COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) –  In accordance to Charles E. Huff’s International Funeral House, Inc. Mr. Glen Rutherford, also regarded as Glen Ford, 71, handed absent on July 28, 2021, in New York Town. 

Rutherford was examining newswire copy on the air by age eleven. He took his 1st complete-time task at singer James Brown’s Augusta, Georgia radio station WRDW in 1970. It was then that Rutherford began working with the name Glen Ford, shortened by  James Brown. 

According to Huff’s, Ford (Rutherford)  labored as a newsperson at 4 other neighborhood stations: in Columbus, Georgia Atlanta, GA Baltimore, MD – wherever he developed his very first radio syndication, a 50 percent-hour weekly information journal called “Black Entire world Report” – and Washington, DC.

 In 1974, he joined the Mutual Black Community (88 stations), exactly where he served as Capitol Hill, Condition Department and White Residence correspondent, and Washington Bureau Main, though also making a day-to-day radio commentary. Historic “firsts,” “mosts,” and “onlies” would come to be the hallmarks of Glen Ford’s very long job. 

In 1977, Glen co-launched, produced and hosted “America’s Black Forum” (ABF), the initial nationally syndicated Black information job interview application on industrial tv. ABF made Black broadcast background. For the following 4 years, the method generated national and global headlines nearly just about every 7 days. In no way just before – and in no way because – had a Black information entity commanded the weekly awareness of the news products and services and the broadcast networks. 

In 1987, Rutherford released “Rap It Up,” the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop music display, broadcast on 65 radio stations. For the duration of its 6 many years of functions, “Rap It Up” authorized him to participate in an vital purpose in the maturation of a new African American musical style. He structured 3 national rap songs conventions, and wrote the Hip Hop column for Jack the Rapper’s Black radio trade journal. 

Ford got an early start off in remaining politics, handing out political flyers with his mom when he was a younger boy or girl. He afterwards grew to become a countrywide political columnist for Encore American & All over the world News magazine. 

In 2002, he co-started BlackCommentator.com. The weekly journal immediately became the most influential Black political site on the World-wide-web. In Oct 2006, Ford (Rutherford) and the whole producing staff left Black Commentator to start Black Agenda Report, which he posted weekly right until his passing.

                                                 Funeral Services

Funeral Solutions will be held on Saturday, August 7th at the Inexperienced Grove Cemetery situated at 4062 Inexperienced Grove Street in Lumpkin, Ga. The company commences at 12 p.m.

A memorial in New York Town will be declared shortly. There will be no community viewing. 

Rutherford was born on November 5, 1949 in Jersey Metropolis, NJ, to the late Shirley (Smith) Rutherford and Wardell (Rudy “The Deuce”) Rutherford. Rising up, he break up time concerning Jersey Metropolis and Columbus, GA, the hometown of his father – a famed disc jockey, and the initially Black person to host a non-gospel television exhibit in the Deep South. 

For extra info, call Charles Huff or Bruce Huff at the funeral home at 706-322-8713 or e mail us [email protected]