Shefik Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of His Syndicated Radio Show
It was one year ago today that media personality Shefik launched his nationally syndicated radio show, Shefik presents Invocation. Since its inception, the terrestrial radio show has won a total of 16 industry awards for its accompanying website at invocation.co, as well as the radio show itself. The website serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while highlighting related videos and auxiliary content.
Legendary recording artists, such as 5-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick, 2-time Oscar Nominee and Grammy Award winner Siedah Garrett, Tony Award winner and 4-time Grammy Award nominee Melba Moore, Grammy Award winner Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, Sonny Turner (former lead singer of The Platters), as well as many other notable personalities have all appeared on Shefik presents Invocation. A highlight of an episode featured an appearance by the Crown Prince of Italy, His Royal Highness Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy.
Shefik presents Invocation is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. Each one-hour episode highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact.
A wide spectrum of actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests offer their own commentary on the weekly topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset.
"The response has been overwhelming," declares Shefik. "I'm proud of the work that my team and I have accomplished in such a short time span. I especially would like to thank Head Writer Frank McIntyre, who is a vital asset in the conception of my message."
Initially, Shefik secured a syndication deal with Syndication Networks Corporation to create, host, and produce a weekly show for terrestrial radio. From there, he launched Shefik presents Invocation on 20 radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. That number quickly increased to 22 radio stations and frequencies.
From the onset, all of Shefik's interview segments are shot in-person, and on video. The audio is extracted from each interview segment and broadcast in the radio show, whereas the videos are broadcast via various distribution outlets. For video distribution, Shefik has secured deals with Amazon Video Direct, FUBU Television Network, Audio Fuzz, Black Westchester, and Focus Broadcasting Network. Videos are also posted via channels at YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and Medium.
"I intentionally created a platform which can be thoroughly segmented and enjoyed across varying mediums, without having the end user lost in translation," explains Shefik. "Although the optimal experience is achieved when a user listeners to a one-hour episode of the radio show in its entirety, each isolated segment - whether audio or video - emphasizes profound meaning."
Shefik presents Invocation broadcasted its premiere episode during the week of July 4, 2016, with "Revolution" as the designated topic. During the current week of July 4, 2017, a supplementary episode on the topic - titled "Revolution 2" - has been designated. A special guest of this particular episode features Michael Alig.
Alig is an artist, party promoter, musician, and writer, who served almost 17 years in prison for manslaughter. He was a co-founder and ringleader of the Club Kids, a group of young New York City clubgoers that became a cultural phenomenon during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In March 1996, Alig and his roommate, Robert D. "Freeze" Riggs, accidentally killed fellow Club Kid Andre "Angel" Melendez in a confrontation over a delinquent debt, during a substance-fueled week. In October 1997, Alig pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Both men were sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. Riggs was released on parole in 2010, and Alig was released on May 5, 2014.
Alig spent his youth in conservative South Bend, Indiana, eventually becoming the wildly inventive "King of the Club Kids" of New York in his early 20s. He was a regular guest on national television shows, such as "The Phil Donahue Show", "Geraldo", and "The Joan Rivers Show".
"With the type of show I produce, I invite people from all walks of life to be a part of the journey, sharing personal and compelling experiences," says Shefik. "I am documenting the human condition, and compartmentalizing it, in a manner that allows each guest to first define their own perception of meaning. It is through this exchange of perception that we aim to learn from one another, and conceive a greater sense of understanding."
The broadcast schedule of the episode "Revolution 2" is as follows:
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 11 p.m. to midnight ET
- Clearwater, FL - WTAN 1340 AM and 106.1 FM
- Dade City, FL - WDCF 1350 AM and 104.3 FM
- Zephyrhills, FL - WZHR 1400 AM
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9 p.m to 10 p.m. ET
- Boulder, CO - WAMF-DB 96.3 FM
- Lancaster, PA - WAMF-DB 102.1 FM and 1640 AM
- Las Vegas, NV - WAMF-DB 99.5 FM and 1520 AM
- Long Beach, CA - WAMF-DB 101.5 FM
- Macon, GA - WAMF-DB 87.9 FM and 810 AM
- Milwaukee, WI - WAMF-DB 90.3 FM
- Pittsburgh, PA - WAMF-DB 94.7 FM
- Tampa, FL - WAMF-DB 92.1 FM and 1630 AM
- The Villages, FL - WAMF-DB 97.7 FM
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET
- New Port Richey, FL - WKLAP 88.3 FM
Nyea's Party, among others, are sponsors of Shefik presents Invocation.
Shefik is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, network television, and in print media. He has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. A seasoned pro in social media with a career background as a Lead Architect and Senior Web Developer, Shefik is on the cutting edge of new media. As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME Magazine, The Washington Center, Unsung (TV One), and Broadway World. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press.
About 'Shefik presents Invocation'
Aptly titled Shefik presents Invocation, the nationally-syndicated, multiple award-winning radio show is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. The show is currently broadcast on 22 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by media personality Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the weekly topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show's online hub at invocation.co serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content. The journey continues right here and everywhere.