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Meet Andria B. Langston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andria B. Langston.

Andria, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in the entertainment business and was always exposed to the arts. My family owns 1039 WDKX in NY. We’re the only Black independent family-owned commercial radio station left in New York State. I’m third generation.

I learned to run the boards by five, by eight I was producing voicing and editing commercials, and by 16 I was hosting my own show. Radio is like a mix of theater and social media to me all behind a mic. Outside of working for my family’s business, I found my heart in acting. I was in my first musical in kindergarten and never looked back, participating in countless community and school productions through high school. Once I got to college, I started auditioning for student films, hosted a radio show on our campus station – all while developing WDKX’s social media and web presence. Since graduating from USC, I’ve started remotely overseeing the radio station, so I can dedicate more time to my acting career. I recently appeared in “I Got the Hook Up 2” with Master P, “Welcome Matt” with Tahj Mowry and will be appearing in the play “Adults and Trees” written by Darryl Wesley at the top of the year.

Has it been a smooth road?
Learning to find a balance between my duty and passion has been my biggest struggle. At this point of my life, I feel like I have found a healthy and happy balance.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I think you should know more about the history of the station. We initially went live on April 6, 1974 after six long years of negotiations with the FCC to establish our own FM frequency. My grandfather, Andrew Langston, the founder, worked in insurance and as a tailor at a local clothing shop to save money to start his own business. One of his clients at the clothing shop was Mr. Joseph Wilson, the founder of Xerox. He promised my grandpa place on top of the Xerox tower for his antenna once he solidified ownership of the station. Their agreement was written on a napkin. Once my grandpa got the licensing and the frequency he was ready to put up the antenna and Mr. Wilson kept his promise. So my dad, Andre, at the age of 16 with the help of a few supports built the antenna thats still standing on the tower today. My grandparents chose the call letters D- K-X standing for influential Black community leaders – Fredrick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. My grandfather wanted to give a voice to the unheard and tell the stories of our community mainstream media wouldn’t (still doesn’t) cover. It’s my job to carry on that vision. We are heavily focused on the betterment and empowerment of the community because we truly care and are involved. Through various community initiatives and our nonprofit organization we are able to work with community leaders to create safe enriching environments for the people of Rochester. It’s a beautiful and inspiring story that I’d like to bring to the screen. While I’m not a formally trained writer I am working towards piecing together a screenplay. In addition to writing our story, my main focus is honing my craft of acting. I’m consistently in classes, auditioning, and creating my own content when I’m not on set.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
For acting and storytelling, yes, that’s why I’m here.

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