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CPB Announces Funding for The Michael Eric Dyson Show

  • For Immediate Release on September 14, 2009

Washington, DC -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced funding to WEAA-FM in Baltimore, Maryland, for its program The Michael Eric Dyson Show. WEAA-FM is licensed to Morgan State University, one of the nation's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

This daily, one-hour program is hosted by award-winning author, scholar and social commentator Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. The show provides social analysis on issues related to the African-American experience through conversation with newsmakers, journalists, and expert roundtable guests. It was initiated by the African-American Public Radio Consortium, of which WEAA is a member.

"CPB is committed to a diversity of voices in public radio and this grant to Dr. Dyson's program is an investment in that commitment and an expansion of the relationship between public media and diverse audiences," said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB.

"I am extremely gratified to receive the support and commitment of CPB in the effort to expand the reach and audience of The Michael Eric Dyson Show. I am very proud to team with LaFontaine Oliver, one of the most gifted and brilliant radio executives in the business, to bring high quality radio to the airwaves as we explore the pressing social and political issues of the day," said Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

"We're very pleased that CPB is investing in WEAA's national production capacity," said LaFontaine Oliver, general manager of WEAA. "And we're excited about bringing Michael Eric Dyson's exploration of important issues to a national audience through HBCU and other public radio stations."

"We're very pleased that CPB is investing in WEAA's national production capacity," said LaFontaine Oliver, general manager of WEAA. "And we're excited about bringing Michael Eric Dyson's exploration of important issues to a national audience through HBCU and other public radio stations."

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