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  • 1999

    March 26-27 – Hundreds of Girlfriends gather at the Chicago Hilton & Towers for the first annual Kathy & Judy Convention. The event, hosted by

  • “THE WGN BIRD”

  • WGN Radio Classic Advertising including TV commercials featuring “the WGN Bird”

    Over the years, WGN Radio has used a number of methods of getting the word out about the station. Below are some examples.

  • 2009

    January 1 – WGN Radio broadcasts live from Wrigley Field as the Blackhawks meet the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Winter Classic. April 3 – Chicago radio veteran Garry Meier joins WGN Radio.

  • 2008

    April 30 – WGN Radio announces a multi-year deal to become the radio home of the Chicago Blackhawks. December 12 – During a live Hometown Voices broadcast from Arlington Heights, Spike O’Dell says farewell to his loyal listeners and hangs up the morning show microphone, heading off to retirement.

  • 2007

    July 20 – WGN Radio hosts the first 720 Day, a daylong fundraiser for the Neediest Kids Fund, a Fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. ┬áDuring 24 hours, the station raised $131,156.79, including a 50 cent on the dollar match from the Foundation, which would go directly to kids in need in Chicagoland.

  • 2005

    September 8 – Spike O’Dell broadcasts live from the Chicago Historical Society for the first stop in the WGN Radio Hometown Voices Tour. This monthly series of remote broadcasts would take WGN’s popular daytime shows to the listeners, broadcasting from landmarks and gathering places throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods and the suburbs.

  • 2004

    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,

  • 2003

    September 22 – Inspired by a conversation on the John Williams Show, three dedicated Cub fans travel to Houston to attempt to “Reverse the Curse” by transferring the infamous Billy Goat

  • 2001

    September 11 – Morning host Spike O’Dell and news anchor Tom Petersen provide descriptions of video images of smoke pouring from New York’s World Trade Center.

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