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John Williams (radio personality)

John Williams
Born (1959-10-19) October 19, 1959 (age 60)[citation needed]
Chicago, Illinois
Show The World of John Williams
Station(s) WCCO (AM) WGN(AM)
Time slot 3:00p-6:00p 10:00a-12:00p
Style Interviewer
Country United States
Previous show(s) WCCO (AM) (1993–1997)
WMBD (AM) (?–1993)
Children 2 sons
Website WGN Radio 720 - John Williams

John Williams (born John Fillipitch, October 19, 1959[citation needed]) is an American talk radio show host at WCCO (AM) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He hosts he afternoon drive show at WCCO in Minneapolis, and former midday host at WGN in Chicago from 1997 until 2012, and now current 10:00AM-12 00pm host since June 2014.[1] During WGN's controversial 2008-2010 programming changes, Williams also hosted the morning drive and mid-morning shows.

Early life

John Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois.[2][3] He attended grade school in different places while his father was in the U.S. Air Force, but the family moved back to Joliet, Illinois after his father's retirement from the service.

Williams graduated from Minooka High School and later from Joliet Junior College, where his father was a school counselor. He eventually graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale as a broadcasting major.[2]

Radio career

Williams worked briefly at WSPY-FM in Plano, Illinois, then spent 10 years at WMBD (AM) in Peoria, Illinois.[2][4] He also wrote a series of joke books, titled The Spieler Scale of Comedy.[5] After four years at WCCO (AM) in Minneapolis, Williams was hired at WGN (AM) in Chicago in September 1997.[4][6]

Williams annually hosts a show interviewing President Thomas Jefferson. 'Jefferson' is portrayed by an actor who speaks and replies in a manner consistent with the real Jefferson's known writings and sayings. This act is occasionally used on Williams' regular WGN AM radio show, the most recent occurrence being June 29, 2011.


  • January 2011 WCCO 3:00-6:00
  • December 2011 WGN 12:00-3:00
  • July 2010 WCCO 9:00-12:00
  • July 2010 WGN 12:30-3:00
  • April 2010 WCCO 1:00-3:00
  • 2010 WGN 9:00AM TO 1:00PM
  • December 2008 to 2010 — WGN 720, Chicago, Illinois: morning show host, broadcasting from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.[6]
  • September 1997 to December 2008 — WGN 720, Chicago, Illinois: mid-day and afternoon show host
  • 1993 to 1997 — WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota: mid-day show host[6]
  • 1981 to 1993 — WMBD, Peoria, Illinois: morning show host and other positions[5]
  • 1981 — WSPY-FM in Plano, Illinois


  • Winner, Personality of the Year: 2001 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards[4][6][7]
  • Finalist, Personality of the Year: 2006 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards[4]
  • Finalist, NAB Marconi Radio Awards[when?][4][6]
  • Winner, Best Afternoon Show on a News, Talk, Personality or Sports Station: 2001 Chicago A.I.R. Awards[4][6][8]
  • Winner, Best Talent: 2001 Chicago A.I.R. Awards[4][6][8]

Life outside radio

Williams enjoys reading, running (including once around the block outside WGN in long underwear to fulfill a pledge), and playing basketball. He is married, has two sons, and his late dachshund named Fred, who he called "The World's Largest Wiener Dog".[4]

See also

External links


  1. ^ "WGN Radio 720 - John Williams - WGN Radio". Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  2. ^ a b c John Williams (c. 1997). An interview with John Williams. Interview with E. Allen Campbell. Crown Point, Indiana: E. Allen Campbell (Wolverton Mountain Enterprises). Retrieved 2009-06-17. I was born in Chicago in 1959: I’ll be 39 in October. 
  3. ^ Joliet Junior College Winter '04 Commencement Keynote Speaker. Retrieved 2006-12-28.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "John Williams - WGN Radio". Chicago: WGN Radio. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b "Former WMBD Radio Personality on CBS". Retrieved 2006-12-28.[dead link][dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g WGN Radio - John Williams[dead link]
  7. ^ Scott, Greg (4 May 2005). "Chicago-area social features broadcasters". Saluki Times. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Cox, Ted (17 October 2001). "Old Pro Steals the Show at Chicago Radio Awards". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights). Retrieved 24 August 2013.