Mississippi Public Broadcasting Taps Java Chatman To Lead Radio


Mississippi Public Broadcasting has elevated Java Chatman to Director of Radio. Chatman will oversee MPB Radio’s eight NPR member stations covering the majority of the state.

Chatman, a Jackson, MS native, first started in radio in 2002 at Jackson State University’s WJSU before venturing into various sectors of radio and ultimately joining MPB in 2017 as an Executive Producer.

As the co-creator of Third Coast Radio, Chatman has spotlighted indie music and artists across the state. Furthermore, he has produced several of MPB Think Radio’s most successful shows, including The Gestalt Gardener, Creature Comforts, Fix It 101, and Deep South Dining.

Additionally, MPB promoted Taiwo Gaynor to the group’s Director of Television.

MPB Executive Director Royal Aills said, “MPB is home to many talented, wonderful people. Their leadership will help propel MPB to a whole new level of creativity and new ideas.”


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