Industry Issues, Opportunities On Tap For ‘Black Media Symposium’


Radio + Television Business Report will present a “Black Media Symposium” on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. The symposium will be a one-hour live presentation on Facebook and YouTube, co-hosted by RBR+TVBR Publisher Deborah Parenti and Urban One Regional Vice President Deon Levingston.

The program will include a keynote address on Black broadcasting issues and opportunities, followed by a panel of Black media executives about the role of Black media in everything from social movements to advertising and programming to Black consumers.

Featured panelists include Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, CEO, American Urban Radio Networks; DuJuan McCoy, Owner/President & CEO, Circle City Broadcasting LLC;  Karen Slade, VP/General Manager, KJLH-FM/Los Angeles; and Omar Thompson, Principal, 1Nine Marketing & Media.

The event, which is free to attend, is an opportunity to address significant issues being raised today that impact the future of our nation.

“There are moments in time that change the course of history. This is that moment,” says Parenti. “Now is the time to engage in a conversation that focuses on the issues that have challenged a nation — and the media that covers it. Diverse viewpoints have never been more essential, and radio and TV stations serving the Black community —in addition to general audience stations owned and operated by African Americans — are an important component to ensuring those viewpoints are aired.”