Women’s Media Center To Launch Live Talk Radio Show
August 20, 2012
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. ¬¬— The Women’s Media Center today announced it will launch a live Sunday talk show with award-winning author, feminist leader and political analyst Robin Morgan, beginning Sunday, August 26 on We Act Radio.
Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, 1480 AM in Washington, D.C., will be a progressive talk radio program with fresh, lively, news, entertainment and commentary for women and enlightened listeners of all ages. The show will air from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.
“The media is an enormously powerful economic and cultural force, often determining who gets to talk and when,” said Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center. “Women consistently have been underrepresented in news and entertainment media. By launching Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, we’re amplifying women’s voices and making sure that women and girls are visible and powerful in the media. And, with Robin Morgan as the voice of Women’s Media Center Live, the world will have confirmation that feminists most definitely have a sense of humor. We can’t wait!”
The first show will air on Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, with which women won the right to vote. It will feature Gloria Steinem, co-founder of The Women’s Media Center; Emma Axelrod, one of the three New Jersey teenagers who successfully fought to get a woman to moderate a presidential debate and Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. The show launches just before the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
“For too long the airwaves have been dominated by too few voices and too few viewpoints,” said Alex Lawson, co-owner of We Act Radio. “Adding Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan to our lineup is a move to make great radio and to address the fact that despite making up 51 percent of the population, only 13 percent of talk radio hosts are women.”
Morgan said the show will expose the real impact of policies and of media on men as well as women. “It will be a ‘safe house’ for extraordinary guests (famous and not-yet-famous) to risk being honest about politics, sex, books, religion, age, youth, race, art, breaking news, and everything else unsuitable for polite dinner-table discussion,” she said. “It will feature intelligent, audacious discussion--no yelling--and focus on truths you didn’t know you needed to know for survival.”
Morgan, author of over 20 books, former editor of Ms. Magazine and co-founder of The Women’s Media Center, will be returning to radio where she actually had her own show at age 4. She will bring her wit, knowledge and vast media experience to the weekly broadcast, creating a forum for diverse voices that is authoritative, provocative, entertaining and memorable. Known for her directness, unfiltered opinions and keen observations, Morgan will keep the conversation spirited and quotable.
She will discuss everything from politics to reproductive rights, from relationships to the arts, from global news to personal lives, with guests from across the spectrum – a mix of newsmakers and news media.
Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan will have two broadcast homes: a studio in New York City—and at other times it will broadcast from the We Act Radio’s studio in Washington, D.C. The audience also will be able to hear the show via podcasts and streaming live with video at WMClive.com.
We Act Radio is the home of Emmy-award winning journalist David Shuster’s Take Action News. Washington ranks seventh radio market by Arbitron.
The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Morgan, and Steinem. It works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through media advocacy campaigns, media monitoring for sexism, creating original content, training women and girls to participate in media, and connecting women experts with the media.
For more information, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor, Media Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-587-1636.