She may be remembered as Wendy from the block when she was growing up in the Hollywood section of Brookfield, but she is known now as radio personality Wendy Snyder, currently on WGN Radio 720AM middays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Snyder attended schools in District 96, and some may remember her mother, Elaine Snyder, who for many years was the secretary at Hauser Junior High. Attending Riverside-Brookfield High School, she was active, serving as class president and speaking for the class at her graduation in 1981.
She continued her education at Triton College earning an Associate of Arts Degree majoring in mass communications and minoring in journalism.
It didn’t take long for Wendy to begin to make her mark on the radio scene, coming to the attention of Chicago area executives and radio listeners on WLUP-FM in 1986. She left the station in 1996 when she moved on to WKQX where she stayed until 2001.
Another move that year had listeners hearing her on WCKG until 2007. She continued her moves when she went to WLS that year, staying for six years. Then in 2013 she left to join the WGN midday show where she presently can be heard.
Snyder is an award-winning talk radio host, having been named recipient of the Silver Dome Award for best feature story in 2015 and Silver Dome Award for best midday show in 2014. Both awards were bestowed by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. The March of Dimes in 2002 awarded her the Air Award for best midday show.
Along with her many skills in her field, she has served as an example of the quality of women in broadcasting and continues to advocate for women in broadcasting. She has shared her career, speaking at high schools and colleges as an inspiration to those interested in the field. She makes numerous appearances, waving in many a parade.
But she is still Wendy from the block, a sister, a wife, a mom serving as vice president of a Parent Teacher Committee, Little League volunteer and Master of Ceremonies at church events which she continues to do. She has a vegetable garden and true to her Italian heritage makes a great spaghetti sauce (yes, it’s sauce).
The local girl makes good and continues to do so, so don’t touch that dial stay tuned.