Breaking News: SPORTS, POLITICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE – FROM THE 1960S TO TODAY

DISTINGUISHED PANEL FEATURES JOURNALISTS LEN ELMORE (CBS SPORTS), KIM BELTON (ESPN), JOHN QUINN (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) AND DON MARKUS (NEW YORK POST)

LIVE SIMULCAST ON WBLZMEDIA.COM’S FACEBOOK PAGE AND REBROADCAST ON ALL WLBZ PLATFORMS AND ON YOUTUBE

MONDAY, MAY 3 AT 7PM/ET

NEW YORK, APRIL 30, 2021 – From boxing icon Muhammad Ali to Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos, political activism erupted in the turbulent 1960s by challenging the rules and power of the largely white establishment, often marking the athletes as radicals and troublemakers. 

How much has changed in nearly sixty years?

The explosive intersection of sports, politics and the fight for social justice will be tackled by a distinguished award-winning panel featuring CBS Sports journalist Len Elmore; ESPN producer Kim Belton; former New York Post sportswriter Don Markus, and long-time Philadelphia Inquirer sports editor John Quinn.

They will join novelist-playwright Gary Morgenstein, Emmy Award-winning TV sports executive Russell Friedman and award-winning Broadway performer and director DeMone Seraphin, the creative team behind the new You Tube scripted series Joyland, set during the tumultuous ‘60s.

The program will simulcast live via wblzmedia.com’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/WBLZMedia) on Monday, May 3 at 7PM/EST and will be rebroadcast on all WBLZ Media platforms and the JOYLAND A New Series YouTube Channel.

Moderated by Ironiq Media CEO Tony Lagotta, the hour-long panel will explore the socially unifying possibilities of athletics; political activism by sports stars, and the role of sports in American society – and whether sports should exist outside politics or should reflect social issues. 

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PANELISTS

Len Elmore – An All-American at Maryland, Elmore played 10 seasons in the ABA and NBA. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Elmore has been a sportscaster at CBS Sports, ESPN and Fox Sports.

Kim Belton – An All Pac-12 forward while at Stanford, Belton has been a producer at ESPN, ABC Sports and Turner Sports.

John Quinn – During his 42-year journalism career, Quinn has served as Newsday Sunday sports editor and Philadelphia Inquirer sports editor.

Don Markus – A former sportswriter for the New York Post, Newsday and the Baltimore Sun, Markus is an Adjunct Professor at American University.

Russell Friedman – In his long and varied career, Friedman has worked for USA Network, PGA Tour Productions, ABC Sports, NBC News and Specials, ESPN and the Syfy Channel.

Gary Morgenstein – Morgenstein’s new science fiction dystopian baseball novel A Fastball for Freedom follows his critically acclaimed A Mound Over Hell (“Shoeless Joe Meets 1984”). 

DeMone Seraphin – Seraphin is a Helen Hayes Award nominee for his direction of Topdog Underdog as well as the Primary Producing Partner of the Avent Bard Theater in Washington, DC.

Joyland begins in July 1964 as riots sweep New York after a cop has killed an unarmed African American teen.  Along with civil rights, social justice and political corruption, a strong basketball theme runs through the series as a former NY Knicks star takes on the rich and powerful to bring an ABA franchise to Brooklyn. The first 2 episodes are available on YouTube at JOYLAND A New Series. Uniquely produced entirely on the Zoom platform as a new way to develop a TV series, all eight episodes of Joyland’s first season will drop monthly through October. 

WBLZMedia/IroniqMedia is a cutting-edge platform for people to express their word. With the world becoming more and more PC, and fewer people being allowed to speak their mind, the need for WBLZMedia was born. We have put together a group of some of the best and brightest minds in the sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and other areas to share with you their points of view. You may love it, you may get angry about it, but you will never be bored.

With 1 million page views year over year, and a strong presence in the podcast arena (60k streams per month with a listener engagement of over an hour) IroniqMedia is poised to be one of the top independent streaming stations. IroniqRadio can be heard live on our own station or streamed on Spotify, IHeartRadio, Apple, Google, or where ever else you access podcasts.

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