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Career Corner

Career Corner with Linal Harris

Career Corner, powered by U.S. CELLULAR, is a 30 minute segment designed to make you think about and question what you bring to today’s job market, who you want to be in job market of the future and help to equip you with the skills and know how to be ready for your new job!


Career Corner is hosted by Linal Harris, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer with U.S. Cellular.  



Linal Harris is an international business professional, Fortune 500 company executive, writer, speaker, entrepreneur and life coach*. He is also the recipient of a number of honors and awards, such as the Chicago Urban Roundtable’s 2012, 40 Game Changers under 40 award and The Chicago Defender’s 2013, Men of Excellence award.  


Prior to his role with U.S. Cellular, Harris assisted in the start-up and management of multiple call centers across the globe with efforts in countries like India, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Jamaica.  He has over 15 years of leadership, business operations and technology experience. 


Harris has held positions with a number of Fortune 500 companies, both domestic and international which has provided him a unique perspective on diversity and the impacts of globalization on achieving superior business results.   Under Harris’ leadership U.S. Cellular® has received a number of awards for their continued support of diverse suppliers and their work within diverse communities. Chicago is home for Harris and he has a strong passion for inspirational leadership and outreach within his community.   


Harris’ passion for leadership and inspiration is evidenced in his blog inspirationalperspective.com where he challenges his readers to murder mediocrity and live their best life possible. In addition to this, he continually shares his resources and time with inner city youth by volunteering and inspiring high school juniors and seniors to pursue further education.   “We all have the power to influence great change…but if we ignore that power…to create change…we could miss an opportunity to change our city, possibly the nation, maybe the world. Don’t underestimate the ripple effect you have on the rest of our lives.” – An excerpt from “What’s Your Ripple Effect?” by Linal Harris

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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


Live Video app for Facebook by Ustream

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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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Dometi Pongo

Dometi Pongo


Dometi Pongo


News Anchor


Dometi Pongo (pronounced Doe-Muh-TEE) is a Chicago-native who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUe). While there, he served as a key contributor to the Black Studies Program and its interactive medium The Cultural Front.


SIUe awarded Pongo the Dr. MLK Humanitarian Award for his continuous work in service-oriented projects. He was also the first student in the St. Louis market to be deemed both a National Black MBA Association Scholar and a National Sales Network Scholar in the same year.


Upon graduating, he worked as a Business Analyst for Target Corp. and a freelance Spoken Word artist and audio engineer. Pongo left Target Headquarters to return to Chicago and devote more time to his career in media broadcasting.


After attending the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, he joined WVON 1690AM as a Programming Intern for the Matt McGill Morning Show.


Pongo was promoted to On-Air News Anchor and has been working diligently ever since. He also serves as the Multimedia Director at Faith Victory Ministries Int’l as well as a Voice-Over Talent, Spoken Word Artist and Emcee

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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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Maxwell Billieon

Maxwell Billieon


Maxwell Speaks with

Maxwell Billieon


Tuesday, 11am and Friday at 10am on The Perri Small Show

Maxwell’s achievements are extremely diverse; his credentials extend across a wide array of professional and personal arenas that include:


Politics: Orator for the U.S. Legislative Black Caucus Foundation; consultant to various politicians including Senator, Congressman & Lieutenant Governor of California, the honorable Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally


Sports: Former award winning athlete, IDEA Certified Health Instructor, former career manager of X Games / ESPN champion athletes


Health / Wellness: Author / Writer on relationships and role reversal with Amazon accolades in various categories including Marriage, Relationship Advice, Health & Wellness & Dating; Maxwell has also written articles for various major nationally distributed editorial houses.


Entertainment: Former director and consultant supervising Artistic Development for Sony Music, Epic and Capitol Records; Executive Producer with Time Life Inc.


Social Commentator: On screen credits for Fox news, Dr. Drew and Ricki Lake as expert on social issues, style, travel and relationship concerns


Public Speaker: Honorary speaker and key note speaker to various organizations that include MTV, Facebook, USC, Phi Beta Sigma chapters as well as expert to government factions and non-profit organizations globally.


Additionally Maxwell has traveled extensively, having lived on six continents, he is bi-lingual and is widely considered an expert on culture and travel. Currently Maxwell is the host of his nationally broadcasted radio show, “Maxwell Speaks”, a radio format taking on hot topic socio-concerns of modern day.


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