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For over 40 years, Indianapolis broadcaster and community activist Amos Brown was a vocal champion on behalf of the city’s Black citizens. Brown passed away last Friday in his hometown of Chicago, leaving a huge void in the Black media space in the Circle City.

Amos C. Brown III, born December 18, 1950, first came to Indianapolis in 1975, working as a television and radio journalist for over a decade. In 1992, Brown launched the city’s first Black daily television news program, “The Noon Show.”

As a columnist for the Indianapolis Recorder, Brown used his visible platform to address issues that specifically held weight in the Black community for over two decades. He was known throughout the city and Central Indiana for his strong views and for challenging elected officials. Brown was also committed to the ethics of solid journalism and sound reporting, which to several accolades and awards.

In 2004, Brown’s “Afternoons with Amos program debuted on Radio One’s WTLC-AM station. Brown was given the Spectrum Award in 2009 by the Indiana Broadcasters Association for an outstanding special-interest program. Brown was inducted into the Indianapolis Broadcasters Hall Of Fame in 2007.

Several state officials have offered kind words to Brown, including U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, Mayor-Elect Joe Hogsett,  and State Representative Gregory Porter among others. On Saturday, Stevie Wonder opened his Indianapolis concert with a song dedicated to the memory of Brown.

Brown was 64.

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