Rob Parker, SCSU JRN ’86, launches Sports Rap Radio

This month, Rob Parker’s vision for the nation’s first sports-talk radio station completely owned by and featuring African American talent became reality when Sports Rap Radio goes live on AM 1270 WXYT, based in Detroit, Mich.

According to the mission statement on its website,, “We will entertain and inform. We will chronicle the best and the worst of Motown’s hometown teams. … We will give you both young and fresh and experienced voices, talking with you, not at you. This will be that barbershop convo that made you fall in love with sports from the very beginning.”

Parker was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in August of 2023.

Read the full story in the Detroit Metro Times: “Black-owned Sports Rap Radio readies to launch in Detroit” (by Jim McFarlin, May 28, 2024)

See CBS News story featuring Rob Parker: Detroit’s Black-owned Sports Rap Radio launches

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