Join Eddie Rye Jr. and fascinating guests from around the world as they discuss the topics important to today’s world – whether you live in the Northwest or in some faraway country. Eddie uses his years of media experience to get to the heart of every conversation.


Latest Episodes

Martin Luther King Jr. County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall

Thursday June 30 on Urban Forum Northwest –

*Martin Luther King Jr. County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall was appointed by King County Executive Dow Constantine to be Sheriff on May 6, 2022. She was appointed as Interim Sheriff in November, 2021. She will share her vision, her priorities and plans for a just and inclusive Sheriff’s Department.
* Seattle Police Detective Cookie Bouldin has received accolades for her positive work with the youth of South Seattle. Most recently a Chess Park is being constructed due to her success of engaging South Seattle youth in the positive and peaceful game of Chess.
*Reverend Lawrence Willis, President, United Black Christian Clergy of Washington has been the lead organizer in Justice for James Myers, the Black Carpenter who experienced a noose being placed at his workstation on a building being constructed for FACEBOOK in Redmond WA.

*Claude Burfect, First Vice President, Seattle King County NAACP attended the Poor Peoples Campaign event in Washington DC last week and will comment on the event. The Reverend Dr. William Barber is the leader of this effort.
*Award winning Draze will be in Seattle on Saturday, July 2 to host The Dhindindi by a Chosen Few that will be held at 7:30 pm at The Collective Seattle, 400 Dexter Avenue North.
Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. Hear the program on Alexa and my podcast.

Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump

Thursday, June 23 on Urban Forum Northwest –

*Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump is known by many as the “Attorney General” for Black Americans. He has represented the families of some of the most high profile cases in the country. He has a film “Civil” on Netflix. He is Founder and Director of the Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute.

*Dr. Margaret Brown Payton, President, International Association of Ministers Wives & Ministers Widows (IAMWMW) comments on the organizations international meeting being held in Bellevue WA beginning Monday, June 27. She will be joined by Dr. Jannie Daniels, IAMWMW Vice President and Nel Golidy Thornton, Local IAMWMW President and Convention Chair.

*Kimi Ginn, Vibrant Schools Tacoma comments on the controversy with Clover Park School Board Members and the African American Clover Park Schools Superintendent. she will be joined by Taniesha Lyons an equal education advocate in Pierce County WA.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie.Rye_Jr. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PDT).

The week long Celebration of the Juneteenth Holiday

Thursday, June 16 on Urban Forum Northwest, scheduled guests for the hour are:

* LaNesha DeBardelaben, President & CEO, Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) comments on the week long Celebration of the Juneteenth Holiday. Activities includes the NAAM African American Ensemble signing the Black National Anthem at the Seattle Sounders game on Saturday and a Skate party and Judkins Park on Sunday 2:00-6:00.

* Tisha Marie, Founder, LegallyBlack invites you to LegallyBlack Presents: Juneteenth Royal Masquerade Gala at Edison Square, 5415 South Tacoma Way Sunday, June 19. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

*Roberto Jourdan, Sundiata African American Cultural Association invites you this weekend Festival Sundiata that kicks off Friday at Seattle Center Armory 6:00-9:00 pm featuring “Kalimba” Earth Wind and FireTribute Band.

*Jazmyn Scott, Director of Programs and Partnerships at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute comments on and invites you to the Fourth Annual “We Out Here” Festival that will be held on Pier 62 Sunday, June 19 2:00-6:00 pm.

Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on Facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will be available on Alexa and my podcast.

What actions can the state take to protect our students and educators.

Thursday, June 9 on Urban Forum Northwest-

*Washington State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, (D)-37th Chair, House Education Committee comments on the deadly school shootings and what actions can the state take to protect our students and educators.

*Carolyn Riley Payne, President, Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County NAACP invites you to join with them on Saturday, June 11 2:00-4:00 pm (PDT) in calling for changes to reduce/ eliminate gun violence. Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell will speak.

*Hayward Evans, Co Convener, Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee (MLKCC) is co sponsoring the Saturday, June 11 2:00-4:00 pm (PDT) event calling for the elimination of easy access to weapons of WAR at Seattle’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle.

*Reverend Dr. Leslie Braxton, Pastor Leslie Braxton comments on the progress he’s making on a Juneteenth event he has organized with the City of Seattle, Department of Arts and Culture:One Seattle Juneteenth Musical Celebration: Songs of Black Folk-Music of Resistance and Hope that will be held at Seattle’s McCaw Hall on Sunday, June 19 at 6:00 pm (PDT).

*James Conner will be a featured soloist at the One Seattle Juneteenth Musical Celebration:Songs of Black Folks-Music of Resistance and Hope. He has been a performer at Universal Studios since 2009. He is a Gospel and R & B recording artist, composer, conductor, pianist, dancer, and actor. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA.

*Kimi Ginn comments on her observation after reviewing a consultants report who investigated complaints of harassment of a Clover Park

School Board Member and the Clover Park School District Superintendent.

*Jamie Elmore, Founder, Alopecia Support Group and Editor of Bald Life Magazine talks about the magazine and the June 19 parade in Indianapolis. She will be joined by co author Melvin Dolberry Jr..

Seattle Juneteenth Musical Celebration

Thursday, June 2nd on Urban Forum Northwest, guests include-

Reverend Dr. Leslie Braxton, Pastor, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship (NBCF), Kent WA is the organizer with the City of Seattle, Department of Arts and Culture for One Seattle Juneteenth Musical Celebration:The Songs of Black Folk-Music of Resistance&Hope.

