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Tangazo is a meeting place where we share ideas and explore efforts to improve our human conditions and quite simply make our lives better. All are welcome, none will be judged, but all are challenged to look beyond ourselves and our notions of how others think about issues of cultural​,​ political and social significance. We are building bridges of communication between the many groups that make up the St​. L​ouis Metropolitan Region by sharing and reflecting on the stories and lives of a diverse group of guests.

Host and Producer: Hank Thompson
Guest Hosts: Tim Person, Rev. Darryl Gray & Mike Jones
Technical Producers: Kevin Melter, Frankie Meixner, Ryan Voelkel, Jeron Wilson, Matt Patston, Jon Valley & Andy Coco

Apr 11, 2022

Michael Roberts and I go one on one about his late father Victor Roberts and Mike’s career as a media mogul and international businessman.
Michael says that everything began with a seventy-five hundred dollar loan from his father, Victor Roberts,  to purchase and renovate his first house, after law school, in Lewis Place, midtown St. Louis.------

We talk about how he, along with his brother Steven Roberts, Mike Jones, Waymon Smith and Virvus Jones created the first Aldermanic Black Caucus.
Michael ran for several higher offices, including President of the Board of Aldermen and he also led a very effective write-in campaign,  for mayor of the city of St. Louis.-----

Michael and his brother Steven Roberts bought the Sears Building in 1982, as the giant retailer began to close its stores in urban areas. That led to the ownership of their first television station, channel 46 which became,  a home shopping channel, followed by a wireless partnership with Sprint.
It was off to the races with additional purchases of ten to eleven more television stations, radio stations, hotels and apartment buildings across the nation. -----

Michael V. Robert’s footprint is large in St Louis and beyond as an international businessman. He has authored several books and suggested that African Americans who want to become business persons should read his most popular book titled “Action Has No Season.”--