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Dorothy Tillman

Dorothy Tillman

Saturday 6am – 8am


Mother, Civil Rights Activist, Author, Radio Host, Dorothy Wright Tillman is driven by a passion to improve the plight of African Americans. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Tillman joined the civil rights movement at age sixteen and was christened “The Movement Baby”. As a trainee and a field staff organizer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), she fought for rights and political consciousness. She marched with Dr. King and was one of the first SCLC organizers to cross the Edmund-Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on the infamous Bloody Sunday, a turning point in the battle to ensure the right to vote for African American citizens. While in Chicago with Dr. King in 1965 to fight for the open housing plight, she met and married musician Jimmy Lee Tillman, with whom she has five children.


Tillman and her husband moved to San Francisco soon after they married. She brought the spirit of the civil rights movement with her, successfully mobilizing residents in her public housing community in a battle against the city for public transportation to their neighborhood, which she believed had been nonexistent based on racism and disrespect for the poor.


Upon moving back to Chicago, Tillman enrolled her children in a public school and organized an army of concerned parents to wage a new war, this time fighting for quality education. She eventually founded the Parent Equalizers of Chicago, which has been organized in more than 300 schools, setting the groundwork for school reform in Chicago . The momentum created by several successful grassroots campaigns Tillman help organize, led to the election of Chicago ’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington.


In 1985, Tillman became the first woman to serve as alderman of Chicago’s Third Ward and the only female elected official in the United States who worked on Dr. King’s staff. As a major political figure in Chicago, Tillman’s community-building activities, including the creation of the Chicago Blues District, has led to the revitalization of Bronzeville. Her commitment continues with projects related to issues of waning inner-city education, housing and family needs, preserving Black culture and civil rights. Tillman has also been an extremely influential player in the movement for slave reparations, authoring the Slave Era Disclosure Ordinance in 2000 that has been introduced and duplicated in several governing bodies internationally.


She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her local, national and global activism and has been featured in various books and television features.

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Matt McGill

Matt McGill


Monday through Friday 6am – 9am


Matt McGill is one the country’s premier morning-drive personalities. As a host on one of the nation’s only Urban Talk radio stations, McGill’s morning show is the only locally produced program which targets affluent African-American adults in what is the largest market in the country.


McGill offers substantive conversation mixed with his own brand of observational humor, making him a favorite amongst Chicago’s movers and shakers; business and community leader; as well as politicians. The native Chicagoan attended Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, and has been host of WVON’s morning drive show since 2009.



Special Weekly Features

The Urban Business Roundtable with Pepper Miller
Wednesday, 8:30am – 9am



Career Corner with Linal Harris
Monday, 8:30am – 9am



Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman Wins Walter Payton Man of the Year Award 





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Lets Get to Work
Theresa Dear

Lets Get to Work<br/>Theresa Dear


Theresa Dear is a business and social entrepreneur, activist, author and minister. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HR4NON-PROFITS, a national human resources consulting firm. She is also the founder and visionary of the Incubator Project. The Incubator Project is the philanthropic arm of HR4NON-PROFITS, which provides pro bono services to nonprofits.
Theresa is a recognized pioneer and champion for employee-based innovations. While Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources at SPSS Inc. (an IBM company), she received national recognition by Working Woman’s Magazine for positioning the business as one of the best “100 Companies to Work for in America.”
Theresa is the author of Inadequate, Unprepared But Ready (God-Centered Leadership Lessons) and Inconceivable Seasons (Lessons of Faith and Favor for Women). Theresa credits her dedication to civil rights by the influential leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her advocacy was ignited and shaped by her work on Harold Washington’s congressional campaign.
Theresa speaks around the country in churches, corporations and conferences on Civil Rights Challenges in the Workplace, Leadership Best Practices, Transformational Leadership and Cultural Competencies. She also speaks on topics related to women in leadership, diversity and inclusion and the changing civil rights landscape of the country.
As creator and radio host of “Let’s Get to Work” on WVON 1690 AM on Saturday mornings, she equips, enables and encourages people to secure, retain and advance in employment and entrepreneurship.

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Perri Small

Perri Small

Monday through Thursday 9am – Noon
Friday 9am – 11am


Perri R. Small is one of the city’s most astute journalists, specializing in social issues, politics and education. With more than 30 years of print and broadcast journalistic experience, Small is a favored speaker, panelist and moderator, lending her thoughts and unique brand of truth-talk in forums and town hall meetings.


Small began her career covering City Hall and the ‘Council Wars’ which ensued after the election of the late Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American Mayor. Her tenacity and professionalism lead to Small being asked to join Mayor Washington’s administration as an Assistant Press Secretary.


