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File #: 180879    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: LAPSED
File created: 10/4/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Honoring and recognizing the 15th Anniversary of WURD Radio and celebrating the station's role as the voice of the African-American Community.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Council President Clarke
Attachments: 1. Signature18087900.pdf
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Honoring and recognizing the 15th Anniversary of WURD Radio and celebrating the station's role as the voice of the African-American Community.

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WHEREAS, Founded in 2003 by famed physician and philanthropist Dr. Walter P. Lomax, Jr., WURD Radio is the only African-American-owned and -operated talk radio station in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Through its platforms on air, online, and in the community, WURD has worked tirelessly to provide information and solutions that uplift and inspire the soul of Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The unique two-way talk format at WURD has encouraged its listeners to become active participants in the most important and pressing debates facing Philadelphia and the nation as a whole. Recognized as the pulse of the African-American community, WURD has helped to shape the conversation around every major event in the region - from mayoral races to presidential elections, from the street corner to the corner suite; and

WHEREAS, In recent years, WURD has focused heavily on expanding the station's digital presence through its website, which hosts live streams and podcast recordings of the station's popular programming as well as featured blogs from station personalities, news articles covering local and national issues, and coverage of the station's community events; and

WHEREAS, In addition to its on air programming, WURD has engaged its audience through informative, thought-provoking public speakers as a part of the Walter P. Lomax, Jr., MD Speakers Series: WURD Speaks. Recent events have included conversations about African-American participation in academia and a retrospective discussion of W.E.B. DuBois's seminal study of African-American life in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Negro; and

WHEREAS, Community events sponsored by WURD have also highlighted issues related to health and wellness, financial literacy and empowerment, as well as education. During the recent Summer of Freedom Library Tour, WURD's T...

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