WLLE Radio – The Voice of the Community

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:00pm to 8:00pm

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In its heyday during the Civil Rights era, radio station AM 570 WLLE (“WiLLiE”) was the voice of Raleigh's African-American community. Fans of the station -- both black and white -- tuned in for the best of R&B, stayed up-to-date with news, and enjoyed colorful commentary from popular disc jockeys like Ray “Dr. Jocko” Henderson and Sweet Bob Rogers. The station continued into the late 1990s as a unique and locally-focused media source. In this special program, a panel including Cash Michaels, a former host/producer on WLLE, Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, associate professor of English at NC State, along with special guests J.J. Johnson, Thad Woodard and Ms. Margaret Rose Murray, will discuss this iconic radio station and its significance and legacy as part of Raleigh’s cultural fabric.

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In its heyday during the Civil Rights era, radio station AM 570 WLLE (“WiLLiE”) was the voice of Raleigh's African-American community. Fans of the station -- both black and white -- tuned in for the best of R&B, stayed up-to-date with news, and enjoyed colorful commentary from popular disc jockeys like Ray “Dr. Jocko” Henderson and Sweet Bob Rogers. The station continued into the late 1990s as a unique and locally-focused media source. In this special program, a panel including Cash Michaels, a former host/producer on WLLE, Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, associate professor of English at NC State, along with special guests J.J. Johnson, Thad Woodard and Ms. Margaret Rose Murray, will discuss this iconic radio station and its significance and legacy as part of Raleigh’s cultural fabric.

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Marian Fragola
919-513-3481

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Free and open to the public.

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