John L. Hanson Jr.

Host, Producer, In Black America

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT Monday nights at 10:30 p.m., as well as weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.

Hanson’s love of radio started in his hometown, Detroit, as a teenager. He began as a music programmer and youth reporter for the student station in his school. Upon his high school graduation, he traveled to Austin, Texas, to attend Huston-Tillotson College, and landed a DJ slot at a small, low wattage station in nearby Lockhart where he offered a popular nightly program of jazz and soul music. Eventually he was hired by KUT radio in 1974 where his first assignment was to produce a nightly program called “Soul on FM” which became an immediate success and ultimately earned him recognition as “Best DJ in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine in 1976.

In 1977, Hanson received a Minority Training Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which he used to learn the ropes for setting up a public affairs program for KUT. Upon his return from the CPB workshops, Hanson turned his attention to improving and increasing information about the black community, which was not effectively reaching the local media outlets. He soon created Access, a weekly, live, phone-in program on KUT, which allowed experts in various fields and endeavors to address the public about their intended impact on the Austin community. From there, Hanson was promoted to the producer of In Black America after its previous host left the city in 1980.

Since that time, Hanson has served many roles at KUT, including being the station’s interim GM on two occasions. He retired from KUT in 2011 but has continued to work on IBA and host the Old School Dance Party on sister station KUTX 98.9 Friday afternoons from 4-7 p.m. Hanson is married to the former Latischa M. Merritt; he has two children, Kacey and Michael.

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In Black America Podcast
8:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Remembering Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Rudy Dee and Ossie Davis

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

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In Black America Podcast
9:08 am
Tue December 9, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Author Joe Henry on the 'Furious Cool' of Richard Pryor

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Joe Henry, co-author of "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and The World That Made Him."

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic during his life, Pryor’s performances opened up a whole new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in new, unthinkable ways . Now, Henry's groundbreaking book brings him to life again both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth exploration of his talent, his lasting influence and an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the myriad influences that shaped both his persona and his art.

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In Black America Podcast
6:57 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

In Black America Podcast: 'The Woman Code' Author Sophia A. Nelson

Sophia A. Nelson, Esq.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Sophia A. Nelson, Esq., author of ‘The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life.”

Nelson is an award-winning author and journalist. She is also a highly sought-after corporate leadership trainer and motivational speaker. Nelson has a national platform that is making strides to help women lead more fulfilling and powerful lives in and out of the workplace.

In her latest book, "The Woman Code," Nelson asks women to examine their spiritual, professional and personal daily habits in an effort to guide them to purposeful and successful lives.

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In Black America Podcast
9:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Keymel Technologies, LLC

Kenner Rogers, Founder and President of Keymel Technologies, LLC

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Kenner Rogers, Founder and President of Keymel Technologies, LLC.

Rogers, a New Orleans native grew up with a passion for gardening, which later evolved into his love for Science, Metrology and Environmental studies. He often reflects on a commercial that depicted a Native American Indian dishearten by once a pristine landscape that became desolate and defiled due to pollution.

That commercial left a profound impact on him, which resulted in the development of a philosophy that, “respect what Mother Nature has provided, and preserve what God has given for future generations,” he says. This philosophy along with the “going green” movement ignited him to seek business opportunities in the field.

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In Black America Podcast
10:21 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

In Black America Podcast: The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

Dr. James C. Wadley, Ph.D

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. James C. Wadley Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Human Services program at Lincoln University, and founding editor of The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships.

Wadley’s academic and professional background in human sexuality education and educational leadership has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world.

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In Black America Podcast
6:26 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Dr. Allison Willis on How Race Affects Parkinson’s Treatments

Credit University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

On this edition of "In Black America," producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Allison Willis, assistant professor of neurology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

In her study Dr. Willis finds that African Americans with Parkinson’s Disease are less likely than whites with the disease to receive deep brain stimulation surgery to reduce tremors.

Parkinson’s Disease affects more than 2 million Americans, and deep brain stimulation surgery has been shown to be effective but involves extensive pre-operative testing and may include costs not covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare.

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In Black America Podcast
6:05 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Dr. Mable Johns, Minister and Former Blues and R&B Singer

Dr. Mable Johns

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Mable Johns, minister, author, and former Blues and R&B singer.

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In Black America Podcast
12:59 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Fighting HIV/AIDS In The African American Community

Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree, Ph.D

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree, Associate Director for Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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In Black America Podcast
1:18 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

In Black America Podcast: 'Culture Worrier' Clarence Page

Clarence Page, Syndicated Columnist and Author

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Clarence Page, syndicated columnist with the Chicago Tribune and author of "Culture Worrier."

