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Open letter to the Fundacão Bienal Sao Paulo,

We, the undersigned artists participating in the 31st Bienal have been suddenly confronted, just as the show is about to open, with the fact that the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo has accepted money from the Israeli state and that the Israeli Consulate logo appears in the Bienal pavilion and on its publications and website.

At a time in which the people of Gaza return to the rubble of their homes, destroyed by the Israeli military we do not feel it is acceptable to receive Israeli cultural sponsorship. In accepting this funding our artistic work displayed in the exhibition is undermined and implicitly used for whitewashing Israel’s ongoing aggressions and violation of international law and human rights. We reject Israel’s attempt to normalise itself within the context of a major international cultural event in Brazil.

With this statement, we appeal to the Fundação Bienal to refuse this funding and to take action on this matter before the opening of the exhibition.

1.        Agnieszka Piksa

2.        Alejandra Riera

3.        Ana Lira

4.        Andreas Maria Fohr

5.        Asier Mendizabal

6.        Chto Delat collective: Dmitry Vilensky, Tsaplya Olga Egrova, Nikolay Oleynikov

7.        Danica Dakic

8.        Débora Maria da Silva and Movimento Mães de Maio

9.        Erick Beltran

10.      Etcetera… / Federico Zukerfeld/Loreto Garin Guzman

11.       Farid Rakun

12.       Francisco Casas y Pedro Lemebel (Yeguas del Apocalipsis)

13.       Gabriel Mascaro

14.       Graziela Kusch

15.       Grupo Contrafilé

16.       Gulsun Karamustafa

17.       Halil Altindere

18.       Heidi Abderhalden

19.       Imogen Stidworthy

20.      Ines Doujak

21.       Jakob Jakobsen

22.      John Barker

23.      Jonas Staal

24.      Lia Perjovschi and Dan Perjovschi

25.      Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol

26.      Lilian L’Abbate Kelian

27.      Loreto Garin

28.      Luis Ernesto Díaz

29.      Mapa Teatro-Laboratorio de Artistas

30.      María Berríos

31.       Maria Galindo Esther Argollo, Mujeres Creando

32.      Mark lewis

33.      Marta Neves

34.      Michael Kessus Gedalyovich

35.      Miguel A. López

36.      Nilbar Güres

37.      Otobong Nkanga

38.      Pedro G. Romero Archivo F.X.

39.      Prabhakar Pachpute

40.      Rolf Abderhalden

41.       Romy  Pocztaruk

42.       Ruanne Abou-Rahme Basel Abbas

43.      Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti

44.      Santiago Sepúlveda

45.       Sergio Zevallos

46.       Sheela Gowda

47.       Tamar Guimarães e Kasper Akhøj

48.       Thiago Martins de Melo

49.       Tiago Borges

50.       Tony Chakar

51.        Voluspa Jarpa

52.       Walid Raad

53.       Ximena Vargas

54.       Yael Bartana

55.        Yonamine

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Great Britain won silver and bronze in the non-Olympic class events on day six of the World Rowing Championships.

Alan Sinclair and Scott Durant won silver in the men’s coxed pair in Amsterdam, behind New Zealand’s Eric Murray and Hamish Bond who claimed their fifth world title as a pair.

Sam Scrimgeour and Jonathan Clegg won bronze in the lightweight men’s pair.

However, the lightweight women’s four finished out of the medals in fifth as the Netherlands defended their title.

The eight finals taking place on Friday were classed as international events and are not part of the Olympic programme.

However, they provide an opportunity to gain valuable experience competing on the world stage and impress selectors in the hope of getting promoted into an Olympic class boat.

Blustery conditions greeted the field on day six of the eight-day regatta, with a cross-tailwind resulting in a number of world’s best times set during the medal races.

Sinclair and Durant, coxed by Henry Fieldman, were in contention with Bond and Murray at 500m of the 2,000m course before the New Zealanders powered away.

Sinclair said: “We knew they would push out in front after 500m. We anticipated that and kept our focus very much on our own race.”

