Pushing an Anti-Gangster Message on the Air

In Los Angeles, a former gang member has taken to the airwaves with a radio show that's become a listening post for some of the city's most troubled, gang-plagued neighborhoods. For many, the program has become something resembling 'community therapy' over the airwaves.

Bo Taylor, at 41 bald and tattooed, works as a gang interventionist, motivating young people to get out of trouble through the organization he founded, Unity One. With his new radio show, he invites folks in the community to give him a ring.

Taylor asks God to bless the mike, then lays down a few ground rules, like no cursing, and no hogging the line. He gives a shout out to his friends — like Rocky, Tick, Psyche, Dashe, Tracy, and others. Taylor turns it over to his callers, saying they don't have to give their full names.

Many nights, the talk revolves around gang violence in their neighborhoods.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.