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Hot 103 Jamz & the birth of Black radio

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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 community storyteller taking a new look at local history, I aim to provide that context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today. 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.