Welcome to the Greensboro, N.C. Chapter                                                   National Black Radio Hall of Fame                                                                                                                                     

 

 

The Greensboro, N.C. Chapter Invites Broadcasting and Music Executives to become a part of our illustrous Chapter as we celebrate those in our community and nationally who have shared their talents in Radio.  Please join us as we move forward in sharing our talents with the Kids Drop DaMIC Program.  You may contact the chapter at jimstarrwtob@gmail.com .  All historical files may be sent to radioprofiles@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Starr President of the Greensboro, N.C. Chapter

Best Blues & Soul Radio Station Award at WVOL Nashville, Tennessee.  Nominated as the best morning drive at WTOB Winston-Salem, N.C.  Start in radio influenced by the artistry of Mal Goode who broke the color barrier in network television news.  Most recently included in the Who's Who in America Publication.

 

Jim was Inducted into the National Black Radio Hall of Fame Atlanta Chapter 1st                                                    Annual Induction Ceremony for the Blues Category.

 

 

 

 

 
Rev. Luther Barnes.  A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
In 1976 Luther graduated from St. Augustine College in Raleigh, North Carolina
with a BA Degree in Music Education. He then taught Music in the Nash and
Edgecombe School Systems and also taught private lessons in voice and piano.
In 1984 Luther left teaching to devote full time to his music ministry. He
traveled extensively and played keyboards for a number of years with his father
and Sister Janice Brown after they recorded the ever popular song Rough Side
of the Mountain.  Over the years Luther Barnes has evolved into one of gospel music premier
male vocal artists while recording over 25 albums and CDs with The Red Budd
Gospel Choir and the Sunset Jubilaires.  Rev. Barnes has been inducted into the Gospel                                                                  Music Hall of Fame in Detroit, Michigan and in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

 

 

 

 

Manard "Busta" Brown

 

Radio and Television personality.  Author Motivational speaker Community leader. Writer/Reporter, The Chronicle Newspaper 2017-Present Radio and Public Speaking Instructor 2017- Present Radio Host ENTERCOM, WQMG 97.1 FM, Greensboro, NC 2003-2015 ● #1 ranking radio show in the afternoon drive ENTERCOM, WJMH 102 Jamz FM, Greensboro, NC 1993-2003 ● #1 ranking radio show in the morning drive Television Traffic Anchor on "WXII News 12", Winston Salem, NC 2012-2015 ● #1 Morning show in the Triad Host of “The Busta Brown Show” on WFMY News 2, Greensboro, NC 2010-2012 Host of “The Busta Brown Show” on The CW (WCWG) formally WB, Greensboro, NC 2001-2004 ● Late night talk show. Host of “Black College Sports Today” on BET 2000-2003 Comedic Guest Appearance on the “Comic View” on BET 2000 VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES Executive Director and Co-Founder, Non-Profit Organization The Next Level of the Triad, Greensboro, NC 2001-Present Communication Advisory Committee for “Say Yes to Education Guilford” Greensboro, NC 2016-Present Board member, LOTSO Youth Nonprofit Greensboro, NC 2020--Present Organizer, Busta Brown Diabetes Awareness Music Festival 2017-Present Winston-Salem, NC Organizer, Busta Brown Triad Strong Stop the Violence Music Festival 2019-Present Greensboro, NC Organizer, Teen Image Award 2011-Present Winston-Salem, NC

 

 

 

 

Announcer Lee Cameron's first professional job in radio was at WEAL-AM in Greensboro, North Carolina. He attended A & T State University and also worked at several stations in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After a while, he moved to Georgia and worked at several stations there, then to Florida, back to Georgia, then to WGIV in Charlotte, North Carolina, back to Winston-Salem, then back to                                                             Greensboro and worked at WQMG.  Eventually, he wound up in Lynchburg, Virginia                                                 at WJJS. He's now the morning personality, program director, and GM at WDVA-                                                     AM,  a black gospel station with an upcoming 10 years August 31 st , 2024. He has                                                 been programming gospel for the past 20 years. I also do freelance commercials                                                     for other stations,  and long form historical and religious documents from his                                                         home studio.

