WVON 1390 AM - "We Are Family" (Commercial, 1980)

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This station has a bit of a confusing history, but it now occupies the frequency 1690 AM.

WVON was a "heritage" station to Chicago's black community featuring great Black air personalities like Lucky Cordell, Bruce Brown, Herb Kent "the cool gent", Yvonne Daniels and many others. WVON became well-known outside the Chicago area as well. Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, sent every song he produced immediately to WVON before any other station. Other similar stations across the country took inspiration from WVON's format. The station also had an active role during the Civil Rights Movement, covering it extensively.

They now have a lineup of various talk shows with hosts such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dorothy Tillman, and Al Sharpton.

"WVON's ON 1390 AM"

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, May 19th 1980.


Date Uploaded: 11/10/2007

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They now have a lineup of various talk shows with hosts such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dorothy Tillman, and Al Sharpton.

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BobAnthony 11/11/2007 Reply

The black community in the tri-state NYC area had only one great station 1190 WLIB. I would remember though back in the day the station signing off at sunset to make way for WOWO out of Fort Wayne, IN.


Recently, though WLIB made the big mistake of going to Air America, the left-wing talk network. After things went belly up on that, they currently play gospel music and is a 24/7 operation. For the record some of that dreaded network's programs are now on WWRL, a very weak signal at 1600. Pardon my politics, but you can tell I am a conservative who really enjoys nostalgia--no matter where it comes from. Nice way to compare notes.

1980sFan 11/11/2007 Reply

Cool Commercial.

ChitownTVFan 11/11/2007 Reply

Man, everyone including my aunt, grandma and my mom use to listen to WVON all the time!

SoxOnTV44 11/12/2007 Reply

Herb Kent,he truly was "The Cool Gent".I met a about five years ago (Cowboy hat and all),and what a great guy he is.I still listen to him on "V-103" on the weekends (the '60's and '70's r & b still sounds great).