Dion Ashman is founder and CEO of Our Gang Productions (OGP), a multifaceted communications production company whose program format is designed to entertain and inform the public about African American issues. "We are working to develop our own media source, so people in the community can have an attainable medium of outreach," says Ashman.
OGP developed a following through party promotions, but under Ashman's leadership garnered a faithful audience of 300,000 people in radio and the popular video talk show-NY VIBES/ VIBES. Ashman grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. A former student athlete, he graduated from NYC Tech with an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Pace University where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in speech communication with a concentration in Mass Media. He then went on to play semi-pro basketball for the Syracuse Shooting Stars of the International Basketball Association.
As a Youth Coordinator for community board number 9, Ashman had the opportunity to make a difference in the community by working with government agencies and community based organizations to find ways to improve the quality of life for youth in the Crown heights area. "Being legitimately community oriented is important because it helps an individual or organization build character," Helping others and being involved in the community is the philosophy by which Ashman lives. In keeping with this philosophy Ashman also hosted talk shows on both WLIB (1190 AM) and WBLS (107.5 FM) called Youth Line and Just Vibing respectively, where he discussed important issues with teenagers in the metropolitan area.
Currently Ashman Produces & Hosts THE GET READY FOR PRIMETIME RADIO SHOW, 93.5 FM, WVIP, New York City. The Program is Informative Talk with Classic Soul, House, Club & Hip Hop Music as entertainment.
Ashman is also Co-Executive Producer of the BROOKLYN COMEDY JUMP-OFF, A Brand of "CLEAN" Comedic Events.
In addition he has been invited to hold screening events for the Award Winning Documentary ( Big Apple Film Festival at Tribeca & Official Selection in the San Diego Black Film Festival) THE OTHER SIDE OF HIP HOP:THE SIXTH ELEMENT in several venues: County of Baltimore Community College, Medgar Evers College, Harlem State Office Building, New Jersery Performing Arts Center and Harvard University to name a few.
"We had a long run," said Ashman, "but we had to re-tool and get ready for the opportunities in the 21st century." "Real Life, real people, real problems and real solutions..... that's OGP in a nutshell."
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