Why Was Lenny McAllister Fired from WVON?

Why Was Lenny McAllister Fired from WVON?

Lenny McAllister was fired from his popular radio show because he messed with the wrong black people. SMDH!

Author : Christelyn Karazin

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Full disclosure: I consider Lenny McAllister a friend in the fight against the normalization of out-of-wedlock births in the black community.  When No Wedding No Womb debuted last September 22, Lenny graciously had me on his show, and I was MORE than willing to get up at 4 AM Pacific to chat with him and his listeners about our movement.

So when I got the email this morning alerting me that Lenny had been abruptly fired from his popular radio show because he rallied his listeners to boycott McDonald’s, I was fuming mad, because the reason had a lot more to do with ad dollars, and absolutley NOTHING to do with getting black people out of the cluster-cuss of our current situation.

To summarize, according to reports from The Root:

It was a no-brainer for 21-year-old Jentri Casaberry when he recently took time off from work at a McDonald’s on Chicago’s South Side to tend to the bedside of his prematurely born son, Nyeem.

He was glad he did. The child died at 9:15 p.m. CDT on July 13 at the University of Chicago Hospital, he told The Root. Just short of a week old, Nyeem struggled with kidney, heart and lung problems, the father said. 

But the decision touched off a firestorm of controversy and ignited a chain of events fit only for a television drama. First, Casaberry was fired as a night manager at McDonald’s for not showing up for work, he said.

“I watched my son die in my hands,” he told The Root. “I was told it didn’t matter who died and that I was supposed to come to work anyway.”

Then Casaberry’s mentor, Lenny McAllister, a conservative talk-show host on WVON-1690-AM, was fired for calling on listeners to take a holiday from McDonald’s franchises owned by the operator who fired Casaberry, McAllister told The Root. (McAllister has been a contributor to The Root.)  

Keith Allen, a AFRICAN-AMERICAN, who own five McDonald’s fired the young man, who according to The Loop 21, “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.”

Lenny, who is Jentri’s mentor, and was also the young single father of an out-of-wedlock child wanted McDonald’s to reinstate Jentri, and for that, he lost his job.

What kind of black, Ebenezer Scrooge does that?  And more importantly, what kind of black-identified radio station fires a host for doing what was 1000% the right thing to do?

I’ll tell you what kind of radio station does that.  One that puts the value of advertising dollars from a franchise that is literally killing us over a man who truly cares about his people.  Lenny said on 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?”

Is that what got him sacked?  I’m so sick of black people being penalized for telling the damn truth!

Jentri is an example of what No Wedding No Womb is all about: He remained committed to his child until the very end, and sacrificed his livlihood to do it.

Please spread the blog post around, and put some pressure on BMOA (Black McDonald’s Operators of America) the organization RESPONSIBLE for Lenny’s firing.

To contact the wussies at WVON, see below:

Contact Us

Midway Broadcasting
1000 East 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60619-6397
247-6200 (Main)

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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  1. Clarissa Burton
    July 31, 2011

    This is my email to WVON and BMOA:

    To Whomever This Email Reaches:

    Are you kidding me? You fired Mr. McAllister because he stood up to an establishment who showed a pure lack of compassion for a young Black man who was the sole provider of his young family; but who also held his premature son in his arms while the baby breathed his last breath? What is most disappointing is your listenership may find Mr. Mcallister’s conservative views on family, marriage, self-sufficiency, and honor outrageous just as you.

    As cited by Mr. McCallister and recited on a fellow blogger and radio host blog, ”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?”

    As the old saying goes, “Tell the truth, shame the devil!” And you know where you now stand!


  2. mobile68
    August 1, 2011

    Where can I find the address of the Mcdonald’s that Mr. Allen owns so I can tell people not to patronize him?

    First Sherry Sherod and now this. WOW!


    • Christelyn Karazin
      August 1, 2011

      I don’t know, but I can try to find out that information and post it.


      • Penny
        August 1, 2011

        Chris, can I just copy your email (use it as a template), paste it and send it to their email address? That’s what we usually do with these letter writing campaign.


  3. Marty
    August 26, 2011

    Just one question. Shouldn’t we by pressuring Keith Allen directly? Why address this to the BMOA? Any direct contact info for his office?

    E-mailing my complaint to WVON this morning. The times that I listened I loved Lenny’s show. Fresh voice, not the same old-same old crap that can get old on Black talk radio.

    Thanks for sharing the details.


  4. Marty
    August 26, 2011

    The phone number including area code is 773-247-6200 and Melody Spann Cooper is the Chairman Midway Broadcasting Corporation President WVON.


  5. Marty
    August 26, 2011

    Here’s the text of my letter that I just e-mailed to Melody Spann Cooper:

    August 26, 2011

    Melody Spann Cooper
    Midway Broadcasting
    1000 East 87th Street
    Chicago, IL 60619-6397

    Good morning Ms. Cooper. As a listener to the variety of talk shows on WVON I am deeply disappointed in your decision to remove Lenny McAllister from the air.


    Lenny is one of the few Black conservatives who helps round out the full spectrum of Black political thought and cultural perspective. You have effectively eliminated the advantage of variety that serves our people with more options on both fronts.

    Your decision to remove him only serves to harm our people and I am requesting that you immediately reinstate Lenny and put his show back on the air. I am fully aware that media outlets depend upon advertising dollars to remain in business but that doesn’t give the Black McDonald’s Operators Association and Keith Allen the right to control on air personalities.

    They should conduct themselves as true professionals, lick their wounds and put their egos to the side so that Black media can continue to thrive by keeping our community fully informed.
    I look forward to your prompt response to my concerns.

    Martin Lindsey


  6. Kai
    August 31, 2011

    Did either of them get their jobs back??