From Put On BLAST
During the final hours of Black History Month, I send you this wonderful announcement about Imhotep Gary Byrd. I’m thrilled to share the news that he was honored earlier this month by McDonald’s. I’m even more excited to share a few things about this legendary person that you just might not have known. Please read the email and the attached bio below..and share it with friends. Imhotep is a friend to Black people everywhere and we’re wiser because of his contributions and golden achievements in media.
April R. Silver
Since 2002, McDonald’s has paid tribute to New York-based media figures during Black History Month. I’m happy to share this great news: Earlier this February, world renown radio broadcaster, songwriter, and poet IMHOTEP GARY BYRD was named to McDonald’s Annual List of Black Media Legends. In addition to being honored at a special luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria, Imhotep and fellow awardees, are featured on commemorative posters that are available at all 650 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the New York Metropolitan region (no purchase necessary). The posters are coveted by school teachers and are used as a part of their Black History curriculum.
Other honorees this year include Sade Baderinwa, WABC-TV; Lewis Dodley, NY1; Janice Huff, WNBC; Otis Livingston, WCBS-TV; Craig Treadway, WPIX; and Fred “Bugsy” Buggs, KISS-FM (and a mentee of Byrd’s). McDonald’s Black History campaign is a successful yearly event and is designed to honor Black History makers throughout our community.
About Imhotep Gary Byrd
Imhotep Gary Byrd is the award-winning host, creator, and executive producer of The GBE, the longest running black radio broadcast in the history of New York City. His career as a multi-media radio personality, spoken word and recording artist, songwriter, and motivational speaker has always focused on “raising human consciousness through communications.” In a career that spans over 40 years, Byrd, a highly respected modern day griot, is known for breaking barriers.
His innovations in radio, as a songwriter and producer, have led to countless awards and honors, including his induction into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, along with the legendary Frankie “Hollywood” Crocker and Byrd’s brilliant musical collaborator, Stevie Wonder.
For more information about Imhotep’s multi-media career in radio, music, and film, including his co-songwriting credits on the classic Stevie Wonder album, Songs In the Key of Life, click HERE to read his full bio.