What Is Kathy O’Malley (From WGN’s Kathy And Judy Show) Doing These Days?
Long-time CP readers know I was ‘a girlfriend’, a name given to all regardless of sex who listened and loved Kathy O’Malley and Judy Markey as they allowed listeners to smile, laugh, and cry on WGN radio. It was radio at its finest for late morning listeners.
Kathy and Judy were fired when management changed at the station, and the blow back was fast and furious. In a short period the management would be fired too. What goes around, comes around. Sometimes just not fast enough.
Many listeners such as myself wonder ‘what ever happened to…’? There were so many wonderful voices and colorful personalities that it is impossible to just let them slip from memory.
Today we know one of those answers thanks to the always readable Robert Feder.
Since leaving WGN, O’Malley sold her condo in Lakeview and now lives outside of Princeton, Illinois, an idyllic town of 7,000 about 120 miles southwest of Chicago. The grandmother of four spends much of her time tending to her “ridiculously large garden” (for which she uses a riding mower) and working as a volunteer for Princeton’s tourism board. “I’m settled, I’m happy, I’ve made some wonderful new friends — and kept the old ones,” she said.
O’Malley also recently completed producing a video history of the town, featuring excerpts of hour-long interviews she conducted with 30 senior citizens who grew up there. We Remember will have its first public screening tonight at the Princeton Public Library. Sales of the DVD will benefit the Bureau County Historical Society.
Her latest venture is a video production company she formed with her daughter, Colleen O’Malley. Past Present Videos will specialize in recording personal interviews and preserving them as family histories for future generations.
“I have been so lucky with everything,” O’Malley said. “I was in the right place at the right time so many times. At both Tribune companies when it was really fun to work there. And even now, to be retired here in Princeton. I know I’ve been very, very lucky.”