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Brian Noonan

Brian Noonan's journey to WGN spans many years, thousands of miles and numerous detours. It is a story on par with Homer's epics the Iliad and theOdyssey. It would take years to tell and encompass multiple volumes, or it can be boiled down to a few paragraphs.

Brian was born and raised in Glenwood or as he likes to call it, "the Really, Really Southside." He is the oldest of five boys. With that much testosterone in one house, Brian learned valuable survival skills like "eat fast, or the others will get more."

At the tender age of thirteen, Brian was sent into the city to attend high school. Not only did he receive what his mother still describes as a "fine Jesuit education," he also found his one true love, beef sandwiches with hot peppers.

Brian attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Unlike a lot of attendees, he graduated in four years with a B.S. in Radio-T.V. In his senior year, Brian entered a stand-up comedy contest that unbeknownst to him foreshadowed his future.

After graduation, Brian worked at a few radio stations so small, that instead of actually broadcasting, Brian would go house to house and do his show in person. It was during a stint at one of these stations that Brian drove to St. Louis and did his first "open mic" night at a comedy club. The rest is history.

Brian has spent the last sixteen years touring the country as a stand-up comic. In late 1999 at the urging of his wife, Brian loaded up his family and moved to Los Angeles. The "City of Angels" proved a lucky spot. Brian made appearances on many T.V. shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Malcolm in the Middle. He appeared in a number of commercials and won a bunch of dough on a couple of game shows.

Chicago and radio kept calling with their siren's song and his wife was getting tired of earthquakes, wild fires and the threat of locusts, so in late 2005, Brian came home.

Being at WGN is a dream come true for Brian. Brian lives in the South Suburbs (again) with his wife Debbie, their 10 year old daughter (who already knows everything) and his two crazy dogs.

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