 

 

 

 

Originally hailing from Detroit Bruce Knight's expertise and network abilities have enabled him to work with the most influential people in the entertainment industry.  His collaboration with other record industry moguls has opened the doors for many up and coming recording artists for promotion and marketing in various markets.  He created Push-It Marketing and Promotions. As an industry radio consultant he provides various services for the development of promotional                           marketing plans and generates awareness through the various                         social media platforms inclusive with airplay and digital sales.                         He has worked with careers from Aretha Franklin to Urban                               Country Artist Al Mac Will.  He has catapulted artists into                                 Grammy, Dove & Stellar Gospel Music Awards.  The many                                   accomplishments he has obtained have all been graciously                               appreciated from those who have received the opportunity to                           work with him. Bruce Knight is a Radio Promoter at its best!

 

 

 

Brother  Randy Myers.  The Gospel Game Show Guy. 

 

As the voice of the weekly; "Let's Have Church!!!" Live Radio Game Show on 103.5 FM - The Light (Triad Area, NC) Bro. Randy Myers is knwon as "The Gospel Gameshow Guy".  His call-in show features upbeat 'Church Folk', Trivia, Celebrity Guest, Grand Prizes, Gospel Music and a myriad of personally performed comedic voiceovers and sound effect.  During every program, Bro. Randy shares his unique God-given gift for inspiring audiences of all ages in ways that can be heard with the ear and felt with the heart.  In over a decade of radio he has worked with WDRJ 1440 AM - Rejoice Radio (Detroit), WCHB 1340 AM - Detroit's Gospel Station, and WPZR 102.7 FM - Praise (Detroit).  He and his wife co-host Nicole share the mantra, "Keep the faith and keep having Church!"

 

 

 

 

North Carolina native Phrantceena of TV and Radio Broadcasting; studied under the tutelage of Mr. Stedman Graham in 2004 with several appearances on the Black Issues forum at UNC-TV dealing with diversity issues in workforce and contracts for suppliers of the public and private business sector.  She became the first person to open up for Mr. Graham during the 2005 five city diversity tour.  In 2017, she launched her "Empower Family" radio broadcast with Wade Taylor of San Diego, Cal., and on to radio broadcaster and producer Jack Bishop of Dallas, Tx., as she proceeded further to work with Colonel Richard Mason of Dallas, Tx. with world renowned investigative journalist and newscaster known for "The                                        Promise of Tomorrow" radio broadcast many times as a guest on various of his shows.

 

 

Radio Team Duo Member Betty Thaxton.  The journey for George and Betty Thaxton Radio  as a husband and wife team began 40 years ago with George broadcasting a one hour gospel show on a country music station on Sunday mornings at WYNC.  Betty would come in and clean the station.  The station's owner gave George the opportunity to operate and manage the station as all gospel.  Their journey continued over the years as they promoted many gospel shows, bringing                            in local area quartets and included the legendary Silver Starts of Blanch, NC.  Many awards were                            received over the years.  Betty managed the station's front  office and eventually became a part                              time announcer.  They both signed off on January 29,  2024.

 

Radio Duo Team Member George Thaxton.  The journey for George and Betty Thaxton Radio  as a husband and wife team began 40 years ago with George broadcasting a one hour gospel show on a country music station on Sunday mornings at WYNC.  Betty would come in and clean the station.  The station's owner gave George the opportunity to operate and manage the station as all gospel.  Their journey continued over the years as they promoted many gospel shows, bringing in local area quartets and included the legendary Silver Starts of Blanch, NC.  Many awards were received over the years.  Betty managed the station's front office and eventually became a part time announcer.  They both signed off on January 29, 2024.

 

Larretta Rivera-Williams Winston-Salem, N.C. Chapter is  Coordinator of Pastoral Care at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in her hometown. She is a contributing writer for Global Sisters Report (a non-profit source of international news about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve). She is a poet, an abstract artist; as well as, behind the scenes choreographer and director of the plays she has written and produced.  Her creative writing and artistic skills will bring to the organization a talent that is needed to project skill sets for the younger generation.

