Radio One, Inc., the only African-American owned multi-media company predominantly targeting African-Americans successfully launched its 2nd Annual Hometown Champions contest to honor unsung public servants and community activists that were nominated and voted by their peers. Awardees won $1000, two tickets to the NAACP’s Image Award, hotel accommodations and a personal meet and greet with gospel recording artist Erica Campbell.
Receiving several hundred nominations and countless votes after a national radio and digital campaign soliciting applications, Radio One proudly announced and awarded fifteen people representing each of its major radio markets. The winners’ contributions to their several communities spanned from across industries, from a pastor and lawyer to a juvenile probation officer and yoga instructor; and generations spanning from 25 years old to 55+. The fifteen Hometown Champions have volunteered their homes to over 70 foster children, raised money for breast cancer and HIV/AIDs research and even opened food pantries and created youth mentorship programs without payment and for many without recognition until now.
2015 Radio One Hometown Champions:
Jasmine Robinson – Atlanta, GA
Brendon Lee – Baltimore, MD
Olivia Stinson – Charlotte, NC
Patricia-Ann McCollum – Cincinnati, OH
Keisha Herbert – Cleveland, OH
Andreus Moben – Columbus, OH
Cheryl Jackson – Dallas, TX
Lashone Wilson – Washington, DC
Pastor Arric Wilkerson – Detroit, MI
Sean Tucker – Indianapolis, MN
Malik Amari – Philadelphia, PA
Kason Cheeks – Raleigh, NC
Carolos Vieira – Richmond, VA
Tracie Berry McGee – St. Louis, MO
“Radio One is the proud originator of the Hometown Champions contest because it embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and community engagement that mirrors how we were founded,” said Yashima White AziLove, Vice President Corporate Communications, Radio One, Inc. “Each winner identified a community need and met it without excuse. Their creativity and resilience are to be commended.”
Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries (http://www.radio-one.com/), is a diversified media company that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers. The Company is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies, currently owning and/or operating 54 broadcast stations located in 16 urban markets in the United States. Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (http://www.blackamericaweb.com/), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Bishop T.D. Jakes’ “Empowering Moments”, and the Reverend Al Sharpton Show.
Beyond its core radio broadcasting franchise, Radio One owns Interactive One (http://www.interactiveone.com/), an online platform serving the African-American community through social content, news, information, and entertainment. Interactive One operates a number of branded sites, including News One, Urban Daily, Hello Beautiful, Global Grind and social networking websites, including Black Planet and MiGente. In addition, the Company owns a controlling interest in TV One, LLC (http://www.tvoneonline.com/), a cable/satellite network programming primarily to African-Americans.