Don Wade, the former WLS-890AM radio morning talk show host, passed away on Friday at the age of 72, according to the Sun-Times and Ron Smith of "Oldies Music" website on Sunday. Wade was diagnosed with a brain tumor a year ago.
Wade's Chicago radio career began on WUSN-FM (99.5) before being joined by his wife and co-host Roma on WLS-AM radio for 27 years.
According to the WLS web site, Wade was in broadcasting for 55 years. His radio career led him from prep school in New Hampshire to Norfolk, Virginia while he attended William and Mary. From there he went to Boston while graduating from Boston University, then Harford in Connecticut, Buffalo in New York, New Orleans, Hamilton in Ontario, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle and Tacoma in Washington, Coos Bay in Oregon, Denver, and finally to Chicago. Prior to becoming the conservative talk show host of which he was most famous, he was a rock and roll disc jockey.
Besides his wife Roma, Wade is survived by his son Colonel Hunter Hobson and wife Dr. Margy, his daughter Heather Hobson and husband Gordon Findlay, brothers Tom Wehde and partner Diane, Ralph Reavis and wife Deborah, and Ralph Reavis, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, any memorial donation may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Boys Scouts of America, or the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind.