On Feb. 8, 2000 a student pilot, Sharon Hock, was practicing flight approaches near the Waukegan Regional Airport when she collided with WGN-radio host Bob Collins's plane. Collin's attempted to make a safe landing but crashed and burned atop a nearby hospital, killing him and his passenger. Hock also crashed and died three blocks away.
WGN radio and the Chicago Tribune are part of the same family, in fact WGN has a first-floor radio studio in the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue. The best way to describe the mood of the newsroom that day was sadness, coupled with the need to do our jobs, reporting the story better than anyone else. I understand that to listeners of "Uncle Bobby" and to others that are not in the news business this might sound heartless. It's not. Journalists consider this our responsibility to our readers, our colleague and the others who lost their lives. ... continues
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