Renée McBride-Williams

Renée McBride-Williams outside the WPEB community radio station on S. 52nd Street. Renee remembers 52nd Street in it’s glory days, when it was it was called the Golden Strip. She remembers being drawn to the excitement around famous theaters like the Locust, the Nixon, the State, the Capital, the Belmont, (earlier days: the Rivoli and the Midget Bijou Theater). 
Renee says, “I chased music my whole life. My family wanted me to go to church and get married. I wanted to become a concert violinist.” Renee eventually became an educator, teaching media production for 25 years. She passed her love of music onto her son, Christian McBride, who is a four-time GRAMMY-winning jazz bassist. Today Renee is the co-host of The Shed Kitchen, a public affairs program that focuses on the ‘proud and historic West Philadelphia community,’ on WPEB, a community radio station on 52nd Avenue. For more information: www.wpeb.org

Renée McBride-Williams outside the WPEB community radio station on S. 52nd Street.

Renée McBride-Williams – 5100 Webster St.

I met Renée at the WPEB studio, with it’s windows facing 52nd Street. She remembers 52nd Street in it’s glory days, when it was called the Golden Strip. She remembers being drawn to the excitement around famous theaters like the Locust, the Nixon, the State, the Capital, the Belmont, (earlier days: the Rivoli and the Midget Bijou Theater).

Renée says, “I chased music my whole life. My family wanted me to go to church and get married. I wanted to become a concert violinist.”

Renée eventually became an educator, teaching media production for 25 years in the Philadelphia School District and developed youth programming for the Clef Club. She passed her love of music onto her son, Christian McBride, who is a four-time GRAMMY-winning jazz bassist.

Today Renée is the General Manager of  WPEB and  a co-host of The Shed Kitchen, a public affairs program that focuses on the ‘proud and historic West Philadelphia community.’

Renée is very active with Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN) as the Chair of the Jazz Committee. Each summer, CPN hosts a very popular Friday Night Jazz Series in the park.

Looking out of the radio station’s window, Renée explained why she wants to give back to her community. “I ran away several times in my youth, but I remember I could run to homes that welcomed me. There was always someone who opened their door for me.”

Renée’s window is dedicated to the historic theater district along 52nd St., nicknamed the Golden Strip.

Renée’s window is dedicated to the historic theater district along 52nd St., nicknamed the Golden Strip.

Renée is one of six block leaders who have created a display for the Windowishes Street Exhibition on view through December 1, 2015. Please join the Windowishes creative team this Friday, October 30, for a Windowishes Walkabout from 4:00 pm to 5:30pm.

 

 

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