April 23,2007 Thc News Argus
Jazz fans benefit from
DJ's passion for music
Regardless of a person's
religious beliefs or nationali
ty, almost everyone has
something he or she likes to
collect. Whether it's postage
stamps dating back to the
1970s or key chains from
different areas of the world,
tangible items somehow
spark the collector's interest.
Not only do these assets
become an extracurricular
activity, but they also signify
a deeper passion within.
Harvest Williams, WSSU's
afternoon jazz announcer on
WSNC (90.5 FM), illustrates
the link between passion
Williams began to notice
his ear for music at the ten
der age of 9 while listening
to baseball games on the
radio. After the games,
Williams would listen to the
R&B selections that were
popular then, during the
late 1950s and early 1960s.
When he got a part-time job
at age 16, he began collect
ing records. His collection
continued to grow during
his time in the U.S. Army,
due to the inexpensive
prices of records sold at that
With melodies ranging
from reggae to jazz to R&B,
Williams' collection also
includes international music
Red Room hospitality
keeps ’em coming back
Photo by Sharrod Patterson
Harvest Williams collects records In his spare time.
such as Cuban, African and
To accompany his early
interest in music, Williams
began his career as a D.J.,
which in turn inspired him
to obtain additional record
ings. Through an association
in Washington, D.C., he
acquired other genres of
music, including cha-cha,
mambo and the waltz.
Today, his collection consists
of a mere 10,000 records,
and that does not even
include the '78s or the '45
"When taking the time to
listen to music from differ
ent cultures, it gave me an
idea of what makes people
happy or sad, which helps
tremendously in communi
cating with other people,"
But his love for music also
has plenty to do with his
position at a HBCU.
When asked how WSSU
has contributed to his inter
est in radio, Williams said,
"Working here [WSSU] gave
me the opportunity to con
tinue my interest in radio. I
don't think I could have
made it this far in radio if it
was commercial radio."
You can check out Harvest
Williams and his soulful
sounds on FM 90.5, Monday
through Friday, from 1 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
A prestigious adult atmosphere filled with
the sounds of greetings and laughter is what
you can look forward to when dining at
Winston-Salem State's Red Room in the
"When my patrons arrive, I want them to
forget all their troubles for however long their
lunch is, and leave feeling blessed no matter
who they are or what their job is," said Juanita
Penn, the Red Room's supervisor.
The dining room exudes sophistication, with
a metal easel at the entrance displaying the
menu of the day. Sparkling dinner glasses are
arrayed for drinking, and delicious hot foods
beckon from the service line where meals are
served on dining plates.
As you continue into the dining area, a male
server wearing a chef's hat awaits, ready to
serve exquisitely styled entrees that are not on
the line. The salad bar is next, and it's loaded
with fresh fruits and vegetables, potato and
macaroni salads, and a variety of salad dress
ings; even odd delicacies such as mushrooms,
olives and banana peppers.
Continuing in an L shape, the salad bar ends
where an abundance of breads begins. A few
inches away is a condiments section, with the
fare arranged in a fancy silver stand that
allows them to be individually displayed and
selected. The dining area, which is about 60
feet long, has tables on the left and right, with
the middle providing the customers' walking
space. Already on the table are spoons and
forks wrapped with etiquette-correct cloth
napkins in Ram red. After eating, there's no
need to dispose of your plate because service
will do that for you. With the mellow sounds
of quiet jazz playing overhead, the overall
ambiance is compelling.
With the Red Room's doors opening
promptly at 11:55 a.m., the intelligentsia
arrives, ready to partake of excellent food and
fellowship until the doors close at 2:15 p.m.
From the Chancellor to janitors, all are wel
comed and hard to distinguish once dining
begins, because the sense of community in the
Red Room is just that awesome.
That enchantment is precisely what Penn
was seeking when she took the job. She readily
gives praise to her crew members because
without them, she said, the kind of service she
wants her customers to experience would be
impossible. Crew members Charles Carter,
Charlie Brown and Sinicker Hairston say they
are proud to be Red Room employees. And
they share the same reasons why: they love the
Soul food = comfort food for students far from home
If you miss eating good home-cooked food
or have ever wanted soul food and couldn't
find it in Winston-Salem, go on down to the
new Dr. J's House of Soul restaurant.
"The food was excellent; it was what I
needed to complete my Sunday afternoon,"
said Ebony LeCrande, an MIS major at
Winston-Salem State University. "Dr. J's
reminds me of mother and how she cooked
for my family after church."
As visitors enter the restaurant they get a
sense of being home, smelling the aromas of
good, authentic soul food wafting from the
kitchen. The restaurant's eye-catching walls
are painted with African-American scenes.
Dr. J's is named after John Johnson, associ
ate dean of WSSU's School of Health
"The food was overwhelming for the price
I paid; I paid $9 and got chicken, three sides,
bread, salad, dessert and a drink; to me, that's
pretty cheap," said Amber Neal, a junior
majoring in elementary education.
Dr. J's sells all kinds of soul food, from
chitlings to pig feet, and greens to combread.
The restaurant is on Martin Luther King Jr.
Drive, right up the street from WSSU and
across from Bowman Gray Stadium.
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