‘Chicago Defender’ Editor Martin Gets Radio Gig

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By: E&P Staff

Starting Monday, Oct. 3, Chicago Defender Executive Editor Roland S. Martin will add a new duty: radio talk show host at the black-oriented WVON-AM.

The “Roland S. Martin Show” will air weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It can be heard online at www.wvon.com.

“Listeners can expect us to speak truth to power,” Martin said in an article in Friday’s Chicago Defender, written by staff reporter Karen E. Pride.

“I’ve never been afraid to challenge black folks, and most certainly whites,” he added. “Our goal is to raise the conscience of African Americans, but do so in an entertaining way that keeps them coming back for more. This is also a great opportunity to combine the resources of the Defender and WVON, the two most powerful and influential black media brands serving black Chicago.”

“I’ve really given Roland the reins to do whatever he wants,” Melody Spann-Cooper, president of WVON Radio and chairman of its parent company, Midway Broadcasting, told the Defender. “He’s such a dynamic personality I think he’ll be a breath of fresh air to ‘VON. He will help take the station to another level.”

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