly Wow and he is the recipient of many
accolades including the 2006 NAACP Image Award. On today's show, Onaje tells Angela and the listeners
just how his practice of Buddhism compliments his musical and humanitarian aspirations.
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OCTOBER 3RD 2007|
SHOW NO. IR 07-05
VOICES FOR "THE GREAT SOUL" GANDHI - PART ONE
On June 15th 2007 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring October 2nd - the birth
anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi to be the International Day of Non-violence. Inspired by this declaration, Angela
has invited well-placed UN staffer Rahul Sur to guide listeners through the life and times of Gandhi. Among other
lessons, today we learn that Gandhi's name was actually Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and that Mahatma, meaning
The Great Soul was in fact a moniker that was bestowed upon him by Indian Nobel Prize winning author and poet
OCTOBER 10TH, 2007|
SHOW NO. IR 07-06
VOICES FOR "THE GREAT SOUL" GANDHI - PART TWO
Rahul Sur returns to continue his discussion with Angela about Gandhi's rise to become Bapu the father of the Indian
nation. Together they explore Gandhi's views on civil and women's rights, nutrition and health, his quest to abolish
the oppressive caste system, his role in liberating India from the British Raj and his eventual demise at the hands of
an assassin. We also learn that Rahul paints portraits depicting ordinary life in India and that he is the founder of the
, Rise India Foundation. Again this week, listeners will be treated to the sounds of classical and modern Indian
OCTOBER 17TH, 2007
SHOW NO. IR 07-07
VOICES FOR "THE GREAT SOUL" GANDHI - PART THREE
In this final installment of our program, we are joined by Arun Gandhi the Mahatma's grandson who'll give us
insight on Gandhi the loving parent and grandparent. We also hear from guests such as Henry Krieger, the triple
Oscar nominated co-creator of the stage and screen musical Dreamgirls; Rajnesh Domalpali, the multi film festival
award winning writer and director of the Indian movie Vanaja; Father Robert Badillo, a member of the New York
Archdiocese, who served in India until recently coming to New York to lead our Lady of Solace Church; Kashmir
born Daisy Khan, who is the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement; Carl Murrell, the
alternate representative to the UN for the Baha'i community of the US; and many more guests who embrace the
Gandhian principles and seek to apply them in their daily lives.
OCTOBER 24TH, 2007 |
SHOW NO. IR 07-08
MOLLY MELCHOR, MALICK DIAGNE & OUREYE SALL
First on the show today, Angela interviews Molly Melchor the founder and executive director of the Senegal based
non-governmental organization TOSTAN, whose mission is to uplift and empower underprivileged Senegalese
through sustainable community-lead initiatives. Next, we hear form deputy director Malick Diagne about programs
for assisting the Talibe children who beg in the streets in exchange for classes at Islamic schools. Then the last
interview sheds light on the dangerous, purification ritual of female genital cutting (FCG) - a practice that partially or
completely cuts away female external genitalia and robs women of their dignity. We'll hear the words of Oureye Sall
a former practitioner of FGC in Senegal's Wolof language, translated for our audience by Malick Diagne.
OCTOBER 31ST, 2007|
SHOW NO. IR 07-09
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE/NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
Most people view hockey as a brute sport but today ex-referee, colon cancer survivor and NHL ambassador for the
Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) initiative sits down with Angela to show that hockey truly has a heart. The 2007-2008
season marks the tenth anniversary of the HFC initiative and during October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- hockey players will wear a pink HFC decal on the back left area of their helmets during all regular season games,
coaches will wear pink neck ties at team HFC Awareness Nights and HFC team-specific pink ladies' caps will be
sold at select team stores with part proceeds benefiting HFC. All this shows that hockey indeed has a heart and is also
in touch with its' feminine side.
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NOVEMBER 7TH, 2007|
Rasheda Ali is an actress, author, mother of two young boys, an advocate for sufferers of Parkinson's disease and the daughter of Belinda Boyd and boxing champion Muhammad Ali. Today Rasheda discusses her newest role as an advisory board member of the Israeli based, biotechnology firm Brain Storm Cell Therapeutics. Brainstorm is pioneering research and development in adult marrow-derived stem cell therapy, aimed at treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and spinal chord injury. Rasheda will also tell us how her father is managing his toughest fight yet.