New Zealand's Hamish Bond and Eric Murray

New Zealand’s Hamish Bond and Eric Murray were too good for the British pair

Bond and Murray went on to win in a world’s best time of six minutes 33. 26 seconds, 10 seconds clear of the British pair, with Germany third.

It was their 19th consecutive title as a pair and extends their winning streak to 55 races, stretching back to 2009.

Scrimgeour and Clegg, who only came together as a duo for the European Championships in May, led at 500m, but faded as the race went on to finish behind Switzerland and France.

The lightweight four of Ruth Walczak, Ellie Piggott, Brianna Stubbs and Charlotte Taylor struggled in the opening half of the race and could not recover, finishing 14 seconds down on champions the Netherlands.

The men’s quartet of Mark Aldred, Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley were pipped to the line by Denmark in a fast semi-final but second was enough to qualify for Sunday’s final.

“We went faster than any other British lightweight men’s four has gone. Obviously you would like to win but qualifying was the aim and that wasn’t the finished article,” said Richard Chambers.

But there was disappointment for Vicky Thornley in the single, and John Collins and Jonathan Walton in the pair as they failed to reach their respective finals.

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Uniontown native Chelsea Buckelew Thomas enjoys an exciting career as she travels throughout Europe, working in such cities as Athens, Barcelona, London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna.

She is a congress account manager for the European Society of Cardiology and organizes scientific meetings across the continent that are related to cardiology and cover areas of emergency, preventative and nuclear medicine

“I enjoy it immensely; however, I don’t always have the time to sightsee because I am working. I do try and go into town once or twice to see local sights and enjoy restaurants,’’ said Thomas, who resides in Cannes, France, and travels to other countries twice a month.

A daughter of Tom and Chris Buckelew of Uniontown, Thomas, 40, is a 1991 graduate of Uniontown Area High School and a 1997 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Thomas has been living in France since November 1999, two months after she wed Yannick Thomas, a native of France whom she met when he was working at the former Chez Gerard restaurant in Hopwood. Yannick Thomas is now general director of a Michelin-star restaurant called The Paloma. The couple has a 7-year-old son named Aidan.

“Living abroad is sometimes indescribable. A trip to the market turns into a meet up with friends for a glass of wine. Cannes, despite being large in reputation, is sometimes like a village — you have your little neighborhoods of places you love to visit, eat and hang out and everyone treats you like a local. My child is fed by loads of different merchants at the market and even makes tourists laugh because they see an adventurous child who is spoiled rotten with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, tapenades, fresh cheeses and fruits and vegetables. Living here has definitely taught him to appreciate good food,’’ she noted.

Thomas began working 12 years ago for the European Society of Cardiology, which she said represents more than 80,000 members, who are principally from across Europe and the Mediterranean basin but also the rest of the world.

“It is very close in terms of mission to the American Heart Association or the American College of Cardiology and was established in the 1950s,’’ she noted.

Thomas manages three scientific meetings the society sponsors a year.

Attendance at these international events ranges from 450 to 35,000 people, including doctors, health-care workers and policy makers.

The language of the meetings is English.

“My role consists of working on the strategy of the event, the marketing, the budget, scientific direction and aiding my committees in developing long-terms plans on where they wish to see themselves, congress-wise, in the future,” she said.

She has worked with a variety of presenters, including Magnus Scheving, CEO of Lazytown who teamed up with first lady Michelle Obama’s in her Let’s Move campaign, as well as Uniontown native Richard Rosendale, who served as the executive chef and director of food and beverage of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort, and currently stars in the cooking show “Recipe Rehab,’’ which airs Saturday mornings on CBS.

“My science background has greatly helped me with my clients and in sales concerning certain products,’’ Thomas said.

Her job also allows Thomas to travel throughout the United States, attending meetings for such organizations as the American Heart Association.

“I sometimes joke that I had to move to Europe to visit Dallas, L.A., Atlanta, Chicago and New Orleans,’’ Thomas said.

Working an event is demanding but, otherwise, her job allows Thomas time for a personal life.

“The French respect work but the French have a different approach to living,’’ she noted, explaining she has time for two-hour lunches if needed and up to 27 days off each year.

Thomas said those interested in a similar career should know that although it is a demanding job, it is one that comes with much satisfaction.

