New Owner of WMIS, WTYJ “Excited” for Future of Natchez Radio Stations – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
NATCHEZ – Last week Natchez welcomed a new owner of radio stations WMIS 97.7 “The Beat” and WTYJ 1240 “The Buzz”, Malcolm Inniss.
Inniss and his wife Tamika Hoskins Inniss, the granddaughter of Natchez’s Rosie Henderson, are the sole owners of New Vision Broadcasting LLC, which closed its doors by purchasing stations from the Ewing and Nutter families on September 30.
“I’m thrilled,” said Diana Nutter, whose family has owned and operated WMIS since 1940. Nutter said she was three years old when her father and grandfather first broadcast WMIS. She and her husband Jim Nutter then bought out WTYJ and relaunched it in 1986. It was announced last year that the stations would be sold to Gregory Adams, owner of the Wilk-Amite Record newspaper since 2014. However, Nutter said that the sale to Adams had failed at the last minute.
“I don’t know how it could be better,” Nutter said of Inniss becoming the owner of the stations. “I think the reason it took so long to sell is because he was supposed to have it. It is a matter of God. He (Inniss) has been working in radio for 25 years and I am delighted to see what he will bring to the Natchez radio broadcast. We thought we had to sell Natchez to have someone move here, but Malcolm’s wife is from here.
The stations have always been “the voice and the ear of the black community in Natchez,” and are a source of gospel and R&B music and local announcements, she said.
“There was a need for this format and there was a need in the community for city radio. We had high hopes that we were doing the right thing, ”Nutter said. “Selling is a little emotional, but it’s a good emotion. There is no sadness in that. It goes to a person who I know is going to move it forward. “
At a ribbon cutting Thursday and a welcome reception on Friday, Inniss said the Natchez community had welcomed him with open arms.
“I look forward to working with the people of the city and the surrounding area,” he said. “Really, this purchase lasted almost two years. I started the process of working with a group of investors. Things fell apart with this group and Chris Nutter approached me again to see if I was still interested.
Inniss said owning his own communications business has been a dream for him since he was a student at Howard University. From there he got a job in commercial radio in Tallahassee, Florida and built his career from scratch.
“I was the promotions driver, the one who drove the van, poured the sodas and distributed the pizza,” he said. Inniss then held sales and marketing positions for various broadcast stations in Mobile, Alabama, and later in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 2005 to present, he was Senior Account Manager and Marketing Specialist for Urban One / Radio One, in Houston, TX.
Inniss said he discovered the “rich legacy” of radio stations WMIS and WTYJ in the early 2000s after meeting his wife, who at the time was a nursing student at the University of the South. Alabama. While in Mobile, Malcolm Inniss worked as Director of Promotions and Marketing with WBLX, WDLT and WGOK radio stations.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring my knowledge, skills and experience to Natchez,” he said. “Our main goal is to make an impact in the community and inspire the children of the region. My wife and I have watched the big things happening at Natchez and we want to be part of the equation. We believe that with a positive mindset, effort and support from the community, these stations will do their part to help move the city forward. “
Inniss said he also appreciates the Nutter / Ewing family for giving him and his family the opportunity to make WMIS and WTYJ their own.
“Without Diana, none of this would happen,” he said. During the transition, Inniss said he would rely heavily “on the people who have worked at WMIS and WTYJ, faithfully over the years.”
“I look forward to working with the staff and hearing their ideas on the future of these radio stations,” he said. “We are taking the next few weeks to assess what we are currently doing. And expand our game plan for the next chapter of WTYJ and WMIS. I have a few surprises up my sleeve that we are delighted with but are not yet ready to announce. “