Our mission is to change the city (metro areas) through inspiration and information both locally and globally.
The TREND is the vehicle to deliver inspiration on the journey of trending music, culture and conversations.
We are a true community media outlet that daily showcases and highlights the footprint of our community with music, culture and conversations. Our station is led by Telisa Franklin, the First Black Woman Owned Radio Station in Memphis.
Memphis, Tennessee is the home of the consummate Telisa Franklin, who was born and raised in the historic Douglass community in the 38108-zip code area under the watchful eyes of her doting grandparents. The environment was harsh for a young woman caught in the throes of ‘hood life where success in any field of
endeavor was no doubt a figment of her imagination. Crack cocaine, for example, proliferated the neighborhood and lulled many young people, and old ones too, into its deadly grasp. And on top of all that, her father was brutally murdered.
Telisa fought back with the tools she had – determination, grit, and supportive grandparents – and vowed not to let her unfortunate circumstances become her death knell. For one, her grandparents had instilled in her a sense of family and a foundation of faith and community. She soon adopted the slogan “failure is not an option” and worked thrice as hard not to succumb to the manacles of poverty and wretchedness. She would beat the odds with vision and hard work. The second born of five siblings, the fruits of her labor would eventually sprout success, making it easier to tend to the needs of her three young brothers.
Telisa graduated from Craigmont High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Victory University and a master’s in Biblical Studies at Brewster Theological Clinic and School of Religion. She was determined not to become a statistic and fall prey to the wolves of the world who often devour the less fortunate in society. That wouldn’t become her epitaph. Instead, she chose to live and placed her faith in a higher authority. In fact, as the granddaughter of a pastor, she credits much of what she’s been able to accomplish to her faith.
“If it were not for my grandfather teaching me to choose God first, to work hard, I am not sure where I would be or what I would be doing now,” she said.
The struggle would manifest into Telisa’s propensity to create opportunities for herself and others. The journey was difficult, but the road to success would no longer be pockmarked with failures and disappointments. Success was evident when she made a conscious decision to become an entrepreneur. Today, she is president of Flowers and More, president of the Memphis Juneteenth Festival, president of
Telisa Franklin Ministries, and the sole owner of WAVN the Trend Radio Station. She’s also a licensed lifecoach, author, community organizer, and passionately involved with various organizations in the Mid-South. Her influence is mounting.
Telisa is proud to serve as the secretary of the Memphis Central Rotary Club of Memphis. She’s also active on several boards, such as The Hart Center, and understands the mental well-being of others. In her spare time, she motivates youth to dream big and work hard. She believes children should have opportunities to become successful in life. But she knows the leaders of today must prepare them for their destiny, which she is doing with her young teenage son, whom she is grooming as the next generation entrepreneur. In addition to her son, she is happily married to an awesome and supportive man.