John Williams

John Williams is heard weekdays from 10 a.m. – noon on WGN Radio. John originally came to WGN Radio in September 1997 as midday host. Before arriving in Chicago, he hosted middays on WCCO Radio, Minneapolis, for four years. Prior to that, John spent ten years at WMBD, Peoria. His first radio job out of college was WSPY, Plano, Illinois. After returning to Minnesota at the end of 2012, John is now back on Chicago’s Very Own.
John’s program is all encompassing. Focusing on current events, he discusses the news of the day, sports, television programs, movies, and books with a thoughtful perspective and quirky sense of humor. John excels at drawing out listener views on all sides of the issues. Inquisitive and curious by nature, he asks what listeners want to know and his guests never get a pass on the tough questions.
In 2006, John was a finalist in the category of Personality of the Year at the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards. He has received several other broadcasting awards as well. A past Marconi finalist, he won Personality of the Year at the Silver Domes, and Best Afternoon Show on a News, Talk, Personality or Sports Station and Best Talent at the (A.I.R.) Awards. In addition, John’s opinion pieces occasionally appear in the Chicago Tribune.
His hobbies include running (he’s a four-time marathoner), reading, playing basketball and recovering from injuries sustained while playing basketball. John is also a certified nuclear physicist and speaks no languages fluently. He’s a Libra, is in excellent health, and thinks the greatest invention ever is either the seedless watermelon or the Internet.
With his wife, Brenda, John has two sons. Griffin will someday write for Rolling Stone – or at least read Rolling Stone. Grant plays baseball, talks baseball, sleeps baseball and eats baseballs. John and his family have a dappled dachshund, Daisy.
Subscribe to John’s podcast at

Latest from John Williams