Philadelphia radio station WURD’s Founders’ Day celebration honors the richness of black culture


PHILADELPHIA CREAM – WURD-AM is hosting its ninth annual community Founder’s Day celebration in honor of the station’s founder, Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr.

Lomax was a prominent physician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist in Philadelphia. The festivities will take place this Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central branch at 1901 Vine St.

This year’s Founder’s Day marks the station’s return to an in-person celebration, which has been a popular event since 2013. In 2021, there was a virtual Founder’s Day celebration. In honor of Lomax, the site of the first medical center on 18th and Wharton streets was renamed.

“Founder’s Day is one of the most important events in WURD’s strong calendar of community events,” said WURD President and CEO Sara Lomax-Reese. “This is a time to celebrate the importance of black-owned media like WURD, which my father acquired 20 years ago to ensure black Philadelphians always have a voice. On Founder’s Day, we center all of our programming and activities around three of my father’s deepest passions: independent media, community health, and black wealth creation. »

Founder’s Day is a free community celebration open to the public. The festivities will be broadcast live from the library on 96.1 FM/900 AM, www.wurdradio.comthe WURD app and the WURDTV live stream on Facebook and Twitch.

The main draw of Founder’s Day is the discussion with the Philadelphia community and business leaders about issues affecting the black community in the city and beyond. Land ownership and generational wealth, in particular. The programming will also address black women in technology and innovation, as well as city violence as a public health issue.

WURD hosts will host panel discussions on the state of black independent media and their role in these difficult times as the country prepares for midterm elections. Pennsylvania is one of the states garnering national attention for its Senate and gubernatorial races.

Participants have the opportunity to participate in a job and resource fair, a conscious movement course and live musical performances. WURD members will have access to exclusive opportunities. WURD members will have access to special opportunities.

Among the day’s events, WURD will present its second annual Community Impact Awards.

“Founder’s Day is not just a celebration of my father’s core values ​​and his impact in Philadelphia, it’s an opportunity to engage WURD listeners and the wider Philadelphia community,” Lomax said. -Reese. “Whether you attend Founder’s Day in person or listen to programs on-air or online, you’ll appreciate the richness, diversity, and influence of black people and culture in Philadelphia.”

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