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Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days is an exploration into the magic of radio from a different era with a sharp focus on famous African-Americans. Producer donniel l. betts obtained permission from Richard Durham's widow, Clarice, to air the radio series on KGNU 88.5 FM on the third Monday of every month. Originally, Durham aired these programs on WMAQ radio in Chicago in the late 1940's and early 1950's. African-Americans, among others would eagerly listen to these weekly broadcasts which focused on the heroes and sheroes of African-American fact and folklore. His works included stores about Louis Armstrong, Stackalee, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells.

When most people think of the old radio days, they think of "The Shadow" and "The Lone Ranger". For black families, however, radio in the 1940's and 1950's held an entirely different appeal. Black radio programs were used a s message centers to promote serious discussions about race, religion and family. The programs gave blacks the opportunity to empathize with others of their race about the issues and concerns of their community.

The original Destination Freedom marked the first time in radio history that black cast members held major roles while white actors played subordinate parts. Mr. Durham's show features a recurring ensemble of African-Americans with occasional white contributors including being profiled which could have been anyone from Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman to heart surgeons Ulysses Grant Dailey and Daniel Hale Williams.

 

Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days is a radio series aired on KGNU 88.5 FM at 8:00 pm MST on the third Monday of every month. It is a powerful series creating awareness of the role Blacks played in creating social changes. In addition the series will be live on 89.1 FM in Ft. Collins, 93.7 FM Ward and KGNU.org. The series is a 2 time winner of the "Scribes In Excellence Award" presented by the Colorado Association of Black Journalist judged by a national panel. Destination Freedom/Black Radio Days profiles the lives of African American Heroes and Sheroes and is sponsored by BlackRadioDays.com, Black and Read Books and Tapes (303) 467-3236, and The Urban Spectrum.

Sample Oscar Brown Jr., original cast member of Destination Freedom. Listen...

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