Rox: 10 years of Juice Talk with Schylar MeadowsWritten by Martini Rox | | email@example.com
Toledo’s first urban community affairs radio talk show has reached a milestone!
Ten years ago the city was optimistic and anticipated talking about issues that mattered in its neighborhoods. The platform would be provided by the first independently owned African-American radio station WJUC.
Schylar Meadows had political and native street knowledge, making her perfect for the position. Fast forward 10 years later, and not only can she run her Sunday morning radio show, she also appears on 13abc with Lee Conklin’s “Conklin and Company.” Meadows is a highly intelligent woman with a surprising sense of humor. I decided to ask about some of her most memorable moments in the last 10 years on Juice Talk. Here are her picks in her own words.
5. Nostradamus or not…: During the first year, a guy was booked to discuss the end of the world as one of those “apocalyptic” dates in history approached. Not that I am a believer in this type of thing, but all the studio lights blew out during the interview. Too creepy! He has not been back and the lights have never blown out again. The earth is still spinning.
4. The disturbance in the North End, October 2005: A hate group sparked unnecessary chaos/rioting. Mayor Jack Ford called a state of emergency/curfew. I told the station owner I was going to the scene. He redirected me to go LIVE on-air instead. Martini Rox and I provided breaking news coverage. The next day on Juice Talk, I interviewed Mayor Ford and an unnamed eyewitness. The next week a certain media outlet sent cameras to the station without permission to film the show. [They were] dismissed from private premises. Ownership has its privileges!
3. Recognition for a job well done: Receiving the Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. Drum Major Award for activism was tremendous. Also, competing against journalists such as Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller for a prestigious editorial award proves talk radio for the hip-hop demographic is to be taken seriously. We discuss the issues and concerns which matter most.
2. A call from the White House: In radio you have to be flexible. What would YOU do if the White House called? Advancing the interview with the First Lady of the United States, the Whitehouse Communications team called the station for me during the 5 o’clock Traffic Jam. The First Lady’s staff contacted me directly a few days earlier asking if I would like to interview Mrs. Obama. They never got back to me; I said nothing. I was at school. DJ Jay Roc first thought it was a prank. Then our CEO got on the phone. SURPRISE!
1. Her interview with Michelle Obama: Why is this No. 1? I guess in a selfish way because no one else got to do it! By nature of it being an exclusive interview nobody else in Northwest Ohio got to do that. That is a coup for our station and of course the credibility of Juice Talk, because it’s based on the fact that I had worked previously in the political world professionally. They know that they could trust the messenger and that is why it was so important.
Tune in to Juice Talk with Schylar Meadows every Sunday at 10:30am on WJUC 107.3FM.
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Listen to Martini Rox on WJUC 107.3 FM. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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