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Veteran WLIB DJ Bob Law Fights Sale to ‘White-Controlled Company’

Longtime WLIB air personality Bob Law is making his comments known about the WLIB/WBLS sale.

Law, today, filed a petition with the FCC denying the sale to YMF Media.

Law’s main complaint is that YMF is a “white-controlled company.” That is a phrase that radio-info.com reports Law used in an email inviting participants in today’s “emergency national conference call.”

During the call, Law says he’ll “make it very clear how black radio and black media became so vulnerable.”

On Tuesday, Law, New York City Councilman Charles Barron, and others filed a petition to deny the license transfer with the FCC.

YMF is an entity controlled by the creditors of Inner City Broadcasting. Inner City, co-founded in 1971 by Hal Jackson, who died last week, filed for bankruptcy last August.

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Class of 2012 McDonald’s Black Media Legends Named

McDonalds has once again named Black Media Legends, several of whom are broadcasters in New York.

This is the 10th year of the program, and for the first time a pair of special awards will be given.

Iconic voice of African Americans, Gil Noble (right) is receiving the McDonald’s Harold Dow Lifetime Achievement Award. Noble was host and producer of Channel 7/WABC’s Like It Is from its inception in 1968 until taking ill last summer.

Tom Joyner, national radio host, heard in New York on KISS FM, has beed named the Hal Jackson Vanguard Award Winner. In addition to being a Hall of Famer radio personality, he is the founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation supporting historically black colleges and universities, and Joyner created of BlackAmericaweb.com.

More award winners after the jump.

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Trailblazing WBLS Radio Host Hal Jackson Celebrates 97th Birthday in Style

Iconic broadcaster Hal Jackson has birthday number 97 tomorrow. The longtime WBLS personality is blowing out his candles with a special event.

The birthday gala, at Battery Park, is hosted by Jackson’s wife Debbie and will feature many tributes and performances including the legendary Stevie Wonder. In addition, The Jeff Foxx Band will provide the music for the night. Foxx is the WBLS afternoon host. 

“He reminds me of why I got into radio,” WBLS program director Skip Dillard says. “He’s a musicologist, believes in radio’s power to inform and serve the community.”

Jackson has been in radio for more than eight decades.  He remains a fixture at ‘BLS, hosting Sunday Classics from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

“[He] has given away much of his financial gain for the growth and success of others through scholarships, employment opportunities and mentoring,” Dillard says.  

Jackson is credited with breaking the color barrier at several radio stations.

Lesley Stahl Calls Being a Giant of Broadcasting ‘Overwhelming’

On Tuesday, 11 media heavyweights were honored as “Giants of Broadcasting.” The event, orchestrated by the Library of American Broadcasting, was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.

CBS News veteran correspondent Lesley Stahl and longtime ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson were among the notables on this year’s list.

Stahl told FishbowlNY that it’s a career highlight.

“It’s kind of a little bit overwhelming. But it’s nice, it feels good.”

Making it even nicer for Stahl is getting to share the honor with Donaldson, her former colleague from covering the White House.

Joining Stahl and Donaldson in the 2010 class of “Giants” is trailblazing radio announcer Hal Jackson. Jackson, 94, still hosts a weekly Sunday afternoon show on WBLS. 

  • Legendary Dick Clark is synonymous for American Bandstand and his annual New Year’s Eve show. He didn’t attend the ceremony.
  • Writer Norman Corwin, often referred to as the “Poet Laureate of Radio,” who turned 100 in May, was also unable to attend. 
  • Soap opera pioneer Agnes Nixon was recognized for creating All My Children and One Life to Live.
  • Edward Fritts is the former president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Four others who were awarded posthumously are listed after the jump.  Read more