Earl Jones brings more than 25 years of media experience to his responsibility as Market President of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chicago with seven multi-formatted radio stations, reaching five million radio listeners weekly.
Earl Jones’ mission is to create radio stations that entertain and educate our community. The same mission translates in Earl’s personal life. He stands ready to assist individuals and organizations to enhance Chicago-land communities. Loretto Hospital Foundation honored him with naming rights to a hospital program that has successfully screened thousands of patients for hypertension and assisted them in follow-up treatment. The program is now called the “Earl Jones Hypertension Screening Program.”
Through Earl Jones’ leadership, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chicago contributes significant resources each year to assess the needs of our community and works very hard, every day, to meet those needs. Legendary, urban talk station WVON-AM was only operating 15 hours a day as a 1,000-kilowatt station. Instead of creating a competing product, Clear Channel with Earl’s direction, leased (including a purchase option) Melody Spann-Cooper and WVON-AM a stronger frequency which allowed them to expand their reach in the community. Today, WVON-AM is operating 24/7 at 10,000-kilowatts during the day and at 1,000-kilowatts at night, and reaching more and more African-American listeners with programming that speaks to their lives.
Earl has received numerous awards throughout his career, including being named one of “The 35 Most Influential African Americans” and “Best Managers” in radio by Radio Ink Magazine. He also was honored as one of Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color. Earl is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Broadcasters Association, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and a member of the NFL Alumni Association and NFL Players Association.
Earl Jones graduated from Norfolk State University in 1980 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. He was a 3rd round draft choice for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 1980 and played for five years before retiring.
Earl Jones has been happily married to his wife Dolores and has three children.