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KMOJ returns to North Minneapolis

KMOJ returns to North Minneapolis

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Published by Al McFarlane

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Published by: Al McFarlane on May 11, 2010
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“More Old Skool, more R&B, moreLove for your community,”
posve mage no e ac communyis very much so my personal desire.I strive for social change especiallyin the areas of women’s rights andthe growing absence of family in the African American community. Workingat KMOJ has cultivated my abilities tovoice my opinions effectively as wellas respectably and has provided mea platform where it is appropriate totouch on the issues I feel passionateabout,” said 22-year-old Georgia “MissGeorgia” McClellon, whose passion for the community loudly resonates whileshe’s hosting her daily program.Some 30 years ago, the station thatstarted out as WMOJ on the AM circuithad only enough wattage to reach a
 An artist’s rendering of KMOJ’s futurehome at W. Broadway & Penn Avenue N.
 
McFarlane ReaderMarch 22-28, 2010
KMOJ moves backto North Minneapolis
By Alaina Lewis
 
couple of blocks from its transmitter, but their desire to servicehe surrounding area with positive radio in the Sumner-Olsonand Glenwood-Lyndale Public Housing Developmentsbecame the catalyst for how the facility is still run today. Their ability to be a reaffirming voice of the positive values that the African American community at large was built on, quicklygarnered them the moniker of “The People’s Station,” andhas made them a permanent fixture in our homes today. Although KMOJ’s popularity has never been defeated or victimized by the changing of seasons in today’s music, thenon-profit organization still sails with the tides of being amostly community funded institution. Even as the recessionpeaks through the cracks of many of our wallets, the station,now in the middle of its 2010 Radiothon, is on a missiono garner donations from the public and those continuedlisteners who are dedicated to their diverse programing andwho also share the desire to bring the station’s mission toa wider audience from their future home on the renovatedblock of Broadway and Penn in North Minneapolis.KMOJ is ready to move back to North Minneapolis. That’swhere it all began for our diverse and hardworking family of DJs and that’s where our heart is. In addition to the move,our station has unfortunately faced tremendous expensesas they’ve been trying to work towards its broadcastingexpansion through the entire Metro Area,” McClellon said.Because we represent the people, it has been a long desirefor us to be able to reach all of the people city wide. Rightnow our signal comes into the homes of Minneapolis andits surrounding suburbs, but St. Paul is part of our desirednetwork too, and we’re hoping that this radiothon will give ushe boost we need to reach the masses.”McClellon, who was working as a Radio DJ for her collegeradio station at St. Thomas University, sought an opportunityo intern with KMOJ because of its reputation for being acredible broadcast training facility that places emphasis oneducating its personalities to deliver positive and uniquepublic affairs programming. In addition, McClellon wasimpressed with the successful careers of former DJ’s andpersonalities who got their start at KMOJ.To me the station is an opportunity for me to build arespectable career in entertainment and most importantly,KMOJ has been a family that has helped me grow,emotionally, mentally, and professionally,” McClellon said.From “Conversations with Al McFarlane,” which once airedon KMOJ, to Mahmoud El-Kati, Michael “Mike Mike” Lindsey,Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., Spike Moss, Walter “Q-Bear” Banks Jr.,
Georgia McClellon, Radio HostKelvin Quarles, General Manager 
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