Black Women In Radio (BWIR) is successfully connecting thousands of minority women from multi-generations to celebrate their significance and professional contributions to Black radio culture on a National platform. Behind every Black woman is a tribe of strong Black women who have her back.
Felesha Love, who is a radio veteran and published author founded BWIR in 2017 after she recognized the disparities in how the contributions between Black men and Black women were viewed. She challenged herself with ensuring women were recognized for their hard work and contributions by researching the history of Black women who helped shape Black Radio culture. Her #BlackWomenInRadio social media campaign flourished and attracted nods of acceptance from radio veterans and novices as a resource.
BWIR was established as a LLC. to take professional leadership in providing much needed media services, research, marketing and promotions to change the way Black women are viewed in the media and as professionals.
2020 is the centennial of women’s suffrage and corporate interest radio and Black people are still paralyzed by stereotypes of their blackness. For every message that neglects to tell the wholeness of our stories, BWIR will find ways to amply our relevance and brilliance. The BWIR website reflects a new awareness of the Black woman’s resilience, compassion, focus and determination. This is a “Decade of the New Woman.”
Did you know
According to the FCC, there are over 3,000 commercial AM stations and 5,000 FM stations in the US, yet women and African Americans own a fraction of the total minority ratio of 9% of radio stations in the country.
To require equality and diversity in the media by connecting the world to the contributions of all minority women in Media Arts.
To inspire equality in media arts by connecting people to real diversity.
To contribute to Black radio culture and elevate the perception of minority women in Media Arts around the world.
What we do
We provide multi-media services. We also nurture a network of like-minded professions that use their talent to create positive messaging and inspire others through media arts. BWIR offers a full range of multi-media services including Audio/Video production, Script writing, Commercial production, Mentoring, Media Education, Voice Overs, Presentations, Event Planning, Workshops, Seminars, Essential Writing, Social Media and Film/TV.
BWIR Participates in Research and Collecting Historical Archives
BWIR is committed to the preservation of American BWIR collections that tell a more accurate story about radio culture and how it treats minority women. We conduct ongoing research and collect vital information that provide a unquie perspective of Black and minority women who otherwise be excluded or overlooked in historic conversations. One might argue this undertaking to be a safeguard to endangered collections.
Our work includes a pedagogy to assist educators to lecture on women in radio complete with sound archives. Our research is an expansion of academic study on the cultural history of the women who contribute to their communities through radio. Write to Fel’esha Love for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, The Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF), created early in 2014, grows out of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan. Review extensive research from partners and collaborates here.