Very few radio shows are popular enough to be on the air for 38 years. But John Blake’s is. Since Howard University Radio came on the air 38 years ago, John Blake has been sharing The Caribbean Experience with his listeners. The show continues to attract a Caribbean and non-Caribbean audience, bridging cultures and generations through music, news, interviews and other special features. Born Ruthven John Blake in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, he grew up, attended school and started a job with the government in his home country. In 1970, John migrated to the U.S., switched to a career in broadcasting, took to the airwaves and hasn’t looked back.
Every Sunday afternoon a wonderful aroma wafts about the station. It’s the sweet scent of a butter cream candle lit by Lorna Newton. She likes to set a relaxing mood while doing her show. Lorna has been on the air at WHUR since 1996 - including 10 years on the “Live" with Doug & Lorna.
As a teenager, Lorna grew up listening to WHUR and now she loves being able to play all this great music for others.
This multitalented performer got her start in the U.S. Air Force where she won 1st place as a Master of Ceremonies, in the Air Force Wide Talent Competition and was selected for the prestigious “TOPS IN BLUE” a traveling military entertainment ensemble. Lorna has performed in all 50 states and 20 different countries. In 2002 she was presented their highest honor as a Golden Roger recipient. Lorna is married to the love of her life and has two rescue cats Fred & Barney!
You can also hear Lorna on The Other Side of WHUR... Mon-Fri 10a-3p on WHUR-World 96.3 HD2. www.whurworld.com
HUR Voices Sirius XM 141 Mon-Fri 8p-mid. www.hurvoices.com
Mansey Pullen, began his broadcast career at WHUR in 1981. A graduate of Howard University’s School of Communications, Mansey interned for the first Quiet Storm host, Melvin Lindsey. Mansey then spent a number of years hosting The Original Quiet Storm. During those years he enjoyed interviewing artist from Barry White to Smokey Robinson. Mansey was born in Burgaw, North Carolina. Presently, Mansey hosts The Weekend Quiet Storm heard Sunday nights on the Adult Mix, 96.3 WHUR. More Info
After a long and accomplished broadcast television career, WHUR news reporter Molette Green has returned to WHUR News where she started as a college intern in 1991. Currently she anchors the news during The Steve Harvey Morning Show and The Daily Drum. Upon graduating from Howard Magna **** Laude, Molette spent the next several years on camera as a reporter and an anchor. The Washington native enjoys covering events in her hometown. She’s collected several awards and accolades including the 2003 Salute to Professional African American Women and the 2001 Washington’s Finest Single Professional. Molette resides in Maryland with her husband Rickey and two daughters.
Mr. C, Carroll H. Hynson, Jr. was a number one disc jockey in the Baltimore/Washington market from 1965 – 1978. Aside from radio, he was VP of Provident Hospital, and the first African-American to hold positions as the Marketing Director for BWI Airport and Deputy Director of the Maryland State Lottery. He also produced hit albums such as, I Love You For All Seasons by the Fuzz, and several albums for Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers. Currently, Mr. C can be heard on WHUR’s very popular and top-rated show, The Time Tunnel, airing every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Since 1979, Patrick Ellis has been the popular host of Gospel Spirit on WHUR-FM. Under his leadership, the program remains the preeminent Sunday morning Gospel radio show in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Patrick began his broadcasting career at WHUR in 1971 as a Producer. He taught radio production courses at Howard University in the Radio/TV/Film Department from 1975-1977. He directed the Office of Student Affairs at WHUR from 1978-1984. Patrick coordinated student internships and was an important link between the University’s School of Communications and WHUR. In 1980 he was promoted to Public Affairs Director, a position held until 1986, when he became the station’s Production Director. In 1992 Patrick was promoted to his current position of Senior Producer. This native Washingtonian devotes much time to community and civic affairs. He has produced numerous charitable drives for Project Harvest, The United Negro College Fund, The American Cancer Society, Fisk University, The Howard University Center For Sickle Cell Disease, The Southern Africa Support Project, The Chi Child Development Center, The NAACP, The Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Helping Hands, and Food 2 Feed. He has received a wealth of awards for his efforts from many churches and organizations. Patrick has a B.A degree in Communications from Howard University. He resides
in Mitchellville, Maryland with his wife Angela, a Sales Manager at The Washington Post.
Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante. More Info
Growing up in a military family, Taylor Thomas lived overseas until she was 16 years old. She called places such as Great Britain and the Philippines home. For a time, Taylor even spoke with a British accent. Well now she resides in the DC area and for the past three years has worked as the news anchor for The Steve Harvey Morning Show on WHUR. Recently, Taylor has adopted the Washington Redskins as her most loved pro sports team. And she considers Hains Point as her all time favorite spot in the district. More Info
Traci LaTrelle, got her start in Radio during her freshman year at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. LaTrelle’s 20+ year career in radio spans many markets including Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; New Orleans, Louisiana, a short stint at Arista Records in D.C. to name a few. LaTrelle also spent five years in Miami, Florida, where she held down two positions as Music Director and the top-rated Mid-day Personality at Hot 105 WHQT. After leaving Miami, Traci LaTrelle became a pioneer in the Satellite Radio industry, where she was hand-picked to become the first Director in the Country to program a "Neo-Soul" Radio Station on XM Satellite Radio, called "The Flow" on XM Channel 61. Three years later, she landed another dream job at WHUR in Washington, D.C., where she is Music Director and occasionally gets behind the microphone on a fill in basis.
Known for connecting with her audience with charm, style, and excitement, she is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after emcees for civic and social events throughout the DMV. Triscina’s radio show features music, entertainment , lifestyle and community affairs. Two of the most prominent segments during mid days are Triscina's signature “Message in the Midday,” which provides daily inspirational messages, and the very popular “Café‘96,” at noon where she serves up delicious “tasty tunes” listener's request. Her latest show addition ties in her desire to spread a healthy vibe to her fans. “Get Off Your Buns and Move” gets her faithful listener's enthusiastically dancing and moving to the music as a group! Triscina’s radio show features music, entertainment , lifestyle and community affairs. Triscina is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) . She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC). She is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Women Making a Difference Award from the Prince George’s County NAACP, Sorority-wide Sister II Sister Award, and the Masonic and the NAACP Leadership Awards from her home state of Connecticut. Triscina Grey is heard weekdays from 10 am to 3 pm on the Adult Mix, 96.3 WHUR. More Info