Brickhouse began his radio career at the age of 18 in Peoria, Illinois. In 1940 he became the first radio broadcaster for both Cubs and White Sox games. He became the WGN telecaster when the station began its baseball coverage in 1948. He also broadcast Chicago Bears football for 21 years. In 1983, Brickhouse was given the Ford Frick Award and a place on the Hall of Fame Broadcasters’ Honor Roll.