Tony Brown is moving “Eyes Open With Tony Brown” to KTTP 1110 AM, Rejoice Musical Soul Food after six years of hosting the show on KAYT 88.1 FM.
Beginning Monday, July 7, in three hours from 6 to 9 a.m., Brown will present local, state and national news, weather and issues live from the show’s new home at 3419 Hynson St.
“I want to thank KAYT for working with me through the years. We created history together with the Jena Six. KAYT was good to me, but I now have an opportunity to create a new history towards taking my show to a larger audience through syndication,” Brown said. “I’ve always wanted to get the show to as many listeners as possible.
Though syndication is on the horizon, Brown said the move to KTTP on an AM frequency will limit his audience reach temporarily, but it will allow him to “aggressively go after the pieces of the pie that I wasn’t able to consume before.” KAYT is a noncommercial radio station unlike KTTP, which is a commercial station that will allow a broader advertising base, Brown said.
Radio stations on the AM frequency generally broadcasts talk shows such as Brown’s. Therefore, Brown said, “Eyes Open With Tony Brown” will be at home.
“I believe that my audience will follow me to KTTP because listeners have become accustomed to the show. It’s a part of their routine. I’ve been overwhelmed with calls from people checking up on me and asking where is the show,” Brown said.
Carolyn Frazier, KTTP’s station manager, said she welcomes Brown and co-producer Octavia Jackson to the KTTP family.
“We look forward to working with Tony and doing whatever we can to help make his transition a success,” she said.
Meanwhile, Brown said he is in negotiations with three stations that want to purchase the show. The stations are Tallulah’s KTJZ 97.5 FM, which covers the Mississippi Delta, Monroe, Vicksburg and parts of Jackson, Miss.; New Road’s KCLF 1500 AM, which covers Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee Parish, Iberville Parish and Marksville; and KPCT, which is under construction in New Roads.