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Lenny is a close friend and always been supportive of The Mo’Kelly Report. I support and stand with him. WVON…the “VOICE of the NEGRO”…is now sanctioning people for speaking up for the voiceless…
WVON should be ashamed of itself.
From The Loop21.com
Sometimes no good deed goes unpunished. That’s exactly what political pundit, Hip-Hop Republican and CNN/TheRoot.com contributor Lenny McAllister discovered this week when he was fired from Chicago’s premiere black political talk station WVON 1690.
This is the station that put “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius on, that gave Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and several other prominent African Americans a chance to shine on air while speaking out about the nation’s poor and downtrodden.
So what led to his firing? Speaking out for the poor and downtrodden.
McAllister is a nationally known Republican political commentator who came to WVON earlier this year with the promise of having his own show. Soon his “Launching Chicago with Lenny McAllister” show was burning up the airwaves with his mix of humor, right-wing rhetoric and inside commentary. McAllister had a long career of mentoring young men in prison and rough communities based on his upbringing in Pittsburgh. He also was involved in a mentoring program for kids from Chicago’s West Side. It was that kind of compassion that got him in trouble at WVON.
On July 19th McAllister ran into one of his mentees in the city who was a bit down on his luck. McAllister had bonded with the student in large part because of their similar backgrounds. Both were teen fathers, and both had worked hard to care for their children while taking full responsibility for their actions.
His 21-year-old mentee had a 2.8 GPA at Chicago State, had been named Outstanding Cadet in his ROTC unit, was night manager at a local McDonald’s and would be deployed to the Middle East later this year. And to top it off he was a father who was supporting his 20-year-old girlfriend and their 6-day-old son.
Tragically, the mentee’s son died suddenly on a day early in July. According to McAllister, the mentee called his boss Keith Allen at McDonald’s to ask for a day off to make funeral arrangements and be with his girlfriend. The owner allegedly said something along the lines of “I don’t care – if you miss work you’re fired.” The student went to see about his girlfriend and dead child and was fired the next day. The young man told McAllister the story and the pundit went into rescue mode.
McAllister called the McDonald’s boss trying to find out the problem but said he was given the run around. So he went to the airwaves, calling out Keith Allen, who is an African-American and owns five local McDonald’s franchises. On his show, he called for a “McDonald’s Holiday,” essentially a boycott of Allen’s McDonald’s restaurants.
McAllister recalled for me what he said over the air: “If this was a white business owner and a black college student, you’d all be marching down Martin Luther King Drive (in Chicago) singing, ‘We Shall Overcome.’ Well, this is a black business owner and a black college student willing to serve our country and care for his family. What are you going to do about it?”
Listeners were furious about the firing.
FULL STORY HERE.
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The Mo’Kelly Report to be Featured on ‘Issues After Dark’ Wednesday 8:00pm PDT and WVON 1690 AM Chicago (Thurs) 3am PDT
Tomorrow it’s going to be all about The Mo’Kelly Report! First, Bay Area
based radio program Issues After Dark is doing a special program on Mr. Mo’Kelly! Learn how and why The Mo’Kelly Report came into existence, the selection of stories and what happens if/when he runs into people in which he writes about…and yes, Mo’Kelly does.
Not only that, we’ll be sure to touch upon Minister Louis Farrakhan, the AME Church, Bishop Eddie Long and of course Chris Brown.
The Mo’Kelly Report, on Issues After Dark – Wed. 3.23.11 at 8:00pm PST/11:00pm EDT
Listen Live at http://rmgradio.org
Listen to when Lenny was interviewed here in The Mo’Kelly Report!
Then…no sleep for Mo’Kelly as he makes his FIRST appearance on Chicago Radio on HISTORIC WVON 1690 AM as a guest of Hip Hop Republican Lenny McAllister. 3am PDT/5am CDT Thursday morning on Launching Chicago with Lenny McAllister to discuss the disaster in Japan, Libya and the disparate responses by the Democrats and Republicans.
The Mo’Kelly Report, on Launching Chicago with Lenny McAllister – Thursday 3.24.11 at 3am PDT/5am CDT/6am EDT
Listen Live at http://wvon.com/personalities/LennyMcAllister.html
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