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Talking Nola Schools with Patrick Dobard

Airs Mondays at 12:30 pm

Talking Nola Schools seeks to keep the community informed about what’s happening in New Orleans education. Each week host Patrick Dobard leads a conversation about what’s happening in our schools. He invites leaders in education, parents and other stakeholders to the table to join the conversation and share thoughts on hot button issues affecting the educational community.

Patrick Dobard is the CEO of New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), a nonprofit organization committed to deliver on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans. NSNO serves the city as a strategic leader, accelerates the development of high-quality schools, and provides financial and advisory support to grow, connect, and sustain school support organizations.

Dobard served as the Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) from 2012 to 2017. In 2014, the New Orleans RSD became the nation’s first school district comprised entirely of charter schools. Under his leadership, the RSD made significant progress in transforming the most chronically low performing schools in Louisiana—nearly eliminating failing schools in New Orleans. Patrick helped design EnrollNOLA, the centralized enrollment system for New Orleans that provides families with equitable, transparent access to schools. Under his leadership, the RSD reduced expulsions through a common hearing office, passed an equitable school funding policy that takes the unique needs of each student into account, and progressed through the largest school construction project in the nation’s history.

Dobard also led efforts to develop New Orleans Youth Opportunity Center to serve high-needs students at risk of dropping out and the Therapeutic Day Program, which serves students with severe behavioral health disabilities. Prior to leaving the RSD, Dobard, in collaboration with the Orleans Parish School Board, managed the process to unify New Orleans two school districts (RSD and OPSB).

Patrick is a native New Orleanian and career educator. He began his teaching career in his hometown after graduating from Southern University of New Orleans.

Dr. Clark 101: The Living Classroom.

Airs Wednesdays at 12:30 pm

Gary M. Clark, Ph.D. is the Executive Producer and Host. This show airs Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. Dr. Clark has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University and a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. An award winning and nationally recognized political scientist, his show is dedicated to a variety of issues that include: Political analysis, public interest, current events, education, advocacy and civic engagement. His guests include movers and shakers, artisans, intellectuals, practitioners, public officials, and a list of who's who in policy making and development. It is a must hear political analysis.

Education for Liberation

Airs Wednesdays at 7 pm

Hosts: Dr. Adrienne Dixson and Dr. Maria Velazquez

#NOLAed: Education for liberation (#NOLAed), is a weekly, one-hour radio show in New Orleans. Host Dr. Adrienne Dixson and Co-host Dr. V (Maria Velazquez), endeavor to provide up-to-date information and commentary on educational issues across the broad education spectrum. As hosts who have both local connections and knowledge of education in New Orleans, and international scholarly profiles in the broader field of education, we situate the local educational issues within a national and international context and connect national and international educational issues within a local context.

United Way and You

Airs Thursdays at 12:00 pm

Host: Mary Ambrose

See a problem in our community and want to be a part of the solution? Listen to United Way and You on WBOK with Mary Ambrose to learn how you can help United Way of Southeast Louisiana and its partners build a better, stronger Southeast Louisiana for us all. United Way and You offers listeners a chance to stay up to date on United Way’s incredible impact in our community through its programs, collaborations, initiatives, volunteerism, and advocacy efforts all aimed at eradicating poverty right here at home. Listen in – Thursdays at noon – and join the fight.

SUNO Small Business Resourses Network

Airs Thursdays at 12:30 pm

Hosted by Cynthia Beaulieu

Sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development Small Emerging Business Development Program and the Small Business Incubator.

SUNO Small Business Resourses Network offers valuable tools and information designed to help New Orleans’ small business owners take their business to the next level as well as assisting those individuals wishing to start a business. The show provides resources and information essential to small businesses.

