Hosting a weekend of festivities, one of the only African-American owned radio stations in the country, pauses to commemorate five decades of representing the Voice of the Negro and a Nation.
WVON will celebrate 50 successful years of unwavering airtime and historical commentating that will take place at The Chicago Theatre at 7:00pm. From 1963 to 2013, WVON has evolved from the Voice of the Negro to the Voice of a Nation. Lead by the efforts of President & Chairman, Melody Spann Cooper, WVON has planned a historic weekend that will showcase how they have IMPACTED the nation. The weekend festivities will begin on Friday, April 5th, with a kickoff party and a performance by legendary artist, Roy Ayers at Alhambra Palace. Saturday, April 6th, WVON will host their “IMPACT 50” Grand Gala, gold carpet event, which will commence with a VIP pre-reception for special invited guests.
The “IMPACT 50” Grand Gala will take place at The Chicago Theatre located in the heart of downtown Chicago, 175 North State Street, and will feature a performance by six-time Grammy award winning artist, Toni Braxton. Tracee Ellis Ross, will co-host the show along with morning personality, Matt McGill. Ross is best known as the star of the hit sitcom “Girlfriends,” which ran for eight seasons on The UPN/CW network. Her role on the series earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations including two wins, one in 2007 and another in 2009, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She recently starred in and produced the BET series “Reed Between the Lines,” opposite Malcolm Jamal Warner.
The program will feature a chronological dance routine choreographed by Andrea Kelly, with remarks by Roland Martin, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cathy Hughes, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory, a special performance by Terisa Griffin and many more. The VIP after-party will bring the celebratory evening to a close, and will be held at The Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 North State Street, with the Ricky Rainbow Band and other surprise guests.
The event theme, “IMPACT 50” showcases how WVON has impacted the nation by providing an interactive forum for the African-American community to discuss current, social, economic, and political issues. “It has been a historic journey for WVON and our golden anniversary deserves to be celebrated,” said Melody Spann Cooper. Chairs of the event include, Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Susan Whiting (Nielsen Company), Mellody Hobson (Ariel Investments), Cathy Hughes (Radio One), Earl Jones (Clear Channel Communications), Jim Reynolds (Loop Capital), and Kenny Williams (White Sox).
Tickets for the Grand Gala are on sale NOW. General ($100 price level) and premium ($250 price level) tickets for the “IMPACT 50” Grand Gala is available at Ticketmaster or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 and The Chicago Theatre Box Office. VIP tickets ($500 price level) can be purchased exclusively by contacting WVON at wvon.com or 773.336.3435. Premium and VIP Tickets ($250 and $500 price level) include admittance to the Grand Gala event and VIP after party. Tickets for the IMPACT50 kick off party will be available at wvon.com. For more information about all events, visit wvon.com or www.thechicagotheatre.com