Karen Grace Jones, known to radio listeners as Shannon Dell, was one of the top DJs in Chicago radio at WGCI and WNND (previously WPMT) radio. She was a music programmer and an on-air personality know for her independent spirit, her great big laugh, and her tagline. Her listeners knew she was "lovin' you like a sister."
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She looked out for her sisters and brothers and the African-American community. In 1991 Shannon Dell challenged her employer on the disparity in pay between herself and her male counterparts. She did not win, but her efforts drew national attention and raised awareness about discrimination in the workplace . Shannon was a staunch advocate of women and minorities and was eager to help those who desired to work in field of broadcasting.
"Forget radio, forget black and forget woman: (Jones) was a charming person with a big heart who had very strong convictions about people and life,"
- Jack Holiday, a friend and co-worker
Karen Grace Jones (Shannon Dell) was born and raised in Cincinnati. Before coming to Chicago she worked in radio in Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.
Shannon Dell Way
Michigan Avenue at Lake Street
Neighborhood: Cultural Mile
Near the radio station where she once worked.
March 1998. Age 43.