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
Rep. Bowen to attend Wauwatosa West forum after principal’s insensitive comments toward Students of ColorApr 25th, 2016 by David Bowen
“After being notified of this issue by a family member of a student, I cleared my calendar in order to help develop an authentic dialogue among students, faculty, and parents who are discouraged by this situation.”
Apr 7th, 2016 by David Bowen
“Wisconsin Republicans’ recent confession that the goal of voter ID is to rig elections for Republicans shows there is no ethical purpose in keeping this law in place.”
Feb 16th, 2016 by David Bowen
"It is imperative that residents of Milwaukee have answers..."
Jan 12th, 2016 by David Bowen
“Yet, Rep. Gannon, and those on the other side of the aisle who agree with him but who may not be quite as animated, say Milwaukee’s problems are Milwaukee’s alone.”
Dec 17th, 2015 by David Bowen
“As more details emerge regarding the situation at Lincoln Hills, it is disturbing to learn of children under the watch of Governor Walker’s Department of Corrections allegedly enduring physical and sexual abuse...”
Rep. Bowen statement on arrest of peaceful protesters at Milwaukee City/County Christmas Tree LightingNov 24th, 2015 by David Bowen
"Not one more penny of taxpayer money should be used to prosecute them."