NOVEMBER 14TH, 2007|
RALPH WHITE & ENOE ARACELY BROWN
THE NEW YORK OPEN CENTER
This show is perfect for listeners who want to nurture their spirituality and creativity. Angela's guests Ralph White and Enoe Aracely Brown discuss the wide variety of holistic learning programs offered at the New York Open Center. Ralph and Enoe invite listeners to stop in to the Center to find a program that peaks their interest. There is something for everyone including belly dance classes, religious studies, tarot card reading, herbal medicine and much more. By the end of the show Angela just might find herself signed up for a class or two.
NOVEMBER 21ST, 2007|
DR. BHASWATI BHATTACHARYA
Dr. Bhattacharya is dedicated to teaching the principles of ayurvedic detoxification (panchakarma) and to exploring and developing a variety of panchakarma methods for purifying the body and mind. In this hour she will give listeners an introduction to a few detoxification techniques including self-care through massage, simple tools for at-home therapy, preparing the body for ayurvedic treatment and appropriate diets before, during and after treatment. Listeners will learn that remedies for some of their common ailments can be found in their kitchen cabinets.
NOVEMBER 28TH, 2007|
SHARON WHITE, ALVIN VALENTINE & HILLARY NAUTA
EXODUS TRANSITIONAL COMMUNITY
The Exodus Transitional Community was initiated in the 1970s by a group of inmates at Greenhaven Correctional Facility who realized that prison life was not preparing them to succeed on the outside. In the 1990s Julio Medina a member of Exodus, believed that the program needed to extend beyond prison walls because freed individuals who wished to make an honest living and reconnect with their families were plagued by recidivism. Unemployment created a feeling of despair and hopelessness and ultimately they returned to crime then back to prison. Today's guests have served a combined total of nineteen years behind bars for offenses that range from sale and possession of narcotics, assault and armed robbery and first degree manslaughter. Now they have promising futures through their participation and administration of the community based Exodus program created by Julio Medina.
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DECEMBER 5TH, 2007|
Angela kicks off the first show of the holiday season by adding fun to the philanthropic focus. Today's guest is gifted psychic Debi Blackie, who uses her great intuition to entertain audiences, while raising funds for a variety of charitable initiatives. Among the topics discussed, we'll learn how Debi discovered her unusual ability to tell future events and since the next US Presidential election is just around the corner, Angela won't resist asking Debi to predict if the Republicans or Democrats will be victorious. Tune in to find out Debi's answer.
DECEMBER 12TH, 2007|
MOTI HASSON AND SHINIQUE SMITH
MOTI HASSON GALLERY
For twenty years, Israeli born Moti Hasson had a successful career as a globe trotting diamond importer and while traveling, he spent his down time visiting museums and art galleries and building his personal art collection. It was only a matter of time that Moti's passion for art lead him to New York City to become a gallery owner and artist representative. One such artist is Shinique Smith who combines street sensibility and high art to create groundbreaking works that bridge the divide between painting and sculpture. Today, Moti and Shinique discuss art's positive impact upon humanity and they introduce All Purpose – Shinique's solo exhibition that is currently on display at the Moti Hasson Gallery in New York City's Chelsea district.
DECEMBER 19TH, 2007|
VOICES FOR “THE GREAT SOUL” GANDHI - PART THREE
In response to our listeners request to hear this show again Initiative Radio is proud to rebroadcast part three of our homage to the Mahatma Gandhi.
In this final installment of our program, we are joined by Arun Gandhi the Mahatma’s grandson who’ll give us insight on Gandhi the loving parent and grandparent. We also hear from guests such as Henry Krieger, the triple Oscar nominated co-creator of the stage and screen musical Dreamgirls; Rajnesh Domalpali, the multi film festival award winning writer and director of the Indian movie Vanaja; Father Robert Badillo, a member of the New York Archdiocese, who served in India until recently coming to New York to lead our Lady of Solace Church; Kashmir born Daisy Khan, who is the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement; Carl Murrell, the alternate representative to the UN for the Baha’i community of the US; and many more guests who embrace the Gandhian principles and seek to apply them in their daily lives
DECEMBER 26TH, 2007|
INITIATIVE RADIO IN REVIEW
Initiative Radio's motto is Food for the Mind and Music for the Soul and on today's program the producers will bring laughter to the mix. It was brought to Angela's attention during a post production session that in addition to the valuable information and great music IR delivers, on many occasions a healthy dose of laughter was also served up for the listeners. Tune in to hear 2007 interview highlights, great music and carefree moments Angela has shared with her guests. Enjoy!
Initiative Radio airs every Wednesday from 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM on WSIA 88.9 FM and WWW.WSIA.FM
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