(BPRW) Thrivin’ in Color Presents a Cool Dad’s Point of View
Black PR Wire
Miami, FL – In honor of Father’s Day, episode 9 of Black PR Wire’s popular podcast, Thrivin’ in Color, features Kevin Barnett, the founder and director of CoolxDad, a non- profit organization aimed at uplifting all fathers of color striving to build a better world for their children and serve their communities.
In this episode, Kevin discusses with Thrivin’ in Color host – Camry Brown the difficulties of growing up with an absentee father and navigate the complex path of fatherhood. In addition to discussing his personal story, Kevin sheds light on the tools and resources available to men seeking guidance and support on their parenting journey.
“This episode will undoubtedly resonate with our listeners on a profound level,” said Camry. “His personal journey and dedication to supporting father figures are truly inspiring.”
Black PR Wire’s Thrivin’ in Color podcast honors Black and Brown fathers and positive male role models who are working to eliminate the negative stereotypes around fathers of color. Stream Thrivin’ in
Color on all major platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
About Thrivin’ in Color
Thrivin’ In Color is a podcast produced by Black PR Wire, featuring interviews with remarkable sistas and brothas from across the country who are doing extraordinary things in today’s society. Thrivin’ In Color takes us behind the scenes of their world, where we meet with them and pick up some golden nuggets for success. Thrivin’ In Color podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all of your favorite podcast services.
WPR’s Dr. Jonathan Øverby Inducted Into WBA Hall of Fame
(Madison, Wis.) Wisconsin Public Radio’s Dr. Jonathan Øverby was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Elkhart Lake on June 15, 2023. The host of WPR’s popular global music program, “The Road to Higher Ground,” joins distinguished Wisconsin broadcasters in the hall who have shown “exemplary leadership in community and statewide service” throughout their career. A video tribute to Dr. Øverby is available in the online Hall of Fame.
“This is a well-deserved honor,” Interim WPR Director Tom Luljak said. “In his nearly 30-year career at WPR, Jonathan has offered listeners both joy and lifelong learning through engaging music, insightful hosting, his scholarship and his commitment to bringing people together through music.” Øverby, who has served as host and executive producer of “The Road to Higher Ground” at WPR since 1994, has spent his life performing, teaching, researching and promoting diverse genres of music.
“Being a student of various music genres worldwide is more than a personal vocation,” Øverby said. “It is a way of life that has been richly rewarding.”
“‘The Road to Higher Ground,’ exemplifies Jonathan’s belief that music can bridge cultural divides and bring people together,” NPR News & Music Director Peter Bryant said. “Although there are no awards or measures to quantify it, his contributions to the work of the music staff at WPR are notable. The entire staff – and our listeners – benefit every day from his knowledge, enthusiasm, and passionate advocacy for the ideals that inform his work.”
Øverby is also the host and executive producer of the annual State of Wisconsin Tribute and Ceremony Honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the oldest state celebration of Dr. King in the nation. He has formed and conducted numerous music ensembles throughout his career and performed as a concert artist and in groups throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. Before joining WPR, Øverby produced and hosted a weekly gospel music program on Madison’s WORT community radio for more than twenty years. He was appointed to the Wisconsin State Arts Board by Governor Tommy Thompson and served multiple terms as Vice Chair.
This is the second year in a row that Øverby has been honored with a hall of fame induction. In 2022, he was inducted into Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Kansas City. He was named a distinguished broadcaster at the University of Wisconsin in 2013 and honored with the U.W. Colleges and Extension “Wisconsin Idea Award” in 2016 for his “outstanding contributions to service and education to society, and the quality of life in Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.”
Øverby holds a doctorate in Administrative Leadership in Higher Education from Edgewood College in Madison and was the first post-doctoral fellow in the history of the college. As an ethnomusicologist and a Smithsonian Journeys expert, he continues to lead and lecture for international group trips for research and experiential education. He was born and raised in Milwaukee where he attended Rufus King High School.
Find more details about this honor, Dr. Øverby and “The Road to Higher Ground” at wpr.org.