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Top 30 Black Influencers



Radio Personality

IMHOTEP GARY BYRD is an award-winning poet, songwriter, motivational speaker, and radio broadcaster fixated on culture and politics for almost half a century.  He cut his teeth in radio as a teen, hired by Black radio station WUFO, in Buffalo, NY, home of radio legends Eddie O’Jay, Frankie Crocker, and Jerry Bledsoe.  Later, WYSL, a mainstream radio station, offered him a job.  Restless in Buffalo, he followed his mentors downstate to WWRL-AM, NYC’s top Black station, where he stayed for 15 years, coining his night-long show The GBE, Gary Byrd Experience.  In the ‘80s, Inner City Broadcasting Chairman Percy Sutton invited him to WLIB as a talk show host and later to its sister station WBLS-FM, where Imhotep has been on air for 35 years.  His GBE, now the Global Black Experience, also airs on WBAI-FM on Saturdays at 5 pm.   Byrd the songwriter has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, and is a spoken word recorded artist who plans to launch his own GBE Radio Network.