Black News Channel launch fulfills lifelong dream of J.C. Watts

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On this week program. The black news channel J. C. Watts Co founder and chairman and Gary Wars Law vice-president of news and programming the black news channel in Black America. Well when you started your broadcast day are watching our broadcast day. We're going to start off with a three hour block off of news from six. AM until nine am. Were then going to have a program live out of Washington. DC It focuses on the politics of the day as seen through the eye congressional Black Caucus And then show is over. We go into another live. Broadcast from. Tallahassee are studio with two young female anchors and that show is going to be called being a woman and it's GonNa highlight issues of the day as it relates to young girls up to the age of women's thirty They're going to talk about issues. That are important to them them in the afternoon and then we go into a series of programs that we call a BNC presents. Those programs will feature documentaries on Michelle Obama. Barack Obama Obama beyond say Riana Little Lane Whitney Houston Michael Jackson. If it's a pop culture person we have a show is going to spotlight that as well as Morgan Freeman. Freemen look at the chilling circuit blues. But we kind of a little bit of everything for everybody in that program. Gerry wardlaw vice president of news and programming. The Black News Channel on January twenty fifth nineteen eighty black entertainment. Television made his debut at the time it will become the most prominent television the network targeting the African American community we now have the African Channel Bounce TV. Aspire TV CLEO TV own NTV one just to name a few on January six twenty twenty. The black news channel began providing all things. African American put together by. A group of entrepreneurs led by former congressman J. C. Watts black news channel will be the nation's only twenty four seven provider of cable news programming programming dedicated company unique perspective of African American communities. BNC will provide an authentic new voice that represents African Americans in mainstream media and foster political economic and social discourse the new channel promises to inform educate and empower nearly fifty million African Americans. Now of living in this country Racelis in Black America spoke with Gary Word Law regarding the network and Tennessee. Little town called South Pittsburg which which is near well not a whole lot. But I grew up in Chattanooga went to school there. I started my career in broadcast there. They'd sixteen fifty years later. I find myself the black news channel. My journey has taken me from Tennessee or the West Coast back to the East Coast New York Washington. DC Seattle adult. I've kind of been all over the place but I'm very happy to be In Tallahassee ready to help launch this black news channel what sparked at initial interest in journalism and communications. When I was a kid working at a restaurant I used to argue with some of the customers about everything thing from religion to politics and man coming off and she's pity office in the navy and he said to me one day is kids? You got a lot of mouth you ought to be on television and of course I laugh because there were no black on television in my hometown. he said I want to go up there and talk to The station manager. I know him to send you. You just give you a job. Well he was Judas word I went to the station. They gave me a job. I started working in the studio and a year and a half later I was on the air the air for some forty years. You remember that I I do I was it was ATV television Chattanooga and my title was floor manager. What what that meant was? I had to manage to clean that floor every night. But he was an auspicious start but nonetheless it spun a career having been in an industry for such a long time. What differences and innovations have you seen so far that has made what you do more efficient in a better? When I first started working in television we shot black black and white reverse negative film They don't even make such a thing thing I don't think anymore so we've gone from the old FEM camera dates to film processors now. Everybody who has a camera is a journalist and so the innovations have been just absolutely phenomenal now in the sand. You a now the vice-president News and program for the Black News Channel. Give us a thumbnail because we're going to go through some of the things that you are anticipating on doing with what channel what channel will look like. Well when you start your broadcast day are watching our broadcast day. We're going to start off with a three hour block of news from six. AM until nine am. We're then going to have a program live out of Washington. DC that focuses on the politics of the day as seen through the eyes of the Congressional Black News of the Congressional Black Right Caucus Rather When that show is over we'd go into another live broadcast and from Tallahassee Studio with two young female anchors and that show is going to be called all being a woman and it's GonNa highlight issues of the day as it relates to young girls up to the age of women's thirty They're going to talk about issues issues. That are important to them in the afternoon. And then we go into a series of programs that we call the DNC presents. Those programs will feature documentaries resigned. Michelle Obama Barack Obama beyond say Riana Little Lane Whitney Houston Michael Jackson. If it's a pop culture person we have a show. Oh there's GonNa spotlight that as well as Morgan Freeman look as a chilling circuit blues. But we kind of a little bit of everything for everybody and that program later in the afternoon we'll have another show. That's primarily focused on females. It's called ladies choice and this show is gonNA spotlight issues. That are important to women. Thirty plus and so that's going to be hosted by our two female anchors one of which happens to be a clinical psychologist. We've then go into a three hour block of prime signed is that will air live from our studios and obviously it'll be in prime on the west coast. We also have programs that featured Dr Corey. Hey Bear as our staff medical person who will be producing programs on health as it relates to the African American audience mark McClellan formerly A. CBS News will a host program for men. And it's called all things men and so he's going to sit back and talk with everybody from ministers to football players so we're GONNA the highlight those issues that are important to fellows and that's just some of the highlights. We're GONNA have Olympic programming. We have a SPEC- sports programming. We have FIBA world basketball. Aw We have star workout. So if it's of interest to the black audience is of interest to us and we intend to put it on as well as spotlighting. The Best of you are the best of the best from the nation's HCC us with a program that's specially designed for our HEC students to be able to show themselves off as did were in programming that we're gonNA produce around their reports as well. How did you all go about deciding what to put on air? I'm quite sure you had a large whiteboard aboard blackboard or whatever kind of board that you all use to come up with this lineup. It really wasn't that complicated. I basically say that for the most part. Yeah I mean I would talk to people that I know One of my favorite Research facilities was called the barbershop and barbershop. And you listen to the brothers and you'll come up with and stuff yes right now. I like to say that the barber shop as a black man. It's country club. I'm doing and be myself and listen and you get some pretty You know you get some pretty good research on what's happening in the black community and You go to the beauty shop you get the same thing so I listened to the people and and tried to put together programming. That people told me I was of interest to them. HEARD THAT MR warlock. What makes you excited about this invention well for the first time and forever We're going to have a network where we are unapologetically. Black The world we're looking at catch US being ourselves and they'll find out that we're more than crime in the streets. We're more than music. We're more than sports and we have brains. We have opinions. We have scientist. We have educators. We have lawyers. We have doctors. We you know we have specialists It's nothing wrong with being a star football player a basketball player. It's nothing wrong with being a musician Russian but the world's GONNA see us in greater scope than just athletics are music

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