Melody Spann Cooper is Chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation, the parent company of WVON and WRLL Radio Stations in Chicago. As Chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation, she joined an elite list of America’s female broadcast owners after purchasing the company’s controlling interest in 1999.
Midway Broadcasting properties include WVON 1690AM, the oldest Black-oriented radio station in Chicago. With its urban talk format, the station is lauded as a leading source of information and community empowerment. In 2007, Spann Cooper spearheaded the corporation’s expansion with the development of WRLL 1450AM, Chicago’s Home for Hispanic Independent Broadcasters. WRLL is committed to preserving the authentic voice and culture of Chicago’s growing Latino target market.
Spann Cooper’s other professional affiliations include: Commissioner of the Illinois Racing Board; Board Member of Chicago’s tourism board, Choose Chicago; Trustee of the Museum of Science & Industry; Member of the African-American Legacy of the Chicago Community Trust; The Executive Committee of the Business Leadership Council; Board Member of The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, and an advisory board member of the School of Communications at Loyola University of Chicago.
Her accomplishments in broadcast media have been recognized by numerous organizations that have highlighted her achievements in leadership and business including Crain’s Chicago Business; The Chicago Sun-Times; The Minority Supplier Development Council, The Women’s Business Development Corporation; and The Community Media Workshop.
Spann Cooper holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University of Chicago. She is married, and is the daughter of legendary radio personality Pervis Spann “The Blues Man.”