Monday, January 14, 2013

WLS radio personality Jake Hartford dead - Was heard on the John Kass & Jake Hartford radio show daily


WLS-AM 89 Jim Edwards, aka Jake Hartford: 1949-2013




Jim Edwards, the man Chicago radio listeners have long known as Jake Hartford, has died, according to WLS-AM’s website.
His death “shocked and deeply saddened” the WLS family, according to the station, which posted a comment from Hartford’s family.
“We’re currently mourning the loss of Jake Hartford, a husband, father and friend,” it reads. “This is devastating news for everyone in our family, and we greatly appreciate all of the kind words that have been offered to us during our struggle. It’s truly incredible how many people he has affected positively through pursuing the work that he loved so dearly. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts as we do our best to ‘spring forward.’ ”
WLS described Hartford as a mainstay at the radio station since 1989, hosting weekends and filling in and most recently teaming up with Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass on the station’s 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. show. He lost his job in a cost-cutting move at the station in 2008 and was picked up by WCPT-AM.
Hartford referenced the episode in his online WLS biography, where he said he experienced a fall from grace “because he was too successful” but came back home to WLS in the spring of 2010 for a “triumphant return.”


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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's tough to get into your cold ass car tonget to five thirty roll call, but to hear his polka music and then listen to his first cheese-head caller made Saturday mornings bearable. RIP.

Anonymous said...

RIP Jake. He was one of the few in the media that promoted the 911 Vet's Walk that the Retired CPD Det. did a few years ago from Rockford to all 3 911 crash sites.
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I'll him and his callers Saturday mornings. a good guy.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll him and his callers Saturday mornings. a good guy.

January 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I know you meant well, but-Huh?

Anonymous said...

Jake was also one of Chicagos Finest. R.I.P. JAKE

Anonymous said...

Don Wade? Jake Hartford?

Bad JuJu over at WLS!

WIND

Anonymous said...

NOW I,LL NEVER KNOW THE RIGHT TIME. JAKE HELPED AN 80 YEAR OLD WIDOWER HAVE A REASON FOR HAVING A GOOD DAY. I WILL MISS HIM.

Anonymous said...

One Saturday morning Jake played laughing Elvis for me. I loved listening to him and just discovered him and John recently. RIP Jake.

Anonymous said...

listened to Jake for years..he was a constant delight making me laugh and to think at the same time..I'll miss him very much.

Anonymous said...

Very disappointing "tribute" as broadcast Monday 1/14 9am-11am. Poor selection of clips, overly weighted with recent stuff, way too much of the recent Kass team and scarce bits from 20 years of his solo brilliance. And why did wlsam.com cleanse the site of his podcasts so quickly? Got to download the itunes reserve before it disappears, too.

"There's a fine line between insanity and genius and I'm trying to erase that line," he said. And he did. Well done, Jake.

Anonymous said...

I'm missing Jake. Enjoyed him for years. Also ejoyed him with John Kass the few mornings they were together. I was shocked to hear of his death. My sympathy to the family. RIP Jake.

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