“There is a tremendous sense of pride,” she said. “And when you work a long time on a project, and it’s over in three days, it’s sometimes important to take the afternoon in the city you’re working in, have a drink, relax and try and appreciate the location like a local.’’

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The power of live television and social media is helping to drive MTV Intl.’s global footprint and maximize opportunities for advertisers.

Between the beginning of June and Aug. 16, the cabler produced eight live music events — from Durban, South Africa, to Italy to Malaysia — sparking sky-high levels of social-media engagement and drawing millions of TV viewers. Philip Bourchier O’Ferrall, head of digital media at MTV parent Viacom Intl., maintains that the network is “in the sweet spot” when it comes to the convergence of TV and digital.

That claim is borne out by research firm eMarketer, which projects MTV to have a global social-media audience of 2.55 billion active users by 2017. It’s a particularly important trend for advertisers trying to reach young consumers, allowing them to connect their brands through live shows using Twitter, Instagram and other social media. This year, MTV U.K. and Ireland launched an advertising tool called Boost in order to maximize online inventory for sponsors.

MTV knows that live concerts and awards shows, like sports, are a must-see in real time for fans, and can inspire viewing across platforms. “People have this personal need and desire to say: ‘I’m going to an event, I’ve seen my favorite artist, I’ve voted for my favorite act,” O’Ferrall says.

MTV’s global summer schedule kicked off June 7 in Durban with the MTV Africa Music Awards — known as the Mamas — revived after a three-year hiatus, and hosted by Marlon Wayans.

Aired live in 48 countries, including for the first time across sub-Saharan Africa on multiplatform network MTV Base, the Mamas trended globally, including in the U.S., on Twitter, and generated more than 1 million page views on the MTV Base website, a 192% increase in unique visitors year to year.

MTV Base’s Facebook community increased by more than 80,000 in May, a 79% increase compared with the previous month. Its Twitter followers rose by 11,550, a 38% improvement month over month, with most users coming from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.

Still, Alex Okosi, who heads Viacom Intl.’s pan-African operations, says the Mamas are not specific to the continent. “This is not an event that we do with just a pan-African audience in mind,” he notes. “We leverage it to be able to spill over beyond borders.”

Also on the rise, the Italian MTV  Music Awards, held in Florence on June 21, drew 19 million social-media votes, a staggering number in a country with roughly 22 million TV households and a population of 60 million.

The massive results are comparable with last summer’s U.K. MTV event, “Hottest Summer Superstar,” during which it launched #MTVHottest, through which fans could vote for their favorite artist of the season. That generated 166 million tweets, and led to a 22% increase in viewers across MTV U.K.’s music channels.

The network is doing the stunt again this year, with 2013 winners One Direction once more sitting in the top spot; voting ended Aug. 27.

But it’s the European Music Awards, in which fans around the world pick winners, that show the extent of MTV’s mastery of social media. Held in November, they are aired live globally on more than 60 channels with a reach of almost 700 million TV households.

Four or five years ago, MTV’s level of interaction with social media was rudimentary, O’Ferrall says.

“Microsoft Instant Messenger was going straight through to VJs,” he notes. The most recent EMAs, held November 2013 in Amsterdam,  generated 323 million online votes and 59 million social-media mentions, a 600%-plus year-on-year increase in social-media engagement, driven by games and music stunts as well as by Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and MTV’s Twitter Amplify partnership, which provides buzzy content to Twitter followers. The next EMAs are set for Nov. 9 in Glasgow.

MTV Intl. is even using social media to revive the kind of content that gave the network its start: musicvideos. In July it announced the launch of Your MTV Top 20, a weekly musicvideo chart that’s determined by fan interaction via social and digital media. The chart website,, is accessible in English, German, Italian, Spanish and French, with more languages to follow.

Certainly, though, the international language will be social.

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Karate returns to birthplace with Premier League event in Okinawa

By Gary Anderson

The WKF Premier League series is set to visit Okinawa in Japan ©AFP/Getty ImagesSome of the best karate exponents in the world will be in the spiritual home of the sport this weekend as Okinawa Island, Japan hosts its inaugural World Karate Federation (WKF) Premier League event.

