For many people, the dream of owning a business and becoming a successful entrepreneur while giving back to your community can often feel out of reach, but the hosts of Radio One’s latest news talk program may have just the right solutions to making that dream a reality.
Hosted by Darnell Lee, CEO and founder of W&T Travel Services LLC, and co-host Jacqueline Griffin, community activist and mother of Washington pro football franchise starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, “R3 Solutions.”–shorthand for Real People, Real Experiences, Real Solutions, Lee said– is a weekly talk radio program focusing on entrepreneurship, community affairs and spirituality.
Airing Tuesdays on WOL 1450-AM from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lee and Griffin come together for an engaging 90-minute discussion filled with information and advice on starting and expanding a business, community outreach and events, and captivating talks on faith.
“The goal is to educate the public on entrepreneurship and various SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) programs,” said Lee in an interview with the AFRO. “It’s about helping others who are just starting out.”
R3 Solutions is the brainchild of Lee who started the news talk program in November 2013. Earlier that year, Lee approached his friend and mentor, the late Sheila Stewart, news and community affairs director at Radio One, with his idea to host a show about business.
“This radio program was founded for Sheila,” said Lee. “She was like a little sister to me.”
In early 2014, Lee approached Griffin about possibly co-hosting the show. “She told me she had to think about it,” recalls Lee.
Lee said that bringing together community activists, real business leaders, politicians, and spiritualists on the show will provide listeners with a blend of spiritual motivation and Biblical principles as well as information and personal stories from business and community leadership.
“We want to give listeners information about options with the SBA, and the SBTDC (Small Business and Technology Development Center),” said Lee. As a successful entrepreneur and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prince George’s County Small Business Initiative Award, Lee knows firsthand the required dedication, persistence, and drive needed to start a business from the ground up.