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WVON 1450 AM

“The Talk Of Chicago!” WVON originated from the acquisition of WHFC – 1450 AM, a 1000 – watt station licensed to Cicero, Illinois by Leonard & Phil Chess, the owners of Chess Records, a successful record label, which produced mega-hits for local artists such as Muddy Waters, Lil Howlin Wolf, and others. On April 1, 1963, WVON hit the airwaves in Chicago with a group of handpicked personalities: Franklin McCarthy, E. Rodney Jones, Herb Kent, Wesley South and Pervis Spann. Under the direction of General Manager Lucky Cordell and Bernadine C. Washington, the “Good Guys” as they were known thrived.

Following the death of Leonard Chess in 1969, WVON was purchased by George Gillette. WVON was moved from the 1450 frequency to the 5,000 watt 1390 signal. The 1450 frequency was left dormant. Many of the “Good Guys” revitalized successful careers in other endeavors. Wesley South and Pervis Spann formed the Midway Broadcasting Corporation and purchased the dormant 1450 frequency. Their station WXOL premiered in August 1979. In 1984 following Gannett’s decision to drop the WVON call letters from their signal. Wesley South and Pervis Spann immediately filed with the FCC to obtain the WVON call letters and here we are thirty-two years later “The Talk Of Chicago”!

http://www.wvon.com
1000 E. 87th Street
Chicago
Illinois
60619
773.247.6200
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