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
10:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A Tribute to the Late Lena Horne

Lena Horne

In celebration of Black History month, In Black America presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" an extended interview with her that originally aired in March 1983.

Born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, Lena Horne became one of the most popular African American performers of the 1940's and 1950's. At the age of sixteen she was hired as a dancer in the chorus of Harlem’s famous Cotton Club. There she was introduced to the growing community of jazz performers, including Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington. She also met Harold Arlen, who would write her biggest hit, “Stormy Weather.” For the next five years she performed in New York nightclubs, on Broadway, and touring with the Charlie Barnet Orchestra. 

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In Black America Podcast
4:11 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

In Black America Podcast: CocoaFab.com

Angela Burt-Murray
Cocoa Media Group

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—the leading daily online destination to serve that audience.

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In Black America Podcast
6:01 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

The Legacy of John Saunders Chase

John S. Chase
The University of Texas at Austin

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late John Saunders Chase, the first African American graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the first African American President of The Texas Exes.

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In Black America Podcast
12:51 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

The Life and Legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin

Dr. John Hope Franklin
John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with late Dr. John Hope Franklin, Ph.D.

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In Black America Podcast
2:14 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Workforce Diversity and Discrimination in Higher Education

Professor Jerlando F. L. Jackson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Professor Jerlando F.L. Jackson.

Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His early career achievements – including becoming the first African-American to be hired, tenured, promoted to full professor, and bestowed a named professorship in his department – have put him in an extremely elite category for professional achievement. 

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In Black America Podcast
1:38 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

In Black America Podcast: Remembering Actor, Activist Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis
chacha.com

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

Playwright, director, producer, actor, and advocate for civil and social rights, Davis was a passionate man with many achievements. As an actor, he starred on stage and in films based on race-conscious issues including "A Raisin in the Sun," "No Way Out," "The Joe Lewis Story," and received an NAACP Image Award for his work in "Do the Right Thing." He appeared on several television series, such as "The Defenders," "The Client," "Queen," "The Stand," and "Evening Shade."

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In Black America Podcast
12:13 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

'Miss Anne In Harlem' Looks at Women Who Crossed Race Lines

Carla Kaplan, author of Miss Anne In Harlem
Robin Hultgren

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Carla Kaplan, Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University and author of "Miss Anne In Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance."

Little could be more unusual in the 1920’s than for white, upper-class women to seek to become, in effect, honorary blacks. "Miss Anne in Harlem," is the first book to tell the story of a number of spirited white women who did just that: crossing race lines to play seminal roles in the great black cultural movement of the early twentieth century that came to be called the Harlem Renaissance.

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In Black America Podcast
1:04 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Rehabilitating the Body & Mind with Trent Shelton

Trent Shelton, former NFL wide receiver

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Trent Shelton, a former NFL wide receiver.

Shelton enjoyed tremendous success as a professional football player for the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks before realizing his true calling as a motivational speaker and author.

By utilizing his football platform, Shelton has been able to effectively help people condition both their minds and bodies, and to strengthen their personal relationships with Christ by overcoming the obstacles that life may bring. His online testimonials and inspiring twitter messages have evolved into a viral phenomenon garnering over 118,000 Twitter, 70,000 Instagram, and 575,000 Facebook followers. 

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In Black America Podcast
2:14 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Unbought and Unbossed: Shirley A. Chisholm

The Honorable Shirley A, Chisholm
wblsblackshistory.com

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents an encore presentation of a conversation he had with the late Shirley A. Chisholm.

Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to Congress and an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was known as a politician who refused to allow fellow politicians, including the male-dominated Congressional Black Caucus, to sway her from her goals.

Born Shirley Anita St. Hill on November 30, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the eldest of four girls. Chisholm and her sisters spent much of their early childhood with their maternal grandmother in Barbados.

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In Black America Podcast
11:58 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Interview: How is Racial Profiling Reported?

Dr. Carol Archbold, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
North Dakota State University

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Carol A. Archbold, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science at North Dakota State University and author of a study entitled “ Newspaper Accounts of Racial Profiling: Accurate Portrayal or Perpetuation of Myth?”

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In Black America Podcast
5:01 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Harvard Law's Randall Kennedy on Race, Affirmative Action and The Law

Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of "For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law."

Affirmative action is perhaps one of the most divisive policies in this country. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Fisher vs. University of Texas , affirmative action is once again making headlines. 

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In Black America Podcast
6:59 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Media CEO Paula Madison on Diversity in Television

Paula Williams Madison, Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Paula Williams Madison, Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC and Williams Group Holding LLC. It's a Chicago-based, family-owned company with significant investment in media – The African Channel

Madison has moved from award-winning journalist to history-making top executive at NBCUniversal. Today, she is the chairman and CEO of the LA Sparks, and a member of the WNBA Board of Governors. Also she recently was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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In Black America Podcast
5:34 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Meet Earnest Pugh, Gospel Music's New Leading Man

Earnest Pugh, Gospel singer, writer and producer

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh.

Pugh has experienced success he only dreamed of just a few short years ago. With the release of the project, "Rain On Us," and its title tune, Earnest Pugh was heard on Gospel radio stations nationwide and was catapulted to super stardom in the Gospel music industry. His smash hit single “Rain On Us” escalated to the #1 position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Singles Radio Chart and became the sixth most popular song of 2010.

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In Black America Podcast
3:09 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Life Is Sweet for 'Chocolate Heals' Author Marcia L. Williams

Marcia L. Williams, author of “Chocolate Heals: Life Is Sweet.”

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Marcia L. Williams, author of “Chocolate Heals: Life is Sweet.”   

After being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, Williams decided to help others who may be experiencing tough times. Her love for baking was the perfect vehicle to get her message of hope out to those in need. Determined to provide inspiration to others after her diagnosis, she has pledged to impact the people in her own backyard – other cancer survivors and their families and friends.

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In Black America Podcast
11:42 am
Mon October 7, 2013

'The Butler:' A Witness to Presidential History

Washington Post reporter and author Wil Haygood.
Credit University of Charleston

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Wil Haygood, Washington Post reporter and author of “The Butler: A Witness to History.” 

Before he died on March 31, 2010. Eugene Allen was one of few men to have had personal interaction with the last twelve presidents of the United States. He was at the White House for 34 years and served eight presidents.

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Sports
5:28 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Commentary: The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Experience

Sundance Square in Fort Worth was Ground Zero for ESPN's Super Bowl Coverage
Tom Uhler

John L. Hanson, Jr. has been on radio row at more Super Bowls than most Americans get to see on TV.  He is the host of KUT's In Black America and now lives in Mansfield, a suburb of Dallas.  He offers this recap of his North Texas Super Bowl Experience:

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