One of Chicagos most popular radio personalities of all time,
Wally Phillips got into broadcasting on a lark. A man on the
street tape, done as a drama school assignment led to his
first job as a radio announcer on a small station in Grand Rapids,
Phillips, who was born on July 7, 1925, in Portsmouth, Ohio, by
1950 was working for WCPO/Cincinnati, where he entertained listeners
with his humor and zany stunts.
In 1956, Ward Quaal brought Phillips to WGN/Chicago, where he continued
to amuse and entertain listeners with spontaneous pranks. Wallys
playful nature was perhaps best evidenced by his use of sound effects,
commercial clips and movie soundtracks, which he crafted together
for comedic effect.
Phillips did more than make Chicago laugh. He was there when tragedy
struck as well, using his incredible sources to bring the latest
news and analysis of important issues to his vast audience. Phillips
reigned supreme and was Chicagos most popular personality
for more than 20 yearswinning every single ratings book.
After ending his incredible WGN career on January 25, 1998, Phillips
retired briefly, but returned to host a Saturday morning program
Wally Phillips was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.
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