Chuck D Joins Talk-Radio Network

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D will co-host a daily show on Air America Radio, a new liberal talk radio network set to launch March 31. The outspoken rapper will join Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead and radio talk veteran Laura Flanders on “Unfiltered,” which will air 9 a.m.-noon ET daily Monday through Friday.

Initially, the Progress Media-owned franchise will be heard on WLIB-AM (1190) New York, WNTD-AM (950) Chicago, KBLA-AM (1580) Los Angeles, and via an as-of-yet unnamed station in San Francisco. The network’s programming will also be heard streaming live on the Web In addition, Air America Radio is in negotiations with satellite television and radio providers to carry its programming nationally.

A number of high-profile comedians will be heard on the network’s airwaves. Al Franken will host the three-hour “The O’Franken Factor” daily at noon with co-host Katherine Lanpher, which promises “fearless barbs, sketches and interviews.” Janeane Garofalo and political humorist Sam Seder will co-host “The Majority Report” a nightly four-hour block beginning at 8 p.m. and Marc Maron will participate in the morning show “Uprising” (6-9 a.m.) with co-hosts Sue Ellicott and Mark Riley.

Air America’s afternoons will boast “The Randi Rhodes Show” (3-7 p.m.) and will be followed by the one-hour “So What Else Is News?” anchored by Marty Kaplan. Weekends will feature “Champions of Justice,” hosted by environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papatanio, along with yet to be announced original programming and “best of” segments culled from the daily shows.

In other news, Chuck D is also due to take part in the National Hip-Hop Political Convention along with Hip-Hop Summit Action Network co-founder Russell Simmons June 16-19 at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. The three-day conference will include dialogue between hip-hop and civil-rights leaders, panel discussions on economic empowerment, criminal justice, education and healthcare; and artist performances.

As previously reported, the Public Enemy frontman is also backing a venture to create a new cable music channel devoted to hip-hop.


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