Murphy Browne | Word of MouthHost: Murphy Browne
Every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm and Thursday 1pm-2pm EST
WORD OF MOUTH TUESDAYS 7:00 – 8:00 PM
There is a variety of content on her radio shows that are not necessarily provided by the larger commercial radio stations including social concerns and so she targets commercially underserved communities. During her spoken word programming she provides socially relevant commentary and the content finds the audience.
Buzz Spotlight on Radio Regent Programmer Murphy Browne
Radio Regent consists of numerous programmers that conduct their own radio shows on a weekly basis. Topics vary from program to program; however, each offers something exciting and unique. In each issue of the Buzz we highlight community programmers to provide a sense of the “who” behind Radio Regent. In this issue of the Buzz we feature radio host, journalist, storyteller and activist, Murphy Browne.
Buzz: Tell us a little about your cultural background?
Browne: I am an African woman who was born in South America. I grew up in an African centred community where the elders told stories about our African ancestors and our culture before the Maafa (African Holocaust.) My elders were Pan-Africanists and that has greatly influenced every area of my life, has informed my activism, storytelling etc.,
Buzz: Besides Radio Regent, what other activities or community groups are you involved in?
Browne : I write a regular column for Share newspaper which is also published online. I am an active blogger at “Words From Murphy Browne.” I was very active in various groups including the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC,) The Organization of Parents of Black Children (OPBC,) Girl Guides of Canada as a Guider and Diversity Awareness Trainer.
Buzz: What first inspired you to get into radio?
Brown: I was inspired to become involved in radio when I was invited to co-host on Radioactive Feminism at CKLN 88.1 FM, by Oriel Varga who was a member of the collective. In 1998 I began co-hosting Radioactive Feminism on Sunday mornings as part of a collective of women, did a short stint as co-host of The Unheard Voice of the African Woman and began hosting Tuesday Word of Mouth in August 2004.
Buzz: Why did you decide to produce and host a show at Radio Regent?
Brown: I made the decision after the members of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) revoked the license of the campus community radio station CKLN 88.1 FM on January 28, 2011 and compel the end of broadcasting on April 15, 2011. I wanted to continue providing an alternative to mainstream corporate radio, giving a voice to traditionally marginalized communities. Buzz: Tell us about each of the shows you produce and hosts on Radio Regent, and who your audience is? Browne: I produce and host WORD OF MOUTH, a spoken word show broadcast on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
There is a variety of content is not necessarily provided by the larger commercial radio stations including social concerns and so I target commercially underserved communities. During my spoken word programming I provide socially relevant commentary and the content finds the audience.
I also play music on my show. I usually plays music that complements the topic of the show, for example in July leading up to Caribana I play soca and calypso music and explain the history of both. I also explain the connection of Caribana to August 1, which is the day slavery was abolished in the British Empire which included Canada. I also mix in Mozart, Motown, Afrobeats with Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, the Mighty Sparrow, Staxx Records artists etc. The music I choose is not generally broadcast by commercial stations. I sometimes play excerpts from Ted Talks, Democracy Now and Cutting Edge and make social commentary.
I also produce and host a show called MURPHY BROWNE, a spoken word news show on Thursdays 1:00 – 2:00 PM
This radio show is about the news; spreading knowledge and seeking to reach and educate/share knowledge with people who are interested in learning about history from the point of view of the least marginalised and at most almost invisible and banished to the margins. I have also interviewed guests who have lived or have written about this hidden history. I have interviewed Danielle L. McGuire who wrote “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power” which is a book about Rosa Parks and her activism before she became famous in December 1955. I have interviewed people who are survivors of the “Home for Colored Children” in Nova Scotia. They were children who were abused in various ways. I share the history of racialized communities in Canada including Asian and First Nations communities. I keep my listeners up to date with the news of racialized communities. I also talk about the history of Africans in the Diaspora including Argentina, Canada, Chile, the United States, Brazil and Cuba; this information is not generally available.
My audience is people who have access to the internet and who have interest in the content that I produce. They find me from various places, including my Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Buzz: What is it that you like about producing shows on Radio Regent?
Browne: Producing shows on Radio Regent allows me to have access to a worldwide audience. I also appreciate the support of the staff. Buzz: Why do you think Radio Regent is important?
Browne: Radio Regent is important because it gives members of underserved communities access to creating and sharing information that interests members of those communities. As a community radio station, Radio Regent is operated and influenced by the communities it serves. The voices and content are generally not heard anywhere else. Radio Regent provides a mechanism to encourage and empower individuals, groups and community members to tell their own stories, to share experiences and to become creators and contributors of media.