Hank Williams has been involved in independent media for several years, first as a print journalist as an undergraduate student and in public relations.
He has been involved in radio broadcasting for several years with New York’s Pacifica affiliate WBAI Radio (99.5 FM), first as part of the collective of the CUNY: A Mission Deferred radio show, and currently as an associate producer for Suga in My Bowl, a weekly show that presents mini documentaries on people involved in the jazz world. He has a weekly segment on local appearances of former show guests and assists in the research and structure of the shows.
He has co-interviewed several jazz and poetry greats on the radio for Suga’ in My Bowl, including Amiri Baraka, Abiodun Oyewole, Sonia Sanchez, Pharaoh Sanders, Pat Metheny, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, James Mtume, and J.T. Lewis. Full audio of the interviews can be streamed here.
Additionally, he has appeared as a guest on WHCR Radio’s Harlem 411, Ancestor House (Manhattan Neighborhood Network), Wake Up Call (WBAI Radio).
His work has appeared in Left Turn magazine and he has been quoted in The Final Call newspaper.
In the digital realm, he created and maintains the website for Suga in My Bowl Radio and its associated Behind the Mic blog and has been a guest blogger for Polite On Society. His thoughts can also be seen on the blog page here.
Selected Television Interviews
Interview with Wallingford Lee of The Queens Grapevine on the late Amiri Baraka. Part 1 of 2. This one is a brief biographical overview.
Interview with Wallingford Lee of The Queens Grapevine on James Brown, the film Soul Power, and the 1974 Pan African music festival in Zaire.
Interview with Wallingford Lee of The Queens Grapevine on the Great Migration. This is a joint interview with Mary Phillips, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Lehman College.
Interview with Wallingford Lee of The Queens Grapevine on the status of Black-owned and oriented radio stations and programming.