Inside Media: The Changing Political Scene

December 14, 2008

Guest: Kojo Nnamdi

By the Newseum staff

The election of Barack Obama was a victory for all Americans, not just African Americans, said broadcast journalist Kojo Nnamdi.

"We’re looking at the evolution of a society in which race is becoming less and less important," he added.

Nnamdi, host of "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" on WAMU radio and "Evening Exchange" on WHUT-TV in Washington, D.C., stressed that we are beginning to see the fruits of the civil rights movement ripen. Obama was elected "based not on the color of his skin, but on the content of his character. How are we going to deal with this new world?" he asked.

Nnamdi pointed out that some black voters resented Obama’s lofty political aspirations.

"Like the old B.B. King song, they believed he had made his move too soon. But a lot of those people are waking up and saying this is a new day."

Born in Guyana, Nnamdi immigrated to the United States in the 1960s because he was drawn to the emerging black power movement.

"It captured my attention, because when you are young, you are more adventurous," he said.

Nnamdi’s fascination with the country’s political and social struggles serves him well as a broadcaster. His radio show blends current events, political issues, social policy and other topics into a lively discussion between newsmakers and radio listeners.

When asked how radio has survived given the competition from new media, Nnamdi said it’s the most intimate medium there is.

"It is very easy to listen to the radio and think this person is talking to me."

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