SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Radio One announced the call for nominations for its' Hometown Champion Award National Contest. The NAACP, the Nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, will host the 47th NAACP Image Awards, on Friday, February 5, 2016 broadcasting live on TV One at 9/8 CST, in a star-studded salute to the outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts, and those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. This marks the third year of Radio One commemorating the NAACP Image Awards with the Hometown Champion Award and Contest. It recognizes deserving community advocates, volunteers, and activists who exemplify the spirit of the Image Awards daily in their communities.
"There are so many unsung heroes in our communities," said Yashima White AziLove, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Radio One, Inc. "The Hometown Champion Award is our way of telling the good news of the work that happens daily in our communities that often gets overshadowed by negativity; and it allows us to reward ordinary people who do extraordinary things. This is our way of recognizing great work and honoring outstanding people."
Listeners across Radio One's 56 stations and 15 markets can nominate their Hometown Champion by simply uploading a photo with a brief essay on how their nominee is a community hero. The public will vote online and the Champion with the most accumulated votes per market will receive a trip for two to the NAACP Image Awards, in addition to a $1000 cash prize. Fifteen deserving Champions will win.
The call for nominations is open now through January 1, 2016. Voting will commence January 4 through January 15, 2016 and the winners will be announced on January 18.
About Radio One, Inc.
Radio One, Inc. (radio-one.com), together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified media company that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers. It is one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies, currently owning and/or operating 56 stations in 16 urban markets in the United States. Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the DL Hughley Show, Bishop T.D. Jakes' Empowering Moments, and the Reverend Al Sharpton Show. Beyond its core radio broadcasting franchise, Radio One owns Interactive One (interactiveone.com), the fastest growing and definitive digital resource for Black and Latin Americans, reaching millions each month through social content, news, information, and entertainment. Interactive One operates a number of branded sites including News One (news), The Urban Daily (men), Hello Beautiful (women), Global Grind (Millennials) and social networking websites such as BlackPlanet and MiGente. The Company also owns TV One, LLC (tvone.tv), a cable/satellite network programming serving more than 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. Additionally, One Solution combines the dynamics of the Radio One's holdings to provide brands with an integrated and effectively engaging marketing approach that reaches 82% of Black Americans throughout the country.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. The NAACP's 250,000 adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century. The six NAACP Game Changers (Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Voting Rights and Political Representation, and expanding Youth Engagement) are the major areas of inequality facing African-Americans that are the focus of the NAACP's work.
SOURCE Radio One