Their new motto is 'one station one voice'...It appears the listening community has NO VOICE in this merger. We need a petition to speak for us. We were content with the shows at WRKS, that were informative to the communities of color - which have now all inadvertently been terminated. WE WANT BACK OUR SHOWS OR FURTHER PROTESTS WILL BEGIN! SEE THE BELOW ADDED INFORMATION:
Corporate America has succeeded once and again to disintegrate another vital inner city radio station with a proven track record of progression and detrimental information to communities of color - not just music... WRKS - KISS FM will no longer be in existence as of 12:01 Monday - they will be merged with WBLS. 107.5 'The promo's now say ' The Future of Black Radio are now KISS with WBLS'....BULL. WBLS is owned by DISNEY and now so will the former KISS which will no longer have its call name - and shall we do the math on that history with the Black Community - or even communities of color? Why this is important is because of the fact that in limiting stations such as KISS, you limit information to the communities of color, by eliminating shows such as Tom Joyner, Michael Basiden, the Open Line and Week In Review with Bob Slade and James MTume ...every one of these shows are instrumental in distributing important information to the inner city folk - such as Trayvon Martin, Voter Registration, Education, mentoring, employment information, outreach events...etc...that motivate and sustain our communities, where other stations dont even recognize what our needs are. Many of these DJ's will be UNEMPLOYED NOW...being offered what is deemed as generous severance packages...that is before taxes and gas. They saved 2 D J who will process the musical agenda of the station. Clearly if we dont speak out, they will never know anything is wrong and just like this deal happened in the cover of the night they will ignore it if we do. IRONICALLY - HOT 97.1 - the scandalous and provocative HIP HOP station, the Sister station to KISS FM may be saved. That speaks VOLUMES. The kind of broadcast we deserve is distorted music with lude and lascivious messages in it clearly showing that Adult Contemporary TRUE R&B radio is no more in NY...There is no progression in this type of programming. To his credit, Felix Hernandez show be commended for his show, albeit he broadcasted from public radio as well - WBGO - he was just as important and obviously limited to the will of WRKS, to WBLS who have now gone through changes and eliminated his show as well. This is not coincidental, and rather suspect in an election year....The year of Trayvon Martin....voting registration drives, spear-headed by the DJ's at these stations.... I am asking for your support. The General Manger at WBLS' name is 'DEON LVINGSTON' - Deon@wbls.com. WE NEED TO E-MAIL HIM AND EXPRESS OUR DISMAY AT THE DEMISE OF a VITAL INNER CITY RADIO STATION...Remember, they bought back WCBS.FM 101.1 after protest and letters and phone calls....if we dont at least let our opinions be heard, they will just count it as a loss on our behalf and write it off as we dont care anyway. Exercise your right to hear decent programming, not what corporations will shove down your throats....Lets write Mr Livingston (I ALREADY HAVE SEVERAL TIMES THIS MORNING)...and demand quality programming since the merger is irreversible, and they are shaping the programming now, we need what we need....informative and progressive radio in the line of KISS FM...with age appropriate programming. Or, you can sit and do nothing.