5 Years on the Walk!

For whatever reason, it seems that a number of anniversaries have been filling up our calendar lately.  One made itself known today (May 29) and it’s one we’ll never forget.

Five years ago we were honored and humbled to be inducted into the WGN radio Walk Of Fame.

Johnnie & Steve standing by their WGN Radio Walk Of Fame plaques

The 2015 WGN Radio Walk of Fame inductee class included Steve Bertrand, Lyle Dean, Dave Eanet, Franklyn MacCormackEddie Schwartz, Lou Manfredini, Ward Quaal, Ron Santo and us.

One of the many things we remember about that day is how hot it was out on Pioneer Court and how touched we were to see the size of the crowd of people and friends like Ronnie Rice, Clark Weber and Bob Collins‘ wife, Christine, who braved the temperatures to show their support.

Just a slice of the crown including Third Row: Ronnie Rice, Second Row: Clark Weber, Christine Collins & Johnnie’s Dad

When time came for our part of the ceremony, in spite of all our years in broadcasting, we both found it a bit of a daunting task to answer questions from Bob Sirott & Steve Cochran and try to summarize our time at this legendary radio station and get it all in before the next commercial break.  But, hey, that’s radio!

First Row: Steve, Johnnie, Rick Kogan (Inducting Franklyn MacCormack), Lyle Dean, Steve Cochran  Second Row: Dave Eanet, Vicki Santo (Ron Santo’s wife), Lou Manfredini, Orion Samuelson (Inducting Ward Quall)

So much has changed in the past 5 years, including WGN radio’s new studios, which are no longer located in the Tribune Tower.

The time may have passed quickly, but our appreciation for this incredible honor will and what it represents about our time spent at this legendary station will never fade.



About steveandjohnnie

Award winning Chicago Broadcasters, inducted into WGN radio's Walk Of Fame. Authors of the Les Paul memoir, "A Little More Les." http://alittlemoreles.com You'll find even more about us at http://www.steveandjohnnie.com/
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2 Responses to 5 Years on the Walk!

  1. IrishMary says:

    As a former Illinoisan, now living in Colorado, I certainly know and love- and miss those names you mentioned on the Walk of Fame. It’s so wonderful that you are among the WGN ” Greatest Of All Time.” You certainly kept me company in the night-owl hours! Thanks for the blog posts that keep me up-to-date! God Bless!

  2. LINDA S JOHNSON says:

    Thank you for your well-written remembrance of an important day. I am a bookkeeper who knows numbers S&J, you two are great with words….spoken AND written. TYSM

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