Supervisor Bowen Expresses his Disappointment in the Recent Changes to 1290 WMCS-AM Talk Radio Format
Milwaukee Black Community Loses 1290 WMCS-AM Talk Radio
“It saddens me to hear that our great black-owned media institution, 1290 WMCS – AM Talk Radio, will be changing its programming away from the ‘Talk of The Town’ model, in order to remain financially sustainable under the same owners.
This marks yet another time our community loses a vehicle to host discussions on our concerns. Our loss may be due in part to a law – the Telecommunications Act of 1996 – that put small media owners at a disadvantage by allowing large corporations own multiple media outlets.
My first spark of community consciousness occurred while listening to 1290 as a high school student and later as a featured guest when I was a member of the youth leadership program, Urban Underground.
The station’s format change came as a surprise to me because, ironically, I was scheduled to go on the air today with Earl Ingram to discuss the “County Government Power Grab” bill being pushed by the County Executive and special interests outside of Milwaukee County, including the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Unfortunately I won’t have the opportunity to inform Earl’s listening audience about how this bill will affect them if it is passed.
1290’s great hosts, Eric Von and Earl Ingram are now off the air. I’m sure special interests groups are celebrating our sad news, as they have one less source that will hold them accountable and put them on the spot. Fortunately, we still have Community Brainstorming and a few other media outlets that focus on the issues important to the Black community. I encourage the people of the Milwaukee area to stay engaged with them.
I am committed to the people I serve. I will continue to be a voice that speaks up and out for the people while addressing Milwaukee County issues. I encourage community leaders to do the same.”
Press Releases Referencing David Bowen
State Rep. David Bowen & State Rep. Evan Goyke Call on the United States Department of Justice to Take Over the Investigation into the Shooting of Sylville SmithAug 26th, 2016 by David Bowen
“It is crucial that trust be restored to the relationship between the public and law enforcement,” said Rep. David Bowen
Aug 19th, 2016 by David Bowen
“It is time for the sheriff to reverse his poor decision and restore full public access to Sherman Park.”
Aug 16th, 2016 by David Bowen
“Elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders need to come together and listen to the people in our community who continue struggling to get by.”
Rep. Bowen addresses the upcoming “Blue Day Rally” and the necessity of police accountability in the communityAug 12th, 2016 by David Bowen
"What the whole state needs to hear. That Black Lives must matter and those who advocate for them need this community’s support too."
Jul 8th, 2016 by David Bowen
“I pray for all the families and all heavy hearts hurting from these situations. May God help us.”
Jun 17th, 2016 by David Bowen
Commends Dr. Driver’s thorough, alternative proposal for OSPP