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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Station Manager

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Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1955
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Station Manager

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Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1955
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Radio station manager Karen E. Slade was born on October 18, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio to Violette Crawford and Charles Slade. In 1977, Slade earned her B.S. degree in telecommunications from Kent State University, where she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She went on to obtain her M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University in 1991.

Upon graduation from Kent State University, Slade was hired as an account executive at Xerox Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. For the next decade, she worked in various positions for Xerox, including as a marketing consultant, project manager and dealer sales manager. In 1988, Slade was promoted to a regional sales manager in Atlanta, Georgia. Then, in 1989, she returned to Los Angeles, California to work as vice president and general manager of KJLH, the radio station owned by R&B artist Stevie Wonder. As general manager, Slade led programming and sales as well as the station’s efforts to address local and national issues in the African American community. Under her leadership, KJLH Radio received the distinguished George Foster Peabody Award and the NAACP Image Award.

Slade has been honored by the California Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and the Black Business Association, and received the Phenomenal Woman Award from California State University, Northridge. Radio Inc. magazine named Slade one of the 25 most influential African Americans in radio. She served on the board of the Los Angeles Urban League from 1989 to 1995, and has been a member of the Black Media Network and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters since 1989.

Karen Slade was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 28, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Karen Slade lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Karen Slade describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Karen Slade remembers her maternal grandfather's occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Karen Slade talks about her maternal grandparents' life in Cleveland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Karen Slade describes her mother as a young adult
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Karen Slade describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Karen Slade describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Karen Slade remembers the Lee-Miles neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Karen Slade describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Karen Slade recalls her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Karen Slade describes her favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Karen Slade remembers her favorite teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Karen Slade recalls her maternal grandmother's influence on her academics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Karen Slade talks about her high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Karen Slade remembers the music of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Karen Slade recalls her decision to attend Kent State University in Kent, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Karen Slade talks about her decision to major in telecommunications
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Karen Slade remembers Arsenio Hall and Steve Harvey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Karen Slade describes her radio internships
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Karen Slade recalls her college extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Karen Slade talks about working at the Xerox Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Karen Slade remembers moving to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Karen Slade talks about her mentors at the Xerox Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Karen Slade remembers transitioning to radio broadcasting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Karen Slade describes the origins of the call letters at KJLH Radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Karen Slade recalls her work at KJLH Radio in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Karen Slade talks about KJLH Radio's format
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Karen Slade describes the radio market competition in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Karen Slade recalls upgrading KJLH Radio's signal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Karen Slade talks about the ratings system for radio broadcasting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Karen Slade describes local disk jockeys at KJLH Radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Karen Slade talks about the community leaders of Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Karen Slade recalls her station's coverage of the Rodney King riots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Karen Slade remembers winning a George Foster Peabody Award
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Karen Slade talks about LAPD violence against minorities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Karen Slade describes her work as manager of KJLH Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Karen Slade recalls the creation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Karen Slade talks about KJLH Radio's identity as a black owned station
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Karen Slade remembers KJLH Radio's involvement with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Karen Slade talks about the future of KJLH Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Karen Slade describes her hopes for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Karen Slade reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Karen Slade talks about black owned radio stations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Karen Slade reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Karen Slade remembers influential coworkers at KJLH Radio in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Karen Slade describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Karen Slade talks about her network of coworkers and friends
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Karen Slade describes how she would like to be remembered