Don Wade, R.I.P.

As many of you know, for several years, I had the pleasure of hosting a weekend show on Chicago’s radio home for Rush Limbaugh, the legendary Big 89, WLS. During that time, I also filled in for most of the weekday hosts, including Roe Conn and, most notably for five weeks right before the 2004 presidential election, for the popular morning drive team, Don Wade and Roma.

Yesterday I learned that Don Wade had succumbed to the cancer that he had been battling for the past year, and I was very saddened. Most of you know about Don’s tremendous talent, his penetrating analysis, coupled with witty humor, that made the show that he did with his wife and partner Roma irresistible to so many, but you don’t now how kind and generous they both were to me, a lowly weekend host. Radio is a business with a lot of huge egos, and a lot of people with extremely low self-esteem trying to mask their feelings of inadequacy by treating others like inferior life forms. Usually, it’s those of mediocre ability who do that to make themselves feel big and important. That was not Don.  He was just the opposite.

Like so many of you, I will never forget him.

Sincere condolences to Roma, and the rest of the family. You will be in my prayers.


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