Remembering Mike Mathis

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WGN Radio learned this afternoon of the passing of Mike Mathis, long-time traffic reporter and newly inducted member of the WGN Radio Walk of Fame.  He was 68.

An airborne traffic reporter for most of his 25 years on the air at WGN Radio, Mike often flew in both morning and afternoon drive.  He delivered award-winning news coverage in 1990 while covering the shooting of two deputies in Lake County.  His descriptions from the air provided location details that led to their rescue.  Mathis joined the Wally Phillips Show in 1983 and was a key voice from WGN’s Traffic Central until 2008.  His infectious laugh was a memorable part of the Kathy & Judy Show middays.

This past May, Mike talked with Steve Cochran about his induction into the Walk of Fame:

Here is his segment from the Walk of Fame ceremony:

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Audio profile:

Mike Mathis talks with Kathy O'Malley and Judy Markey following quadruple bypass surgery:

Mike Mathis joins friends from the WGN Radio Newsroom on Spike O'Dell's final show:


  • (Left to right) Engineer Bob Broz, engineer Milt Owens, assistant Diane Huske, sports director Dave Eanet, news reporter Larry Schreiner, Bob Collins, news director Tom Petersen, meteorologist Roger Triemstra, producer Audrey Clarke, traffic reporter Evelyn Holmes, traffic-copter reporter Mike Mathis, engineer Ben Cortez
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Thursday, July 20th
Kerry Funeral Home
7020 W. 127th
Palos Hts., IL
3 to 9:00 pm

Friday, July 21st
Incarnation Catholic Church
5757 W. 127th
Palos Hts., IL
11:00 am Mass

Mike is survived by:
His wife, Mary
Son, Mike
Daughter, Marcia
Brother, Rick
4 Grandchildren


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