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Impact Report—June 2023


Carbon Sound staff, from left to right: content director Julian Green, host Sanni Brown and community engagement specialist Andre Griffin

Carbon Sound consistently amplifies diverse voices to, as its mission states, include and inspire with the help of its strong team including content director Julian Green; the voice of Carbon Sound Sanni Brown; and community engagement specialist Andre Griffin. Green brings a public radio background, and he built the music library for Carbon Sound and oversees content creation and output. He crafted the mission and vision of Carbon Sound and guided the project in its initial stages. Sanni Brown, a veteran Twin Cities DJ and trusted voice from KMOJ and The Current, is the host of The Message, The Current’s hip-hop and R&B show. Brown brings more than 10 years of experience in radio at stations KMOJ-FM, KFAI-FM and 107.1 MyTalk to the role. Andre Griffin helps elevate and amplify local music and artists on the stream and airwaves, is active in the community and helps provide digital and physical spaces for artists and fans to engage and connect.

The three team members together bring qualities and backgrounds that fit perfectly into the future of public radio, and they represent the audiences Carbon Sound wants to serve and tie into the goal of reaching historically underserved audiences.

First-year highlights include:

Winning an Anthem Award. The Anthem Awards celebrate purpose- and mission-driven work, and this year, honored Carbon Sound with a bronze award in the category of diversity, equity and inclusion: podcast and audio. “Our congratulations to Carbon Sound for winning an Anthem Award,” said Corporation for Public Broadcasting Vice President, Radio Jacquie Gales Webb. “Launched less than a year ago, Carbon Sound is one of the newest Urban Alternative format stations that are drawing younger and more audiences to public radio.”

Hosting the Carbon Sound Residency at the 7th Street Entry over two evenings in March that showcased six Minnesota acts.

Creating “The Lab” on Carbon Sound as a multiplatform content series amplifying local and national artists, including Minneapolis-based artist Xina.

Encouraging community engagement at local events, concerts and “Coffee with Carbon Sound”—a series of engagements at local cafes and Black-owned coffee shops.


Developed a library of
more than 5,000 songs from artists spanning local hip-hop and R&B to international sounds, representing artists from across the globe.

30% of the new music featured on Carbon Sound is local music from Minnesota artists.

77% of users on social
media (Instagram) are 34 or
younger, and the vast majority
of listening is on The Carbon
Sound App.

Contracted with—and published
the work of—more than
20 BIPOC freelance
content creators
including 13 who identify as
female or LGBTQIA+.

Published more than
120 editorial pieces
featuring Black or BIPOC
artists. Of these, approximately
25% were local artists. To date,
these stories and photo sets
have received an
estimated 50,000
page views by more
than 23,000 users.

Recorded, produced and
distributed the work of four
Black local artists
(since December) and
performers, half identifying
as female or LGBTQIA+. Videos
are posted to our
YouTube channel,
which averages
more than 15,000
views per month.

More than
500 newsletter subscriptions.

More than
5,000 livestream requests per month.


Carbon Sound is partially funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with support from the Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Legacy Fund and has been developed in partnership with Minneapolis community broadcasting station KMOJ’s HD2 station, 89.9 The Ice.

The mission and the vision here are my passions. It’s showing the depth, breadth and beauty of Black musical expression and showing how it’s foundational to the whole canon of musical expression in this country.”

– Julian Green, Content Director

What’s most important to me is that we’re bringing something to the community—we’re public media, we’re here to give more than we get. I want Carbon Sound to feel how I feel when I walk up on a barbecue I was invited to. I want it to be like that feeling of, ‘it’s safe here.’”

– Sanni Brown, Host

My love of history and my love of my North Minneapolis community guides my work every day. I believe in abundance, we believe in abundance and I am so glad to be a part of bringing more abundance to the Twin Cities.”

– Andre Griffin, Community Engagement Specialist

This partnership will help extend and help elevate what we’re doing on The Ice and beyond. Now listeners who are looking for a wider variety of Black music in the Twin Cities will have a destination to find all these different sources of programming.”

– Freddie Bell, General Manager of KMOJ’s Center for Communication and Development (CCD) and KMOJ-FM, The People’s Station

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