HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Places » U.S. » Illinois (Group) » WLS Chicago morning host ...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:06 PM

WLS Chicago morning host Don Wade has retired

Don Wade, who co-hosted the morning show with his wife Roma on 50 kW Chicago talk station WLS 890 since 1985, retired at the end of 2012 due to brain cancer. Since September, 9am-11am hosts Bruce Wolf & Dan Proft (whose show is right before Rush the Pigman) filled in for Don & Roma as the 71-year-old Don Wade began undergoing treatment; those hosts now regularly have the morning show.

WLS's official biography (http://www.wlsam.com/common/page.php?pt=About+Don+Wade+%26+Roma&id=561&is_corp=0) of Don & Roma describe the duo as "invariably passionate, witty, usually conservative or libertarian, and always opinionated about the political and social issues of the day." Describing the show, WLS states: "DON’s rapier dissections generally focus on politics, celebrities, and the media as targets. ROMA is considered “The Voice of Reason” providing a thoughtful balance that often drives DON mad."

Despite their rightward leanings that obviously stand in contrast to Chicago's political establishment, the hosts have interviewed various Chicago area politicians from both parties and at all levels of government, including US Rep. and member of the Progressive Caucus Jan Schakowsky and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel as US Representative and mayor of Chicago. In other times, Don often went off angrily at Chicago politicians. I happened upon his "One Angry Chicagoan" rant from June 2011 when I sampled his show on the TuneIn app where he was basically ripping this alderman for his large security detail. Don also is a vocal critic of the Obama administration and made this "Obamathon 2011" segment in August 2011 as the job market was struggling.

Although Don & Roma frequently interviewed Chicago-area Democrats, I can't find any record of Barack Obama being interviewed by Don & Roma either as Illinois State Senator, US Senator, candidate, or president. Shortly before the '08 election AND around the time when Obama's grandmother was ailing near death, Don attracted controversy by suggesting that the media would downplay Obama suffocating his grandmother.

It's OK to criticize his ideas while respecting DW as a father and husband when he's suffering from cancer in late age. So please share memories of the show if you ever bothered to listen.

(Fun fact: Liberal host/Air America alumnus Mike Malloy hosted a late-night show on WLS in the late 1990s! Nowadays WLS plays nationally syndicated right wing pablum The Mark Levin Show and Red Eye Radio in Malloy's former 10pm-1am Central slot; Mike's current self-syndicated show is on at an earlier 8pm-11pm Central primetime slot.)

5 replies, 5896 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply WLS Chicago morning host Don Wade has retired (Original post)
alp227 Feb 2013 OP
hedda_foil Feb 2013 #1
alp227 Feb 2013 #2
lunasun Feb 2013 #3
madrchsod Feb 2013 #4
OneAngryDemocrat Feb 2013 #5

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:33 AM

1. Don Wade has always been a right wing hack. WLS has been rw only for at least a decade.

Roma masqueraded as a liberal during the station's transition from mostly rightwing to all rightwing all the time in the early 00's. Sorry he's sick but it's no loss to the Chicago airwaves.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to hedda_foil (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:42 AM

2. Oh well, at least WLS 94.7 FM is a great oldies station!

http://www.947wls.com/

Basically a resurrection of the '60s WLS with some 70s and 80s songs mixed in. Enjoy it while you can before Cumulus' overlords ultimately decide to flip it to an FM simulcast of the hate talk on 890.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:52 AM

3. he always sounded inflamed - guess it went to his brain


His wife sounded the opposite almost like on tranquilizers
What a pair! and always hawking some shit product
No respect or sympathy for any devils here
Followed in the radio day by dear friend Rushbo on 'LS

He was obviously already quite ill when suggesting Obama suffocated his grandmother wouldn't you say because that is really sick to do in someone"s home town after or near the death of the person who helped raise him.
Even if I did not like Obama I would find this offensive talk

More than one tried and true AM radio channel in Chicago has gone super conservative
Real puke fest
$$ buys radio time but not talent

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:17 PM

4. i used to listen to them until they went full blown rightwing

i always got a kick out show when don would piss off roma and she would`t say anything till the end of the show. that used to be a great station but as soon as it was sold it started turning into rightwing garbage. hell i have a signed photo of don and roma!

although i loath don i am sorry that he has this and sorry for his family.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:36 PM

5. Fuck Don...

I have no sympathy for asshole.

When he dies, I'll stop talking about the creep, but for now - I'm jumping for joy that the swine is finally off the air.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread