Saturday, October 1, 2022

L.A. Radio Veteran Dominique DiPrima Selected as ‘Pioneer Woman of the Year’

KJLH General Manager Karen Slade, host Dominique DiPrima and Los Angeles Council President Herb Wesson
KJLH General Manager Karen Slade, host Dominique DiPrima and Los Angeles Council President Herb Wesson

*Los Angeles radio veteran Dominique DiPrima was honored as Pioneer Woman of the Year during a ceremony at city hall.  The honor came on the last day of Women’s History Month, and was bestowed by Los Angeles Council President Herb Wesson and the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women.

“As a voice for L.A.s only Black-owned radio station, it’s an incredible honor to be recognized,” commented Dominique DiPrima. “It’s been very challenging for women on the national stage—especially Black women—so it makes this recognition even more significant.  Talk radio is still a male-dominated field.  Los Angeles is a city full of powerful, groundbreaking women and it is amazing to represent them in this way! I’m humbled to be considered and I love the opportunity to stand up for my community.”

DiPrima is the daughter of famed poets Amiri Baraka and San Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus Beat Poet Diane diPrima and the sister of Newark mayor Ras Baraka. She is the host and producer of the daily early morning talk radio show The Front Page with Dominique DiPrima on the Stevie Wonder owned KJLH 102.3-FM. The show tackles issues of interest to Southern California’s African American community.

Ms. DiPrima spent three years as a co-host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show on KKBT-FM Los Angeles, and in limited syndication. She was also the News Director/Anchor for the show.

Dominique is a talk radio veteran, with a stint as host and producer of her own talk show Street Science with Dominique DiPrima for almost nine years on 100.3-FM The Beat. She also served as Community Action Director at The Beat, building the department into an unprecedented, large arm of the radio station, and working closely with grassroots community organizations. For that work she was able to earn the radio station a NAB Crystal Award. Street Science landed Dominique an L.A. Weekly “Best of L.A.” award, and a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.

Dominique DiPrima was a Television Host for San Francisco NBC affiliate KRON-TV. Working on-camera as well as in the role of segment producer, Dominique garnered five Emmy Awards, six Parents Choice Awards, and the SAG/AFTRA American Scene Award for positive portrayals of women, the disabled, senior citizens and minorities.





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