This past Thursday, it was announced that Kiss FM and WBLS are to be merged. Two stations that focus on the African American community in New York City are now one. Although this consolidation is billed as the two “joining forces” there are some Kiss shows that are not slated to make the jump.
The popular and informative “Open Line” is not on the WBLS schedule. This public affairs centered show hosted by Bob Slade, James Mtume, and Bob Pickett is a staple for Black New Yorkers. Today will be their last show. Many in the Black community feel that this move to consolidate Black stations has a reductive effect on our collective voice in the city. As African Americans find themselves less informed and increasingly marketed to as consumers, it is unclear what outlets will emerge to fill these voids.
What say you?
Update: Special thanks goes out to Tanya Ndip for creating this graphic below. To see her blog, visit: Tanya Ndip Photography
-Marc W. Polite
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