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Amos Brown, veteran Indianapolis broadcaster known for community commitment, dies at 64

(November 9, 2015) Amos Brown, beloved Indianapolis broadcaster for more than 40 years, died this past Friday, November 6 at the age of 64 while visiting his family's home in Chicago. He collapsed from what is believed to be a heart attack.

Brown was the talk show host, Director of Strategic Research, and Community Affairs Director at WTLC-AM, a station owned by Radio One.

"Amos has touched the lives and hearts of hundreds of our Radio One family, both past and present," said Chuck Williams, Radio One Indianapolis Vice President and General Manager. "Amos has touched hundreds of thousands of our extended Radio Family who have tuned in or reached out to Amos Brown every day of his illustrious Hall of Fame Broadcast Career."

"Amos was an icon of local Indianapolis radio and television and within the African-American community," said Alfred C. Liggins, CEO of Radio One. "He was a special and caring leader with an unwavering commitment to keeping his audience informed and brought together corporate, civic and political leaders in thoughtful dialogue about the challenging issues facing our community. This is an immeasurable loss for the Radio One family but we take comfort in his lasting legacy of passionate advocacy, inspirational commentary, political activism and selfless devotion to justice."

Brown was known throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana for his passionate advocacy on behalf of the African-American community and his fearless commitment to good journalism. His popular show on WTLC, "Afternoons with Amos," debuted on Radio One in 2004 and is one of the city's most popular radio shows. He was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007 and was a finalist for National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Awards.

Brown moved to Indianapolis in 1975 from his native Chicago. After working in radio and TV for more than a decade, he launched Indianapolis' first daily African-American-oriented television news show, "The Noon Show" in 1992. With the "Afternoons with Amos" radio show, he won a Spectrum Award in 2009 from the Indiana Broadcasters Association for outstanding special-interest program.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Light of the World Christian Church, 4646 North Michigan Rd., Indianapolis. Visitation will take place on Friday, Nov. 13 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m.


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