Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Radio Show Promotes Black Voter Registration Drive

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Radio Show Promotes Black Voter Registration Drive

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Jacksonville taxi driver Donald Duckett spent about 10 minutes registering to vote yesterday morning at an unlikely place near his home -- the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.

Duckett's visit to the museum on West First Street was prompted by the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, which sent crew member Sybil Wilkes there to do a live remote.

"Your vote needs to be heard," said Duckett, 47.

The NAACP and the radio show, which is geared toward African-American listeners, joined forces to push a national voter registration drive.

Wilkes lured 50 future voters and more than 300 listeners of the show, said Heather Thornton, promotions director at Clear Channel Communications, which airs the Tom Joyner show on its WSOL (101.5 FM).

The show came to town because Jacksonville is one of its largest markets and to spotlight the race for the 3rd Congressional District between two African-American women -- incumbent Corrine Brown, a Democrat, and retired Navy lieutenant commander Jennifer Carroll, a Republican. …

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