Mississippi radio pioneer Jenkins passes


Carolyn Yvonne Easter Blunt Jenkins, known in Jackson as “Terri Lynn” on the former WOKJ-AM there, – died 1/3 at 75. She lived in Jackson most of her life before moving to Gulfport. After graduating from High School in 1953, she began working at WOKJ, the state’s radio station to offer full-time programming geared to an African-American audience.

Her first on-air experience was for Carolyn’s Kitchen Club, a homemaker’s forum featuring recipes and tips. Her radio career spanned 21 years at stations in Jackson, Meridian, Tuscaloosa, New Orleans and Tampa.

“She was able to serve the community and people at a greater magnitude because that truly was her passion in keeping the community informed and abreast,” Jenkins’ daughter, Shannon Easter Veal, told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “She worked in harmony and at a level of excellence I’ve never seen before,” she said. “We’re still trying to figure out how she did it. She had seven children, and she was able to accomplish so much.

(photo credit The Clarion-Ledger)