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Emmy award-winning producer William Kelly is launching a new show for Chicago’s Irish community, “Sláinte with William Kelly Irish Radio Show.” The new program airs weekly on AM 1590 WCGO and 95.9 FM and features local Irish musicians, performers, artists, business leaders, and Irish products.

 “This show is dedicated to all the music makers and the dreamers of dreams,” Kelly says. “There is so much creativity and passion in Chicago’s Irish community and that’s what I want to celebrate.”

Kelly says the new show was inspired by his dear friend and Chicago Irish matriarch, Maureen O’Looney, who hosted the American Irish Radio Network on WSBC-AM for nearly forty years. “Maureen loved Chicago’s Irish community and she was dedicated to the Irish American Heritage Center,” says Kelly. “Maureen was my inspiration.”

Kelly is also a proud member of the Irish American Heritage Center and counts as the happiest day of his life the celebration of his wedding to his wife, Laura Kelly at the Center’s Erin Room and Fifth Province.

A life-long Chicagoan, Kelly graduated from Christ the King grammar school and Quigley Preparatory Seminary. While attending Loyola’s Rome Center, he had the good fortune of meeting Saint John Paul II on three occasions. He says meeting Saint John Paul II inspired him to a life of service.

Kelly is the former President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Chicago Division #1, and the founder of the Mother Cabrini Chapter of the Knights of Columbus at Assumption Church in Chicago – both Catholic fraternal organizations organized to serve others. Hie is a member of the Irish Heritage Singers and he has been involved in fundraising efforts for Natasha McShane, the Chicago Police Memorial Fund, and veterans’ charities.

Listen to “Sláinte with William Kelly Irish Radio Show” on Monday evenings from 9 -11 pm on AM 1590 WCGO and 95.9 FM.