About Us

Paul Allen Billings aka (P.A.)

GM & Air Personality
C0-Founder of WHPB 98.5 The Wire

Founder of WUVS 103.7 The Beat ( The Nation’s First African American Own & Operated LPFM)

Creator of The Underground Video Show & Smoove Grooves

Founder of Bestblacknews.com

President of The Urban Broadcaster’s Association

Founder of Imara Entertainment (The Record Label for the Youth)

Board Member of Trinity Housing inc.

Hobbies: Traveling,  Favorite Dish: Ethopian Food Favorite Vacation Spot: Montego Bay, Jamaica, Hong Kong, & Capetown, South Africa Favorite Movie: Hidden Colors, 500 Years Later & Bad Boys Favorite Actor: Martin Lawrence Motto: If a journey of a thousand miles must began… it must began with that first step! Religious Belief: If you believe in it than practice it. Email: pab@thewire985.com

Paul Porter
Co-Founder & Program Director
Founder of raprehab.com & industryears.com

Program Director & Air Personality
C0-Founder of WHPB 98.5 The Wire

For over 30 years, Paul Porter has been a prominent voice in American radio and television.  From AT&T to Showtime, his baritone voice and on-camera talent has been recognized from coast to coast, his personality resonating on the airwaves of numerous radio stations, and for ten years as the voice of Black Entertainment Television.

A native of Jamaica, Queens, NY, Porter studied Communications at Northeastern University in Massachusetts.  His early radio career is marked with several achievements.  As program director and on-air personality at Washington D.C.’s WMMJ-FM, the third urban AC station in the country, the station’s ranking rose from 28th to fourth in just nine months.  He was also assistant music director and radio personality for NBC’s WKYS-FM and assistant program director and on-air personality on WHUR-FM, another popular D.C. station.  After 12 years at various stations in Boston and D.C., he began his nine-year tenure at Black Entertainment Television as a voice-over talent for programs like “Video Soul” and “Midnight Love.”  As the music video consultant, Porter successfully digitalized the company’s music programming, and its music library. And, in only one year as program director, BET’s music video viewership increased by 16 percent.

In 2003, after almost a decade at BET and other radio stations in D.C. and New York, including three years at WBLS-FM, he began work as an on-air personality at WRKS/KISS FM, an urban AC station, and the sister station of New York’s #1 hip-hop station, Hot97/WQHT-FM.  Two years later, having been involved with the hip-hop music industry for much of his career, his focus took a dramatic shift after an incident involving a controversial song by Rah Digga, as he recalled on Fox’s “Hannity and Colmes.”

“I had a problem with a student out in Queens (she questioned the music I played on the air)…the (student’s) mother had got beaten up by the father… I figured since I worked there I could get something across, but it didn’t work out that way.”

Having protested the immorality of the music being played on Hot97/WQHT, Porter was promptly removed from the air, spurring his movement from endorser to activist.  On January 15, 2005, he co-founded IndustryEars, a think-tank created to identify and correct injustices in the media.  Since then, he has been using his voice and his experience to personally advocate for increased awareness and consciousness in the media industry.  His various appearances on such television programs as ABC’s World News Tonight, America’s Black Forum, Hannity and Colmes and radio stations from Los Angeles to Miami, and such publications as the New York Post, Boston Herald, Vibe Magazine and The Source have shown audiences across the country that “Moral Responsibility is not an Option.”  It is now his mantra. Porter founded RapRehab.com in 2011.

Currently residing in Florida, Porter will share his encounters in the music business in his forthcoming book, “The Same Songs.”

Email Address: porter@thewire985.com

Photo Gallery

P.A. with the Rev. Jesse Jackson
P.A. with the Rev. Jesse Jackson
P.A. with Actor Chris Tucker & John Covington
P.A. with Actor Chris Tucker & John Covington

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