Small returned to her broadcast journalistic roots as an Executive Producer at WVON. Her passion of speaking did not let her remain behind the scenes for long, and she soon began hosting evening shows and the coveted morning drive with Matt McGill, until her large personality called for her own show. In addition to hosting the mid-morning show, Small produces small projects, including the critically acclaimed radio documentary: From zero to fifty: How Mayor Richard M. Daley marginalized Black politics in Chicago.


Special Weekly Features
“Customer Service with Dorothy Tucker”
Wednesday, 10am – 10:30am


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Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton

Monday through Friday Noon – 3PM.
Call-in Number 877-532-5797
Encore 3AM-6AM


With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of America’s most-renowned civil rights leaders. Now “The Rev.”, as he is affectionately called by close friends and supporters, is bringing his powerful voice to radio and getting the answers to real questions with his entertaining new daily talk show the Al Sharpton Show.


Whether running for President of the United States in 2004 or leading civil rights protests, Sharpton’s highly visible career began at the tender age of four when he preached his first sermon. A successful civil rights career soon followed helping Sharpton hold such notable positions as the Youth Director of New York’s Operation Breadbasket, Director of Ministers for National Rainbow Push coalition, and founder of his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National Action Network.


Sharpton’s stance, in his own words, has taken him “from the streets to the suites” and his irrefutable impact on national politics has been applauded by both supporters and non-supporters alike. Sharpton continues to challenge the American political establishment to be inclusive to all people regardless of race, gender, class or beliefs.


In his 2003 book, “Al on America” Sharpton describes this vision for America and states his book should be used “to fight against the pro-big business, anti-labor, pro-death penalty matrix that has crippled America , and to talk about where I think we ought to be going in the 21st century.”


Sharpton will draw on his experience as a grass roots organizer, community activist and politician to offer “real deal” commentary, practical answers and solutions.

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The People’s Show
Mark J. Wallace

The People’s Show <br/> Mark J. Wallace


Tuesday 6PM – 9PM
Saturday 11AM – 12PM


Mark hales from Miami, Florida where he was born raised and Educated with post graduate degrees from Nova University Mark is committed to being a voice for and with the people. Mr. Wallace believes that it is important to educate the public on the issues that matter and challenge the public official to serve with character, courage and conscious.

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Cliff Kelley

Cliff Kelley

Monday through Friday 3pm – 6pm


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For more than 30 years, Cliff Kelley has been a prominent figure in the ever interesting and always controversial arena of Chicago’s political stage. Kelley’s expertise was hones through 16 years as a member of the city council, and has made him a much sought after commentator, speaker and analyst, not only locally, but on national and international issue-orientated television and talk-radio programs.


Kelley is a distinguished veteran talk show personality and is a respected thought-leader on affairs throughout the nation, Kelley shares his wealth of knowledge to a vast listening audience comprised of Chicago’s politicos, decision makers and community stakeholders. Kelley has been a host on Chicago’s Urban Talk/News powerhouse for more than two decades.


Video streaming by Ustream


Special Weekly Features
The Urban Business Roundtable with Pepper Miller.
Thursday, 6:05pm – 7pm

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The Urban Business
Round Table

The Urban Business<br/>Round Table


Wednesday at 8:30am, Thursday at 6:05pm, and Saturday at 9:30am

The Urban Business Roundtable (UBR) promotes engaging dialogue and debate about the impact of business and economic trends on the African-American community. UBR offers segments that inspire and inform entrepreneurs on business trends and opportunities. The program also explores insights from financial experts, business leadership, political leadership, and academia. UBR has formed an all-star line-up to create a hub for entrepreneurs that helps them navigate, survive, and thrive in the current economy.


The Urban Business Roundtable (UBR) promotes engaging dialogue and debate about the impact of business and economic trends on the African-American community. UBR offers segments that inspire and inform entrepreneurs on business trends and opportunities. The program also explores insights from financial experts, business leadership, political leadership, and academia. UBR has formed an all-star line-up to create a hub for entrepreneurs that helps them navigate, survive, and thrive in the current economy.

