Chicago broadcast legend Jim Conway passes away

Chicago broadcasting pioneer Jim Conway, working in both radio and television, died last week.
Chicago broadcasting pioneer Jim Conway, who worked in both radio and television, died last week.

Conway was 94. He died Jan. 21.

His nearly 40-year career included stints in radio at WBBM and WMAQ, as well as television at WBBM, WLS and WGN, according to his obituary.

Conway anchored the first half-hour Chicago TV newscast, which aired on WGN-TV. He also served as host for "In Town Tonight" on WBBM-TV and later hosted "The Jim Conway Morning Show" on WLS-TV and WGN-TV.

The WLS-TV morning show became the template for what was to become "Good Morning America," according to the Museum of Broadcast of Communications in Chicago.

Conway also hosted the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

He is survived by his two sisters, four children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 2 great great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service is being planned for later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Museum of Broadcast of Communications, 360 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654-5411.

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