Steven Parker, a native of Richmond, has witnessed the city in its prime when the government was functioning effectively for its residents.
But he says that in recent years, Richmond has struggled, and the quality of political leadership is constantly being questioned.
With the upcoming elections, Parker started “The Steven Parker Radio Show” to serve as a vehicle for community members to become more aware of the candidates who are running for office.
“I like to think of this as “edutainment,” education and entertainment mixed together, to help people see the right candidates to elect so that we can get Richmond back to its greatness,” said Parker.
Parker, who graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1986, says his life got off to a rocky start..
“I’ve gone through Richmond’s education, penal, and drug systems, ” he said.. “I’ve seen the best part and the worst part [of the city].”
However, he turned his around and has worked as a longshoreman at the Port of Oakland for the past 20 years. But it’s the lessons he has learned from the hard times, he says, that make him the best man for the job because he understands the issues and most importantly knows the questions needing to be asked to ensure Richmond residents are being put first.
His radio show is doing just that.
From mayoral to city council candidates, Parker is putting everyone on the spot, while giving them a chance to tell Richmond residents their plans and overall commitment to the city’s success.
The first show kicked off in May, reaching nearly 2,100 listeners in its first month. Parker expects the number to continue to grow, as more people hear about the show. .
The Steven Parker Radio show will air every Saturday at 1 p.m. on www.KGM1.com. Richmond Mayoral candidates were featured on Parker’s show on June 11th. Next week, given the large number running for mayor in Oakland, he plans to feature Oakland mayoral candidates Bryan Parker, Charles Williams, Dan Siegel, and incumbent Jean Quan.