From the archives: Milt Rosenberg visits with Jane Byrne

From the archives: Chicago’s only female mayor (1979-83) Jane Byrne joined Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg prior to her Democratic primary upset victory over then-mayor Michael Bilandic in 1979. Jane Byrne died Friday, November 14, 2014 at the age of 81. (Originally recorded February 16, 1979)

Statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the passing of Roy Leonard

“For more than 30 years Roy Leonard was a cornerstone for WGN arts and entertainment news with one of the most prolific careers of any broadcaster in Chicago. While the city has lost one of its great radio legends, his impact on the lives of those he interviewed, and most importantly, his avid listeners, remains.”

Roy Leonard (Glenn Kaupert)

Remembering Roy Leonard

Roy Leonard, a legendary interviewer and entertainment critic and a member of WGN Radio’s Walk of Fame, died Thursday night, his son Kelly confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.  He was 83.

Leonard hosted middays on WGN Radio for over 30 years and interviewed celebrities and newsmakers. His soothing voice and calm demeanor made him a favorite among listeners and advertisers alike, and earned him additional roles including as host of WGN-TV’s “Family Classics” anthology of movies.

In later years, Roy continued to review movies and theater and worked to catalog and transfer his vast collection of interviews into digital form so they would remain available for future generations.

Audio montage:
On the Couch with Roy, from “WGN Gold – 80 Years of Radio Memories” produced by Todd Manley

Walk of Fame profile:

Roy’s induction into the WGN Radio Walk of Fame:


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Visit WGN Radio’s Roy Leonard audio archive.

Read more on this story from the Chicago Tribune.

Obituary with information on arrangements.

Visit Roy’s section at

Visit Roy’s blog at Chicago Now.

Visit Roy’s archive at WGN-TV.



Roy Leonard
Roy Leonard