Jetie B. Wilds, Jr., attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he received his Bachelor’s degree and participated in numerous marches and sit-ins during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He returned to Tampa to teach middle school math before relocating to Portland, OR as an environmental education specialist. While there, he enrolled in Portland State University and received his Master’s degree in Urban Studies. In 1996, he returned to Tampa after spending time in Washington, D.C., as an activist, specializing in environmental issues affecting the African-American community.
For over fourteen years, Wilds hosted the weekly “Citizen’s Report” each Saturday morning on Tampa’s WTMP. Hired in 1997 by the station’s GM, Glenn W. Cherry, his job was to use the show to rally listeners around social and political issues of the day that affected the local community. He also wrote a column for Ybor City’s trilingual La Gaceta newspaper.
Among his many accolades are Man of the Year from the Portland Junior Chamber of Commerce, Boss of the Year from the Professional Women’s Organization, and Distinguished College Alumnus from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. He’s also received special recognition from the Northwest Native American Tribes and the Federal Asian Pacific American Council.
The Tampa native is listed in a dozen or more national and international Who’s Who biographies, such as Who’s Who Among Emerging Leaders, Who’s Who among Black Americans, Who’s Who In the World, and the International Who’s Who of Intellectuals. His career includes serving as an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark University, a consultant in total quality management for the U.S. Government, a cabinet level executive, a Congressional Fellow for the U.S. Congress, and a Presidential Intern for the White House. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the highest level of Federal service.
Jetie Wilds was a co-owner of the Fushia Restaurant and Lounge in Tampa at the time of his passing, September 21, 2014 at the age of 74.
1997 - 2011 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
2014 - 2014 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)