Mandrell Birks Mandrell Birks has facilitated groups for men who are perpetrators of domestic violence, conducted conflict resolution presentations to elementary schools and created annual forums entitled Let’s Talk About Domestic Violence, an annual Walk Against Domestic Violence. He created the first world-wide domestic violence radio program, “The Sighlent Storm,” in 2007.
Carl Brown is the Executive Director of the D.C. Small Business Development Center on the campus of Howard University. He has a wealth of small business development knowledge with over 25 years of experience in training, human resources, sales, marketing, procurement, contract compliance and contract administration in the public and private sectors. Additionally, he has experience in government contracts, GSA schedules and GWAC’s, and socio-economic certification programs. In recent years, he was the executive producer and guest on the “Emerging Business Report” as well as the on-air host of “Growing Pains --Taking Your Business to the Next Level.” Additionally, he has been a guest on numerous radio shows, and interviewed by national media outlets including news programs and newspapers.
Muriel GarrMuriel Garr is a Vice President and Regional Community Development Manager at a major financial institution, managing the implementation of the strategic direction of the bank’s lending, investment and service initiatives for low-to-moderate income persons and communities. She is the founder of Beyond The Bling, a financial coaching business and has served as a guest on WHUR-FM providing insight on financial matters.
Joe Gorham Joe Gorham is a veteran broadcaster of more than 20 years. Most of his many years in radio have been with WHUR 96.3 in one capacity or another – technical producer, radio announcer, producer and music director. This native Washingtonian is proud to represent WHUR 96.3, WHUR-WORLD 96.3 HD2 and HUR-VOICES SIRIUSXM channel 141.
Jay Holloway is an HBCU alumnus of Howard University (B.A.) and NC Central University (M.A.). Since he returned to Howard University in 2012, Holloway is an adjunct professor in the School of Communications, Director of HBCU Channel, and Director of the NABEF Media Sales Institute. Previously, he was founder/president of Holloway Media and a former Executive at UNC-TV (NC’s statewide public TV network); Assistant Vice President/General Manager at WAUG-AM/TV, St. Augustine’s University. Jay Holloway is the host of “The President’s Desk” on Sirius XM Channel 142: HBCU.
Mo Ivory is an attorney, radio and television personality, speaker and community advocate. You can often see her on television networks such as CNN, HLN, MSNBC and Fox offering her “no-holes barred” commentary on news items of the day and specifically on legal cases that have rocked our nation. On the radio side, Mo is currently the co-host of the “Frank Ski Show” on WHUR 96.3 in Washington, DC which airs daily from 3pm-7pm. As co-host, Mo is responsible for delivering content that entertains, informs and educates listeners on topics of business, politics, lifestyle empowerment, community outreach and service. She is well known for her blogs affectionately titled “Mo Knows” which have a large following and have been picked up by the Huffington Post, The Root, Global Grind and other online sites.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Marcia Virginia Ann Jennings embraces life knowing that the promises of God, prayers of loved ones, and her strong work ethic will guide her every footstep to a path of happiness. A native of the historic town of Farmville, Virginia, Marcia proudly represents her family—which encourages the expansion of one’s knowledge and the development of one’s intimate relationship with God. Marcia graduated from Howard University, where she realized her passion for radio and consequently began to work with the student-run radio station, WHBC 96.3 HD3, first as an on-air personality for Good Morning Gospel and production volunteer, and later as the Production Director. Her hard-work and dedication led to her employment with WHUR 96.3 as a producer for the Howard University Radio Network and as a host for Bridging the Gap: Fusing Spirits. Marcia thanks God for the opportunity and is excited for what He has planned for her in the future.
Peggy A. Lewis
Dr. Peggy Lewis is the Associate Dean of the graduate school and Director of Media Studies at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. She received her Ph.D., “with distinction” in History from Howard University in May 2013. Her dissertation title: “Preaching, Praying and Strategic Media Planning: From Montgomery to Selma, How the Civil Rights Movement Forced Journalists to Do Their Job.” Prior to Trinity, she was an Assistant Professor and Broadcast Sequence Coordinator in the Department of Journalism at Howard University. Before coming to academia, she spent nearly 20 years as a broadcast journalist before embarking on a career in public service which included working for President William Jefferson Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, and Children’s Defense Fund Founder and President, Marian Wright Edelman.
Ms. Sharrarne Morton
Ms. Sharrarne Morton, owner of Morton Media, a small business in the Washington metropolitan area, has over 15 years of experience as on air talent, script writer, program content developer, executive producer, and speaker. She was the on-air talent and segment producer for the “Emerging Business Report” television show. In addition to writing the script and working with the production team, as host, Ms. Morton kept the show moving, entertaining, and informative for the small business owner. She has also executive produced other shows including “It Takes a Village” and “Popular Technology” along with a myriad of cable television commercials for Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. Ms. Morton is a regular guest on ABC7/News Channel 8’s “NewsTalk” offering commentary on local, national and international news.
Renee Jacqueline NashRenee Jacqueline Nash is the News and Public Affairs Director for WHUR 96.3 FM – Howard University. With over 25 years of experience in the broadcast industry, Renee is a well-respected journalist and broadcaster who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare and welfare reform, to civil and human rights.
"Your next production should always be better than your last…" This mantra defines the creative journey and abilities of music producer and DJ, OnRaé Watkins, AKA OnRaéLaTeal. While acquiring a B.A. in audio production from Howard University's School of Communications, OnRaé’s original production style landed her a position at WHUR, subsequent to her audio professor’s recommendation. Currently, OnRaé is a Creative Producer at WHUR World and HUR Voices, operating as executive producer of the top rated evening show, The Weekend Review and host of the underground gospel show, Bridging the Gap. OnRaé has worked alongside top radio personalities such as, Frank Ski, Michel Wright, Tony Richards, Randy Dennis, Olivia Fox and John Wesley. In 2014, OnRaé made her debut as a hip-hop producer and songwriter with the release of an original EP entitled, Libra Season. Presently, OnRaé has joined creative forces with three exceptional lyricists to form the hip-hop foursome, Aflocentric, a freedom rights music group dedicated to creating sociopolitical awareness.