‘Focus Today’ radio show for women pledges to tackle tough topics

Two Jackson women recently launched their first radio talk show, “Focus Today with Dr. Delita Johnson and Professor Seymour Hagans.”

Hagans and Johnson will address issues regarding women that no one really wants to talk about, they said.

“The concept of this show gives the listener information from a female perspective,” Hagans said. “We’ll play great music to make you feel good while discussing difficult topics.”

During their first broadcast, the duo spoke of “the wage inequality between men and women”.

Johnson started the conversation by saying that women earn 83 cents for every male dollar. She called it “occupational segregation”.

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Hagans, currently a professor at Lane College and general manager of the campus radio station, WLCD, first met Johnson a few weeks ago, she said.

“In the conversation, we clicked and kept talking and talking,” she added.

Hagans attended Bethel University and earned a bachelor’s degree in radio and television. Then she attended ITT Tech and earned a degree in sound programming. She earned a master’s degree at Full Sail University and is continuing her studies there in sound and technology, working towards a doctorate.

Her experiences have allowed her to create a platform for unsigned hip-hop artists to perform on stage, where she is known as the “mistress of hip-hop”.

“My steps were ordered to teach Lane,” Hagans said. “My daughter graduated from Lane in 2013. At that time, I was completing my master’s degree in digital platforms, and the college had an opening in the station and with faculty.”

For her part, Johnson said she enjoys helping people understand and do better.

“I love radio and always wanted my own show,” Johnson said. “I wanted to do a show that would create an eye-opening buzz within the community. But my passion is still small business.”

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Johnson attended schools in Jackson Madison County and graduated from Northside High School. She then earned her associate’s degree in business administration and management from Jackson State Community College. She also holds a BA in Organizational Leadership and an MA from Bethel University as well as a Ph.D. from Walden University.

Johnson currently works as a business consultant for Spectrum and is executive director of Bridging The Gap TN, a nonprofit that provides mentorship to seventh and eighth graders.

Mentorships consist of leadership workshops, conferences, and scholarship opportunities.

“Focus Today with Dr. Delita Johnson and Professor Seymour Hagans” airs at 5 p.m. every Thursday on Lane College campus radio station, WLCD, 98.6 FM

Katrina Smith is an education reporter at the Jackson Sun. Submit these story ideas or contact Katrina by email, [email protected]

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