The Sweet Spot Celebrates Black Music Month and Juneteenth with Most Wanted Radio

The Sweet Spot had a chance to interview Quan Vuitton, CEO of Most Wanted Radio. We learned how he is reflecting on and celebrating Black Music Month, typically the same way he does year-round. A platform shedding light on local artists and the culture of Black music, we got an exclusive on MWR’s experiences as a young black radio broadcaster and black music. For more to listen to check out the SNC Podcast.

The Root

The Sweet Spot was developed first with the vision of music being apart of our message in specific ways such as the connection between music and healing. Music has existed in life far beyond what physical man can remember and has always had close ties to healing rituals practiced by ancient Greek physicians. In the 1800’s physician Diogel published research supporting the impact of music and psychological responses such as blood pressure and pulse rate amongst others. 

The beginning of music is just as mysterious as is the depth of the cognitive human mind and within the two lies ancient history of music tracing back to Africa. Africa traditions in music come from spirituals derived from the enslavement of Africans shipped to America and settled in the deep south. Before being enslaved by European colonist, music in Africa was the heart of spiritual beliefs, once forced to a new country and deprived of freedom, rhythmic spirituals was all they had left. These spirituals developed from the introduction to Christian beliefs in which the resemblance to African beliefs allowed the natives to create their own stories in their folksongs intertwining both beliefs in song. 

From African Negro spirituals to birth of the blues in the fields to go-go music in D.C, the history and impact of music originate from the ancestral history of the Black community. 

The 40’s introduced radio for the black community as never before with WDIA, the first black radio station. Established in 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee, WDIA was hosted by Nat D. Williams who was brave enough to host a show for black music and black news. Pioneers such as Nat D. Williams and Richard Durham, producer of Destination Freedom aired on WMAQ, a local Chicago NBC station, opened doors for radio stations to be established on Historically Black College or University like St.Augustine’s University.

Most Wanted Radio

St. Augustine’s University est. 1867, was one of the first HBCU’s in the south and the first to have a college radio & TV station in 1986. From 1986 to 2013 many journalists and correspondents were able to excel in the media and broadcast industry including two young guys who began working at WAUG as a student radio host. Jaquan Leary (@quanvuitton), Jacq (Jack) Griff (@Kyngjulio). 

Most Wanted Radio, now Most Wanted Global, has grown far beyond being a student supervised radio show into a media business conducted of the three-plus more. Most Wanted Global, contributes to and supports Raleigh and Carolina locals of the Hip Hop/R&B/Soul industry by providing a space for the artist to get exposure whether through radio, video visuals, or social media promotions.

Most Wanted Radio, now Most Wanted Global, has grown far beyond being a student supervised radio show into a media business conducted of the three-plus more. Most Wanted Global, contributes to and supports Raleigh and Carolina locals of the Hip Hop/R&B/Soul industry by providing a space for the artist to get exposure whether through radio, video visuals, or social media promotions.

“Well, I’m back working, you feel me, today at my store we gave 20% off on everybody’s total purchase, it’s a black store called Lim’s“, said Vuitton who also works at Lim’s in Charlotte, N.C, an urban clothing store, now with a location in Raleigh, N.C. That’s not all for the CEO, in 2013 Quan along with his partner Jacq Griff created Most Wanted Radio show while sitting in the radio station of WAUG.

“Most Wanted came about because I was doing a show called, Lounge 22, with my boy J New and Vena E, they were seniors and about to graduate and it was their show. When Lounge 22 came about it was something they thought of, I was just the engineer”. As things were coming to an end for Lounge 22, Quan contiued engineering and developing ideas for his own show and with joining forces with Jacq.

In 2014 Most Wanted Radio hung out and interviewed Grammy Nominated, Multi-Platinum recording artist Da Baby and also has been blessed to work with Vena Excell (Pretty Vee), an original host of St. Augustine’s University’s, “Lounge 22“, and now renown comedian and influencer.

Quan mentions how the name of Most Wanted Radio was created under slight presseure, “I was in WAUG, feel me? Me and my boy Jacq Griff, we were chillin’ and I was like, “you know what yo I want a show called Most Wanted, you feel me? The most wanted everything, the most wanted artist and new artist and thats just pretty much how the name came about, states Quan. MWR became exactly what he envisioned, a brand of the culture and stirring away from love talk as the previous show he engineered.

Most Wanted Radio has transformed since 2013 into what it means to embody the hiphop culture in 2020 and being a millennial in the game. A product of history from all the doors opened before him to creating history, Quan, Jacq and Most Wanted Radio is next level media.

Don’t stop here be sure to listen to the live interview featuring Most Wanted Radio CEO, Quan Vuitton.

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