Today we’d like to introduce you to Andre Spicer.
Andre, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 2004, I was a young inspiring Fashion Designer. I designed urban, casual, business attire, and evening gowns. I began to look for ways to get exposure for my brand. I began to look for internships in radio so that I can network with the right people. Then I stumbled across an ad to become a radio personality. I thought that would be a great opportunity. I enrolled in these classes and a year later, I was on a local AM radio station.
After learning a little about the business and a lot about how to be a radio personality and profit off it, I wanted to bring my skill set “home”. So I started a blog talk radio show called The Hub Radio. The more I got into media, the more I understood it’s effect on the world but more specifically how it affected my surroundings.
Being that I’m so proud of where I’m from, I dedicated my show and radio station to Compton. At first, it was all surface hip hop related things (IE music, events, performances, interviews, exposure for my friends…I quickly realized how many people were interested in what we were doing. The business and political world was becoming more interested and wanting to be involved. Since I knew some of the struggles we faced in our community, I took that opportunity to discuss those struggles with the people that could make a change. I began to interview mayors, councilmen, attorneys, business owners, etc and began to demand resolutions to some of the struggles. At that point, we had a little political power as we had local voters that were listening.
This is what drove us to play a bigger part in building up the city. So we started covering council meetings, debates, elections, doing voter registrations, forums, etc. These things have allowed us to become effective in the city of Compton because Compton did not have an unbiased media voice.
We didn’t support anyone…we were just always a platform that EVERYONE could come and express themselves.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This road has been everything but smooth.
You have personal struggles:
Being consistent. Creative. Staying encouraged. Dealing with the backlash from people that don’t like what you say/do.
Not fully understanding what it means to start a business. Underestimating your start up cost. Finding funding. I’ve taken risks that I wouldn’t consider today, just to get the finances that the business needed. Paying rent when you didn’t make a dime.
Often business and politics cross but when it crosses locally and you have to be face to face with that cross and maintain your integrity and the integrity of your company. It’s been times where we spoke truth to light but it wasn’t in favor of someone in political office…they begin to try and limit your reach.
All of this is NOTHING to me because building my company and my city is my main focus. If things don’t line up with that, I’m ok with whatever results that bring. Similar to wanting the best for your child…nothing can stop you from doing what’s best for that child and it’s future even if other people don’t like/agree…momma/daddy is going to push forward regardless. The Hub Radio is my child. Cross it and you can get what’s coming to you.
The Hub Radio – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Hub Radio is an internet media company based in Compton. Our audience is 21-40 years old black and brown men and women in the urban communities. We Produce content, host podcast, webcast, live events, block parties, political debates, forums, and more. Our tag line/motto is “bringing people together for the better”. We focus on changing our immediate environment by learning about and infiltrating the system.
We specialize in giving the community a voice. Addressing issues in our community and bringing forth people that have resolution. We are The Hub, the center of activity, where everything meets. If there is an issue in Compton that needs attention, the community reaches out to us to get involved.
All the things that I listed, I’m most proud about. Our company no longer just focuses on the entertainment side, we are also concerned with community socially, politically, and environmentally. There aren’t any other media that I’m aware of that is as concerned with the community as they are with entertainment.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me and THR, our success will be measured by how effective we can be in making real changes in our city. How those changes will affect generations to come. When we look back at say, we are no longer a ghetto. The voter turns out is higher than 10%. When we have help to produce more advocates rather they align directly with THR or not.
In 2019, we help to raise voter turn out 62%!!! That was a huge marker of success for me.
There have been more young people engaged in the voting process locally. This is also a marker for THR.
However, our biggest markers are still to come. We will always strive to increase the numbers.
- Address: 1133 1/2 E. Compton Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
- Website: TheHubRadio.net
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @thehubradio
- Twitter: @thehubradio