Radio personality bridges gap between generations

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Kendall Moore went from playing on the football field to the airwaves as an energetic and powerful radio host bringing listeners an array of guests from community activists, comedians, politicians, and more.

Kendall Moore went from playing on the football field to the airwaves as an energetic and powerful radio host bringing listeners an array of guests from community activists, comedians, politicians, and more. The WVON-AM/1690 show host’s joined the station shortly after leaving WSRB-FM/ 106.3 in Chicago. "I started doing a program on Soul 106.3, which was a Sunday program that involved more talking than it did playing music," Moore told the Defender. It was after working on their program that he decided he wanted to make the shift from his previous DJ’ing background to more talk-centered shows. "I started inquiring about talk radio stations in the city of Chicago to be attached to," he said. "WVON is the epitome of just having complete autonomy, creativity. It is grass roots when it comes to information that needs to be conveyed that is unadulterated and unsaturated," Moore said. Even though Moore sees himself as the youngest at WVON, he doesn’t let that hold him back. He takes advantage of his age by standing in as the middleman — bridging the gap. His show tends to blend activism with pop culture, therefore, creating something new, he said. “I’m the youngest here—I’m the new kid on the block, so that’s why my show is considered radio for the next generation. I’m talking about the same issues that older generations are talking about. I get 65-year-old men and women saying I’m so on point, then someone (age) 27 saying ‘Kendall that’s what I’m talking about—you’re right on point,’” he said. While he appears to be in the spotlight when he’s on air, he prefers to let others shine as well by giving young people the chance to get their name out and list their talents. “I pride myself on giving those budding individuals such as poets, writers, singers who never get the break a chance. I highlight them by giving them 5 -10 minutes to say who they are and what they do –– I like to give back to the community that way,” said Moore, who often mentors and volunteers in area high schools, and emphasize the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention and testing. He considers himself a role model by “leading by example,” a trait instilled in him from his grandfather. “He really taught me right from wrong early on and he didn’t do it by yelling- he did it through example and teaching, which has given me infinity,” Moore said.

The Kendall Moore Show can be heard Fridays from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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