WCDB remembers one of their own
by Lauren Mineau
WCDB lost an alumni DJ and friend on April 10. 2013. Joseph Bowman, hosted a radio show titled “The Maiden Voyage” starting in 1971. He continued his show under the same title until he left the station due to health complications.
Bowman taught educational television production, multi-media design, and seminars on instructional technology as an associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice. He was also director of the Center for Urban Youth and Technology (CUYT).
As a student at UAlbany, Bowman had a passion for telecommunications. He joined a student group called the Organization of Black United Technicians in 1971 (which later became Third World Media Arts). He learned TV production under the experienced industry pros who were retired from Channel 6 and working in Educational Communications Center.
His nephew, Temba Knowles was a production assistant and co-host for “The Maiden Voyage” for about six months. He then produced his own classic hip-hop show titled “The Golden Era” under the nickname “Every Day”.
“He was very precise about what he did and the way he did it. He had a great sense of humor was a great listeners and was extremely caring and always doing things to benefit others,” he said.
Aside from education, Bowman’s passion was music, especially jazz.
“He was an African Drummer and he just loved music. He was literally one of the best voices I’ve ever heard on radio. His use of inflection in his delivery was amazing. Not to mention his deep baritone voice was just very soothing, he said.
Knowles said he can be remembered as “someone who went out of his way to help educate and build a better future for young people.”
In addition to his work at WCDB, Bowman returned to UAlbany to teach. He was an associate professor of educational theory and practice at UAlbany’s School of Education. He also served two five-year terms on the Board of Regents.
His degrees included a bachelor’s degree in 1972, a master’s degree in library science in 1974, and a master’s in education in 1975, all from UAlbany. Bowman went on to earn a doctorate from Columbia University in 1991.
“Everything that I do —from preparing our UAlbany students to be at ease using technology in the classroom — to providing urban and rural elementary schools students access to technology so they compete on a level playing field – is about giving young people and adults the skills they need for success,” Bowman said in a 2009 interview.
WCDB held a memorial broadcast of April 25 as a tribute to Bowman and his “Maiden Voyage.”