FAMU And SiriusXM Radio Partner To Launch FAMU NOW

Jun 17, 2015

Florida A&M University holds a press conference for the launch of FAMU NOW
Credit Andrew J. Mitchell, Jr.

Florida A&M University held a press conference Wednesday to officially launch FAMU NOW.

The program will run on a SiriusXM radio channel for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, called the HBCU Channel.  

Host Jacquell Lawson says the new 30-minute show broadcasts news features from the university’s perspective.

“It’s different because we are going to make sure we incorporate something for everybody,” Lawson says.  “It’s going be something for alumni, it’s going be something for faculty, it’s going be something for staff, students and even people at home. Just listening. Now maybe just somebody just riding in their car. That didn’t even go to Florida A&M. But, maybe if they went to a HBCU. We’re going highlight the entire HBCU experience.”

FAMU NOW’s Assistant Production Manager Blaise Gainey says he expects liveliness on the show.

“We have Mayor Gillum on the first show," Gainey says." And you get to hear a little bit from some of the MEAC champions here at the university. And the next show will just be as an amazing. We are trying have a live band or live performance on every show.”

Students and alumni from the university’s journalism and graphic communication will produce, write and host the show every week.