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WSRE’s “AWARE!” Show Celebrates 25 Years Along with the African American Heritage Society on Saturday’s Broadcast

Last Updated by Mary Riker on

PENSACOLA, Fla., October 6, 2015—WSRE is airing a special edition of “Aware!” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 in celebration of the local talk show’s shared silver anniversary with the African American Heritage Society (AAHS) in Pensacola.

The AAHS was founded in 1990 to preserve and promote African American heritage and culture in Northwest Florida and throughout the state. WSRE’s first broadcast of “Aware!” also took place in 1990. The show spotlights issues, events and people impacting the diverse communities of Northwest Florida and South Alabama with in-depth discussions. Saturday’s 25th anniversary special will re-air at 1 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 11 and Oct. 25, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Highlights of the show include clips from the recent AAHS 25th Anniversary Gala which was held at the WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio on the Pensacola State College campus. “Red carpet” interviews were conducted with guests including Dr. Lornetta Epps, Kim LeDuff, Ph.D. and Joyce Daniels.

The film, “Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee,” was presented during the gala. Ruby Dee, who passed away in 2014, and her late husband Ossie Davis—both award-winning, iconic actors and activists of their day—were among the first to contribute to the renovation of the Kate Coulson House in Historic Pensacola Village for the AAHS headquarters. Their son, blues musician Guy Davis, has previously performed two benefit concerts for the AAHS.

On the show, “Aware!” host Dee Dee Sharp interviews Muta’Ali Muhammad, the grandson of Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis and director of the film, and Jevon “NJ” Frank, the film’s producer. Clips from “Aware!” programs dating back to 1990 are also featured.

“Aware!” is produced by Gael Frazer, J.D., associate vice president for Institutional Diversity at Pensacola State College. “‘Aware!’ is one of Pensacola State College’s premiere diversity initiatives. Over the years, the program has featured compelling stories that are not always covered by mainstream media. We have highlighted a variety of issues, including issues facing our local community and issues impacting the nation. We have been privileged to serve this community and are proud of the community’s support,” said Frazer.

Learn more at wsre.org/aware.

Photo Notes:
“Aware!” show logo and host Dee Dee Sharp.

Media Relations Contact:
Mary Riker
mriker@wsre.org