Twice a week, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Page addresses the social, economic and political issues affecting Americans. Writing with passion and style, Page delivers lively commentary on today's pressing issues, such as crime, education, housing, hunger and bigotry.

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In Black America Podcast
2:33 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Dr. Richard J. Reddick Reflects on Michael Brown’s Death

Dr. Richard J. Reddick, Ed.D.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Richard J. Reddick, associate professor and coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin's College of Education, and a member of the 100 Black Men of Austin.

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In Black America Podcast
9:02 am
Mon October 6, 2014

In Black America Podcast: ‘No Love, No Charity’ with Paul Lamar Hunter

Paul Lamar Hunter

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Paul Lamar Hunter, author of ‘No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th Child.’

Though many would consider Hunter to be an unlikely candidate to become successful, his thrilling autobiographical account describes how he made it, despite overwhelming odds.

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In Black America Podcast
8:47 am
Mon September 29, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Austin Business Leader Natalie Madeira Cofield

Natalie Cofield, President and CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Natalie Madeira Cofield, President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, located in Austin, TX; Founding President of the Austin Black Technology Council and Founder of Walker’s Legacy a national women in business collective.

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In Black America Podcast
10:21 am
Mon September 22, 2014

In Black America Podcast: 'The Hippest Trip In America' with Nelson George

The late Don Cornelius was the creator of "Soul Train" and hosted the show for 35 years, from 1971 to 2006.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Nelson George, acclaimed filmmaker, TV producer, journalist, and author of ‘The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style.’

When it debuted on October 2, 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African-Americans and the sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music.

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in Black America Podcast
8:42 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Smart Music Entertainment with Larry ‘LAK’ Henderson

Larry 'LAK' Henderson, Founder and CEO Smart Music Entertainment

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Larry "LAK" Henderson, founder and CEO of Smart Music Entertainment, and the creator of a new sound of hip-hop music that is used as a tool to inspire learning, and awaken the consciousness of youth and people in our communities.

Henderson's educational hip-hop music has received airplay on major radio stations around the world, and he is a noted speaker on hip-hop and its impact on our communities.

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In Black America Podcast
9:46 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

In Black America Podcast: The 2014 NFL Season with Jarrett Bell

Jarrett Bell
Credit Larry French-Getty Images for SiriusXS

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Jarrett Bell, NFL columnist for USA Today SportsESPN's NFL ‘Insiders,’ and a member of the Board of Selectors – Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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In Black America Podcast
11:17 am
Mon September 1, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Paulette Brown, President-elect of the ABA

Paulette Brown, President-elect American Bar Association

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Paulette Brown, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, and President-elect of the American Bar Association.

In August 2014, Brown will become the first African American woman to serve as President of the American Bar Association (ABA). Brown will serve as president-elect for one year before taking over as president in August 2015.

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In Black America Podcast
8:39 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

In Black America Podcast: BMI’s First African American Woman Chairperson

Susan Davenport Austin

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Susan Davenport Austin, Chairwoman of the Board, Broadcast Music Inc. Austin was appointed as chairwoman of the board of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) in October of 2011. She is the first woman and first African American to lead the board that she has been apart of since 2007.

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In Black America Podcast
5:48 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Remembering a Texas Trailblazer, Dr. Alfred N. Poindexter Jr.

The late Dr. Alfred N. Poindexter Jr.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Dr. Alfred Nelson Poindexter Jr., Prairie View A&M University professor emeritus and veterinarian. Dr. Poindexter, or “Doc” as his friends, colleagues and students affectionately called him began teaching animal science and practicing veterinary medicine at Prairie View A&M University in 1945, when he was 24 years old. He remained at PV for more than 50 years until his retirement in August 2004.

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In Black America
6:47 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

In Black America Podcast: ‘Life Happens’ with Legendary Soul Singer Candi Staton –Part II

This week, John L. Hanson continues his conversation with singer Candi Staton.
Credit flickr.com/guuskrol

 On this edition of "In Black America," producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with legendary gospel, pop, and R&B recording artist Candi Staton.

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In Black America Podcast
6:40 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

In Black America Podcast: ‘Life Happens’ with Legendary Soul Singer Candi Staton

Candi Staton

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Legendary Gospel, Pop, and R&B recording artist Candi Staton.

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