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Pepper Miller Host Pepper Miller founded The Hunter-Miller Group (HMG), a leading edge market research and strategic planning firm.  Since 1985, HMG has been using real vs. invented insights to help large corporations understand Black America so that they can have loyal customers and a positive impact on their bottom line.  Some of these corporate clients include: Allstate, AARP, Chicago History Museum, General Mills, GlaxoSmithKline, Ford Motor Company, Kraft, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, Toyota and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Khoa X. Ho Khoa X. Ho manages Ariel’s Investor Services Team—a group of licensed professionals dedicated to providing mutual fund shareholders with exceptional customer service. Additionally, he is an Ariel spokesperson for financial literacy, frequently speaking in the community about “Investing 101″ to educate the public on the fundamentals of mutual fund investing. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Khoa worked at Goldman Sachs as an account analyst and in the Marketing Department at The University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He is a board member of Vital Bridges, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving those impacted by HIV and AIDS. He earned a BA in biology from the University of Chicago.
Charisse Jones Charisse Jones is a veteran reporter and national correspondent for USA Today. She was previously a staff writer for The New York Times, and part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Los Angeles Times. She has been a contributor to National Public Radio and Essence magazine, and a guest on  “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show, C-Span’s “Washington Journal,”  and other national programs. She is also the co-author of “Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America,” (HarperCollins) winner of the 2004 American Book Award.
Dr. Farrah Gray Business mogul and best-selling author, Dr. Farrah Gray, was named as one of the most influential Black men in America by the National Urban League’s Urban Influence magazine and as an entrepreneurial icon by Ebony magazine. Raised in the impoverished South Side of Chicago, Dr. Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. At the age of 21, he received an honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters from. Allen University. He was also the youngest individual in history to have an office on Wall Street. In his rise from poverty to national and international prominence as a preeminent power speaker, Dr. Gray has inspired millions around the world.
Renita D. Young Renita D. Young is a lead contributor for the Urban Business Roundtable who brings a variety of experience including international business news coverage, production, business development, public relations and social media. After graduating with a BA in Communication and English from DePaul University in 2007, Young’s enthusiasm to learn more about the media industry and perfect her craft led her to attend Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for graduate school. While at Medill, Young worked as a correspondent for the Chicago Journal, UPI.com and FOX News 2 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She reported on the 2008 Presidential primaries in Chicago, the 2008 Presidential election in Washington, D.C., then the 2009 Presidential Inauguration while on assignment in Kenya. Young has also worked as a business reporter for Nairobi-based K24TV, Kenya’s first locally-headquartered 24-hour news network.
Professor Rashid Carter Professor Rashid Carter, a Chicago native, studied business economics at the University of Illinois at Champaign. After graduating from the U of I in 1997, Carter earned a full fellowship to attend Washington University in St. Louis to earn his Ph.D. in Economics. Carter’s research focuses on African-American financial institutions and their role in promoting community development. Carter is currently a professor with the City Colleges of Chicago. He teaches macroeconomics, microeconomics, and social science at Olive-Harvey College.
Professor Derrick Collins Professor Derrick Collins serves as the Interim Dean for the College of Business at Chicago State University. Previously, Mr. Collins was Assistant Clinical Professor of Finance at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management where he teaches the courses Venture Capital and Private Equity Investing, and Entrepreneurial Finance. . Collins also extends his private equity experience into business practice by serving as a General Partner of the business advisory firm, Hickory Trestle, and private equity advisory firm, Magna Saxum Advisors. Collins has lectured extensively on the topic of venture capital and investing in entrepreneurial companies, including presentations at the Credit Suisse International Business School, the National Football League’s Player Development Program, the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Advanced Management Education Program, the Chicago Urban League’s NextOne Program, the Wall Street Journal’s Black Entrepreneurship in America Conference, and guest appearances on Chicago’s WGN-TV Minority Business Report.
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Impresario Radio
Chef Clifford Rome

Impresario Radio<br/>Chef Clifford Rome


Impresario Radio

Wednesday 9pm – 10pm


Impresario Radio – This culinary chic show introduces audiences to global dining and eclectic cultural experiences. The mission of the show? Simply to entice, education and inspire listeners to tune-in each week as a Chef Rome and his co-hosts reveal mouthwatering recipes and discuss the art of dining well with other food service professionals.


Chef Rome, Host and Executive Producer, has more than 20 years of food service experience. Chef Rome’s vision for Impresario Radio is a savvy radio program which serves as a vehicle for keeping his finger on the pulse of current and stylish dining trends.


Co-host Maisha Wynn, The Downtown Diva, is a media visionary and lifestyle specialist. Each week, Wynn provides a dose of opulence with her segment: ‘What’s sizzling in the world of lifestyle and luxury.”


Ashley Aviyah, rounds out the hosting trio of Impresario Radio, and is Impresario Radio  social media butterfly. Just in case you missed a key ingredient, don’t worry, Aviyah is on the case with real-time studio updates.


Creative Producer, RaShanah Baldwin a.k.a.  Shanah B., is responsible for artistic direction and viable content on Impresario Radio. For details on upcoming shows or to be a guest, contact shanahb@wvon.com.




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