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Donald Lacy

OUTLET: Radio - KPOO  89.5 fm

Wake Up Everybody airs every Saturday morning between 7 a.m.–Noon on KPOO radio 89.5 fm. The show is a 20-year old community radio program hosted by Donald E. Lacy, Jr. that features interviews with guests from communities throughout the Bay Area. The show provides a forum for disenfranchised people or groups who seldom get a forum to represent their struggle for equality and social justice.

For years the show has featured guests who were part of movements for social change. Including members of SWAPO and the African National Congress during the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Other featured guests have included Angela Davis, John Henrick Clarke, Ron Dellums, Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Raye Richardson, Gil Scott-Heron and many others, including members of grassroots community groups such as Women's Economic Agenda Project and Books Not Bars; local youth groups such as Let's Get Free, Colored Ink and Students for Justice in Palestine; young Bay Area activists, poets, actors and musicians. Also, visiting artists such as poets Ga. Me and Poetry from Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam have appeared on the show, as well as Bay Area entertainers such as Lush Life Players, Sonata Pi, and the Punani Poets.

Special editions of Wake Up Everybody have featured town hall meetings organized by the LoveLife Foundation, focused on issues such as the epidemic of violence on Oakland streets, traffic safety in the city, and Oakland's "sideshows." The meetings featured city officials such as former Oakland mayor Elihu Harris, Oakland Police Chief Richard Word, city council members and county supervisors.

The LoveLife Foundation has trained local youth in various aspects of the production of the show, including producing weekly radio commentaries, reports and news segments.