KMOJ's Community Viewpoint

KMOJ-89.9 FM “The People’s Station”

“KMOJ’s Community Viewpoint” is a podcast series created by KMOJ-89.9 FM Radio “The People’s Station”. These conversations explore issues and perspectives critical to the health and well-being of all members of the communities of color we serve. Since first going “on the air” in 1976, KMOJ-89.9-FM continues its legacy as the community-oriented station located in Minneapolis, Minnesota airing a predominantly urban adult contemporary format. “KMOJ’s Community Viewpoint” is one way the station achieves its mission of engaging, supporting and empowering Communities of Color to elevate the way of life of the people of its community and to challenge social and economic disparities, and the persistent consequences of historic racism.

The station call letters, “KMOJ” were inspired by the Swahili word “UMOJA” which means “Unity.”

KMOJ: Healing the Community, So We All Can Breathe
Trailer 2 min 9 sec

All Episodes

The program features: Daniel Bergin, a filmmaker and longtime producer with Twin Cities PBS, speaking about his film “Jim Crow of the North”. from Mapping Prejudice speaking about their project which visualizing the hidden histories of race and privilege in the urban landscape. We hear from Laronda Lake about her path out of homelessness. We hear from Lorrhonda Byrd, MHHA, Program Coordinator at The Link Minnesota. Mehta, Director of Learning for the McKnight Foundation, shares key insights about housing policies and their impact on residents. And we hear from Seanne Thomas, with ABC REALTY, LLC, and the East Side Development Corporation.KMOJ’s “Housing First” programming was made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage Fund. 

Jun 2020

56 min 49 sec

Housing First: KMOJ explores Housing Challenges and Opportunities, So Our Community Can Thrive – Hour 2The program continues the exploration of how housing challenges affect people in our communities from Hour 1. In this program, we look at what is now being done to mediate the effects of these historical inequities, and current efforts to create more affordable housing in the twin cities, as well as what is being done to end homelessness in our communities. In February of 2020, KMOJ hosted a live community conversation, moderated by KMOJ’s Zannie K, and featuring researcher Dr. Brittany Lewis, legal aid attorney Joey Dobson, Ward 5 Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, and former executive director the of MPHA, Tracey Scott. The program also highlights the voices and stories of many community members speaking about their housing challenges and opportunities. The event on February 4th, 2020 took place at the Cora McCorvey Health & Wellness Center and was hosted by KMOJ and Twin Cities PBS. KMOJ’s “Housing First” programming was made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage Fund. Twin Cities PBS received funding from The Pohlad Family Foundation to help support this event.  **

Jun 2020

56 min 13 sec

KMOJ continues doing its part to foster safe communities and also to help it heal following the aftermath of the George Floyd murder. Listen to a short montage of KMOJ's work-product taken from live interviews and public service announcements.

Jul 2020

2 min 9 sec

Louis King of the African American Community Response Team, Community Leaders, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioners hold a Townhall discussing education disparities and solutions. The discussion centers on ways the State can get involved with direct help to students of color.

Aug 2020

50 min 38 sec

New Beginnings welcomes Unity South Twin Cities, The Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center and West Metro Hypnosis. Freddie Bell and Joe McKenzie share exciting details on how to convert your unpaid work experience forward in reinventing your career. Hear about The Selby Jazz festival kicking off this weekend. 

Sep 2020

30 min