Mary Van De Velde

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Mary Van De Velde is now in her 19th year of reporting traffic on WGN Radio. She’s currently working with Steve Cochran, but has also talked traffic and other topics with legends such as Wally Phillips, Bob Collins, Spike O’Dell, Jonathan Brandmeier, and Kathy and Judy.

 

Mary started her broadcast career at her alma mater, the University of Illinois, working in news at WPGU and the PBS station, WILL. Then she traveled to the northwoods of Wisconsin and worked as a News Director at a small station. Her news career continued in Madison, WI., and the Quad Cities, before she made her way back to the big market of Chicago. She has worked at a number of stations in the Chicagoland area, including the Illinois News Network, Satellite Music Network, WTMX, WSCR, and WMAQ.. When not reporting traffic, Mary enjoys doing voiceover work for industrial and commercial use.

 

Mary lives in the western suburbs with her husband Steve and three kids, Kelsey, Chris, and Will. Almost an empty nester, she looking forward to traveling and trying new hobbies to keep busy, especially arts and crafts. She’s a big fitness buff, always running, biking, or dancing. Zumba is her latest craze, but a marathon is still on the bucket list!

 

13 comments

  • JACK GRENNAN

    ENJOY YOUR RADIO WORK-HOPE YOUR CAREER CONTINUES-TOO BAD WGN HAS MADE ALL THE TERRIBLE CHANGES AND COMPLETELY RUINED THER ONCE NICE RADIO BROADCASTS.-THIS JOHNNY ON AT 6-10 IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS-PEOPLE THAT LAUGH AT THEIRSELVES ARE NOT FUNNY! VERY IMATURE.WMAQ HERE I COME.

    • Gary Ernst

      Johnny in the morning is terrible I agree. Now I turn on WGN at 10am, and turn it off at 3pm. Guess I am too smart to listen to that c-ap. Like to be informed. Sat and Sun mornings are great. Then repeats. Jeeze

  • john phiilips

    i agree with the previous comments. am i alone in thinking buzz in am and elton jim on pm are brothers? they have the most obnoxious giggles even when nothing is funny. this johnny b is absolutely a non wgn type personality also wonder why mike won't give out his email

  • Betty

    So miss listening to WGN in the morning. Cannot stand the senseless dialogue of Johnny B and Buzz. It takes him 20 minutes to do a story , after repeating it several times! We understood it the first time!! He is annoying and rude!!!!Do enjoy Mary VanDeVelde, and Steve B. but they don't get to say much anymore!

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  • Cathie

    Haven't listened to WGN in quite some time, was completely disgusted by all the changes management made. Things really went down hill after Spike retired and never knew when Nick was on, so just stopped listening.

    So glad to hear that positive changes are happening! Still don't like Garry, but I will turn my dial back to WGN for most of the day!

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