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Don Wade, R.I.P.
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WDRC's Don Wade

Don Wade 1941-2013
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We regret to report the passing of one of WDRC's most popular personalities. Don Wade worked at Big D from 1964-1967, holding down several time slots, most notably the morning drive program after Ron Landry and before Sandy Beach.

In September 2012 Don suffered a seizure while traveling to his daughter's wedding. Doctors discovered a growth on his brain that developed into brain cancer. Don and his wife, Roma, co-hosted the morning show on WLS in Chicago from August 1989 until December 2012. Don was 72 when he passed away in Florida on Friday, September 6, 2013. The following announcement appeared on the WLS website:

Roma's message on the death of Don Wade from the WLS Chicago website

October 1966 - WDRC's Don Wade & Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits
Mid Sixties - WDRC's Don Wade & Bertha Porter with WABC deejay Bob Lewis
Mid Sixties - WDRC's Don Wade & Bertha Porter with WABC deejay Bob Lewis.
Don Wade at WLS @1986
Don Wade at WLS @1986
Don Wade at CHAM, Nov. 5, 1970
Don Wade at CHAM, Nov. 5, 1970
Long John & Don wade at WIBG @1972
Long John & Don Wade at WIBG @1972

(l-r:) Wade brothers Long John, Tom & Don @2005
(L-r:) Wade brothers Long John, Tom & Don @2005
Don & Roma at WLS @1980s
Don & Roma at WLS @1980s
Don Wade & Roma at WLS @2004
Don Wade & Roma at WLS @2004
Don Wade & Roma at WLS @2012
Don Wade & Roma at WLS @2012
Don Wade at WLS @2012
Don Wade at WLS @2012
 
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