In Orlando, Why Didn’t Sanders Place Ads on Black Radio? But Clinton did.


During a late afternoon drive, 94.5 FM played on the car’s radio. 94. 5 is an Orlando classic soul station. The music usually dates from the seventies to present day.

During this drive, I heard a Hillary Clinton advertisement. Narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, the spot briefly told Hillary Clinton’s civil rights history.

After this, I wrote a Facebook post. First, I mentioned the Clinton spot I heard. Then, I asked why I didn’t hear a spot from Clinton’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

Complaining about Bernie Sanders


A friend suggested maybe I just didn’t hear a Sanders’ ad yet.

Oh yea, another thing, Sanders really has raised more money than Clinton.

Another day passed, I heard the same Hillary Clinton ad on the radio. Still, I hadn’t heard a peep from the Bern.

During voting day, I heard another Hillary ad. I forgot the name of the other gun victim’s mother. Yet, I do remember the mother of Trayvon Martin talking. Both women supported Hillary Clinton. Then, the ad mentioned the other Democratic candidate was against background checks when it relates to buying guns.

Still, I didn’t hear a Sander’s ad.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how Florida’s Democratic primary was going to end. To make a wild guess, the demographics of 94.5 are black people between the ages of thirty to sixty-five, a group who is more likely to vote.

To me, Hillary’s ads on “black radio” meant she was serious about the black vote. When you take time out to reach people, those same people realize you value them.

Yea, I know. Holding a Tampa rally with a predominately white crowd was more important than placing ads on “black radio”.


Oops, my bad. He did a rally in Kissimmee, a city neighboring Orlando. A few spots were at this rally.


What happened in Florida? Just like I predicted, Hillary Clinton won Florida’s Democratic primary. What was one of the main reasons she won? The black vote.

To this day, I still wonder why Sander’s didn’t think it was important to place ads on 94.5.

About Patrick Scott Barnes

Most of Central Florida knows Stone Crazy (Patrick Scott Barnes) as a poet. Yet, he also photographs, DJ and blogs. The rest of the time, the now sober blogger guzzles Diet Coke in Central Florida nightspots.
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