WVON radio station celebrates 50th anniversary
WVON - 1690 AM - marks its 50th anniversary Monday. Here are five Chicagoans connected to WVON and their view of the station and it's history.
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Timuel Black, historian and author of "Bridges of Memory." "(It was) very, very, very important, because all of (the hosts) had names that were well known, there was a great listening audience. (Journalist) Lu Palmer would bring in the message as related to race and the struggle. It was meaningful because it gave to the listener the kind of (broadcast) that was inspirational as well as informational. For the listener, it not only was encouraging, but it came closer to giving the truth, the reason for the struggle, the importance of participating in the struggle to bring about change."