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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

Named by Urban Influence Magazine as one of the 20 Hottest Influencers in America, Dr. Lynn Richardson is an author, entertainment executive and celebrity financial coach who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others face their money issues and achieve personal, professional and spiritual harmony. With more than two decades of leading roles in the banking and real estate sales industries, Lynn’s vision is best portrayed in her books, most notably Living Check to Monday: The Real Deal About Money, Credit and Financial Security, which achieved Best Seller status at the Congressional Black Caucus Conference Book Pavilion. Lynn is featured regularly on The Steve TV Show, The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show, BET Networks and has appeared in Essence, Jet, Upscale, on Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell, and in countless media outlets nationwide. She has served as Chief of Operations for Russell Simmons’ & Dr. Benjamin Chavis’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network and is currently the President and CEO of MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, and President and COO of MC Lyte’s Sunni Gyrl entertainment and celebrity management firm — where she oversees empowerment programs that impact the globe.

Meet Perri Small

Perri Small is a veteran journalist whose career began in print while covering local politics and Chicago’s infamous “Council Wars'' in the 1980s. Small joined the administration of Chicago’s first African-American Mayor, Harold Washington, as assistant press secretary. Small’s tenure at WVON began in 1989 when she was hired as an executive producer. She later hosted evening talk shows, and co-hosted the coveted morning drive talk show with WVON’s current morning host, Matt McGill, before being assigned to host her own midday show. Small has been an integral part of Chicago’s journalistic community for more than 30 years and is well respected for her views on politics, education and social issues.

 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

Kimberley Egonmwan, Esq. is a respected and trusted voice as Monday Commentator and Host of The WVON1690AM Afternoon Show simulcast on Heart.com. An accomplished Attorney, orator and consultant who prides herself on asking the hard questions that need to be answered. She is a noted debater, legal correspondent and highly-sought political contributor to CBS 2 Chicago, WTTW Chicago Tonight Week In Review, NPR, and WBLS 107.5 New York and Keeping It Real With Rev. Al Sharpton.
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.
5. She loves mob movies, dancing and has a ridiculous iTunes list

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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


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.