The fifth of eight Premier League tournaments this year, just under 350 participants from 65 nations are set to do battle at the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts tomorrow and Sunday (August 31), making it the biggest to date.

Competition in Okinawa will feature individual and team events in kata as well as male and female individual competitions in kumite over the two days.

A special one-day seminar will be held on Monday (September 1), the day after the tournament,
to showcase the tradition of karate on the Okinawa Island, which lies around 640 kilometres off the southern coast of Japan.

Around 350 competitors are set to take part over two days of action in Okinawa ©WKFAround 350 competitors are set to take part over two days of action in Okinawa ©WKF

The WKF Premier League series was launched earlier this year in order to increase the number of karate events around the world and promote the sport.

Winners at each event are awarded prize money and the competitions are open to all athletes of all abilities to enter.

The first Premier League tournament took in place in Paris back in January followed by events in Almere, The Netherlands; Lasko, Slovenia; and Jakarta in Indonesia.

Following Okinawa, further events are planned for Istanbul, Turkey and Hanau, Germany in September, with the final event in Salzburg, Austria in October.

The Karate Senior World Championships are scheduled to take place in Bremen, Germany from November 5 to 9.

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London-based Bompas Parr has teamed up with Syracuse University’s Robert Wysocki to create a molten lava BBQ banquet.
Sam Bompas

The Food

Hot Flashes

If you’re the kind of barbecuer for whom only the latest gadget will do, it doesn’t get more showy than this. London-based Bompas Parr, which creates culinary spectacles such as lakes made out of alcohol, has teamed up with Syracuse University’s

Robert Wysocki

to create a molten lava BBQ banquet. The molten rock runs under the grills, searing your steak or fish in mere seconds. The team will come to your home (a month’s lead time is needed) and cook for your guests (minimum 500). Even the invitations will be made out of igneous rock. Price upon request, JS

Eone’s Bradley watch
Robert Couto

The Watch

Tactile Time

Taking its name from the U.S. Paralympic gold medalist

Bradley Snyder,

Eone’s Bradley watch was initially designed for blind people to read by touch. Ball bearings mounted in the face and bezel are rotated by a magnet, allowing you to tell the time discreetly with a fingertip—although its austere titanium good looks definitely deserve to be shown off. £165, JE

‘L.H.O.O.Q,’ 1919, by Marcel Duchamp
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The Art

A Brush With Duchamp

French-American artist

Marcel Duchamp,

once held up as the archetypal anti-artist for his revolutionary “ready-mades,” was also a fine painter and draftsman. It is this lesser-known aspect of Duchamp’s career that the Pompidou Centre will be highlighting in “Marcel Duchamp: La peinture, même,” with roughly 100 drawings and paintings on display. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Duchamp’s long-in-the-works “The Large Glass,” which he completed in 1923. The piece heralded his break with so-called “retinal” (eye-pleasing) art in favor of art that expanded the mind. Sept. 24-Jan. 5, TG

‘Printz’ in leopard skin and purple

The Flip Flops

Cause and Effect

In December 2004, Paul and

Rob Forkan

were on vacation in Sri Lanka with their parents and two younger siblings when the deadly tsunami struck. Their parents died and the brothers, along with their siblings, made the long journey back to the U.K., having to hitchhike to Colombo barefoot. That unbelievable journey was the base for their brand. Ten percent of all profits from the sales of their funky and bohemian styles (which include animal and paisley patterned soles with a contrasting woven plastic strap) go to their Gandys foundation, raising funds toward building orphanages in India and Sri Lanka. From £15, DG

‘Gurre-Lieder,’ by Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg
Ruth Walz/Dutch National Opera

The Opera

A Feat of Staging

For many classical music fans, Austrian composer

Arnold Schoenberg’s

12-tone approach to composition is easy to admire but hard to love. However even the most die-hard foes tend to have a soft spot for the young Schoenberg’s lush, early 20th-century oratorio, “Gurre-Lieder,” a late-Romantic extravaganza about a legendary Danish king. Written for an unusually large number of singers and an extra-large orchestra, the piece is usually reserved for concert halls and recording studios. It will get its first operatic treatment this month, when Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera mounts the first fully staged version. Sept. 2-21, JM

