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6:00 – 9:00 AM CST WVON MORNING SHOW W/RUFUS WILLIAMS


9:00 – 11:30 AM CST MIDDAY MADDNESS W/PERRI SMALL


11:30 AM CST BLACK HOUSE MATTER W/MARIA PAPPAS


12:00 PM CST MILLIONAIRE’S ROUNDTABLE


1:00 – 3:00 PM CST KEEPING IT REAL W/AL SHARPTON


3:00 – 6:00 PM CST EGONMWAN & BUCHANAN


6:00 – 9:00 PM CST EVENING SHOW W/SAMANTHA THOMAS


9:00 – 11:00 PM CST SPORTS TALK WITH CLYDE TRAVIS


12:00 – 3:00 AM CST B-SIDES W/AL GREER


3:00 – 5:00 AM CST “RE-BROADCAST OF THE PAM WALTON GOSPEL SHOW”


5:00 AM CST BLACK INFORMATION NETWORK9:

 

6:00 – 9:00 AM CST WVON MORNING SHOW W/RUFUS WILLIAMS


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST MIDDAY MADDNESS W/PERRI SMALL


12:00 PM CST MILLIONAIRE’S ROUNDTABLE


1:00 – 3:00 PM CST KEEPING IT REAL W/AL SHARPTON


3:00 – 6:00 PM CST EGONMWAN & BUCHANAN


6:00 – 9:00 PM CST EVENING SHOW W/SAMANTHA THOMAS


9:00 PM – 12:00 AM CST WE ELEVATED TALK W/MANDENE MUHAMMAD


12:00 – 5:00 AM CST B-SIDES W/AL GREER


5:00 – 6:00 AM CST BLACK INFORMATION NETWORK

6:00 – 9:00 AM CST WVON MORNING SHOW W/RUFUS WILLIAMS


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST MIDDAY MADDNESS W/PERRI SMALL


11:30 AM CST MIDDAY MADDNESS W/PERRI SMALL


12:00 PM CST MILLIONAIRE’S ROUNDTABLE


1:00 – 3:00 PM CST KEEPING IT REAL W/AL SHARPTON


3:00 – 6:00 PM CST EGONMWAN & BUCHANAN


6:00 – 9:00 PM CST EVENING SHOW W/SAMANTHA THOMAS


9:00 PM – 12:00 AM CST SPEAK ON IT W/KOFI MALIK


12:00 – 5:00 AM CST B-SIDES W/AL GREER


5:00 AM CST BLACK INFORMATION NETWORK

6:00 – 9:00 AM CST WVON MORNING SHOW W/RUFUS WILLIAMS


9:00 AM12:00 PM CST MIDDAY MADDNESS W/PERRI SMALL


12:00 PM CST MILLIONAIRE’S ROUNDTABLE


1:00 – 3:00 PM CST KEEPING IT REAL W/AL SHARPTON


3:00 – 6:00 PM CST EGONMWAN & BUCHANAN


6:00 – 8:00 PM CST EVENING SHOW W/SAMANTHA THOMAS


8:00 PM CST EVENING SHOW W/SAMANTHA THOMAS


9:00 PM – 12:00 AM CST CHUCKIE THOMAS


12:00 – 5:00 AM CST B-SIDES W/AL GREER


5:00 AM CST BLACK INFORMATION NETWORK

6:00 – 9:00 AM CST WVON MORNING SHOW W/RUFUS WILLIAMS


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST MIDDAY MADDNESS W/PERRI SMALL


12:00 PM CST MILLIONAIRE’S ROUNDTABLE


1:00 – 3:00 PM CST KEEPING IT REAL W/AL SHARPTON


3:00 – 6:00 PM CST REBUILDING BLACK CHICAGO


6:00 – 9:00 PM CST KENDALL MOORE


9:00 PM12:00 AM CST THE PROGRESSIVES


12:00 – 5:00 AM CST B-SIDES W/AL GREER


5:00 AM CST BLACK INFORMATION NETWORK

6:00 – 8:00 AM CST COFFEE, TEA, & CONVERSATION W/ DOROTHY TILLMAN


8:00 AM CST ACCLIVUS HOUR


9:00 AM CST IL. BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


10:00 AM CST RAINBOW PUSH


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST EQUAL HOPE


12:00 PM CST POWER BROKER SHOW W/WILLIAM CAROTHERS


1:00 PM CST U-CHICAGO MEDICINE “THE COMMUNITY HEALTH FOCUS HOUR”


