Loyola University Chicago

Commencement

Trish Biondo-Soltys

The School of Communication and The School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Trish Biondo-Soltys

Chicago Media Veteran

For 28 years, Trish Biondo-Soltys’s (BA’ 89) voice streamed across Chicago airwaves as a well-known on-air personality for morning drive and middays on WUSN-FM radio. She was a columnist for the station’s “Chicago Country Magazine” and co-hosted its weekly video show. Also at WUSN, she served as the station’s promotions director, research director, and music director. During her distinguished broadcast career, she garnered top ratings on her shows, including being ranked number one in the Chicago marketplace.

Over the years, Biondo-Soltys has conducted interviews with powerful figures in country music, entertainment, sports, and politics for radio, the web, social media, and television. In addition to WUSN-FM, she also worked at WKQX, WGN, ABC-TV, MTM Records in Nashville, and as the country correspondent for Canada's "Today's Country" show. She is a member of the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Biondo-Soltys also volunteers for many community and charitable organizations, including the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, the March of Dimes, Chicago’s fire and police departments, the American Legion, White Sox Charities, Cubs Care, U.S. veteran organizations, the South Suburban League, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, CRIS Radio for the Blind, Chicago Public Television, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Radio Board. She is most proud of helping to create the framework for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s "Country Cares for Kids" radiothons, one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the country.

The Academy of Country Music nominated Biondo-Soltys four times for its Major Market Broadcaster of the Year award. She won Billboard’s Music Director of the Year award. She was also inducted into Mother McAuley High School’s “McAuley Hall,” a prestigious honor for distinguished alumni. Additional honors include the American Legion Veterans Appreciation Award, the Chicago Fire Department Honorary Chief Award, and the David Award for Broadcasting from the Italo-American National Union Foundation in Illinois.

Biondo-Soltys earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Loyola and holds a Master of Arts in Education from St. Xavier University, where she also earned an Elementary Teaching Certificate. At Loyola, she is an adjunct faculty member and serves on the board of advisors for the School of Communication. Additionally, she taught radio programming at Columbia College and speaks at local schools on topics like education, values, music, the media, and career planning.

Biondo-Soltys grew up on the Southwest side of Chicago. She is the daughter of Pete, a Chicago firefighter and carpenter, and Patricia, a stay-at-home mom who also worked for Midway Airlines. Her two brothers, Pete and Barry, were Chicago firefighters. Biondo-Soltys is celebrating 17 years of marriage with her husband, Chuck, and they are the proud parents of two children, Katianne and Charlie.