Frankfurt’s Museumsuferfest is one of Europe’s largest cultural events.
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The Festival

Main Event

Frankfurt’s Museumsuferfest, one of Europe’s largest cultural events, is a weekend-long celebration of art, live music, dance, theater and culinary delicacies, staged on the banks of the River Main. The museum events and performances go on well into the night—including live jazz and storytelling workshops—and visitors can dine and dance under the stars as well as enjoying a spectacular firework display on Sunday night. Until Aug. 31, MF

—With contributions from Jamie Ewbank, Maria Fitzpatrick, Dimi Gaidatzi, Tobias Grey, J.S. Marcus and Jemima Sissons. Email

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Summer will close out locally in the coming few days with Last Fling, the Naperville Jaycees’ annual fundraising ode to the warm season that fills much of the downtown every Labor Day weekend.

Conceived as a community-wide picnic by downtown barber Rick Motta when he founded the event 49 years ago, the four-day fest will bring blockbuster bands ARRA, O.A.R. and Smashmouth to the Belgio’s Catering Main Stage. While the festival’s signature attractions include such old-fashioned favorites as bed races, senior bingo, carnival rides, a diaper derby, petting zoo, an apple pie baking contest and a Labor Day parade, the plans also include events with more modern roots, among them a picnic for skaters and skateboarders, the Fling Mile race and sand volleyball.

A portion of the weekend also goes to the dogs. This year, some four-legged heavy hitters in the world of disc catching will be turning up at the Riverwalk’s Grand Pavilion, home base this weekend for national and worldwide championships in their sport.

Forty dog-disc thrower teams will vie on Friday afternoon in a last-chance qualifier for four slots in the 40th annual Ashley Whippet World Championships, scheduled to kick off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with about 32 teams taking part in the final round. Sunday will bring the UFO North American Cup Championships, starting at the same time.

“We’ve had them here once, maybe twice before,” said Tom Wehrli, who organizes the well-attended Ashley Whippet competition every year, of the UFO event.

Among those expected to attend is Alex Stein, who several decades ago tossed discs for his three-time Frisbee Dog World Championship title holder, Ashley Whippet. Long before the worldwide event was renamed in his honor, Ashley gained fame in 1974, when he and Stein snuck onto the ball field at Dodger Stadium for an impromptu exhibition of their skills, practiced at speeds up to 35 mph. The show brought the game to a halt for a few minutes, until Stein was escorted off the field and then arrested.

Some modern-day stars in the field will compete, including three-time reigning world champion team Bling Bling and Chuck Middleton, set to defend their UFO title. A 9-year-old handler from Amsterdam is signed up to take part with her Australian shepherd, Wehrli said, and other teams from Europe and Asia may turn out as well. Disc-Connected K-9’s alpha male Lawrence Frederick is coming from Jacksonville, Fla., in his touring bus, bringing along a crew and a pack of leaping hounds that will show their stuff.

Bleachers will be set up near the Pavilion for the typically large crowd turnout.

“It’s going to be a great weekend,” said Wehrli, who has four disc dogs of his own, but none of them will compete. “We’ll be getting some great sponsors, like usual.”

In addition to major sponsor Gerald Nissan, the event’s expenses are being funded with help from Dog Patch Pet Feed, Naper Auto, My Chef Catering, Wheatland Animal Hospital, Plaques Plus, Wehrli Vacuum, Wehrli Excavating, Wehrli Home Decorating and Wehrli Woodworks.

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Hamish Bond and Eric Murray remain on course to win their fifth consecutive world championship title – and possibly add another one to accompany it.

The unbeaten New Zealand men’s pair advanced to the final of the event at the world rowing championships in Amsterdam this morning with a convincing win in their semifinal.

Bond and Murray were almost three and a half seconds quicker than the Great Britain combination of Matt Langridge and James Foad, winning in a time of six minutes 24.98 seconds.

The United States were third to also progress to the final – to be held overnight Saturday – while Germany, Spain and South Africa qualified from the other semi.

Bond and Murray, also the 2012 Olympic champions, pulled away from the British pair about after about 400 metres and were never headed.

