Black History Month on Radio Catskill

WJFF Radio Catskill is keeping you connected throughout Black History Month with special programming. 

Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was

Sundays at 1pm, January 31 to March 7

This six-week series follows the milestones of Black radio programming and African American culture, through interviews, historical airchecks, comedy, drama, and music. From The Smithsonian & PRX.

The Mixtape

February 3, 7 p.m.

Washington DC Go-Go 


The Janus Adams Show

February 6, Noon

“Who Did the Shirt on the Line Belong To?”

Guest: Mike Osterhout

A Dutch descendant, who dates his family history in America to 1665, is researching his family history.  He happens upon a name, Charles Osterhout, and then “The Osterhouts”– a photo by a lion of the Harlem Renaissance: James Van Der Zee.  These Osterhouts are Black.  He’s White. What?  Who?  Wow! This week on The Janus Adams Show, an adventure into family, photography, and Black history as American history.


Rare Pear Radio

February 12 at 8 p.m.

Black punk featuring Death, Pure Hell, and Bad Brains 


The Janus Adams Show

February 13, Noon

“With Liberty and (Economic) Justice for All”

 Guests: Jeffrey Hollender and MaryAnne Howland

The American Sustainable Business Council has a new report for the new administration as the pandemic rages on.  What’s surprising isn’t its take on business and buyouts, economics and the environment, but the fact that it’s opening line is unequivocal: “There is no going back.”  And, among its affirmative talking points: reparations for Native and African Americans.


Sunday Stage 

February 14 at 7pm 

Celebrate Frederick Douglass’s birthday by spending an hour with the man himself on our new weekly show highlighting local arts, culture and music performances. Local actor Oliver King performs excerpts from Douglass’s autobiography at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake.


Music Emporium

Tuesdays at 7pm

Radio Catskill’s Kusar Grace connects African-American accomplishments, struggles, pride, and politics to current events through music and commentary.


Throughline Special : Billie Holiday & Shirley Chisholm

February 19 at 3pm

From NPR, co-hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei explore history through creative, immersive storytelling designed to reintroduce history to new audiences. In this special, two pioneering Black women who set their own sights and never backed down from a fight: Billie Holiday and Shirley Chisholm.


The Janus Adams Show

February 20, Noon

Guest: Pamela Boyce Simms

Environmental activist Pamela Boyce Simms returns to the show with breathing exercises and breathing room.  Here, on Day 30 for the new Biden-Harris administration, she explores aspects of preparedness for the uncharted territory ahead to guide us from the “Eye of the Storm” (her environmental resilience-building workshop) through glimpses of her United Nations-based work with African Diaspora Earthcare to  a “Compassion Meditation on Acceptance.”


Folk Plus Radio

February 21, 4 p.m. 

The black story in song 


Throughline Special: Octavia Butler

February 26 at 3pm

The award-winning science fiction writer Octavia Butler is called the ‘Mother of Afrofuturism’ and her visionary works of alternate realities reveal devastating parallels to the world we live in today.


The Janus Adams Show

February 20, Noon

“Whom Shall I Fear?”

Guest: Dr. Ewart Brown, MD

Premier of Bermuda from 2006-2010, physician, and author of the memoir, “Whom Shall I Fear?”  A leading voice for the politics of change, Brown’s stands of racial equity, equitable economic development and independence from the British Empire often propelled him into the crosshairs of international politics.


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