Former WGN GM Ward Quaal Dead At 91
September 27, 2010 at 7:59 AM (PT)
Longtime WGN-A/CHICAGO VP/GM and WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING Pres. WARD QUAAL died late FRIDAY at a CHICAGO nursing home. He was 91.
QUAAL, who started as an announcer at WGN-A in 1941 and was the first voice heard on WGN-F (now Classical WFMT), served as Chairman of the Board for both the BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION and its predecessor, the BROADCAST PIONEERS, retiring as a director of the organization in 2003. He also served as Pres. of CROSLEY BROADCASTING in 1952-56. The BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION Pioneer Awards were renamed after QUAAL in 2008.
NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH issued a statement this morning saying, "Free and local broadcasting was built by a handful of visionary giants, but few stood taller than WARD QUAAL. During his long and storied career, WARD QUAAL built WGN into an institution whose impact extended far beyond CHICAGO, and he counted as friends even those who occupied the Oval Office. NAB extends our sympathy to the QUAAL family and we mourn the passing of this broadcast pioneer."