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Local students on their new podcast, "Black Radio Rochester"

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Black Radio Rochester
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A group of students is highlighting the work of Rochester's first African American radio broadcasters. "Black Radio Rochester" is a podcast produced at RCTV by local high school students. The team is bringing to light the untold stories of local broadcasting pioneers like Howard Coles and Alma Kelso Coles. As they dig into the history, they also share their perspectives on what life must have been like for local African Americans in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

This hour, we sit down with the production team to talk about what they learned, what they hope listeners will take away from their work, and what's next for Black Radio Rochester. Our guests:

  • Paris Horman, 11th grader at Bishop Kearney High School, and co-host of "Black Radio Rochester"
  • Darien Lamen, communications director at RCTV, and co-facilitator of "Black Radio Rochester"
  • Joan Coles Howard, daughter of Howard Coles and Alma Kelso Coles
  • De'Vonne Warren, 10th grader at Gates Chili High School, and co-host of "Black Radio Rochester"
  • Rashida Burch-Washington, co-facilitator of "Black Radio Rochester"
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."