R.C. Williams, newly appointed KMOJ operations manager, announced at last week’s Insight/KMOJ Policy Forum that KMOJ Radio (89.9 FM] has begun a restructuring process... R.C. Williams, newly appointed KMOJ operations manager, announced at last week’s Insight/KMOJ Policy Forum that KMOJ Radio (89.9 FM] has begun a restructuring process in both programming and personnel. The announced intent, said Williams, is to transform the station’s format into black adult contemporary music and community-service programming. A North Minneapolis institution for 25 years and the first black radio station in the Twin Cities, KMOJ has aired innovative shows like “The Insight/Public Policy Forum” and the youth program “Let’s Motivate”.
Board president-elect Bill English is overseeing a push to, among other things, add more in-depth news coverage and give the shows professional polish. In a sweeping move, all community-service programs are to be taken off the air for 45 days. Hosts must reapply to continue at the station. Williams offered comments on the changes underway at the station. He said: “[There are a lot of] changes and they’re very positive. If you’ve listened to the station recently, you’ve noticed very drastic changes [that are] for the better. I’ve relayed to many people that those changes will continue and they will continue for the better.”
Williams shared credit for improving things at the station, acknowledging English’s counsel and that of scholar and board member Mahmoud El-Kati “in making sure that we stick with our history and making sure that will continue to be on the air. Because you have to know where you come from in order to know where you’re going.”
Regarding why certain changes have been made, Williams remarked, “We knew coming in that the Black adult in this market was severely under-served.” The moratorium on public affairs programs, says Williams, is largely to give producers better skills through comprehensive training in the fundamentals of how to operate a show. He added that station officials are interested in the public’s input on what KMOJ should be. To share your views, call 612-377-0594 or send e-mail to