Street Soldiers Radio
Gangs. Drugs. Domestic Violence.
Human Trafficking. The Opiod Epidemic.
Police and Community Relations.
All of this and more discussed with you Live on Street Soldiers Radio every Sunday night for 25 years.
Listening to Street Soldiers Radio might change the way you think about violence, drugs, gangs, and many other issues facing the community.
Alive & Free Street Soldiers Radio is a vital part of Alive & Free’s overall work with young people. The hosts of Street Soldiers are Dr. Joseph Marshall, Executive Director of Alive & Free, and Ms. Deborah Estell, Coordinator of the Alive & Free Leadership Academy.
Street Soldiers has been on air every week at KMEL 106.1 since 1992 and allows the Alive & Free's message to reach the community. The callers and listeners are all ages and are from diverse backgrounds. Gangs, drugs, teen pregnancy, human trafficking, domestic violence, and police-community relations are some of the topics discussed.
There has been both empirical and anecdotal evidence that Street Soldiers has been instrumental in stopping violence. Many listeners have indicated that they have changed their way of thinking or acting as a result of listening to the show.
The program began when rap performer Hammer approached KMEL with the concept for a show focusing on community concerns. The show was dubbed “Street Soldiers” after a song on one of Hammer’s albums. The show aired in November and was an instant success. After the first show, Dr. Marshall was selected by station management.to be the permanent host of the program.
The callers are all ages and are from diverse backgrounds. Gang members, drug dealers, teen mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers and others in the community all call in, seeking immediate solutions to their problems and someone to talk with.
In 1997, the Street Soldiers Radio Show was syndicated and is now heard by approximately 300,000 listeners. Sinbad, Malik Yoba and Jada Pinkett-Smith are just a few of the many guests who have appeared on the show.
Alive & Free has federal trademark registrations of Street Soldiers and 1-800-SOLDIER so the marks can be used to carry the message of no violence, no drugs, no gangs, and no teen pregnancy to youth all over America.
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