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Meruelo Media Launches the New WILD 93.5 FM KDEY in Riverside, San Bernardino

Meruelo Media, Southern California’s leading minority-owned media group, and the owner of Spanish language television stations KWHY 22, announced today the launch of KDEY 93.5 FM, Riverside’s new Top 40/Rhythmic radio station – WILD 93.5FM

“This much awaited Riverside metro launch comes after a long process of engineering, design and market studies. It adds a key radio asset to our growing portfolio of highly-recognized media brands in one of the fastest growing markets,” said Otto Padron, President and COO of Meruelo Media. “The saving and growing of heritage Los Angeles radio station KDAY has been a thrilling three year ride – we owe it to our music fans to keep innovating and expanding – Riverside is key.”

The new format targets the very vibrant and culturally diverse community of the Riverside/San Bernardino metro.  “Los Angeles loves KDAY – Riverside will love WILD!” exclaimed Meruelo Radio VP and Program Director, Adrian “AD” Scott, referring to the new and retooled format. “This is the Inland Empire’s new home for Hip Hop and R&B, listeners in the ‘I.E.’ will know the difference and love the sound that the new Wild 93.5 brings to the Inland Empire.”

On the advertising and sales marketing side, Wild 93.5 comes with a full suite of services that will be rolled out in phases throughout the coming months. “Wild 93.5 is the perfect platform for clients looking to optimize their message,” said Irma Barrios, VP of Ad Sales for the group, “with this new Riverside focused station, we will be able to shape more efficient and geo-targeted client solutions.”

What It Do With the LUE: Mack Pepperboy and “The Underground United Tour”

MACKBy Lue Dowdy

From Cali to Texas, Grim Reality Entertainment took to the road. Guess what? LUE Productions artist MACK PEPPERBOY joined the tour for the last three shows. The tour host  was Comedian, BRETT AS IS, so you know it went all the way up! With his Cali sound mixed with that New Orleans flavor, Mack Pepperboy delivered knockout performances in Riverside, North Hollywood, and Sacramento.

Finally leaking hits off his new project “IT’S THE PEPPERBOY,” like “GET IT,” “LITT,” and “ON THE BLOCK” had the audience rockin! Our team is extremely proud. We believe that Mack Pepperboy has a lot to offer to the entertainment game. Fans will be able to hear what he’s been cooking up in the booth at CHEF MUSIC STUDIOS, located in the Victorville under the production of CHEF GEO.

No wine is served before its time and it’s TIME. MERCH will be available soon! Please follow our artist on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, and our LUE Productions Reverberation page under MACK PEPPERBOY. We appreciate the support! Until next week L’z.

Imani Hakim Talks New Role as Trevor Jackson’s Love Interest

By Naomi K. Bonman

Chris’ little sister from Everybody Hates Chris, which was played by Imani Hakim, is all grown up and is taking on more roles in movies that are making an impact in the life of millennials.

Hakim plays the love interest of Trevor Jackson in the upcoming Netflix film, Burning Sands, which premieres on Friday, March 10.

Burning Sands takes you on a raw, voyeuristic journey of fraternity pledging through the eyes of one favored pledgee, who is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing. Led by a breakthrough performance by Trevor Jackson, director Gerard McMurray’s feature directorial debut brings an emotional honesty to the classic tale of “rites of passage” and the complicated bonds of brotherhood.

The film also stars ?Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Trevante Rhodes, Christian Robinson, Rotimi, Octavius Johnson, Malik Bazille, Mitchell Edwards, Serayah, and Nafessa Williams.

I recently caught up with the rising actress where she chatted on her experience in working with Trevor and the rest of cast and why the film is a must-see, especially for college students across the globe. Check out the interview and trailer below:

Describe your role in the film ‘Burning Sands’?

I play Rochon, the girlfriend of Zurich [played by Trevor Jackson]. Rochon is a strong and independent young queen who knows where she’s going in life. Rochon is also a fashion major at the college.

How was it working alongside Trevor Jackson?

The best! What really excites me about this film is that as a cast we are all young and up and coming, so being a part of something like this was probably one of the best experiences in my life. Everyone’s chemistry was off the chain. We all bonded out there in Virginia. We would all want to hang out and it felt like we were actually at college or summer camp. Working with Trevor and the other cast mates was amazing! We still have a group chat [we all talk on]; we just love each other so much!

What can viewers except from watching the film?

I think viewers can except reality, truth, and greatness. We are really shining the light and pulling the covers back on hazing. I didn’t even know how severe and intense this topic was until I started reading the script. I didn’t know that they do all the stuff that they do. I think that the [viewers] will have a [better] understanding of fraternity, sorority, and Greek life behind closed doors. I’m pretty sure a lot of college students will be watching it since it is a college film, but hopefully some of the stuff that happens behind closed doors will be changed and that it will encourage others to spread awareness.

What is next for you?

I have a couple movies that are coming out later this year and next year. No details or release date yet.

When does the Burning Sands release on Netflix?

Burning Sands comes out on March 10 on Netflix. 

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