The duo and coxswain Caleb Shepherd will also chase gold tomorrow morning in the final of the coxed pair as they attempt to pull of a rare double triumph in two small-boat events at a world championship.

New Zealand boats qualified for four finals today, with the women’s pair, women’s lightweight double scull and women’s quad advancing to join the men’s coxed pair and women’s coxless four in finals so far.

Rebecca Scown and Louise Trappitt were second in their women’s pair semifinals behind the crew from the United States and ahead of Australia.

The Kiwis were fourth after the 500m mark but moved up to second by the halfway stage of the 2000m race and stayed there, finishing in 7:22.12, almost six seconds behind the US.

Those three crews will be joined by Great Britain’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, as the defending Olympic champs won the other semifinal in 7:16.62, with Romania and South Africa also making the last six.

Julia Edward and Sophie MacKenzie impressed in just their second international appearance together in the women’s lightweight double scull.

After winning their heat on debut, the duo finished second – just three-quarters of a boat length behind South Africa – to head to the final in pursuit of a medal. China was third, while Canada, Australia and Italy were the top three in the other semi.

The ever-improving women’s quad finished third in a tight race to qualify for their final. The crew of Erin-Monique O’Brien, Lucy Spoors, Georgia Perry and Sarah Gray just edged out a fast-finishing Belarus for the third and final qualifying spot for the final in their semi.

China and the US were the top two qualifiers in that semifinal, while Germany, Australia and Canada are the other finalists.

The New Zealand men’s quad couldn’t recover from a slow start in their semifinal and finished sixth, pushing them into the B final alongside Poland, France, Russia, Canada and the United States.

Alistair Bond and Adam Ling will contest the men’s lightweight double scull C final after finishing second in their C/D semifinal behind China.

New Zealand boats will look to add to their list of finalists tomorrow when the men’s double scull of Karl and Robbie Manson, the women’s double scull of Zoe Stevenson and Fiona Bourke, the men’s lightweight four crew consisting of James Hunter, James Lassche, Peter Taylor and Curtis Rapley, men’s single sculler Mahe Drysdale and women’s single sculler Emma Twigg all contest semifinals.

Along with the men’s coxed pair, the rookie NZ women’s four crew of Kerri Gowler, Grace Prendergast, Kelsey Bevan and Kayla Pratt will compete in their final tomorrow morning on the Bosbaan course.

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Cumulus announced that nationally renowned civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory has been appointed community affairs director for New York City’s newest RB station, Radio 103.9, “New York’s Best Mix of RB.” Radio 103.9 officially launched last month after following a star-studded event at the world famous restaurant Sylvia’s in the heart of Harlem. The station reaches listeners across the New York metropolitan area, including 80 percent of the region’s African-American population.

By working with the station’s local management and on-air hosts, as well as nationally syndicated programs such as “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” and “The D.L. Hughley Show,” Mallory will help deepen Radio 103.9’s relationship with local listeners and continue to connect the station with the community the station serves through a series of citywide community service-oriented programs and events. 

Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, has cited Mallory as a “leader of tomorrow” for her work as executive director of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. She will continue to serve as president and CEO of her strategic planning firm, Mallory Consulting.

“I am proud to be working with somebody like Tamika Mallory, who is so respected and involved with the community. I look forward to her positive influence on our station, community and Cumulus as a whole,” said Vice President and Market Manager Kim Bryant.

Radio 103.9 77 WABC General Sales Manager Jonathan A. Mason Sr. said, “I had the opportunity to work with Tamika during her tenure with the National Action Network. I was impressed by her dedication to uplifting the communities we serve. Her passion and enthusiasm are contagious. We are blessed to have her as a member of the Radio 103.9 team.”

Mallory said: “It feels great to be a part of the Radio 103.9 family. Radio has played a critical role in my activism over the years, and joining the Radio 103.9 team is an amazing extension of that. As the community affairs director, I have been given a tremendous opportunity to connect the station directly with its audience and to help highlight positive activities happening within our community. My job is to help people find the resources and tools they need in order to be successful, something to which my entire career has been dedicated.”

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