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Melody Spann Cooper is the driving force behind Midway Broadcasting Corporation. As the daughter of the company’s co-founder Pervis Spann, she joined an elite list of female-owned media companies in 1999 when she became Chairwoman of the company, which now includes broadcast and digital platforms. In addition to the company’s flagship station WVON, Spann Cooper expanded the company’s assets in 2007, with the development of WRLL Radio, The Voice of Chicago’s Latino Community. In October 2020, she oversaw the launch of Midway Broadcasting’s new OTT Digital Streaming Platform, VONtv, (pronounced Vaughn) which can be seen in more than 100 million+ households on ROKU, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime and at von.tv.
Spann Cooper serves on many professional and civic boards including as Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Obama Foundation; as Commissioner of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission; as Chair of the Illinois Broadcasting Association; as a board member of the FCC Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC), and as a board member of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters,
In 2019, she released her first book, The Girlfriend’s Guide to Closing the Deal, a semi-biographical publication for women about people, power and purpose.