Houston Native Roland Martin Launches New TV News Show Monday

Source: David Barron / Houston Chronicle 

Roland S. Martin has been a man in a hurry ever since his days as a communications student at Yates High School, extending through his work as a newspaper and radio journalist in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and Chicago and a six-year stint with CNN, always in pursuit of a daily TV platform to call his own.

That platform arrives this week with the television debut of “News One Now,” a one-hour simulcast on the TV One cable network of the final hour of Martin’s three-hour morning radio show on the Radio One radio network and NewsOne.com.  Martin’s radio show begins at 6 a.m. cst, and the TV broadcast kicks in at 8 a.m.cst,

TV One, whose motto is “Where Black Life Unfolds,” describes Martin’s show as the first morning show to focus on news regarding politics, entertainment and culture from “an explicitly African-American perspective.” (TV One airs on Comcast 173/684, DirecTV 328 and U-verse 157.)

Martin, 44, describes it as the platform he’s been looking for since he was a kid growing up in Houston’s Clinton Park neighborhood.

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  • RJ

    I really like what you are doing; it’s been a long time since I felt as an African Americans we had an outlet to be heard. Many year ago there was a radio station call KJET about five minutes before the hour they would do news, however that station faded away and the power in African American communities never been the same. A few years ago I try to get a local radio
    station to have a news department, but was told their motto is to give them music and they will be happy. I wish you and Newsone all the success in putting power back in African Americans communities.