Don Wade to have brain surgery, following last week’s seizure. Don and Roma:On injured reserve for at least 4 weeks; Hartford calls Don Wade cheap

Drew Hayes: Yeah, how do you go [on] after that [follow an animal act]?  But, here’s the thing.  Just do what Don does.

John Kass [Chicago Tribune columnist]: Put on a radio show.

Drew Hayes [WLS 890 AM radio operations chief]: Put on a radio show.

Jake Hartford: And save every dime he ever made.

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Drew Hayes: And, everybody, you know, as optimistic as those guys are, you know, we all need to be that...So, guys, a little difficult now to ask you to carry on, but let’s do what Don would do and make a little trouble on the radio, okay?

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From this morning's WLS 890 AM, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, radio show, with John Kass and Jake Hartford sitting in for Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft [Watch Proft here], who, in turn, are sitting in for Don and Roma's M-F, 5:00 am to 9:0 am, WLS 890 AM radio show:

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Jake Hartford: …Before we go on, Drew Hayes, who is the Operations Czar, as I like to call him, of the Station, has a statement to read:

Drew Hayes: I’ll answer to that: A lot of folks have been wondering about the absence of Don and Roma and the fact that Bruce [Wolf] and Dan [Proft] are doing a good job in holding down the fort for them and that you guys are doing a good job in filling in for Bruce and Dan has made it a little bit easier but I am sad to announce that Don Wade had a seizure while traveling last week.

After a series of tests, doctors discovered a growth on his brain. He is going to have surgery this week to remove the growth. The recovery from the surgery is going to keep Don and, of course, Roma, off the air for at least four weeks. They remain positive and optimistic. And, of course, those of us at Cumulus and of course WLS and some of us who have worked with them for more than twenty years send nothing but the best wishes and prayers. We know that a lot of people are going to want to send well wishes to Don and to Roma. And, if you go to our web site, there will be a link to do that. That’s WLS-am.com…We have also set up a gmail so you can send well wishes to them and that is GetwellDon@gmail.com and, you know,we’ll ask you guys to, you know, hold on for the duration while we’re waiting [for] Don to come back and keep the family together.

John Kass: Well, I am a big fan, as many people are, who listen to Don and Roma in the morning and I know that many of the listeners who are out there now are concerned about them and will send in, their, you know, their best wishes for his speedy recovery.

Drew Hayes: And, everybody, you know, as optimistic as those guys are, you know, we all need to be that.  And, you know, keep the good thoughts, say a prayer and, you know, we’ll keep everyone posted on how this goes and you can check the web site and of course you listen to WLS and you know-- this is the place and we’ll, you know, we’ll keep people posted. So, guys, a little difficult now to ask you to carry on, but let’s do what Don would do and make a little trouble on the radio, okay?

John Kass: Okay.

Jake Hartford: I feel like Casey Casem.  You remember the dog—

Drew Hayes: Yeah, how do you go [on] after that [follow an animal act]? But, here’s the thing. Just do what Don does.

John Kass: Put on a radio show.

Drew Hayes: Put on a radio show.

Jake Hartford: And save every dime he ever made.

Drew Hayes: That, too?

John Kass: That’s right.

Jake Hartford: 9:40 am, thank you, Drew. We’ll keep a good thought for him. We’re going to take a couple more calls on the cigarettes and the taxes.

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  • Don and Roma, I was deeply saddened when I found out about your health issue. I listen to your program faithfully every morning and was disappointed when you were not on for the past few days. I will be praying for your full recovery, my son, when he was in seventh grade had a brain tumor which could not be operated on, but in God's mercy when he was a junior in high school God took it away. Will have you both in my daily prayer. Love you both, Sherry ")

  • Sherry, I am sure Don and Roma will see this and thank you for your deeply moving and inspirational comment. Best, Jeff

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