Gloria Langston, Co-founder of WDKX-FM, Rochester’s First and Only Black-Owned  Radio Station, Dies at 97

Gloria Langston, who with husband Andrew Langston co-founded WDKX-FM, Rochester’s first and only Black-owned radio station, made her transition  May 6 at the age of 97. She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Langston. 

WDKX — the call letters of which represent Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X — signed on at 5:30 a.m. April 6, 1974, has been broadcasting around the clock ever since and remains a family business, with Andre Marcel Langston at the helm. 

Mayor Malik D. Evans released the following statement on the Passing  of Mrs.  Langston

“It is with heavy hearts that Shawanda and I extend our deepest condolences to the Langston family on the passing of their matriarch, Mrs. Gloria Langston. Gloria devoted herself to strengthening Rochester’s Black community for more than 50 years. 

She was a pioneer on the Rochester landscape as a Black history researcher, a storyteller, and as owner and co-founder of WDKX-FM radio, Rochester’s first, and only Black-owned radio station.

Mrs. Langston distinguished herself as a strong advocate for healthcare, the education of children, and the cultivation of future leaders, serving as a model of community involvement and exceptional leadership. 

Gloria was also a life-long learner, excellent orator, and apt teacher, all of which she demonstrated through her informative radio show “People to People,” her volunteerism for literacy, her awards from Toastmasters International, her sponsorship of the WDKX Minority Internship Program, and her founding of the Andrew Langston Center for Educational Excellence.

As we celebrate her life today, we are reminded of the cultural enrichment that WDKX has brought to our community and our region—the dream of both Gloria and Andrew Langston. We are keeping the Langston and WDKX families in our hearts and prayers. 

Mrs. Langston’s life’s work, exquisite voice, activism, and elegance will forever be cherished in the hearts of the Rochester community.