Chicago talk radio host Don Wade dies at 72

September 9, 2013

The Associated Press

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Don Wade, a longtime Chicago morning radio personality who made the transition from rock 'n' roll deejay to talk radio host, has died of brain cancer. He was 72.

WLS-AM announced his death Sunday on its website. Wade died Friday in Florida with his wife, Roma, at his side.

Chicagoans woke up to their husband-and-wife show, "Don Wade and Roma," for more than two decades on WLS. The team interviewed politicians and turned the microphone over to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who served as a guest host after his impeachment.

In December, the couple gave up their radio show to focus on Wade's health.

WLS radio host Roe Conn told the Chicago Sun-Times that Wade was "one of the first guys to do conservative talk with a heart."