The man who ruled morning drive in Chicago for decades has died. Former WGN mornng host Wally Phillips, died at his home in Naples, Florida this morning.  He was 83. Wally had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the last five years.  Phillips first got into broadcasting at a small radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1956, he went to Chicago where he began hosting a morning talk show for WGN radio. He quickly became a local favorite and was the most popular radio personality for more than 20 years. Phillips retired in 1998. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.

Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune has an excellent background article on Wally this morning...

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