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 Dometi the Dr. MLK Humanitarian Award for his continuous work in service-oriented projects. He was 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 a Fortune 500 company before leaving to develop his career in broadcasting and the arts.
After graduating from the Illinois Media School, Dometi joined WVON 1690AM as News Director and Morning Anchor. His morning and midday news, weather, and traffic updates are heard weekdays from 6am – 12pm (CST). Dometi also assists in writing and producing WVON’s audio documentaries, co-hosting the station’s external events and lending his voice and perspective to special features.
Dometi splits his time mentoring students at the Illinois Media School in his role as program director for IMS’ instructional internet radio program.
Click below and Listen to “Muhammad Ali: From Reviled to Revered.” Hosted by Dometi Pongo https://soundcloud.com/wvon-1690am/muhammad-ali-podcast-from-reviled-to-reverred
Dometi Pongo Brainstorming With David Banner:
Listen to the podcast. Click here https://dometi.net/2016/04/12/brainstorming-with-david-banner/
After finishing my studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale I worked for WGCI Radio 1390AM “The Talk Station.” The station eventually changed formats and became Dusty Radio 1390. After a few years there I moved to New York were I worked for Metro Networks, Inc. I was a Traffic Reporter there on several station including, WBLS and WLIB. I also worked for WOR as a news writer and reporter.
The desire to be close to family and the city I loved brought me back to the Chi. I transferred to the Chicago division of Metro Networks Inc. There I was a News Anchor on WLS, a Writer (for their wire service Metro Source) and Traffic Reported for several affiliate stations including WVAZ, WLS, WBBM, WNUA (remember Smooth Jazz 95.5fm), WGN, One On One Sports, Indiana 105 and the Suntimes Information Line. After Metro I went on to DJ for 100.3FM for about seven years. Now I find myself at the station I listened to as a child. The station that meant so much to the community in which lived. The Historical WVON!