2:00 PM CST REPRESENTATIVE LASHAWN FORD


3:00 PM CST BEST OF WVON


4:00 – 6:00 PM CST AMERICAN HEROS


6:00 PM CST BLACK STAR PROJECT


7:00 – 10:00 PM CST SALIM MUKWAKILL TALK SHOW


10:00 PM CST RIFF ON JAZZ LIVE BLUES SHOW


11:00 PM1:00 AM CST SIR HENRY LIVE BLUES SHOW


1:00 AM CST SIR HENRY LIVE BLUES SHOW


2:00 – 5:00 AM CST B-SIDES W/AL GREER


5:00 AM CST BLACK INFORMATION NETWORK

6:00 AM CST MR. CEASE FIRE W/TIO HARDIMAN


7:00 – 9:00 AM CST INSPIRATIONAL PERSPECTIVE


9:00 AM CST THE BORGES REPORT


10:00 AM CST DR. IN THE HOUSE W/DR.TERRY MASON


11:00 AM2:00 PM CST PAM WALTON GOSPEL SHOW


2:00 PM CST ON THE CASE


3:00 PM CST TOPP & TOPP BUILD YOUR WEALTH SHOW & PROTECT YOUR MONEY


4:00 PM CST THE FOCUS W/ ROBERT MCKAY


5:00 PM CST BLACK EXCELLENCE HOUR


6:00 PM CST TRINITY UCC


7:00 – 9:00 PM CST STRAIGT TALKK W/ REV. MITCHELL L. JOHNSON


9:00 – 11:00 PM CST KEEP HOPE ALIVE W/ REV. JESSE JACKSON


11:00 PM CST FIRST CHURCH OF LOVE


12:00 – 2:00 AM CST BEST OF WVON


2:00 – 5:00 AM CST B-SIDES W/AL GREER


5:00 AM CST BLACK INFORMATION NETWORK

OUR HOSTS

Meet Samantha Thomas

Samantha Thomas is an Emmy Award Winning Journalist and native of Chicago, Illinois. Samantha began her career in Television News after graduating from Lincoln University of Missouri in 2004, an HBCU where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. The beginning of her media career as a Television News Producer took her to several local news markets across the U.S. starting in 2005 including, Missouri (CBS), Las Vegas (FOX and CBS), and Chicago (CBS2 News). Her Television News career behind-the-scenes earned her an EMMY Award in 2008 for “Excellence as a Producer.” From 2013-2014, Samantha returned home to Chicago, and started the non-profit organization, G.L.A.M., Inc. (Girls Lifted-Up and Motivated). This group mentored girls ages 7-13 on Chicago’s South and West Side with assistance from the Noah’s Arc Foundation (the philanthropic organization founded by former Chicago Bulls forward, Joakim Noah). In 2014, Samantha decided to take the Entrepreneur and Social Media Influencer route, starting her own Blog/Web-Series, SmallTALK with Samantha. In 2017 Samantha relocated back to Las Vegas where she was a Live Reporter for the city’s ABC News Affiliate, KTNV-Channel 13. Starting 2019 Samantha returned to her hometown of Chicago and in 2020 became an On-Air Personality at the legendary WVON-1690AM | iHeartRadio. She currently hosts the Evening Show, “Samantha TALKS” Monday – Thursday from 6p – 9p. Samantha is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and NABJ Chicago Chapter.

Five Fun Facts about Samantha:

  1. Born and Raised in the city of Chicago
  2. As a kid, I had a pretend Radio Station that named “WSMT” (my initials), and played my parents records
  3. I love to workout (#TeamFitness), but I have a sweet tooth
  4. I love all things Media and Production
  5. I’ve lived in 4 different states 
    ** (Bonus Fact): In Grammar (Elementary School), I’d sometimes get in trouble for Talking… Well it paid off, lol:)

Meet Reverend Al Sharpton

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 grassroots organizer, community activist and politician to offer “real deal” commentary, practical answers and solutions.

Meet Lynn Richardson

Blessed with the gift of gab, Lynn Richardson is who the entertainment industry describes as a, “minister-preacher-gangster-teacher” who hosts the, “Millionaire Roundtable” for your afternoon money motivation. The Millionaire’s Roundtable is an interactive financial forum for people interested in improving their financial future. God fearing and honest, Richardson’s top goal is to help others achieve personal, professional and spiritual harmony. Dropping financial gems during her action-packed hour, Richardson features interviews from leading experts, analysts, entrepreneurs, and other influencers who spread wisdom that improves wealth outcomes in families and communities worldwide! Tune in Monday through Friday at 12 noon to have a seat at the Millionaire’s Roundtable!

Meet Perri Small

Chicago’s veteran journalist Perri Small brings craze and insight to WVON with her morning show, “Midday Madness”! Let your coffee kick in and listen to a well-informed and opinionated personality discuss unlimited topics from national, local, political, and social issues to everyday life. After finding her purpose and living it, Small encourages her audience and guests to embrace their authentic voice without filters. Catch Perri Small sharing raw and unfiltered perspectives Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon on WVON 1690AM!