Chandler Williams, vocalist, song writer and arranger/producer is one of the featured artist for the Juneteenth Musical at Seattle’s McCaw Hall on June 19 at 6:00 pm

Robin Henderson is one of the featured artist for the Juneteenth Musical that will be held June 19 at Seattle’s McCaw Hall.

Ramon Bryant Braxton is the Conductor for the Juneteenth Musical at McCaw Hall on June 19.

Michelle Merriweather, President & CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Jaebadiah Gardner, Owner, Gardner Global

Congressman Adam Smith

Washington State Senator John Lovick (D) 44-LD

Raymond Miller, Chair, NAACP Armed Services and Veteran Affairs Committee for Alaska,Oregon,Washington

Congressman Adam Smith (D) WA-9, Chair, House Armed Services Committee

Emma Catague, Filipino Community of Seattle

Attorney Andre Wooten

Tribute to the late Don Dudley, owner of KYAC AM & FM in Seattle

Thursday, May 19 on Urban Forum Northwest – scheduled guests for the hour that will share their experiences at KYAC, the first Black Owned Radio Station in Seattle and pay tribute to the late Don Dudley, he was the owner of KYAC AM & FM in Seattle.
*Former Seattle SuperSonics All Star Spencer Haywood hosted a Saturday night jazz program on KYAC in the 1970’s. He will share his memories of those days and pay tribute to the late Don Dudley.
* Veltry Johnson was hired as a part time News Reporter at KYAC in 1969, later he became News Director and Station Manager 1972-79. He will comment on his experience at the station and his interactions with Don Dudley.
*Vivian Phillips was employed at KYAC as Sales Secretary 1972-75, 75-77 Continuity Director and she was the midday DJ from 1977-1980. Ms. Phillips will share her memories and pay tribute to Don Dudley.
*Jesse Wineberry was hired by Don Dudley at KYAC Radio when he was an 18 year old high school senior to Host: Youth City Forum, one of the first youth Sunday call-in programs in the city 1973-78. He will pay tribute to Don Dudley.
*S. DeWayne Ticeson held many positions at KYAC AM&FM 1972-1983, accounts and promotions executive and an on air DJ known as the “Gentle Giant”. He will share his experience at the station and pay tribute to Don Dudley.
*Lee Carter was introduced to KYAC by Veltry Johnson and was hired by the station as a writer, reporter, became News Director and hosted a talk show. He comments on his experience at KYAC and pays tribute to Don Dudley.
* Reverend Harriett invites all peace loving people to join her and others to Stand in Solidarity with the Buffalo victims on Saturday, May 21 2:00-5:00 pm at Seattle’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Memorial Park.
Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Programs are available on Alexa and my podcast. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PDT).

Carolyn Riley Payne, President Seattle King County NAACP and more

Thursday, May 12 on Urban Forum Northwest :

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*Carolyn Riley Payne, President Seattle King County NAACP comments on the organization call for King County District Judge Susan Mahoney to step down after her use of the “N” word in the presence of a Black staffer. Judge Mahoney stepped down as Presiding Judge of King County District Court.

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*Attorney Lem Howell comments on the actions of the United States Supreme Court’s action on Roe V Wade. He will also comment on the latest recordings of Republican leaders that have been made public regarding the January 6 attempt to overthrow the United States Government.

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*Bill Dickens, Chair, Tacoma Pierce County Black Collective-Economic Development Committee will comment on the goals and objectives of the committee and discuss the agenda for the Sunday in-person meeting.

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*Bob Armstead, Washington State Chapter National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) comments on the organizations efforts to get equity for NAMC Members. He will update any progress that’s been made with local public agencies to gain contract opportunities.

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*Cathie Wilmore, Fathers And Sons Together (FAST) invites the community to their Saturday, May 21 Barbershop Cut, Chat at the Rainier Beach Community Center-Plaza. Youth and Family Led Conversations on Gun Violence and in support of families affected by gun violence.

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Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com, for archived programs and relevant information. Programs are available on Alexa and my podcast 24/7. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7:00-8:00 am (PDT).

Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Thursday, May 5th on Urban Forum Northwest –

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D) CA-43 Chair, House Financial Services Committee

Tana Yasu, Co-Chair, Seattle Women’s Commission

Rebecca Bryant, Co-Chair, Seattle Women’s Commission

Andrew Ikechukwu Ashiofu, Co-Chair, Seattle LGBTQ Commision

Marta Idowu, Liason for the Seattle Womens and Human Rights Commissions

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Congressman Robert (Bobby) Cortez Scott and more

Thursday, April 28 on Urban Forum Northwest –

*Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President/CEO, National Congress of Black Women, Inc. She is a Radio Host and an Author in addition to being a Trice Edney Wire Syndicated Columnist. Her column appears regularly in the Seattle Medium Newspaper.
*Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins comments on the success of the Seattle Fire Department in becoming the first fire department in Washington State to earn a Protection Class1Rating.
*Congressman Robert (Bobby) Cortez Scott (D)-VA, Chair, House Education and Labor Committee comments on his duties and responsibilities. We will ask his opinion of the January 6 Insurrection and what are his visions for a fair election in 2022 and 2024.
*Terrell Jackson, Owner, Jackson’s Catfish Corner in Seattle’s Central District comments his secret to running a successful business that has been passed down three generations.
Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com. Visit us at www.urbanforumnw.com for archived programs and relevant information. Like us on facebook. Twitter@Eddie_Rye. This program will also air on Saturday 7-8 AM. Available on Alexa and podcast.