TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — After nearly six years in the same north Tulsa building, the Black-owned radio station KBOB 89.9 has a new home.
“My grandfather, Joe Eaton, was the one who built the home and he put it there, and my dad and uncle allowed me to come in there, and since then they've decided they wanted sell it,” said Bobby Eaton of Eaton Media Services and creator of KBOB 89.9.
Eaton says his grandfather built the home and building shortly after the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Over the years, it's been a little bit of everything – a barber shop, boutique, and, most recently, the radio station that has brought countless notable names to north Tulsa.
“If those walls could talk over there, we've had a lot of people – Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson, Benjamin Crump, Charlie Wilson, and Alfre Woodard,” said Eaton.
For Eaton, it's not about the celebrities.
“It's about community coming together, putting our minds together, doing the economic development and investing into our youth, sharing our history and going forward,” said Easton.
That’s exactly what he’s done with "The Juice Radio Show".
“When I first started, I was kind of shy and it's helped me open up my shell. I’ve met famous people. I’ve been places I thought I’d never be. It's really helped me grow as a person and I can't wait to keep going,” said Will Green, a host on "The Juice Radio Show".
The move over to Pine and Lansing is bittersweet, saying goodbye to the old but welcoming the new.
“It has some more space for us to utilize, to extend our program. It doesn't have a lot of the same problems that the old building has,” said Trey Eaton, a host on "The Juice Radio Show".
Eaton says it's going to take a couple weeks to get everything situated in the new space, but he doesn’t plan to be off air for long.
“We may be down for a day or two, as far as the broadcast is concerned, but we're going to jump right back up, get up, and get to moving,” said Eaton.
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