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John Williams
Born October 19, 1959 (1959-10-19) (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois
Show The World of John Williams
Station(s) WGN (AM)
Time slot 5:00-9:00 a.m. Monday-Friday
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) is an American talk radio show host at WGN (AM) in Chicago, Illinois. He has held several timeslots on WGN, including the 1–4 p.m. John Williams Experience until December 2008, Spike O'Dell's old 5–9 a.m. slot from December 2008 to June 2009, and the 9 a.m.–noon slot since June 2009.[1]


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]



  • December 2008 to present — 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: Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards[4][6]
  • Finalist, Personality of the Year: 2006 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards[4]
  • Finalist, NAB Marconi Radio Awards[4][6]
  • Winner, Best Afternoon Show on a News, Talk, Personality or Sports Station: A.I.R. Awards[4][6]
  • Winner, Best Talent: A.I.R. Awards[4][6]

Life outside radio

Williams enjoys reading, running, and playing basketball. He is married, has two sons, and has a dachshund named Fred, who he calls "The World's Largest Wiener Dog".[4]

See also

External links


  1. ^ WGN Radio (2009-06-15). "WGN Radio Announces New Morning Line-up". Press release.,0,5921357.story. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  2. ^ a b c John Williams. Interview with E. Allen Campbell. An interview with John Williams. circa 1997. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
  3. ^ Joliet Junior College Winter '04 Commencement Keynote Speaker. Retrieved 2006-12-28.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "John Williams - WGN Radio". Chicago: WGN Radio. 2009-05-19.,0,2168958.story. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  5. ^ a b "Former WMBD Radio Personality on CBS". Retrieved 2006-12-28.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g WGN Radio - John Williams


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