We had the good fortune of connecting with Roy Eavins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As someone that was working in radio and tv I saw how the voice of people of African Descent was being ignored. I knew that the first step for us to TRULY start the process of being free and equal in this country is for Black People to Dictate What & Who Black People are! Not what white people “thought” we should be or are. We have to start taking control of the images of our people in main stream media.
What should our readers know about your business?
At The JERICHO Broadcast Networks, we focus on providing content that can show all the different aspects of “Black Culture” and not just the negative stereotypes or base human emotions. We have developed a lineup of series, talk shows, game shows and other content that will change the way that we see ourselves as a community. Which will then change the way we act with each other. As far as what sets us apart from the competition is we specialize in live broadcast and are able to produce full productions on the fly. JBN was born out of the Black College Sports Network and this remains our core product. In 1998 we began a weekly HBCU sports talk show podcast, in 2000 we launched our first 24/7 online radio station V108 The Vibe and in 2001 we started weekly live broadcast of HBCU sporting events. And to this day we are the premier Black Owned Live Streaming network of HBCU sports! Also we are committed to providing a positive and realistic view on Black culture and we refuse to “sell our souls” for fortune or fame!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Man this is difficult because I actually have worked and traveled so much I don’t really know of the great places in Atlanta? I do know that we would eat at Mango’s Caribbean Restaurant and Wat’s Crackin! The one place that we would go to is the King Center! Other than that I’m still looking forward to exploring Atlanta myself. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Two people that have passed are my frat brother and mentor Floyd Frazier. He was the second older person to grasp the concept and vision of what I was working on with the JERICHO Broadcast Networks. Also Darrin Jones who was the first official camera man for the network that was always there when I needed him. Robert Reed and Wayne Freeman became like family during this process as people who believed in me and what I was doing and they put their money on the line as well as their assistance! I will always appreciate their support! But mainly this company would NOT be where it is today with out my partner and best friend Bryan Fulford! He kept us going when I was down and his voice was the main public voice of the company. Also shout out to Ron Mitchell and Steven Henriquez people who put in over 10 years of work and support!
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