Black Stats Frequently requested
data on African American consumers
Black Buying Power:
$836 Billion (2010)
Black U.S. Population:
Top Five Black Cities
- New York
Top Five Black Metros:
- New York-New Jersey
- Los Angeles
Top Five Expenditures:
- Housing $203.8 bil.
- Food $65.2 bil.
- Cars/Trucks $29.1 bil.
- Clothing $29.3 bil.
- Health Care $23.6 bil. ______________________
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Pittsburgh will again have a fulltime urban radio station after two-year
By Adrian McCoy
(May 15, 2011) Pittsburgh has been without a full-time urban radio
format for two years, but that's about to change.
In the next few days, the sale will close on WPYT-AM (660), and the new
owner will launch an urban contemporary format there early next month.
In December, San Francisco-based Radio Power Inc. announced that it
would buy WPYT from Langer Broadcasting Group of Framingham, Mass., for
"When you go into a market with a station, you look at who's doing
what," Tim Martz said. "WAMO had a big audience. Nobody has filled the
void. It's an attractive format."
Urban stations WAMO-FM and WAMO-AM were sold in May 2009. The new owners
-- St. Joseph Missions -- changed the format to Catholic programming.
The new WPYT's reach will be extended by broadcasting on an FM
translator, or booster signal, located at 100.1 on the FM dial. WPYT-AM
is a daytime-only signal and signs off at sundown. The FM frequency will
broadcast 24 hours a day.
WPYT is licensed to Wilkinsburg, and the studios are located in Forest
Hills. The FM frequency is a 99-watt low power signal licensed to
The AM daytime signal is fairly strong, stretching into parts of Ohio
and West Virginia. The FM should cover the entire metropolitan
Pittsburgh area, except for areas farther south of the city, Mr. Martz
The stations are currently being tested. People who tune in the 100.1 FM
frequency will hear WDUQ-FM programming until the new station launches.
Mr. Martz said construction was still ongoing at the new studio, and
that technical issues and programming were still being tweaked. He said
there would be more details on programming and staffing when the station
officially launches. The target is early June.
The call letters will stay the same for now, Mr. Martz said.
Although Pittsburgh hasn't had a 24-hour-a-day urban station for a
while, several outlets have helped to fill the gap.
Adult contemporary WLTJ-FM airs urban programming, hosted by former WAMO
air personality Tracey Lee, six nights a week. 101TheBlaze.com, a local
site run by former WAMO program director Ron Atkins, streams an R&B and
hip-hop format. Gospel station WGBN-AM (1150) has added some talk
programming devoted to minority issues, including the syndicated "Bev
Smith Show," which used to air on WAMO.
"I think it's great" that urban music is returning to the local
airwaves, said Donna Baxter, founder of The Soul Pitt, a website devoted
to news and issues of interest to local African-Americans. She also
hosts "The Soul Pitt Xtra Radio Show" on WGBN.
"Being able to sit in your car and listen to radio. You have artists who
come to town who need airplay. It's going to help everybody.
"It's going to be like that big gulp of water after being thirsty for so
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expenditures African-American consumers are cautiously increasing their
spending in some key product categories, even as they continue to make
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In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product
and services categories. That's an increase of 16.6% over the $435 billion
spent in 2008. African-Americans" total earned income for 2009 is
estimated at $836 billion...