Crosstown Conversations

Airs Fridays at 12:00 pm

Host: Jeanne Nathan

Crosstown Conversations was conceived during recovery from Katrina to foster dialogue between neighborhoods that were pointing fingers at each other. Over the ensuing years we expanded our focus to help our audience to learn more about our creative community and economy, environmental, urban, and economic development issues. We are a news conversation show, and have had over 1000 guests. We publish a newsletter to advance the radio show that e-publishes the day before our show that has a loyal following among the 13,000 people who receive it. We love our audience at WBOK1230 AM, and believe "people are talking about us" and that we foster a growing dialogue to the benefit of our entire city.

Talk Jay

Airs Saturdays at 9 am
Hosted by Pastor Jonathan “Jay” Everett

Saturday School

Airs Saturdays at 10:00 am
Saturday School is a weekly wonder hour with dynamic, complicated, and outspoken women of color. Hosted by Kira Orange Jones, Board of Elementary Secondary Education Representative, and Avione Brown Pichon, local education leader and attorney, the show tackles not only NOLA public education, but also local and national current events through the lens of the often missing voice of women of color. At Saturday School, the curriculum is global, but the lessons are right in front of you... Sit down and learn something with us.

Change Your Water

Airs Saturdays at 2:00 pm

Hosted by Pastor David M. Patin Sr.

For 31 years I have pastored The Way Christian Church in uptown New Orleans and am the owner, along with my wife, of WH2OLE Water (your Alkaline water source). Recently I completed my certification as a Food Over Medicine Coach, Consultant and Instructor. It is with great passion and determination that I share simple solutions to everyday chronic illnesses to eliminate the need for medication. Change your water to change your mind and eat all the medicine you can because they both go together to make us whole. So as the conversation continues, we’ll talk about proper hydration and how we can stop, reverse and prevent disease by choosing food over medicine.

SUNDAY INSPIRATION FROM MORNING STAR BAPTIST CHURCH

Information to come!

The Biz Beat

Airs Mondays at 12:00 PM

Brought to you by: Women’s Business Empowerment Council

Hosted by: Tiffany Carter and Alvin-o “Al” Williams

A show that celebrates entrepreneurs’ pursuits for their passions and the tracks that inspire us.

Co-hosted by Tiffany Carter with the Enterprising Women of Color Program at WBEC South and Alvin-o “Al” Williams with Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council. This thirty minute show will feature interviews and open discussions with today’s small business experts on an array of intentional topics and issues facing the marketplace from a point of view of regional and national experts. Each show includes music interludes that will make listeners smile, think, and move.

About the hosts:
Before joining Women’s Business Enterprises Council South, as the Director of the Enterprising Women of Color Program, Tiffany Carter served as the Director of Procurement, oversees the Port of New Orleans’ and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad procurement and small business contracting, bringing more than 20 years of experience in a variety of industries. Her efforts secured over $12 million in small business spend in maritime and rail industries. As former Director of the State and Local Disadvantaged Business Program, Ms. Carter’s leadership resulted in over $30 million in local and small business contract awards. Her profile includes work with the National Urban League, Louisiana Department of Transportation, United Way of Southeastern Louisiana, Regional Transit Authority and Sewerage and Water Board New Orleans. Tiffany’s leadership has resulted in over $30 million in local and small business contract awards.

Alvin-o Williams is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council. He has a vast amount of business experience serving in various leadership roles in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Alvin-o is a serial entrepreneur, having started, managed, acquired, and divested several businesses in the landscape, real estate, hospitality, health & wellness, and marketing sectors. He has been recognized as an active thought leader and innovator and is one of the co-founders of TheBIGGERDiscussion.com TheBIGGERDiscussion is a national business summit that addresses a broad range of “Elephant in the Room” issues surrounding race, gender, the environment, and sustainable economic equality.

Put Housing First

Airs Tuesdays at 12:00 PM

Host: Andrenaecia Morris

Information coming soon!

Down By Law

Airs Thursdays at 9:00 AM

Host: Attorney Daryl Gray

Down by Law with Injury Attorney Daryl Gray airs every Thursday at 9 a.m. Gray covers an array of topics centered around our black community, social injustice, mental health, health-wellness, and racial barriers. Be sure to tune in! You never know who he’ll bring on the air!

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