2004

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April 21 – One day after a deadly tornado outbreak causes major hardship in areas including Utica, IL, WGN Radio and the McCormick Tribune Foundation set up the Utica Tornado Relief Campaign. Listeners donate via phone, mail, and online, raising over $370,000 after a 50 cent on the dollar match by the Foundation.


June 1 – WGN marks its 80th anniversary with a commemorative CD and the launch of wgngold.com, a website dedicated to the long history of the station.


October 21 – The corner of Rush and Delaware is designated “Honorary Wally Phillips Way” in a ceremony attended by Ward Quaal, Mike Ditka, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, Alderman Burt Natarus, Wally’s family, and many of his friends, colleagues and fans. Wally joins other WGN Radio figures, including Bob Collins, Jack Brickhouse and Paul Harvey, who have received this type of honor.

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