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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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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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Che “Rhymefest” Smith

Che “Rhymefest” Smith


Che “Rhymefest” Smith


Monday 6PM – 9PM

Che “Rhymefest” Smith is the quintessential renaissance man as a father, husband, entrepreneur and raptivist. Inspired by his life experiences in a single-parent, working class household, Che has blazed a new trail in art, music and social activism. In 2005, Che won a Grammy for co-writing the historic record “Jesus Walks,” performed by his childhood friend Kanye West. He has served as co-writer on many of Kanye’s albums including Late Registration, Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus. He is currently nominated for a grammy for co-writing 2013’s hit, “New Slaves.”

Finally, in 2011, Che was the first rapper to ever run for city council in Chicago. After successfully defeating 3 other candidates, he lost to the incumbent in a run-off race by a mere 200 votes. He continues to be active in local and national elections.

Che has supported countless community organizations as a mentor and motivational speaker. In 2013, Rhymefest along with Kanye West launched Donda’s House, Inc.  to honor the educational legacy of Dr. Donda West (Kanye’s mother) by implementing arts and literature experiences that transform youth. Currently, he is finalizing his third major music release and first book release Violence Is Sexy, with an expected release in the Fall of 2014. Che “Rhymefest” Smith believes “the only true power is the power to empower others.”

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Salim Muwakkil

Salim Muwakkil


Wednesday 6PM – 9PM, Saturday 7PM – 10PM


After five years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Salim Muwakkil earned a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 1973, Prior to graduation, Muwakkil was called to the printed word, and served as a News Writer for Newark, New Jersey’s Associated Press Bureau. This position was the catalyst for a successful long-standing career in journalism. The following year, he became a copy editor for the largest black-owned publication in the country in the 1970s, Muhammad Speaks-Bibalian News. Muwakkil also served as the paper’s Managing Editor until 1977.


The 1980s moved Muwakkil to Chicago, where he worked as a writer and editor for the U.S. Department of Housing and Development. Always engaged in written expression Muwakkil was also a freelance writer, contributing to the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago. He became a Senior Editor for In These Times in 1984, and in 1993 became a contributing columnist for the Chicago Sun Times.


Muwakkil’s contribution and commitment to the power of prose has never faultered as he still serves as a Senior Editor for In These Times, and in a frequent contributor to Chicago Tonight and Beyond the Beltway with Bruce Dumont. He is also a Crime and Communities Fellow for the Open Society Institute, which examines the impact of ex-inmates and gang members in leadership positions in black communities. Muwakkil’s interest in complex gang issues has lead to the project entitled: Chicago Gangs: American Story.


Muwakkil serves as a board member for the Progressive Media Project and the Chicago-based Public Square, is a faculty member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s Urban Studioes Program, and former adjunct Profession at Columbia College, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and School of the Art Institute.

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Maya Akai

Maya Akai



The Maya Akai Show

Thursday 6PM-9PM

Maya is a native of Joliet, IL, and still resides in the area.  She attended the University of Iowa, and hosted a weekly radio show on the University student based radio station KRUI. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts Communications Studies, Maya immersed herself in the Chicago independent film scene, working on several small independent films and documentaries. Maya also continued her broadcast training by taking production classes at Columbia College in digital editing and later acquired a Master of Science Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University. In 2010 Maya took a chance on pursuing her lifelong dream of sports talk radio and auditioned for an on air talent search hosted by a local CBS Radio affiliate 670 The Score. After going toe to toe with 700 contestants, predominately male, Maya won the contest and hosted her own two hour weekend show, the Maya Gavin Show for over a year.  After leaving 670 the Score, Maya launched her own internet show based sports talk show on BlogTalkRadio, The Maya Gavin Show. In June 2012, she joined the WVON family on the Sunday night sports talk show The Sports Cypher (formerly Stats & Stilettos) as a host.

Though born and raised in the Midwest, Maya has traveled extensively since the age of nine visiting 15 countries throughout Europe, Asia and the West Indies.  When she is not pursuing her talk radio career, Maya works in the Mental Health Field as a Crisis Intervention Specialist and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Psychology. Maya’s experience in mental health, post-secondary education and social service  contributes to her dynamic perspective and conversation on Life and everything in between!

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Roland Martin

Roland Martin


News One Now

with Roland Martin


Monday – Friday 9PM – 12Midnight

“NewsOne Now” is the only national daily news radio show which focuses on the issues that African Americans are talking about. It’s the water cooler, the barber shop and the Twitter feed for African Americans. From ballers to senators, Roland is talking with the
people who make the biggest headlines, as well as breaking down what the day’s biggest story means to you. “NewsOne Now” covers it all.

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Coops Corner “B” Sides
Insayne Ywain

Coops Corner “B” Sides<br/>Insayne Ywain


Monday through Friday 12 Midnight -3AM


Ywain Fields host of THE B-SIDES on COOPS CORNER has been in the radio business for over 30yrs. Most of those years have been with WVON radio. Ywain’s voice has been heard in the Chicago market in various forms such as voicing commercials, television shows and radio since 1981. He also has other talents such as an organist for New Landmark MB church were his brother serves as Pastor. The late Richard Pegue, Pervis Spann the blues man, Bill Doc Lee, are just to name a few mentors and radio veterans who have taken him under their wing. Listen to the B-SIDES Monday thru Friday at midnight for the best in dusty’s blues and even jazz with Ywain Fields aka InsayneYwain.

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