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  • The Beat Full Show (3/27/16): Taking the pulse of the Cubs and Sox with Hoyer, Hahn

    Mark Carman and Adam Hoge bring you the Sunday edition of The Beat: Hoge is reporting from the NFL owners’ meetings in Phoenix, but he made a stop to Cubs and White Sox camps earlier in the week and he shares his conversations with Cubs GM Jed Hoyer and Sox GM Rick Hahn.  The guys react to Hoyer’s assessment of the defending World champs and Hahn’s approach to rebuilding the on the South Side; they also take a look at […]

  • Singer/songwriter Phil Angotti: “The bottom line is the love of the music”

    Singer/songwriter and Chicago power-pop fixture Phil Angotti joins Dave Hoekstra for a few live tunes and a conversation on his new album Such Stories, staying in touch with his roots on the East side of the city, the art of crafting a great harmony, finding the theme for Such Stories in past places and people, and more.  

  • Marshall Chess on Chuck Berry: “He was an amazing character, a brilliant poet”

    The great Marshall Chess returns to the Nocturnal Journal to share some of his memories of the late Chuck Berry; he talks about why “Maybelline” proved to be life-changing for Chess and the label itself, a few stories from his time as Berry’s road manager in the early ’60s and the relationship between Berry and the Chess brothers, his innovations and as a lyricist and more.

  • The Beat Full Show (3/25/17): The complicated legacy of Jerry Krause

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: the guys discuss the legacy of Jerry Krause and try to get to the root of some of the “biases” that may have shaped his interpersonal relations and how he was viewed over the course of his career; Adam Hoge reports from Cubs and White Sox camp and talks about the overblown reactions to the Bears’ signing of Mark Sanchez; we evaluate Theo Epstein’s rank as Fortune’s […]

  • Jeremy Werner on Brad Underwood at Illinois: “He’s a heck of a coach with a fun identity”

    Jeremy Werner of ESPN 93.5 FM in Champaign and the Illini Inquirer joins Adam Hoge, Mark Carman and Jarrett Payton to discuss Illinois hiring head coach Brad Underwood away from Oklahoma State.  They talk about the recruiting challenges ahead for the new coach and the need for a greater recruiting presence in the Chicagoland area, AD Josh Whitman’s continuing commitment to reshaping his department, Underwood bringing a clear offensive identity to the program, and more.  

  • NU’s Nathan Taphorn: “Basketball’s taught me a lot… you don’t always get what you want”

    Outgoing senior forward Nathan Taphorn joins Adam Hoge, Mark Carman and Jarrett Payton to look back on Northwestern’s trip to the NCAA Tournament and wrap the season following the Cats’ 79-73 loss to Gonzaga in the 2nd round.  Taphorn shares the vibe in the locker room at halftime with NU down 18 and their ensuing comeback in the second half, the no-call on a Zags goal tend that proved to be pivotal in the closing minutes of the game, his […]

  • The Beat Full Show (3/19/17): What’s next for Northwestern after a tough tournament exit?

    Mark Carman, Adam Hoge and Jarrett Payton bring you the Sunday edition of The Beat: the guys break down Northwestern’s 79-73 loss to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA tournament and senior F Nathan Taphorn shares the vibe inside the locker room as the Cats came back from a huge deficit in the 2nd half; Illinois basketball makes a big splash by bringing in Brad Underwood and Jeremy Werner of ESPN 93.5 in Champaign talks about the challenge […]

  • Marshall Chess: An inside look at the ‘birthplace of rock and roll’ Chess Records

    Dave Hoekstra talks with prolific record producer Marshall Chess of Chicago’s landmark R&B label Chess Records, started by his father Leonard, and uncle Phil Chess in 1950. He talks about Chicago’s lack of recognition of its blues heritage and what he would do to make the Chess studio at 2120 S. Michigan Ave a complete experience, his relationship with now-legendary bluesmen like Howlin’ Wolf, convincing Muddy Waters to cut “Electric Mud”, changing gears after heading up Rolling Stones Records in […]

  • “The Dick Biondi Film”: Pam Pulice tracks the story of a Chicago radio legend

    Dave Hoekstra, along with Bobby Skafish talk with Pamela Joy Pulice, Executive Producer/Director of The Dick Biondi Film, currently in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign to help get the project finished.  They talk about the scope of Biondi’s 50-plus year radio career and some of the artists and DJs featured in the documentary, and Pulice explains why Biondi is such an important figure in her life and her post-retirement decision to approach the beloved jock and tell his story […]

  • Mike Medina talks lost music history at McKie’s Disc Jockey Show Lounge

    Musician and music history buff Mike Medina returns to Nocturnal Journal to talk with Dave Hoekstra about a piece of lost Chicago music history, McKie Fitzhugh’s Disc Jockey Lounge.  The “DJ Lounge” was a hangout for Chicago jocks that evolved into a concert venue that hosted the likes of Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield, and a transformative experience for David Crosby at a John Coltrane performance.   Medina is currently leading a crowdfunding effort to restore the sign and […]