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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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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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Pamela Tyus


News Anchor

Pamela began her broadcasting career doing VoiceOver work for jump start companies. She earned her Bachelors Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago,Illinois.

Pamela’s Radio broadcasting career began in Milwaukee Wisconsin with WTMJ the Journal broadcasting group, reporting news, weather, and sports.

As a firm believer of paying it forward Pamela shares her voice with the Chicago Lighthouse which is an organization for the seeing impaired. Pamela is recognized for her welcoming and strong personality.

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Recovery Radio
Dr. Dorothy J. Thomas

Recovery Radio<br/>Dr. Dorothy J. Thomas


Sunday 8pm – 9pm


Dorothy J. Thomas is a heart-felt advocate of Behavioral Health and Addiction Pathology. She is the Director of Addiction Services at Loretto Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Doctor of Religious Philosophy and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC).; Throughout her tenure in the field of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Thomas has posed as Clinician and Administrator. Positions held during this period ranged from Executive Director, Manager and Therapist with various organizations. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she is an educator and member of the adjunct faculty staff at Triton College; as well as hosting WVON’s Recovery Radio program. Her love and respect for humanity is only exceeded by her passion for working with special populations including women, mentally ill substance abusers, victims of family violence and criminal justice.


Dr. Thomas’ personal accomplishments include, eighteen (18) years as a library Trustee (elected official) for Broadview Public Library District. She served two terms as both President and Vice President of the Board. Currently she chairs the building committee with plans of building a new facility. Dr. Thomas is also a member of the 4th Senate District Women’s Committee, 7th Congressional District Substance Abuse Advisory Committee, and Citizens Activated to Change Healthcare (CATCH) Committee (treatment on demand), and member of TritonCollege Substance Abuse Advisory Committee. She also served on Governor Blagojevich’s Social Service Policy Transition Committee. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Westside Holistic Family Services, a non-for profit community agency.


Representing the state of Illinois, Dr. Thomas was the invited guest of President George Bush to the unveiling of the “Stop Family Violence” stamp, as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness.


Dr. Thomas had the honor of engaging the President in conversation regarding the Domestic Violence strategies in Illinois.


She states that her life is directed and orchestrated by God’s divine order. “It is my belief and faith that allows me to continue to venture down the roads less traveled. Furthermore, the work we do will not provide wealth but fulfillment, not freedom but commitment, not awards but rewards, not despair but hope, not attribution but contribution. For whom much is given, much is expected. Her philosophy of life evolves around learning and she believes that “Once learning has ceased, so does living.” This is who I am, and this is what I live by.”


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Koolout Radio

Koolout Radio


Sunday 11pm – 2am


His name is Johnny Starks, but most know him as KOOLOUT, the positively charming, intelligent, and witty actor and radio personality with the magnetic persona.


Koolout has spent years developing his style and his career in film and radio. Growing up on the West Side of Chicago, he started his radio career in Chicago before continuing his education at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Koolout then found himself at the powerhouse urban radio station, Clear Channel’s 107.5 FM WGCI. He began working in the promotions department for WGCI, as a Van Personality and built a reputation as a dedicated and highly energetic character.  Preempted by his popularity on the streets, Koolout quickly transitioned from van personality to on-air personality, hosting the consistently number one show in that time slot, “The Sunday Night Koolout”.


In addition to being an on air personality, Koolout had the privilege of being Ebony Magazines 2007 bachelor of the year.


Koolout is an Actor who has accumulated film credits in such films as Ran$om Games with Woody Harris and Elise Neil, Phamily BBQ 2: The engagement, Barbershop, Ice Harvest, Roll Bounce, Spiderman 2, Godfather of Green Bay and George Tillman’s Scenes from the Soul, Subtle Seduction, and Nothing like the Holiday’s. In addition to film Koolout is also the driving force behind his live interactive variety show entitled “Koolout & Friends.” Koolout also partners with a non-profit organization “The Beat Creators” and Earl Powell as they focus on teaching youth as well as bridging the gap of communication between youth and adults with the program TTAL (Teens Talk and Adults Listen).


Koolout focuses on the community working with voter registration drives, The Lydia Home Association, Stars, BMOA, and various other organization that focus on the development of youth and community.

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Trending Today
Carl Nelson

Trending Today<br/>Carl Nelson


Monday through Friday 4am – 6am


Ground-breaking, Peabody Award-winning broadcast news Journalist, Carl Nelson, has interviewed presidents, prime ministers, heads of state, politicians, authors, celebrities and civic leaders. Nelson’s distinguished four-decade career has connected him with people from all walks of life and taken him from Nelson Mandela’s prison cell in Soweto, South Africa; to the Rodney King riot in Los Angeles, California; to his current position as host of Washington D.C.’s contemporary daily newsmaker radio program: The Carl Nelson Show. The Carl Nelson Show is a three-hour daily news program which airs on TV One’s flagship station WOL-1450AM.


Among Nelson’s interview history are former U.S. President, Ronald Reagan; former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher; former South Africa Premiere, Peter Botha; the first president of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda; former Namibia President, Sam Nujoma; South African President, Jacob Zuma; dozens of U.S. political leaders, including former U.S. Presidential Candidate, Rev. Jesse Jackson; Senator Edward Kennedy; Representatives Maxine Waters, John Conyers and Diane Watson; civic leaders Julian Bond, Andrew Young, T.D. Jakes, and Rev. Al Sharpton.


For more, visit Carl’s website at http://carlnelsonshow.com.

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