 

 
Rock House Records Roy Roberts.  Multi Genres-Performer- Bandleader-Singer-Songwriter-Producer
Sixty two years in the music business, a living legend who has  kept “SOUL in his Blues.  His recorded material and onstage shows feature his signature rhythm and lead guitar stylings, rhythm section, organ/piano, horn punctuations and overall groove. Roy’s warm, full bodied, vocal range, separates him from the mediocre, his tenor to baritone voice, intense, urgent delivery, from a whisper to shout, a torchy soul ballad to an open throat blues shouter, his flexible, powerful voice allows him to have a complete command of his audiences and listeners. His style, honed from years in church and gospel music, is the mark that all effective, dynamic soul vocalists possess. Roy learned from the best.
His early career of touring in the sixties with Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder as a guitarist
allowed him to witness the dynamic vocal and onstage presence these stylistic icons possess he brought                                         the training from those years to his solo acts in the seventies, with The Roy Roberts Experience and The                                        Roy Roberts Band.

 

 

Sam Tate worked his way through college at North Carolina A & T State University. Beginning in 1964, WMNC-Morganton, NC; WUIV-Icard, NC; WQXZ— Taylorsville, NC (as an announcer and general manager). Sam realized one of his greatest life time dreams as he received a license from the Federal Communications Commission to build and operate his own radio station, WOIX in Blowing Rock, NC. It signed on In June of 1983. Another great milestone in Sam's life was when he developed "Gospel Gems", America's very first nationally and internationally syndicated oldie-goldie black gospel radio show. Gospel Gems began in his home in 1992. This weekly show, hosted and produced by Sam is now heard on nearly 75 radio stations around the country and the World Wide Web Show. When Sam is not producing radio shows, he has been a Christian broadcast consultant, mainly outside of the United States. He began this venture in 1992 when he went to Nigeria, Africa to advise Archbishop Dr. Benson Idahosa on how to acquire a radio frequency in his area. Most recently, he returned from Belize, Central America where he helped a local minister set up his radio ministry. While there, he developed recurring radio commercials for a local church in San Ignacia, Belize. 

 

Darlene Vinson formal host of Sunday Morning Gospel, on 90.5 FM WSNC radio, the National Public Radio affiliate at Winston Salem State University.

In addition to her role as host of that successful Sunday morning gospel show, which she is also a three time Gospel Announcer of the Year Award Winner Ms. Vinson serves as Office Manager for the radio station where she is responsible for making sure programs, underwriting credits and community service announcements air as scheduled. She also                                           manages station billing, supplies and other day-to-day functions that enable the radio                                           station to operate smoothly.  A Winston-Salem native, Ms. Vinson attends New Jerusalem                                       Missionary Baptist Church where she sings with the Mass Choir.  She often serves as emcee                                  to area church events, as time permits.

 

 

 

 

 

DJ Daniel Williard radio journey began at WBJC FM in Baltimore, Md. where he obtained the skills to become a promising radio personality.  He later joined WKTE in King, North Carolina where he created the ground breaking radio show, "The Voyage of Rock & Roll".  He had a passion for revitalizing historic stations and later leased WTOB in Winston-Salem, N.C.  As a                                               staple in the community in the 1950's and 60's, he                                           helped the station to obtain a remarkable                                                       renaissance as he also brought back some of the                                             DJ's from that era and rekindled its rich heritage.,                                           where he also attracted a new generation of listeners                                       as the station's legacy became an honoring one. 

 

                                     Today, from Carolina Beach he still enjoys playing                                           the good sounding music from his streaming station                                         there.

 

 

 

   *Greensboro Chapter News and Views*

 

 

 

 

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT OUR VERY OWN JIM STARR ~~~GO TO THE LINK!  

High school sweethearts reunite 50-years later. (youtube.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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