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Block by Block is a community news program from WPPM-LP 106.5 FM where we explore issues affecting the Philadelphia area with interviews and news reporters filed by members of our Community Radio News Fellowship.

It airs on WPPM 106.5 FM and phillycam.org/listen biweekly on Wednesdays from 5:30-6pm!

The new season premieres in February 2023.

Tune in for new episodes every other week, Wednesdays 5:30-6pm on WPPM 106.5 FM and phillycam.org/listen.

Block by Block - Season 1 is produced by Alice Hall, Brujo de la Mancha, Kris Hill, Jeff Jones, John Morrison, Maleka Fruean, Salina Singleton and us: Michelle Gilliard-Houston, and Wayne Hunter.

Brad Linder is Radio News Managing Editor for WPPM and Allison Durham is WPPM’s Radio Program Manager.

 

Season 1 Program Schedule
October 5 - December 14, 2022

 

October 5

Our premiere episode, we’ll learn about Indigenous People’s Day celebrations in our area, a series of clinics to help people clear their criminal records, and what happens when somebody steals your check from the mail… and cashes it.

This episode featured music from Brujo de la Mancha.


October 19

Episode 2 features stories on working with young people to address issues like gun violence, mental health in Philadelphia, indigenous and Afro-LatinX identity, and Avogedden (an avocado giveaway in South Philly).


November 2

Epsiode 3 features stories on the 2022 election, a group opening a new meeting center women in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood, an organization working to end gun violence in Pennsylvania, and a Day of the Dead exhibit honoring those who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brujo and Michelle co-hosted this episode, and Wayne was our board operator.


November 16

This episode features stories from our community news reporters about residents of a group of townhomes in West Philly who are fighting eviction, a program for senior citizens interested in helping preserve the environment, Native American heritage, and Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Michelle co-hosted this episode, and Wayne was our board operator.


 November 30

This episode features stories from our community news reporters about a new resource for information about gun violence in Philadelphia… an organization that helps Philadelphians learn digital literacy skills, the Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy of Pennsylvania, and groups working to help immigrants arriving in Philadelphia on buses sent from Texas.

Maleka hosted this episode, and Wayne was our board operator.


 December 14

This episode features stories from our community news reporters about a family’s struggle with long Covid, an exhibit highlighting the impact of gun violence, indigenous heritage, and a new concert venue for Avante Garde music in South Philly.

Block by Block - Season 1 is produced by Brujo de la Mancha, Kris Hill, Jeff Jones, John Morrison, Maleka Fruean, Michelle Gilliard-Houston, Salina Singleton and Wayne Hunter

Maleka hosted this episode, and Wayne was our board operator.


 

Radio News Fellows

Season 1 of Block by Block is produced by Brujo de la Mancha, Kris Hill, Jeff Jones, John Morrison, Maleka Fruean, Michelle Gilliard-Houston, Salina Singleton and Wayne Hunter.

  • Wayne Hunter

    Wayne owns a technical solutions company and a drone company and runs two nonprofits providing tech-related information and support to seniors and teens, respectively. He also hosts the Talkin w/ Wayne show on PhillyCAM TV.

  • Maleka Fruean

    Maleka is a writer and journalist, community organizer for the Germantown Info Hub, and events coordinator. She has a degree in journalism from Temple University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from St. Joseph's College and uses both to share stories. She lives in Germantown, where she mothers four children, drinks coffee, and walks everywhere. She loves learning how to tell stories in audio!

  • John Morrison

    John is a writer, DJ, and sample flipper from Philadelphia. As a writer, his work has appeared in NPR Music, The New York Times, Bandcamp Daily, and more. He is also the host of Culture Cypher Radio, a hip-hop radio show on NPR member station WXPN.

  • Brujo de la Mancha

    Brujo is a multidisciplinary, self-taught artist and educator specializing in Danza Azteca. In 2003, he co-founded the Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac, an Aztec dance troupe and non-profit organization in Philadelphia with the mission to “investigate, understand, and raise awareness of the Mexicayotl culture, which flourished in Mexico prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1492.” Brujo hosts radio show Nika Tlaka on WPPM 106.5, Thursdays 1-2 PM.

  • Kris Hill

    Kris is a self-taught Philly Artist who does commission artworks and sells their own art/creations. Lead Teaching Artist at The Young Artist Program (YAP), Mental Health Advocate, and upcoming clothing stylist. They also enjoy being able to learn even more about what is happening in the city and spreading more awareness around!

  • Michelle Gilliard Houston

    Michelle is a creative producer, cultural connector, and multicultural programming professional in higher education. As a third-generation native Philadelphian, Michelle is passionate about uncovering community stories and voices unique to Philly and looks forward to working with WPPN as a radio fellow! A proud HBCU alum, Michelle holds a B.A. in Communications from Howard University.

  • Salina Singleton

    Salina has been engrossed in filming and editing since high school, where she taped and edited high school football games. At Fairleigh Dickinson University, she was active in campus radio, where she was Assistant Music Director for 2 years. Taking her passion to the boardroom, Salina founded Wonderful Me Media in 2014, where she produced Personally Speaking Podcast, Who Got Next Web series in partnership with Philly Jamz 95.3 FM, as well as Latina X Positivity. More recently, Salina is the Digital Media Specialist at POWER.

  • Alice Hall

    Alice works in theater and TV/film and has her creative practices on the side. She is passionate about radio and arts accessibility as a way to bring people from all walks of life together.