On Monday, June 27th, WBLS 107.5 FM, your #1 source for R&B, and 1190 WLIB AM, your praise and inspiration station, will celebrate Black Music Month with an exclusive listener event, in partnership with the Tony Award-winning musical, The Color Purple.
WBLSâ€™ Lenny Green and WLIBâ€™s Erica Campbell, host of WLIB’s newest syndicated morning show, will join lucky station winners for an intimate live performance and Q&A session with Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer Heather Headley, who is currently starring in The Color Purple as Shug Avery.
The private event will commence with a special talk-back segment with the musicalâ€™s cast. Tune in to Lenny Green on WBLS at 9 p.m. ET and Bishop Hezekiah Walker on WLIB at 3 p.m. ET all week long for your chance to win your way into this exclusive live broadcast event!
â€śWeâ€™re excited to host this event with Broadwayâ€™s Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple to celebrate Black Music Month,â€ť states Skip Dillard, program director of WBLS 107.5. â€śWBLS is historically the premier station serving African Americans, so it only makes sense that we recognize and celebrate our music and heritage. Our listeners are huge fans of The Color Purple, so having Heather Headley and the cast join us is truly an honor.â€ť
Since 1979, the month of June has been recognized as Black Music Month. Throughout the month, WBLS and WLIB are honoring past icons and legends-to-be with specialty programming on-air and online.Â From James Brown’s influence of sound on contemporary artists like Janelle MonĂˇe, to Whitney Houstonâ€™s roots in Gospel music, African American music, fromÂ R&B to hip hop, has undoubtedly influenced the overall landscape of today’s music. WBLS and WLIB’s celebration of Black Music Month is a fitting and ideal demonstration of the fusion of past and present.
Check out more from WBLS and WLIBâ€™s Black Music Month coverage here.