 Fun Facts about Perri:

  1. Perri and her family professionally bred handled and showed AKC miniature Schnauzers.
  2. Perri studied classical ballet from 5 to eighteen years old.
  3.  Although Perri had many interests, she knew she was going to be a working news journalist in third grade.
  4.  Perri was named after a female Disney first live action circa 1955 film by her father and now is in possession of the framed original movie poster 

Meet Kim Egonmwan

Attorney and Philanthropist Kimberly Egonmwan co-hosts a late afternoon show, “Egonmwen and Buchanan” with Atiba Buchanan. Blazing with passion and a thoughtful communication style, Egonmwan creates an atmosphere of respect where the truth is welcomed. Voicing the truth straight with no chaser, Egonmwan invites her audience to say what’s on their mind while keeping their appetite full of facts they may or may not be ready to digest. Always ready to listen and fight to make a difference, Egonmwen is a champion for spreading truth to her listeners. Ease into the evening by tuning into the Egonmwen and Buchanan show Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6pm on WVON 1690AM!
Five fun facts about Kim:
1. She is a proud officer of the first African-American Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha- Theta Omega Chapter.
2. She serves on several major junior boards.
3. She was a Director for the Illinois Senate.
4. She is THE BEST TRIVIA PARTNER EVER!
5. She loves mob movies, dancing and has a ridiculous iTunes list

Meet Ernest Fenton

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Meet Robin Lewis

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Meet Rufus Williams

Entrepreneur and proud Chicago native Rufus Williams hosts an intellectually ground-breaking show, “The Rufus Williams Show”. Airing early morning at 6AM, he engages his listeners by providing clarity to real-world issues that affect the lives of Americans. Keeping his show mentally sharp for the early morning drive to work, he educates his audience on the Black experience and what is not only important to African Americans, but society as a collective. Tune in within the 6 to 8 am hour to receive information from one of Chicago’s on-air intellectuals!

Meet Atiba Buchanan

Former intern of the legendary Cliff Kelly and lover of God, Atiba Buchanan co-hosts the late afternoon show, “Egonmwen and Buchanan” with Kimberly Egonmwan. Very compassionate and full of empathy, Buchanan provides a voice to the voiceless by creating a safe space for diversity of thought. An advocate for informed decision-making, Buchanan develops a reservoir of information to keep listeners informed and up-to-date. Ready to learn more about the world and life? Buchanan gives an optimistic yet integral viewpoint to political, economic, romantic and social issues. Ease into the evening by tuning into the Egonmwen and Buchanan show Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6pm on WVON 1690AM!

Meet Matt McGill

Matt McGill has established himself as one of the country’s premier talk radio personalities. As co-host on one of the nation’s only Urban Talk Radio Stations, McGill’s afternoon drive program is the only locally produced program that targets affluent African-American adults in the third largest broadcast market. He offers substantive conversation mixed with his own brand of observational humor which has made him a fan favorite amongst Chicago’s movers and shakers, including politicians, business and community leaders.
Five fun facts about Matt:
1. Favorite snack: Popcorn
2. Favorite movie: Dolemite
3. Favorite Animal: Lion
4. Favorite vacation spot: Mexico
5. Favorite Color: Blue

Meet Hannah Neely

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Five fun facts About Hannah: 

1. I went to Africa at the age of 17 to help build a school in a rural village and it changed my life forever.
2. I would like to help develop Africa in the future and develop additional schools, hotels, and residential properties
3. I’ve never had a dog
4. My favorite US state is Florida
5. My favorite hobby is to Travel

Meet Al Greer

Al is a 40 veteran of radio. He has worked for WGCI AM/FM, WJPC-FM, WLTH-Gary, WKKC-FM (Kennedy/King College) and WVON-AM as an intern. He has been mentored by Herb Kent, Richard Pegue,(former WVON Personalities) Jim "The Rag Man" Raggs (WWCA, V-103 and Soul 106.3) and Richard Steele (WJPC/WGRT, WVON, V-103 and WBEZ), who are all Chicago radio legends. Al started his career as a Mobile Disc Jockey and as a Teen DJ for the legendary Herb Kent at the age of 14. He has been a Program/Music Director of both music and talk stations as well as Radio host for WGCI's #1 Late-Night Quiet Storm show "Whispers In The Dark," Morning/Afternoon show host at "Dustyradio1390," (WGCI-AM) and Operations Manager at Gary, Indiana's WLTH 1370 AM and Kennedy King College's WKKC 89.3 FM. He also serves as a radio mentor, Voice Over Actor and Radio consultant to several Internet and Terrestrial radio stations in Chicago, Indianapolis & Gary, Indiana. Al currently runs a successful Mobile DJ Service (AG Entertainment & Sound), an on-line radio station (WOSDRadio.com) and is the nightly host of "The B-Sides with Dr. Al Greer" at midnight Monday thru Friday with a variety of Old School and Dusties. Al can also be heard throughout the day/night on many commercials and radio imaging for WVON. He is the voice of WVON.
Five Fun Facts About Al:
1. Al is a Father of 6 and Grandfather of 8, which means he loves children.
2. Al collects records, vintage equipment and microphones.
3. Al is a big fan of Gangster Movies, Romantic Movies and Seth McFarland cartoons. (Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show) 
4. Al likes to dress well and work out when time permits. 
5. Al is a multi-instrumentalist.  
 
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