Chicago broadcasting legend Roy Leonard dies

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    Roy Leonard

Daily Herald report
Updated 9/5/2014 10:53 AM

Roy Leonard, the beloved radio broadcaster and host of WGN-TV's "Family Classics," died Thursday night, according to WGN's Dean Richards.

Richards, who hosts a Sunday morning radio show on WGN 720-AM and appears on WGN's TV newscasts, posted this update to Facebook just before 11 p.m. Thursday: "I can't believe reporting this (sic). WGN legend Roy Leonard has died. He's been hospitalized in ICU for a couple of weeks trying to rebound but passed tonight. He was 83. More details soon."


According to, Leonard retired in 1998 but resurfaced occasionally for commercials. he began his career at WGN in 1967.

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