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National Black Radio Hall Of Fame Remembers Mitch Falkner

Mitchel Faulkner

At one time, radio veteran, Imaging and Production Specialist, Mitch Faulkner, became the most heard and demanded Urban voice in radio.  He was recognized as the biggest voice at more than 185 stations across the nation.  Dominating radio, he mastered the art of radio imaging.   Mitch Faulkner’s voice has been heard on more than seventy radio stations in America and heard across air waves internationally in London England, Nigeria Africa, Canada, Brazil, The Bahamas, Jamaica and Denmark.

Mitch has served as voice talent for local and national television stations, radio networks and Ad campaigns.   He was the active Voice Talent for the National Broadcast of the Trumpet Awards, which broadcasted on the Turner Network.

Mitch began his career in radio as a volunteer disc jockey in his hometown, Hopkinsville KY at WHOP AM Country. From there he went on to work with WABD in Ft Campbell KY/TN, an album Rock station, playing music from artist such as Deep Purple, Greatful Dead, Foghat, Eagles, Johnny and Edgar Winters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeplin and others from that era, now considered Classic Rock. It was there that Mitch honed his skills in using his voice to woo the audience into staying tuned in.  From there to Atlanta Georgia where he worked with WCLK FM, WIGO AM WVEE FM and WEKS FM.  In Atlanta he became known as “the Voice” because of his skills at producing Radio station Promos and Drops (Imaging).  Also TV Imaging on several Atlanta TV Stations to include WXIA 11 Alive, WGNX Channel 46 and TBS. He also served as Creative Service Director for “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” in Dallas TX.

He has done stints in Houston TX as Production Director for KMJQ Majic 102 FM, Program Director for WEKS FM Kiss 104 Atlanta, Program Director for WCDX Richmond VA Program Director/Operations Manager KZWA FM Lake Charles LA Just to name a few. But at each turn HIS VOICE  is what kept propelling him to new Heights. He was the signature voice for the Janet Jackson Control Tour, The voice of the Hit Stage Play “Mama I want to Sing” Tour voice for Shelly Garrets “Beauty Shop” Stage play, Signature voice for The First “Tyler Perry” Stage plays, it was Mitch Faulkner’s voice that first told the world about Tyler Perry as he started his Playwright Career.

Mitch performed as the Original Voice of the “UniverSoul Circus Tour, The New City Fresh Festival, the first Major Hip Hop/Rap tour in the World and he was the signature voice for the National Launch of Advance Auto Parts in America.

His greatest accomplishment in the industry came when he and His Brother Arvester Faulkner Launched the first Black Owned and Operated Radio Production facility in the World ” ON MIC PRODUCTIONS” (OMP) In Atlanta Georgia. The largest privately owned facility of its kind in America with over 4400 Square ft. of space housing; (4) Digital Studios and over 11 full time employees servicing stations and clients across the Globe. And at OMP he and his staff were the first in the nation to utilize digital delivery of audio to radio stations before the internet was common.

Fall 2002 Mitch Faulkner’s interview of his career and the influences of the pioneers who came before him; such as, Scotty Andrews who he dearly respected was highlighted in the newly released book, “Black Radio… Winner Takes All!” as reported by Marsha Washington George, Author; Mitch said, “You made a grown man cry”, and it made him very happy to be included in the book.  Today, Marsha and the many, many industry members are saddened to know that their friend and someone they could count on has left to be with the Angels and they will always remember him for always “Being Mitch!” as no one else could.

Thankfully, Mitch did receive some of his earned honors while he was a part of the broadcasting industry.  Awards; such as, the December 2017 Award he received by the National Black Programmers Coalition at the Howey, Hudson, and Lowe Foundation Dinner and was also inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame by CEO John Long.

February 27, 2021 Mitch was inducted into the National Black Radio Hall of Fame with the “Talented Men of Radio” Award.

In November 2021 Mitch was honored with the President Volunteer Service Award for his work in the community from the National Black Radio Hall of Fame Atlanta Chapter; signed by President Joe Biden.

Juneteenth Celebration 2022, Mitch was honored at the Ga State Capitol for one of the Legends of Georgia Radio.

Although, these accomplishments were great; when you would ask Mitch what his greatest accomplishments in life were, he would tell you about the privilege of being a Father to some of the greatest young men in his life, His sons Mitch II, Matthew, and Isaiah.

Mitch’s hobbies included Riding Motorcycles, Restoring Classic Chevy Trucks, Photography, listening to Classic Rock and Fishing…when they bite!

“Mitch Faulkner”, a Radio Legend in his own right; may he Rest In Peace!

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