Former SC Congressman Offers Real News with a Fresh Perspective

NEW YORK, September 19, 2017 – Westwood One has announced an exclusive podcast partnership with activist, attorney, and former Congressman Bakari Sellers. ViewPoint with Bakari Sellers debuts Wednesday, September 20th with a powerful first guest: former Presidential candidate, Senator, former First Lady, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Listeners can subscribe for free at Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Omny.fm.

Sellers, an attorney and social justice activist, represented South Carolina's 90th district in the lower house of the state legislature from 2006 to 2014. He is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 2014 Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, and served as the first vice-chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. In 2010, Time magazine featured Sellers on its “40 Under 40” list. In 2012, Politico named Sellers on its "50 Politicos to Watch" list. He was also named HBCU “Top 30 Under 30” in July 2014.

Sellers’ ViewPoint podcast adds to the national conversation by introducing listeners to emerging voices of the day across a variety of hot topics. ViewPoint with Bakari Sellers offers a candid take on the issues of the day without the spin or the talking points. Sellers’ second week guest will be nationally-syndicated radio personality Charlamagne Tha God and his third week guest will be businessman, author, investor, “Shark,” and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

The Westwood One Podcast Network will supply exclusive ad sales representation for ViewPoint with Bakari Sellers, providing massive scale and reach. Brand advertisers will also have access to endorsements, live reads, pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll advertisements, as well as access to exclusive opportunities across all of Westwood One broadcast, digital, live events, and social platforms.

Sellers said "ViewPoint is an opportunity to give listeners real news with a fresh perspective. Having Secretary Clinton be a part of the first episode is an amazing launch point to have critical conversations about the direction of our country.”

“The Westwood One Podcast Network has quickly become a leader in news/talk podcasts – it’s undeniably the right place for Bakari’s unique show,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Bakari is an unmatched voice and rising star in the political space. He brings a wealth of insight and depth to the landscape with passionate, authentic conversation about cultural and political issues in America today -- starting with his highly-anticipated interview discussing What Happened with Ms. Clinton.”

About Bakari Sellers @Bakari_Sellers
Bakari T. Sellers was born in 1984 and raised in Denmark, South Carolina. He graduated from the South Carolina public school system, and then proceeded to Morehouse College, where he was elected Student Government Association President and served on the College’s Board of Trustees. He graduated with a BA in 2005, followed by the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, where he graduated in 2008.

Sellers has worked for United States Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. He was one of the youngest State Representatives and the youngest black elected official in the United States. He has had extensive leadership experience working for the Democratic Leadership Council, and Obama for America. He was a member of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus from 2006-2014.

He is an attorney with the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. in Columbia, SC.

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