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Roland Martin Partners With Crossover Media Group LLC to Launch New Podcast, Roland Martin Unfiltered
New York, New York (July 31, 2017) – Award-winning TV Host, Journalist and Author Roland Martin and his media company, Nu Vision Media, Inc., are partnering with Crossover Media Group LLC to launch a new daily podcast titled, “Roland Martin Unfiltered.” The podcast, launching August 7, 2017, will feature an unapologetic and uncensored Martin discussing news and current events with many illustrious guests. The first guests scheduled to appear on the show include, former Attorney General Eric Holder, “Marshall” director Reginald Hudlin, actor Chadwick Boseman and Pulitzer Prize winning author David Garrow.
Roland Martin is a podcasting pioneer. In 2005, while serving as executive editor of the historic Chicago Defender, the nation’s leading Black newspaper, Roland launched an audio podcast, becoming the first Black news source in history to do so. In 2006, he followed that up by becoming the first Black news source to launch a video podcast.
Roland Martin also has a long history in radio that dates back to 1995 when he served as News Director/Morning Anchor at KKDA-AM in Dallas, and Morning Drive Reporter for KRLD-AM. From 2005 to 2008, Martin helmed his own three-hour daily talk radio show at WVON-AM in Chicago, first, as Midday Host, and then later as Morning Drive Host. Since October 2008, he has been a part of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, leading his own twice-a-week news and commentary segment on the nationally syndicated radio show. Martin also hosted his own nationally syndicated radio show, The Roland Martin Show, which initially was distributed by REACH Media, but Martin later took ownership of the show and distributed to radio stations nationwide.
“Radio has always been one of my favorite mediums. The intimacy and vibrancy is unlike any other,” says Martin. “I ended the radio show to really spend time on developing a new concept that would allow me to continue with the unfiltered part of my show, while fully embracing new technology. My podcast will deliver the same thing I did with the radio show, showcase compelling interviews with top newsmakers, authors, entertainers, entrepreneurs and spiritual leaders.”
“In addition, I’m going to add a couple of new wrinkles. First, we are going to take callers. I always enjoyed the back and forth with my followers. I just think keeping that element in the podcast will distinguish it from others.“
“Second, I plan to often live stream the daily podcast. There are so many people who love to be ‘in the moment.’ By live streaming the podcast, we can capture that energy and excitement.”
“Roland Martin Unfiltered” will be available on iTunes and Google Play. The show’s theme song is performed by Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron of En Vogue. Crossover Media Group LLC, a New York based media firm that produces several popular shows across the entertainment spectrum, will produce the show.
“News and commentary podcasts are gaining more listeners and equally more attention from brands and marketers everyday. We are thrilled that Crossover Media Group is working with Roland Martin and his team to deliver must hear daily news and analysis on this growing platform,” said CMG co-founder Ron Hartenbaum.
For more information on Roland Martin, please visit www.rolandsmartin.com.
ABOUT ROLAND S. MARTIN
Roland S. Martin is host of TV One’s “News One Now” and the Senior News Analyst on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. A former CNN political analyst, Roland was part of the “Best Political team on Television” in 2009 when the cable network was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008-election coverage.
Named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States, Roland S. Martin has received numerous accolades for his work as a TV Host, Journalist, Author and Political Commentator. In 2017, Roland S. Martin won his third NAACP Image Award for the first-ever “Best Host” category. The Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom named one of the top 50 political pundits in the world; he was awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms; In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor. Overall, Roland has won more than 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence from a variety of media organizations, including the Radio Television News Directors Association; the National Association of Black Journalists; the National Association of Minorities in Cable, and the National Associated Press-Managing Editors Conference, among others.
As an author, he’s published several books including ‘Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith;” “Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America;” and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.”
ABOUT CROSSOVER MEDIA GROUP LLC
Crossover Media Group LLC is a media & ad sales consulting firm. Serving all of North America, the company’s expertise includes TV, radio, podcasts, streaming, OTT networks, and more. The goal is to create long-lasting, fruitful partnerships and deliver uniquely original content. Crossover Media Group is a collaborative and adaptive results-driven company committed to engaging and expanding clients’ audiences through digital and social platforms.