630WPRO was taken to task by protesters representing Black Lives Matter on Monday due to the lack of black voices and representation on its airwaves. WPRO is one of six radio stations run out of the offices and studios of Cumulus Radio in East Providence on Wampanoag Trail. Gary Dantzler, the leader of the protest, said that he has been trying unsuccessfully to talk to the station about the subject of diversity on the airwaves for two years. Dantzler met with station management for a brief time inside the offices before coming out to continue the protest.
After being told by Cumulus management that the protest could not take place on Cumulus Radio property, the protest moved to the street.
A short time later, officers of the East Providence Police Department arrived and told the protesters that they were prohibited from protesting on the side of the state highway or on private Cumulus property, to which one of the protesters replied, “That’s racism!”
Police and protesters came to some sort of agreement, and the protest continued. Matt Allen, WPRO news radio host whose show airs weekdays 12-3, came out after that and offered Dantzler a chance to voice his concerns on the air. Dantzler, along with fellow protesters Joseph Buchanan and True, were on the Matt Allen Show from noon to 2 discussing Black Lives Matter and media representation of people of color while outside the protest continued. On the show, Allen said that he would like to make the discussion about race and black lives a regular thing.
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