John Williams New Morning Man On WGN Radio!
When Spike O’Dell decided to retire as the morning radio personality on WGN Radio (AM 720) so to smell the roses and enjoy life, I posted a thought about his replacement.
Today WGN Radio announced that John Williams will indeed be the new voice that greets us each morning. Williams has a keen mind, a curious nature, a charming wit, along with an easy going style that will be a winning combination for both the station and listeners. This was a wise business decision for WGN, and a great pick for those of us who like our morning radio free of crass remarks, foul language, and cheap shots. In other words, those of us who like mature radio. WGN has style, and placing Williams in the morning chair confirms that fact.
John Williams, a onetime WGN-AM 720 intern who has been game for just about anything the station ever asked of him, has landed its biggest on-air job.Wally Phillipsin the 1960s, through Bob Collins and O’Dell, who took over after Collins’ death in 2000.
WGN has chosen Williams to succeed retiring morning man Spike O’Dell in what historically has been one of Chicago radio’s most listened-to slots, dating back to
Langmyer cited Williams’ “passion, dedication, community involvement, creativity and commitment in building WGN’s brand across multiple platforms.”Tribune Co., launched RedEye, its free commuter edition, in 2002, Williams contacted Jane Hirt, then RedEye’s editor and now the Tribune’s managing editor. He suggested a newspaper-radio tie-in with the Sudoku puzzle.
Weeks after the Chicago Tribune, which, like WGN, is owned by
Together, they came up with the idea of publishing how long it took Williams to complete each day’s puzzle, challenging readers to beat him. He remains a RedEye fixture to this day.
“Our listeners expect a smart, informative, relevant and entertaining show. John brings that,” Langmyer said by e-mail. “He is very intelligent and inquisitive. John is truly involved in the community, he works very hard, goes everywhere, brings back interviews, builds content and production elements for the show and he is well-respected. … John Williams is also a very good person. Character counts at WGN, and he is a person of good character.”