Quin Ryan

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Quin Ryan

Quin Ryan
Announcer/Sportscaster/Reporter


Quin Ryan joined WGN in 1924. He was one of the most frequently heard voices in the early years of WGN Radio. Ryan also used the name “Uncle Quin” on various programs for children such as “Little Orphan Annie“.

Among many notable broadcasting moments, Ryan…

  • Reported from the Scopes evolution trial.
  • Delivered play-by-play of “Red” Grange scoring four touchdowns in 12 minutes in a game between Illinois and Michigan.
  • Reported from 1928 Democratic and Republican Conventions.
  • Broadcast the Dempsey-Tunney fights.
  • First announcer to provide live coverage of the Kentucky Derby and a regular season baseball game.
  • Covered the Memorial Day 500, the auto race eventually named after its host city, Indianapolis.
  • Provided news reports of events including the sinking of the Lincoln Park excursion steamer Favorite off Oak Street Beach, the Chicago Stock Yards fire, and Knute Rockne’s funeral.
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