The mission statement of the Western New York Minority Media Professionals, Inc (WNYMMP) is the founding of a professional media organization committed to promoting social and educational opportunities within the Western New York Community.
The founders and incorporators Michael Quinniey, Tyrone Christopher and Tony Jones established a media organization.
November 19, 1998
The media organization was incorporated.
Bernard Mitchell was the key component to organizing our media company and added the name professionals to our company’s incorporation. Bernard gave us guidance and structure that provided the sales roadmap that would allow our organization to create, develop, produce, and syndicate our own urban programming to major media markets.
Without Bernard’s input, hard work, and dedication our organization could have never moved forward. There are not enough words to say, other than, thank you. We will continue to work with young people and teach them by his trademark examples of class, character, professionalism, pride in your work, and always greeting people with a smile and a hand shake.
Bernard worked at WUFO, WBLK in the 1970’s and 80’s. He worked at WGRZ TV NBC CH2 until he came to WKBW-TV ABC CH7 in 1989 and was employed there for 15 years as a lead Account Executive. Bernie, as his co-workers called him, got an opportunity of a lifetime and went on to Charlotte North Carolina to work for WSOC-TV ABC CH9.
August 3, 2000
The corporation was named Western New York Minority Media Professionals, Inc (WNYMMP) and received tax exempt status to operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
December 14, 2001
WNYMMP produced and premiered a professional profile show formally called the “Western New York Magazine” on CH7 WKBW-TV the ABC affiliate.
WNYMMP completed one of the first deals in the country that gives us the ability to create, develop, and produce independent programming for WKBW-TV CH7 ABC in Buffalo, New York and Toronto, Canada. This is a great opportunity for small businesses to advertise on commercial television for the first time.
October 17, 2003
WNYMMP co-produced and premiered on ABC CH7 WKBW-TV “Late Nite Noise” hosted by WBLK’S own Dwaine Terry. It was one of the first Hip Hop TV shows to air on commercial television.
The show that began as a half hour monthly changed its name to “UPFRONT TV MAGAZINE” and can now be seen as a 1 hour weekly program. We also created and premiered a 1 hour weekly music entertainment show called "OFFICIAL HEAT."
WNYMMP founded a media youth group called Eagle Eyes (Experienced Youth Expressing Skills) with plans to launch an online newspaper which will deal with issues that affect our youth.
February 1, 2008
WNYMMP purchased The Broadway Theatre
located at 512 Broadway Street in Buffalo that will be our office space and training center for students in multimedia technology and we will offer courses on media effects and interpretations.
WNYMMP introduced a gospel show called "SPEAK A BLESSING" hosted by the gospel queen herself Pat Ragin.
WNYMMP reached an agreement with the Buffalo Board of Education’s Athletic Department to create a high school sports media program. The sports program will videotape high school games, beginning with football and play them back on the Internet and on Time Warner Cable. The program will be done in conjunction with Buffalo’s Performing Arts High School and our student-training program.
The goal of this program is to create greater visibility of the City of Buffalo high school sports and it will eventually be called The Bernard Mitchell Sports Media Program after a dedication ceremony in the spring of 2010.
WNYMMP will announce the creation of I-Neuws which is an independent reporter multi media and student run online news network. I-Neuws will provide information on multi digital platforms such as chat rooms, blogs, and all social media tools to connect with people. I-Neuws will create new multi-media jobs such as content producers, platform managers, and day-part managers.
The mission of I-Neuws is to provide media coverage of stories not covered by mainstream media outlines serving the underserved community with diversity. I-Neuws will be a digital content provider and will partner with various outlets and organizations.
WNYMMP will host our annual "Professionals Of Color In Media Hall Of Fame" which was created in 2004.