*If you were in and around the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s 70’s 80’s and/or 90’s …
During a time when Black music dominated the air-waves and could only be heard on Black Radio, a time where strong radio personalities were the order of the day. During the days when Top 40 radio stations KFRC and KYA was not focused on black music …
A time before Michael Jackson broke the color line on MTV, and Urban, and Contemporary Radio were non-existent, then you are well aware of powerhouses Lucky 13KDIA-AM and KSOL 107.7-FM … and the voices that dominated the airwaves: Bob White, Bob Jones, Bill Hall, Jay Sweet, Nick Harper, Marvin Robinson, Diane Blackmon, ( First on-air female broadcast engineer, west of the Rockies), Johnny Morris, Lee Perkins, and Barry Pope were the voice of the community, educated black and proud. It was a time when Black Power was a verb, an action item.
“Black Radio set the tone and attitude for San Francisco’s Bay, from San Jose to Vallejo and everything in between, we were major players in the success of all Black Recording Artists. If you wanted to be heard in Northern California, you had to go through us. From Prince to Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Pattie, James Brown, George Clinton all of them,” reflects, former KSOL Program Director, on-air radio broadcaster and San Francisco business entrepreneur, Marvin Robinson.
The two stations combined left a forty year musical radio legacy, marking an era that has never quite been duplicated, an impact on San Francisco’s Bay Area that promoted progressive unity and pride.
Reuniting for the first time in years, for the Vallejo Black Empowerment Think Tank/VBETT‘s Artiszen Cultural Arts Center and Vallejo Community Unity Fundraiser are San Francisco Bay Area Black Radio giants Marvin Robinson, Diane Blackmon, Johnny Morris and Barry Pope. They will be among the Celebrity Guests attending the Mardi Gras Memories Walk, VIP Reception Fundraiser, marking the official kick off of – Family Reunion Weekend in the city of Vallejo.
“It’s great to reunite with my mentors and life-long dear friends again, these great men sometimes unsung heroes, did a lot for Black music and to educate, entertain and enlighten our Bay Area communities through radio for decades. It’s an honor and a privilege to call them my BFF’s,” states Diane Blackmon Bailey, founder, of the Black University Radio Network ( 50+ USA Markets – Global ), 2ND Screen Global Con and Vallejo Black Empowerment Think Tank (VBETT).
Marvin Robinson currently produces and hosts the BayView Radio Show, Sundays on KBLX-FM one of only a few Black owned radio stations left in the country.
Invited VIP guests include, KTVU TV Anchor, Dave Clark; EURweb’s Lee Bailey; Vallejo Mayor, Osby Davis; Congressman Mike Thompson; Senator Lois Wolk; LaMarr Blackmon, Black University Radio Network; the OGV Band and other surprise celebrity guests.
Mardi Gras New Orleans Style – Memories Walk August 8, 2014 Vallejo Warterfront – City Walk
Time: 5:30 – 7PM
VIP Reception Fundraiser
Artiszen Cultural Arts Center
Time: 7:30P – 11PM
337 Georgia Street
Vallejo Historic Arts & Entertainment District
Donation – Tickets visit VBETT site: www.thinktank707.com – Proceeds benefiting VBETT Future PRO Mentoring, Scholarship and Intern Program.
August 9th, 2014
Floyd Terrace Family Reunion
Time: 10a – 6PM
Floyd Terrace Family Reunion After-Party 8P – 12Mid Elks Lodge
VBETT – Vallejo Black Empowerment Think Tank
“Changing Perspective – Changing Lives”