WURD Radio is the only African-American owned and operated talk radio station in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (and one of only three remaining in the country). Started in 2002, over the past 19 years WURD has evolved into a multi-media, multi-platform communications company that reaches deeply into the Black community through radio, events, digital and social media. It is considered the go-to media channel to engage, interact and connect with Philadelphia’s Black community.
WURD is unique in Philadelphia and throughout the nation. Our brand is built on the personal legacy of our founder, Walter P. Lomax, Jr., M.D. Dr. Lomax was a brilliant physician who established medical centers in underserved neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia to provide high quality health care to Black and Brown communities for over 30 years. His skill as a physician was matched by his drive and creativity as an entrepreneur. This combination led to a life-changing business partnership that, in 1989, garnered the largest state contract at that time ever awarded to an African American company. This success spawned expansion which eventually led to the company being acquired by United Healthcare.
Always a generous, philanthropic person, Dr. Lomax used his newly created wealth to continue to benefit the community by creating a foundation that supported African American arts organizations, economic empowerment and health outreach. Additionally, he made several critical investments in Black-owned businesses. One of his most ambitious acquisitions was in 2002 when he purchased WURD Radio. He understood the power of ownership and the power of independent media. Through WURD he wanted to ensure that Philadelphia’s Black community had the ability to speak and be heard in their own voice. WURD continues this powerful legacy under the leadership of his youngest daughter, Sara Lomax-Reese, a journalist and media entrepreneur, who has assembled a dynamic team invested in protecting and preserving independent Black media.
WURD Radio, LLC, the parent company of 900AM-WURD, was founded based upon the principle that communication and dialogue are central components to empowerment. WURD Radio, LLC is engaged in the business of original content creation, marketing and distribution across various communications platforms including radio, internet, and special events.
Sara Lomax-Reese – President & CEOMike Thomas – Chief Operator Ashanti Martin – General ManagerLisa Desphy – Director of SalesTiffany Bacon – Program & News DirectorTasha Stewart – Director of Product ManagementKhaleef Aye – Production ManagerValerye Griffin – Traffic ManagerKwasa Mathis – Morning Drive Producer and Digital Media ManagerTroy Wilmore –Executive Producer for “Reality Check”/Remote Broadcast Engineer/Technical Production ManagerEric Nixon – Producer/Production Coordinator/Assistant Program ManagerKala West – ProducerSaundra Ali – Senior Sales ConsultantCedra Walton – Sales Account ExecutiveDarren Lee – Sales Account ExecutiveMonica Lewis – Membership & Special Projects ConsultantShanda Jones – Membership ManagerKaren Mayer – Business ManagerBriana Boyer – Promotions & Social Media CoordinatorJordan Booth – Technical ProducerJoshua Heath – Technical ProducerRhonda Gibson – Technical ProducerNyle Jacks – Producer & Production Editor
Mark Kelly Tyler – “The Power Hour”Solomon Jones – “Wake Up With WURD”Charles Ellison – “Reality Check,” “Philadelphia City Council Live,” and “ecoWURD Magazine”Black Women’s Leadership Council – “The Source”Andrea Lawful Sanders – “The Source”Tiffany Bacon – “Stage Door”Nick Taliaferro – “Evening WURDs”Kala J and Danaé Reid – “CrossWURDz”Carol Riddick and Donavan West – “Love & Life”Tonya Hopkins – “Savory & Sweet”Eric Grimes – “Groundings ”Amadee Braxton – “Solutions On WURD”Envy McKee – “The Envy McKee Show”Vikki Leach – “Electric Magazine”Dr. Paul Hopkins – “Green Hour”Chris Murray – “The Murray Report”Dr. Emeka – “The Dr. Emeka Show”Rev. Louise Williams-Bishop – “Sunday Morning Praise”Michael Coard – “Radio Courtroom”David Barnes – “New World View”
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