Rochester Mourns The Passing of WDKX DJ Tony Boler

                                                        Tony Boler 

                                                        Tony Boler 

Tony Boler, co-host of the Saturday-morning “Memory Lane” and the weeknight “Quiet Storm”  shows on WDKX-FM (103.9), died Monday morning in his sleep. He was 63.

“My heart is broken by the news of the passing of WDKX disc jockey Tony Boler,” Said Mayor Lovely Warren in a released statement. “On weeknights, Tony carried us through ‘The Quiet Storm’ and on Saturdays he took us down ‘Memory Lane’ with a distinct and calming voice that was reassuring and comfortable. Between songs on Saturdays, he and co-host Andre Marcel dispensed words of wisdom and old-school advice with a tag-team banter that was both enjoyable and educational. In this way,  ‘Uncle Tony’ carried himself as a valuable role model for many young men in our community.”

She continued: “Tony was also present for the special moments in the lives of many of our citizens, including my own when he served as the DJ at my wedding. He will be greatly missed by many, but heaven has gained an angel. My prayers are with Tony’s family, Andre Marcel and the WDKX family, including Tony’s many fans.”

 “We’re at a loss for words right now,” WDKX stated. “This doesn’t even seem real… Please be patient with us as we try to process the shocking and sudden news of our brother, uncle, grandpa, and dearest friend Tony Boler’s passing. We will share more information with the WDKX family as it becomes available to the public. Keep the Boler family in your prayers. Rest in peace Tony Boler. You are missed.”

Boler, 63, had worked at the station since 1991. 

He is survived by one son, three daughters, and his wife, Lynn.

WDKX is also planning a musical tribute to Boler.

Tony Boler grew up in North Carolina and studied biology at Fayetteville State University. In addition to his work at WDKX. In the past he had worked as a technician at Xerox.

Mr. Boler was also the DJ at “Old-School Tuesday” at Ray Ray’s Bar & Grill on Clifford Avenue.

“He was like a brother to me,” said local saxophonist Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., who on Monday morning was summoned to Boler’s home by Boler’s co-host on “Memory Lane,” Andre Marcel, program director at WDKX.

Rochester Black Author Expo

Corey Lamar Tanksley’s “bright idea” gives birth to a successful writers showcase! 

          Corey Lamar Tanksley

          Corey Lamar Tanksley

The Rochester Black Author Expo is the brainchild of award-winning author and Rochester, New York native Corey Lamar Tanksley. In the winter of 2015 he contacted all of the authors that he came across via Facebook and asked if they wanted to hear this ‘bright’ idea. The idea was to get the best African American authors together and instead of competing with each other, unite economically to put together a showcase where all could benefit. 

Tanksley was insistent in highlighting the fact that African American authors have different stories and unique perspectives...not just one amorphous blob spewing the same narrative and reinforcing stereotypes. The other ten authors agreed wholeheartedly; from there, the Rochester Black Author Expo was born. 

To inspire youth writers, the authors collabrated with the Rochester City School District to come up with a writing contest for 7th-12th graders. Every student, regardless of color or race, was encouraged to submit a piece of written work for a chance to win The Marsha Jones Youth Writing award in honor of the late legendary local writer (and former Challenger colunnist ).

After a tour of local radio and television shows to promote the event, on Saturday May 16th the first ever Rochester Black Author Expo was held at The Frederick Douglass Resource Center. There wereperformances, giveaways, and panels moderated by mistress of ceremonies and MCC Professor Tokeya Graham. Well over 200 people of all ages attended The Expo where they purchased books by the authors who sold their titles at individual tables.

It was a huge success!

In 2016 The Expo moved to Wilson Foundation Academy and expanded the number of authors from 11 to 16, which included authors from nearby Buffalo. The Second Annual Rochester Black Author Expo also increased in attendance as well as close to 300 people came through the doors. This year marksthe third year and the Expo now boasts over 24 authors from Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse. 

The Authors are working hard to shatter their attendance record and hand out more awards as well as money to the youth writers. On Saturday, May 6th at Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee Street, the 3rd Annual Rochester Black Author Expo will take place from 11a.m.  to 5 p.m. As always, admission will be free to this family friendly event. 

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