Vocalo Overdrive

Real talk & stories from around the way with your hosts Luis Antonio Perez & Shantell Jamison. Weekdays from 4pm-6pm on 89.5FM 90.7FM and Vocalo.org

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The Vocalo Overdrive is officially “in park” and in retirement.

Join hosts Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison as they share memories and bid a final farewell to their listeners from around the way.

This was the last broadcast of the Vocalo Overdrive on June 26th 2013 on 89.5FM and 90.7FM hosted by Luis Antonio Perez and Shantell Jamison. They talked about the murder charges filed against football star Aaron Hernandez and the bizarre testimony of Rachel Jeantel in the George Zimmerman murder trial of Trayvon Martin. They also reminisce about “Peace Prize’ Thursdays and give heartfelt farewells before signing off for the last time.



Come September, I’ll be at Chicago Public Media for six years, and it’s been great being part of the Overdrive. Not only did we contribute to doing great work for members of our community, but we really made a mark of public radio. I remember the first time that I sat down in the Vocalo studio. It was January and I had been paired up with The Morning aMP’s Brian Bablyon. As we were broadcasting, I thought to myself “this is unlike ANYTHING that I ever heard and I was hooked because FINALLY there was a smart, engaging alternative for the people. It was also necessary.

There have been way too many moments to list that I’m proud of on the Overdrive. From the great stories that we collect at our “Music & Stories” events to the head to head debates that we would have about policy, racism, even fried chicken, it’s all been a hell of a ride. 

To the callers, tweeters and Facebook commentators, I thank you. Each of you whether we agreed or disagreed with each other, you helped us become better. Better thinkers, better communicators, better broadcasters, better people. We caused each other to think about things in different ways, and for that alone you are appreciated. I look forward to continuing to bring you great quality programming that will make you proud. Thanks for listening! 



"Well my cousin was named Nekia and my mom really liked that name, but my cousin already had it. And my mother was a big fan of the liquor tequila, so she just decided to call me ‘Tekia’ "

-Tekia, on how she got her name

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian welcomed their daughter North West over the weekend.

Hosts Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison discuss the baby’s name and hear stories from different people about how they got their names.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Section 4 of the VRA was labeled unconstitutional because it was based on “40-year-old” data which was not related to the present day voting practices.

The landmark decision was devastating for civil rights activists.

Overdrive hosts Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison discuss the details of the court’s decision and what it means for citizens of the country.

The Trayvon Martin Case: The trial that will decide George Zimmerman’s fate is now underway. The jury is hearing testimony from a key witness Rachel Jeantel, but the focus appears to be more on her delivery and demeanor than her actual account of what happened that fateful night last year. We discuss the details of her account of the murder as well as the public’s response to Jeantel. 

From Football to Murder: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murdering his friend. He’s been released from the team since news broke of the occurrence. Hernandez also faces five gun-related charges. We discuss the details leading up to the charges and what this means for the NFL star’s career. 

Mike Puente joins Luis and Shantell to discuss some of the issues that are affecting our neighbors to the east.

The group discusses the need for mental health reform within Indiana prisons, and the legal debate concerning what is (and isn’t) being done. Then the conversation moves to the likelihood of an “Ill-iana Highway” connecting the two states and the hundreds of small farm towns that could be affected. Catch all the details on these issues and more! Mike Puente is the WBEZ correspondent for Northwest Indiana.

"Zimmerman didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons… because he wanted to."

- John Guy, prosecuting attorney, in his opening statement

The trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused of slaying 17-year-old Trayvon Martin began with opening statements on Monday. The prosecution began with a haunting recount of the defendant’s police dispatch call and a promise of “irrefutable evidence” against him. Where as the defense maintains that Zimmerman was an upstanding citizen, simply trying to keep his neighborhood safe.

Luis and Shantell discuss the trial, its cast and the potential outcomes of this infamous case.

A Victory for Same-Sex Couples: In a dual ruling, the Supreme Court struck down two laws that banned gay marriage. As of today, Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are unconstitutional. The SCOTUS also threw Proposition 8 down to a lower court. This means that same-sex couples in California no longer have to subscribe to the marriage ban. 

#StandwithWendy: Texas Senator Wendy Davis stood and spoke for 13 hours yesterday at the state’s Capitol. The filibuster was in opposition of an abortion bill that would have significantly restricted abortion rights in the state. We discuss the details surrounding the incident. 

Wise Women:This week we pay tribute to the great "wise women" whose stories we’ve helped tell. 

Is Mylie twerking a bit too hard? On the Overdrive, Luis and Shantell discuss the pop star’s recent dive into black culture through her multiple “twerking” videos, sporting a “grill” in her newest video and her comments about wanting her new single to “sound more black”. Is Mylie being out-of-line or just “being herself”?

While twerking is typically attributed to black culture, the discussion turns to how we appropriate cultural relevance and why certain trends get cultural labels.

Caller, Lorell K, offers her point-of-view and begins a debate on whether twerking can even be considered “black”.