Radio program in Omaha focuses on raising black voices



OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Four black men from Omaha raise their voices in their semi-new radio show.

Alan T. Black, David Newson, James E. Hunter and Walter Williams launched their AJDW conversation program in September 2020 via KRCO, a Christian radio station.

AJDW stands for the initials of their names from oldest to youngest.

“I had this idea of ​​all getting together as guys. All black men get together, talk, and then share some of the lifestyles and things that we’ve been through, ”said Newson, professional hairstylist, singer, songwriter and musician. He is also an ordained pastor in the apostolic faith.

AJDW Conversation is already gaining ground locally and around the world. Currently, the program is broadcast in six other states via KRCO and other radio stations in Europe. The program is also available on any podcast listening platform.

The group meets every Monday to record one-hour shows. They discuss a variety of topics like politics, social justice issues, music, religion, marriage and everything in between.

“What’s unique is that it’s from our point of view. Not that we’re right. Not that we are wrong. It’s four black men giving their point of view, ”said Pastor Hunter, who has roots in the Church of God in Christ. He has worked on radio for almost 20 years and works with a nonprofit organization to help prevent and reduce violence with local youth.

Each week, the group discusses a new topic of interest to the public, especially black men.

“We are talking about political things. We talk about local politics, state politics, national politics, we talk about current events, social problems, with the death of George Floyd and the verdict. We’re talking about all of this, ”Hunter said.

They also speak of the “R word”. Racism.

“We live off racism. It’s just at an all time high, so when we can talk together about how we feel about this process, it softens the surface a bit, ”Newson said. “But the fact that we have the opportunity to do what we do in Omaha, being known as a separate place, it shows that there is an opportunity for change, it shows an opportunity for sharing, and I think it is. is important to us as a community of people. “

The show’s hosts provide insight from different religious perspectives as each follows a different faith.

“This is really what religion should look like. It should look like Methodist, Cogic, Baptist, Pentecostal. Four men coming together, with values ​​in life and self-respect, ”Newson added.

Black, who the group affectionately calls “Sir Alan” for being the oldest in the group, says their difference of opinion is what helps make their show unique.

“We’re not always going to agree, but we respect each other, we love each other, and one of the things that is so important is that people are willing to sit down, to talk and have a dialogue because at that point that’s when you start to understand each other, ”he said.

They stress that they are not speaking strictly about religious matters or through a religious lens. They also talk about pop culture and music.

“We are talking about all kinds of things. We pay tribute to the secular seniors who just passed out as DMX, recently passed away, ”added Hunter. “We paid him special tribute. And we found out he had made a gospel song, so we played it in the background during one of our concerts.

Beyond sharing what is happening in the world, they discuss what is happening in their personal world. They have a segment called “What’s in the foreground?” In which the hosts discuss what is important to them or to their minds.

The show also creates a brotherhood between the four men.

Walters, who is nicknamed “Walter bowtie Williams” for being a stylist and wearing a bow tie, says being the youngest in the group provides him with three new mentors.

“It’s a change for me to let young men know that you can sit at a table that may be ten or fifteen years older and know that they have a story and that they may have taken walks. that you’ve made, and you can get a dialogue, have some friendship, and at the same time bounce some things off so you don’t make the same mistakes in life, ”Walters said.

By launching this program, the group hopes it will start a trend for others to share what they care about.

“He should hopefully plant the seed to start having conversations, having a dialogue and being ready to sit at the table, put aside any differences or misconceptions about each other and to just talk and share what you’ve been through, what your concerns are, what your fears are, because we all have them, “Black said.” If we keep it bottled, it has the ability and it has shown. that it has the ability to fundamentally implode and that can create even more damage on the road. And how can that damage not only impact one generation, but it can also impact and derail a second? generation. “

They also hope to inspire other black men to use the power of their voices.

“We can talk about issues and we have something to say,” Hunter said. “The politician who told the basketball player to shut up and dribble. No. Black man, you have a voice, and you can talk, and you can share what you think and express how you feel about what’s going on. We’re not going to shut up and preach or shut up and do our hair or shut up and do fashion, or shut up and write a book, or preach. We are going to keep talking, we are not going to be silent, we are going to express how we feel as a black man in the United States of America.

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