Ward Quaal began his WGN career in 1941 as an announcer. In 1956 he was named General Manager. Quaal’s leadership guided the station through its next two decades, and he is responsible for hiring many of the people who contributed to WGN’s success even long after his departure.
On March 15, 2004, Ward Quaal sat down with WGN Radio Production Director Todd Manley to talk about his WGN Memories. Quaal shared his recollections of his early career, memorable moments including the day he was on the air when the first Pearl Harbor bulletin was received, and stories about colleagues including Wally Phillips and Walter Cronkite.