"Longtime Chicago news anchor, talk show host, and commentator Ty Wansleypassed away Wednesday evening at the age of 63 from congestive heart failure, as announced by his radio station, WVAZ-FM," RadioInk reported on Thursday.
"Wansley had most recently served as the information director for iHeartMedia's Chicago Urban Network. In his over 35 years in Chicago, he had been heard on stations WBMX, WJPC, WVON, WLS, WJJD, WGRB, WGCI, and WVAZ. Prior to his years in Chicago, Wansley was heard on KWK, KATZ, KKSS, and KMJM in his native St. Louis.
"In a statement given to Radio Ink this morning, iHeartMedia Chicago Market President Matt Scarano said: 'Chicago lost a legend in Ty Wansley, News and Information Director, WGCI-FM, V103 and Inspiration 1390. Over his vast career, Ty interviewed community leaders, mayors, congressmen, governors, and presidents with ease. He most enjoyed his interaction with listeners and the community. We will all miss his passion, wit, and friendship.'
"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also issued an official statement . . . "
Robert Feder added on his blog about broadcast news, "Beyond his success in urban radio, Wansley caught lightning in a bottle in 1993 when he teamed with former Chicago Alderman Ed Vrdolyak at news/talk WLS AM 890. 'This will be the greatest boon for race relations this city has ever seen,' Wansley said of the unlikely partnership, which scored high ratings and headlines on WLS and later on the former WJJD. . . ."
- Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times: Ty Wansley, popular radio news anchor and talk-show host, dies at 63