Destination Freedom Black Radio Days

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A live radio show picks up where the first nationwide African-American radio drama, produced in Chicago by Richard Durham more than sixty years ago, left off. The show walked a daring line between reform and revolution, and was shut down by its network in 1950, as McCarthyism and anti-communism tightened its grip on American broadcasting.

As well as drawing on the archive of Destination Freedom (now branded Black Radio Days classic) this program illuminates a largely unknown, but important chapter in the history of human rights and tells how radio played its part from the very beginning. That boundary-breaking program, Destination Freedom, dramatized the lives of great figures in African-American and other people of color past and present, continues in its spirit with all-new scripts.

Produced by donnie l. betts.

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Episodes

S3 Ep 1 The Tale of Stackalee

S3 Ep 1 The Tale of Stackalee

As a man, the lowlife pimp and murderer Lee Shelton has all but sunk into obscurity. However, as raised up by more than a century of popular culture, the righteous killer Stagger Lee has become an icon ...
S2 Ep 22 The Ballad of Satchel Paige

S2 Ep 22 The Ballad of Satchel Paige

This episode features Lionel Young, winner of the 2008 and 2011 International Blues Challenge, plus numerous classical and blues awards. The EP also features Blues great Otis Taylor and his daughter Cassie ...
S2 Ep21 Stono: An Audio Ritual

S2 Ep21 Stono: An Audio Ritual

This is donnie l. betts producer-director of Destination Freedom Black Radio Days. Three years ago I reached out to writer composer T. Carlis Roberts to create a piece for the series Destination Freedom ...
S2 EP20 Of Blood and The Boogie: The Story of Albert Ammons featuring Oscar Brown Jr.

S2 EP20 Of Blood and The Boogie: The Story of Albert Ammons featuring Oscar Brown Jr.

Albert Ammons was born in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were pianists, and he had learned to play by the age of ten. His interest in boogie-woogie is attributed to his close friendship with Meade Lux ...
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S2 EP19 A Conversation with the writers of Give Me Liberty: A Freeman’s Story, John and Sydney Futrell

This episode features a conversation with the writers of the three part series Give Me Liberty: A Freeman Story, John and Sydney Futrell. The piece was inspired by real events, as described in genealogy documents ...
S2 EP18 - The Eclectic - Interview with Colorado 2021 Teacher of The Year Gerardo Munzo

S2 EP18 – The Eclectic – Interview with Colorado 2021 Teacher of The Year Gerardo Munzo

Gerardo Muñoz, 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Gerardo A. Muñoz of Denver, Colorado, is a high school and middle school social studies teacher at the Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) ...

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