Radio veteran Frankie Darcell plans “Celebration” with Detroit | Panda Anku

She can be heard at over 20 markets in cities across the country. Nationally syndicated host of the iHeart Media show, Frankie Darcell, is a prime example of the broadcast industry and the millions of listeners who have become Darcell’s schedule radio over the years. The black community benefits from Darcell’s ability to keep people informed and entertained.

Darcell’s voice was distinctive to Detroit audiences and was missed by Detroiters. The New York native spent over 20 years on MIX 92.3 WMXD before the station changed its daytime schedule in 2022 and removed her from the air.

Darcell isn’t one to see doors closed and locked – she’s ready to walk through a different door on her life and career journey.

“When you make a change in your life, when you move on to the next chapter of your life and the next journey, throw a party!” Darcell said in an interview with the Michigan Chronicle. “Detroit has been so good to me [but]…like canned food, everything has an expiration date, so I’m making a transition from my radio career in Detroit to other things.”

Friends of the radio veteran told her she couldn’t just get off the airwaves, then grab her “pillowcase” and leave. The reality is that Darcell has taken over her on-air duties multiple times from Philadelphia, where she lives, and has been commuting back and forth from the city of brotherly love to Motor City for the past 10 years.

When she heard about a strong and supportive community, Frankie’s message was clear, the community wanted to do something with her and for her.

After discussions with key stakeholders, the Frankie Darcell Celebration Weekend was born.

Taking place September 22-24 in Detroit, the three-day extravaganza is intended to be a gathering of entertainment, information and charity.

The first event kicks off Thursday, September 22nd as a Mix & Mingle, giving longtime fans and listeners a chance to meet and say hello to Detroit’s radio queen. The event is free and begins at 6:00 p.m. at Bert’s Marketplace in Detroit’s Eastern Market.

“I want to take every picture and take this opportunity to thank every supporter in the room. It means so much to me.”

Frankie brings many gifts and talents, more than just the voice people hear on the radio; She is also a writer and theater director. Darcell was first introduced to theater at Morgan State University College. She later directed her first stage play in Detroit, Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls. Her passion for theater has continued ever since.

“In 2017 one of my business partners said you have to write your own plays. So I took a 16-hour flight to South Africa, where I began writing my play and premiered it in Philadelphia in 2019.”

Frankie’s stage play, Conversations for Sistas Only, received rave reviews and a standing ovation. It will be part of Celebration Weekend and will be performed at the Marygrove Conservancy Performing Arts Center on Friday 23 September from 7pm.

“It’s the modern colored girls. I like doing intellectual theater where people feel like they can see themselves in their experiences on stage.” Taking her book of the same name and some of her best Talk of the Town radio show themes, Darcell turned it into a story and now into a play she invites Detroit to see, which she calls “a great piece of work.”

“Men will love it too… They will love how black men are portrayed and we talk about all the taboo stuff – just a great show!” I built it in Philly, but there’s nothing quite like wanting to have this show in Detroit!”

Frankie’s mother holds a special place in her heart. Detroit became her mother’s home for 16 years after Darcell’s divorce. Her mother was by her side and helped raise her daughter while Frankie worked.

“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, back then we couldn’t even say breast in air.” During a discussion with a group of friends, Frankie came up with the idea of ​​a walk to raise awareness about breast cancer, especially among black women , hoping to break the silence.

Frankie’s daughter was inspired by the walk and began a scholarship on behalf of her grandmother while she was a student at college.

Frankie’s mother beat breast cancer and lived cancer-free for 20 years before her death in 2019. In honor of her mother, Rosa’s Angel Scholarship Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancer Walk for Families will be held at Celebration Weekend on Saturday, September 24 at the Fellowship Chapel from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Detroit.

“My sister and I knew we had to make sure we had our mammograms…I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, I found it was stage 1…but thank god I’ve been breast cancer free for five years.”

At the end of the walk, participants will have the opportunity to write down the name of someone they know who has been affected by the terrible disease and release their names in a giant balloon.

It’s going to be an action-packed weekend for Detroiters to party with the radio legend. Darcell remains excited about what comes next in her journey and appreciates all the love and support this city has given her.

“Since making this transition in Detroit, I can’t begin to tell you how many opportunities have opened up for me… I still have so much I want to do. People say people retire, I probably never do. And when people say, ‘Frankie, there are so many people who love you,’ I felt like I was just doing what I was called to do.”

Darcell’s love for this city will always be there, although she didn’t grow up here or attend Cass Tech, which is what people assume, which she often laughs at.

“I absolutely love Detroit. I’ve lived longer in Detroit than anywhere else. … I’ll be here for a very long time.”

Darcell is currently syndicated in multiple radio markets with iHeart Media and has a podcast partnership with Michigan Chronicle’s parent company, Real Times Media, and Black Information Network as the host of “Frankie Darcell Has a Big Mouth.”

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