Recent Articles
  • Nocturnal Journey: A taste of the heartland at Jim’s Steakhouse in Peoria

    Dave Hoekstra heads down to Peoria on the Nocturnal Journey and talks with Tim Comfort, owner of longtime dining staple Jim's Steakhouse. They discuss the restaurant's history under Comfort's father, founder and namesake Jim, and its status as a frequent stop for ballplayers and celebrities that roll through the city on the Illinois River.

  • ‘Celebrity Name Game’ on the radio (5/24/17)

    Nick Digilio and Esmeralda Leon face off in another edition of 'Celebrity Name Game' on the radio.

  • Steve and Johnnie join Nick D for a WGN Walk of Fame preview

    The great Steve King and Johnnie Putman join Nick Digilio ahead of his induction intro the WGN Radio Walk of Fame. They talk about how they found out about their own inductions and share plenty of stories and memories of the other members of the class of 2017 including Mike Mathis and Linc Hampton, Lou Boudreau, Judy Pielach, Larry Schreiner and more.

  • “We the People”: Uncovering political relics in Mount Morris

    Dave Hoekstra talks with Mount Morris, IL native Ken Foss, who stumbled upon lithographic plates of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence while cleaning out an old warehouse.  The reproductions ended up being rare antique items done by artist Theodore Ohman in the 1940’s; Foss and Deanne Mazzochi of College of Dupage made it their goal to move forward with Ohman’s vision of making the words on which the nation was founded as accessible as possible. We also get […]

  • The best rock and country songs that tell a story

    Nick Digilio looks at a list of the best pop, rock and country songs that tell stories, which opens up a discussion on some of our own memorable 'story songs'.

  • Pop-Up Video on the Radio (5/23/17)

    Nick Digilio and Esmeralda Leon face off in another edition of Pop-Up Video on the Radio featuring Phil Collins' "Against All Odds" and Madonna's "Material Girl".

  • Stephen Tobolowsky’s Adventures with God, storytelling and Powers Boothe

    Legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky joins Nick Digilio to talk about his new book My Adventures with God, which details his evolving relationship with spirituality. He also tells some great stories featuring the late great Powers Boothe, working on HBO's Silicon Valley, his role in the band Radiohead getting its name and more.

  • “It ain’t pretty, but it’s real”: Legendary Chicago investigative reporter John Drummond

    Dave Hoekstra visits with legendary Chicago reporter John “Bulldog” Drummond, who talks about his long career at WBBM-TV, cutting his teeth amidst local and national political tension in 1968, working with controversial talker Howard Miller and how his firing opened up the #1 ratings spot for Wally Phillips at WGN, how differences in revenue and reporting have changed television news over the years and more.

  • From ‘Godfather Part II’ to ‘Blues Brothers 2000’: Best and Worst movie sequels

    'Alien: Covenant' is just the latest in a busy few weeks at the box office for sequels, so Nick Digilio runs through some of the best and worst movie sequels of all time.

  • Nick Digilio Shoots the Puck

    Nick’s Dad’s Joke of the Week (5/22/17)

    Nick Digilio's dad delivers his joke of the week for Monday, May 22.