By Jason Luntz
Two new radio programs, created by a Tennessee State University communications faculty member, will debut on HBCU Radio Network this fall on SiriusXM satellite radio.
“Tennessee State Talk” and “Black Docs” created by Tameka Winston, Ed.D., will broadcast in November on Channel 142, one of two channels leased to Howard University.
Winston, an assistant professor at TSU and a published author, will host both weekly programs, sharing hosting duties with four other Black women who are either physicians or have their doctorate degrees on “Black Docs.”
The HBCU Radio Network is produced by and in conjunction with the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including Tennessee State University.
“Tennessee State Talk” provides a detailed look at TSU news, activities and accomplishments. The show will also display the student and faculty talent of the TSU community by offering different segments to keep listeners engaged.
Dr. Tameka Winston
“Black Docs” explores numerous subjects important to the African American community including HBCU history, mental health, healthy living, and more. The program currently airs at 10 a.m. every Thursday, at http://www.blackdocsradio.com.
According to Winston, Black Docs is a great platform to display black women communicating in a positive manner.
“We bring our own unique experiences, which leads to informative yet fun and witty discussions,” explained Winston. “The show focuses on achievements, issues and events directly related to the African-American community. We truly hope to connect with the community right from the start.”
When envisioning “Black Docs” Winston imagined a program with black women who had an HBCU background and were experienced in different fields. She was able to hand pick four women who range in age from early 30s to early 40s.
Along with Winston, co-hosts are Drs. Crystal deGregory, Heather O’Hara Rand, Keisha Bean, and Iris Johnson Arnold.
Crystal deGregory, Ph.D., faculty member at TSU and founder and executive editor of HBCUSTORY Inc., is happy to offer a counter-narrative to the negative stereotypes of black womanhood she believes in prevalent in the media.
“We are saying to the world, in thought, word and deed, black women are not only beautiful, we’re also talented, intelligent and compassionate,” said Dr. deGregory.
Keisha Bean, Ph.D., licensed psychologist who works for the Deberry Special Needs Prison for incarcerated men, and sole proprietor of Bean Counseling and Consulting Services, shares the opinion that Black Docs will play a role in dismantling negative images of women.
“Through the show and their community involvement, people will see educated, professional and fun women, support one another despite individual differences,” said Dr. Bean. “People will see the women of Black Docs communicate with each other in a manner that values who they are and prioritizes respect.”
Associate professor with the Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at TSU, Iris Jonson Arnold, Ph.D., is excited about the diversity in the fields of the various women involved in the program.
“As five professional women from the fields of communication, history, medicine, psychology, and speech pathology, we have the potential to share our views and address some timely and even provocative topics affecting the community,” said Dr. Arnold.
Heather O’Hara-Rand, MD, a board certified physician in Occupational Medicine and assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College, explained the importance of having panel hosts from different backgrounds.
“The diversity of the platform that we have guarantees a well-rounded view of the circumstances that will have already dealt with during our lives as African-Americans.” Dr. O’Hara-Rand said, “especially African-American women.”
The HBCU Network premiers this fall on SiriusXM highlighting and focusing on the activities of each institution and its contributions to the African Diaspora. With both programs being available on the satellite radio, TSU will have the opportunity to gain some national spotlight.
“I think that both shows will be wonderful outlet to showcase the talented students as well as faculty members at the University. Hopefully, it can be a wonderful way to attract that next generation of TSU Tigers,” Dr. Winston said.
Winston adds the role of radio producer and host to a schedule that includes teaching newswriting, social media practices, multimedia storytelling, public speaking and introduction to mass communications.
In addition to teaching and scholarly research, Winston also serves as the Director of TSU News Network.
Featured Image Caption: l-r, Dr. Keisha Bean, Dr. Crystal deGregory, Dr. Tameka Winston, Dr. Heather O’Hara Rand, and Dr. Iris Johnson Arnold