Joe Madison believes in black economic empowerment and education. Madison can now be heard Mondays through Fridays from 6am to 10am on Urban View channel 126, XM Sirius.
In 2013 and 2014, Madison hosted events pertaining to the 1960's Civil Rights Movement. Special guests included former Johnson Publishing Company news reporter and their Washington, DC Bureau Chief Simeon Booker, Rev. Bernice King (youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) and Luci Baines Johnson (youngest daughter of President Lyndon Johnson) and singer/activist Harry Belafonte.
On Feb. 25 – 27, 2015, Joe Madison hosted a record-breaking marathon whereby he talked for 52 hours on his SIRIUS XM talk show. The broadcast is officially registered with the Guinness World Record Organization. During the marathon, he could only take three small breaks every hour. Only at the top of the hour could he actually leave the studio (restroom break, etc.). There was a camera that was recording and watching his every move. Volunteers were brought in to be witnesses and timekeepers, for documentation purposes, in accordance with the Guinness World Record Organization policies. The marathon served as a platform to raise money, from his listeners and supporters, for the building of the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The museum director, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, was a guest Madison interviewed during the marathon. Several politicians, celebrities, historians, other SIRIUS talk show hosts, etc. were also guests. Various local TV news stations stopped by to film and interview Joe while he was on the air.
He was arrested in front of the UN for protesting against human rights abuses in South Sudan; he went to the heart of Detroit to hold an open Town Hall forum on the issues crippling the blighted city; he’s won awards for his audio documentaries on Haiti and other hot button topics of human rights; he has special access to the Obamas (the President and First Lady have both chosen Joe’s show to spread their message on numerous occasion), and he doesn’t shy away from the responsibility.
Madison is a recognized human and civil rights activist and the preeminent African American radio host, aka “The Black Eagle,” on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel.
As much activist as radio host – his show motto is “What Are You Going to Do About It'” and he served as executive director of the Detroit NAACP at 24 — he is doggedly progressive, having worked on voter registration efforts and led marches and demonstrations to end the genocide in Darfur. Last year, Joe Madison received the Freedom Flame Award presented by the Selma, Alabama Bridge Crossing Jubilee Commission and was named Outstanding Media Personality at the 104th Annual NAACP Convention. Madison has been selected as one of Talker Magazine’s top 10 talk radio personalities for 10 consecutive years and he is the only African-American to be listed in the “talented tenth”.
As the leading African American broadcaster today, reaching a potential audience of 26 million on SiriusXM, he faces a new area of skepticism about the first African American President and his legacy.
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