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Hot 103 Jamz & the birth of Black radio

Crysta Henthorne / KCUR 89.3

Black-owned broadcasters have faced a difficult path in the United States, from Jim Crow-era discrimination to racist practices within the FCC. But in Kansas City, radio pioneer Andrew Skip Carter broke through — founding the country’s oldest Black owned radio company and inspiring new generations of talent.

Learn more about Hot 103 Jamz, America's longest-running Black-owned radio station from KCUR's Suzanne Hogan.

A People's History of Kansas City is hosted by Suzanne Hogan. This episode was reported, produced and mixed by Suzanne Hogan with editing by Barb Shelly and Mackenzie Martin.

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Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a podcast producer for KCUR Studios and host of the podcast A People’s History of Kansas City, I aim to provide context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today. In that role, and as an occasional announcer and reporter, I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.
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