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Andrew Langston, founder and CEO of Rochester, NY station WDKX, dies at
Janet Lomax |
WHEC.com (June 12,
was a pioneer in the broadcast industry. The founder and CEO of WDKX
radio has died. Andrew Langston passed away yesterday. He always dreamed
of being in the broadcast industry and through hard work, and a lot of
tenacity, his dream came true when WDKX signed on the air back in 1974.
When WDKX radio signed on the air, Langston remembered his heritage. The
D is for Frederick Douglass, K for Martin Luther King Jr. and X for
Malcolm X, leaders who fought like he did to see their dreams fulfilled.
It was the 1970's. It took six long years to get the necessary licensing
to get DKX on the air.
Jim Blount, who founded "about time" magazine during that same period
says Langston faced more hurdles, like finding businesses who would
advertise on the station.
"At that time, 30 to 40 years ago, people refused to acknowlege there
was an urban market, that people bought goods and services. So it was an
uphill battle," said Blount.
But Mr. Langston didn't give up and the community recognized his
In 1999, Langston and his wife, Gloria received an award from former
Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle and this year, WDKX is celebrating
its 36th anniversary.
The station is a major player in the community.
"The first and only station that is programmed to the needs of the
African American community and the fact that it has survived for nearly
40 years is a testimony to Andrew Langston's tenacity," said former
Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson.
What kind of legacy does he leave behind?
"He understood and he stayed focused and he never gave up and probably
without question if it weren't for that kind of tenacity there probably
wouldn't be a WDKX radio station," said Blount.
"The fact that his radio station is still owned by his family when most
of these are bought up by conglomerates is still a testimony to his
vision," said Johnson.
Langston was 83.
A private service will be held for family and close friends. A public
memorial will be held at 12noon on Thursday June 17 at Mt. Vernon
Baptist Church on Joseph Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
The Andrew A. Langston Center for Educational Excellence at Canandaigua
National Bank and Trust, 2075 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618