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
8:08 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part I

From left to right: Julian Bond, John Lewis and Andrew Young

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the Civil Rights Summit marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Featured on today’s program are three civil rights legends that looked back at the movement they helped to forge, and how it continues to resonate in America today, while exploring the civil rights issues of the 21st century.

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In Black America Podcast
9:44 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Angela Burt-Murray of CocoaFab.com

Angela Burt-Murray

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Angela Burt-Murray editorial director of Cocoa Media Group, a new digital media company that launched CocoaFab.com and CocoaFab.TV to feature entertainment, style and original web series for young women of color. 

Prior to launching CMG, she was the editor-in-chief of ESSENCE magazine, where she oversaw the editorial direction for ESSENCE magazine –the premier lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women – as well as Essence.com.

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In Black America Podcast
7:51 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

In Black America Podcast: 'Defining The Struggle'

Professor Susan D. Carle

 On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Susan D. Carle, professor at American University Washington College of Law and author of ‘Defining The Struggle: National Organizing For Racial Justice 1880 to 1915.’

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In Black America Podcast
11:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Remembering William F. 'Bill' Williams

William F. "Bill" Williams

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late William F. “Bill” Williams, former president and co-founder of Glory Foods, Inc.

In 1992, Glory Foods officially launched its line of pre-seasoned canned vegetables with Columbus, Ohio as its test market. Their initial product line of 17 items focused on greens, peas and beans. During the past twenty-two years, Glory has been able to expand its line to offer 85 products, including seasoned canned greens, bagged fresh greens and other vegetables, low sodium products, hot sauces, seasoned cooking bases, and corn bread and muffins. Glory Foods is now available at grocery stores nationwide.

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In Black America Podcast
8:08 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

In Black America Podcast: 'The Jones Men' with Vern E. Smith

Vern E. Smith

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Vern E. Smith, author of ‘The Jones Men.’

When Smith suggested to his editors at Newsweek Magazine that they take a look at the devastating impact of heroin on Detroit’s urban landscape back in the early 70s, he knew it was a subject that would draw attention. But what he could not have fathomed that he would turn the essence of his reporting into a novel, 'The Jones Men,' or that sometime after that a determined producer–and Detroit native Woodie King Jr. – would convince him to write a screenplay based on the book. 

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In Black America Podcast
9:33 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

In Black America Podcast: The Life and Legacy of Robert C. Maynard

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Robert C. Maynard, journalist, newspaper publisher, editor and former owner of the Oakland (CA) Tribune newspaper.

  Maynard was a charismatic leader who changed the face of American journalism, built a four-decade career on the cornerstones of editorial integrity, community involvement, improved education and the importance of the family. He was the co-founder of the Institute for Journalism Education, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to expanding opportunities for minority journalists at the nation's newspapers.  

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In Black America Podcast
2:13 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Dr. Bobby Jones - Rejoice With Me!

Dr. Bobby Jones

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Gospel Recording artist, radio and TV host, Dr. Bobby Jones.

No one has spent more years on cable TV than BET’s Dr. Bobby Jones who has hosted “Bobby Jones Gospel” for thirty-four years. During those years, his show has spotlighted artists as diverse as country stars Loretta Lynn and Barbara Mandrell to R&B icons such as Patti LaBelle and The Whispers. In between, Jones has also hosted the biggest names in gospel music from Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary to Yolanda Adams and Tamela Mann.

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In Black America Podcast
6:28 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

The LBJ Civil Rights Summit: Sports and Race: Leveling the Playing Field

Jim Brown, Hall of Fame running back for the Cleveland Browns, left, Bill Russell, Hall of Fame center for the Boston Celtics, and Harry Edwards, Professor Emeritus of University of California in Berkeley.
Photo by Lauren Gerson

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the LBJ Civil Rights Summit, held this past spring at the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Featured on today’s program are Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Bill Russell.

In April 2014, the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin hosted a Civil Rights Summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The summit featured three former presidents and President Obama. It also looked back at the civil rights movement of the 1960’s and looked forward at the civil rights issues still facing America and the world. President Johnson began his quest for a more just and honorable America with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most transformational civil rights legislation since Reconstruction and a crucial step in the realization of America’s promise.

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In Black America Podcast
4:55 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

The LBJ Civil Rights Summit: Music and Social Consciousness

Mavis Staples

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the LBJ Civil Rights Summit, held this past spring at the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Featured on today’s program are Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis and Grammy Award-winner Mavis Staples.

