Without Fail

Candid conversations with people who have done hard things: what worked, what didn't and why. Hosted by Alex Blumberg.

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How a Revolution Turned into America’s Number One Radio Station

February 18, 2019

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Show Notes

Before 1970, the most popular radio stations in the U.S were run by white people. But that all changed when Percy Sutton helped to form Inner City Broadcasting with the mission of putting black programming in the hands of black people. Together he and his son Pierre—and later Pierre’s daughter, Keisha—built a radio empire. But it was about more than just entertaining listeners; together they changed the culture and radically influenced how radio stations and record labels treated black artists. Alex talks with Pierre and Keisha about the unlikely rise—and heartbreaking fall—of their family business. 

Without Fail is hosted by Alex Blumberg. It is produced by Molly Messick and Sarah Platt and edited by Alex Blumberg and Devon Taylor. 

Peter Leonard mixed the episode. Theme and ad music by Bobby Lord. Additional music by Peter Leonard.