- Published on Thursday, 02 March 2017 10:00
Del Ward was a Country music DJ on WGN-AM in 1951 and 1952, although she began to play more of that era's folk and pop songs, as well. Ward was first heard on WGN Radio in the overnight hours of 1:00am-6:00am. Her southern belle charm won over the hearts of radio listeners in dozens states and WGN-AM added an hour to her program, starting it at midnight. Although she was only with the station for around two years, her time there is quite famous as she became the first female overnight DJ in Chicago, as well as in the nation.
A media trailblazer, Ward began in radio in her native Macon, GA, and then moved up to South Bend, IN, before getting the call to come to Chicago's WGN-AM. She left Chicago at the start of 1953 to go New York, where she did radio and television. The following year Ward was back doing radio full-time in St. Louis, before moving back home to Macon in 1957 where she went on to become a local legend in both radio and TV. Ward was later inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame -- the first women to be inducted.
This aircheck comes from 65 years ago this very date -- March 2, 1952 -- featuring a few minutes of Ward's overnight program on WGN-AM. (Running time: 5:13)