This past April, the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin hosted a Civil Rights Summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The summit featured three former presidents and President Obama. It also looked back at the civil rights movement of the 1960s and looked forward at the civil rights issues still facing America and the world.

 

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In Black America Podcast
3:47 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Interview: 'Careeranista: The Woman's Guide to Success After College'

Chaz Pitts-Kyser, Founder and Managing Editor

  On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Chaz Pitts-Kyser, Founder and Managing Editor of and author of Careeranista: The Woman’s Guide to Success After College. 

Just 30 minutes of watching the news is enough to make the average woman graduating from college want to crawl beneath the covers. The headlines always seem to come back to the sluggish economy, high rate of unemployment, fierce competition for jobs, and ultimately, just how unlucky young professionals are for having to build a career amid such misfortune.

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In Black America Podcast
9:05 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Interview: 'No One Left To Hate' Author Cleveland Pimpton

Cleveland Pimpton

    

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Cleveland Pimpton, author of "No One Left To Hate."

Can someone you've never met have an impact on your life? The answer is simply yes. This is the story of two men who share the same first name, but because of fate intervening they never meet. Separated by war and a generation apart, they both do their part to save the lives of their friends and brother in arms.  

 The spirit of one seems to live in the other. Shirley, the true love of one Malcolm and the mother of the other is the conduit that connects them. Journey with us through these pages and see how God can take the tragedies in their lives and turn them into second chances at love and life.

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In Black America Podcast
10:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century, Part II

Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. Co-founder/President of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and author of "Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century."

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In Black America Podcast
5:42 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century

Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. Co-Founder/President of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and author of "Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century."

"Black Stats" is a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans.

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In Black America Podcast
3:10 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Study Find Racial Differences in Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Allison Willis, MD

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. 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
6:33 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Interview: Dr. Quincy T. Mills on Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Quincy T. Mills, Associate Professor of History at Vassar College and author of "Cutting Along the Color Line
: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America."

Today, black-owned barber shops play a central role in African American public life. The intimacy of commercial grooming encourages both confidentiality and camaraderie, which make the barber shop an important gathering place for African American men to talk freely.

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In Black America Podcast
8:50 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Diversity Training and Management Development

Joann Tolbert-Yancy, President and CEO

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Joann Tolbert-Yancy, President & CEO of Jotoski Human Resource Consulting Firm based in Dallas, TX. Her consulting firm specializes in employment law compliance, EEO litigation support, diversity training, and management/employee development.

Tolbert-Yancy has spent over 36 years as a human resource professional for major corporations and government agencies. She has always incorporated positive suggestions and applications to encourage people to better themselves and inspire others. Her personal experiences and philosophies have helped many create their own road map for success.

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In Black America Podcast
7:52 am
Mon March 3, 2014

SRB Communications: Growing a Successful Media Company [Part II]

Sheila Brooks, Founder, President and CEO

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Sheila Brooks, founder, president and CEO 
of SRB Communications. Brooks is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and dedicated advocate for minority and women’s issues and small businesses.

SRB Communications is a full-service strategic communications agency and post-production facility located Washington, D.C. The company helps clients develop their brand, positioning and strategies in creative campaigns through integrated media formats in broadcast, print and multimedia. Brooks is an expert in entrepreneurial education and minority business issues. 

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in Black America Podcast
9:14 am
Mon February 24, 2014

SRB Communications: Growing a Successful Media Company

Sheila Brooks, Founder, President and CEO

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Sheila Brooks, founder, president and CEO 
of SRB Communications. Brooks is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and dedicated advocate for minority and women’s issues and small businesses.

SRB Communications is a full-service strategic communications agency and post-production facility located Washington, D.C. The company helps clients develop their brand, positioning and strategies in creative campaigns through integrated media formats in broadcast, print and multimedia. Brooks is an expert in entrepreneurial education and minority business issues. 

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In Black America Podcast
5:13 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Four Who Made A Difference

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the Dr.

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In Black America Podcast
2:47 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Alex Haley

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Alexander Murray Palmer Haley. Haley’s quest to learn more about his family history resulted in his writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Roots: The Sage of an American Family."

The book has been published in 37 languages, and was made into the first week-long television miniseries, viewed by an estimated 130 million people. "Roots" also generated widespread interest in genealogy.

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