WUFO Power 96.5 Radio has proven itself to be an important source of information for Buffalo’s Black community during the COVID-19 Crisis. The March 28th broadcasts were a good example.
-Bethesda World Harvest-
Pastor Michael A. Badger presented a guest who worked as a professional cleaner specializing in anti-viral and anti-bacterial cleaning. In addition, the show featured a regular guest Dr. Frances Ilozue, MD who stressed the importance of social distancing, the washing of hands and staying in touch with one’s primary physician at the first sign of feeling ill or exhibiting any of the signs of possible COVID-19 (cough fever, tiredness, difficulty breathing). She had praise for first responders, especially the doctors and nurses in the hospitals and assured that their health and safety are a priority.
Rev. Badger ended the show on a political note: “We need a mature leader at this point we don’t need a politician trying to re-run for office,” he said referring to President Trump.
Bethesda World Harvest airs at 9 a.m.
-A Woman’s Word –
A Woman’s Word airs every second and fourth Saturdayat 11 a.m. and regularly incorporates spiritual knowledge and perspectives in discussing relevant issues. Co-host, Elder Jennifer Strickland, who is also a teacher and writer, pointed out the positives about home schooling across the city as a result of the school closings in the wake of the coronavirus health crisis. “We have to find the positive in all things that appear to be negative,” she said, adding that she was “thankful children are spending time at home with parents” and vice versa. She encouraged parents to “hang in there.” The crisis, she assured, is “introducing a whole new way of educating our children .”
“The best thing we can say is STAY HOME. It’s a God thing,” said host Pastor Janice Fisher. “Everything’s been out of order but now God is getting things in order….”
In addition to Elder Strickland, Elder Sister Alethea Davis is also a co-host.
-Buffalo On Fire-
Buffalo On Fire, which airs at 10 a.m. is co-hosted by Attorney Anthony Pendergrass and Rev. Kenzir M. Pointer. Their topic was also the coronavirus and its impact on the community. Pastor George Nicholas, MDiv, Senior Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist and co-convener of The African American Health Equity Task Force, called in and sounded the alarm.
When people hear the term “at risk” populations, said Pastor Nicholas, they normally think of the elderly.
“However the CDC points out that heart disease, lung disease, asthma , diabetes, a compromised immune systems from having cancer, and obesity are risk factors as well,” he said.
In Western New York African Americans are more likely than Whites to suffer these illnesses.
“When you have a culture that discounts or diminishes the humanity of one entire community based on their race or ethnicity – the bi-product of it are these health disparities,” said Rev. Nicholas.
The Health Equity Task Force all but predicted the recent increase of Black COVID-19 cases and deaths locally.