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  • Previewing the 36th Annual American Music Festival at FitzGerald’s

    Bill and Kate FitzGerald join Dave Hoekstra to preview the 36th American Music Festival, which starts Friday June 30th at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub in Berwyn.  They handicap some of the highlights of the festival including Shinyribs, Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks and The Waco Brothers, among many others over the three-day stretch of the fest.  They also discuss the the evolution of the festival and that whole stretch of Roosevelt Road in terms of nightlife. We also hear from award-winning blues saxophonist Terry […]

  • The Beat Full Show (6/25/17): Hoge goes on vacation, all hell breaks loose

    Adam Hoge, Harry Teinowitz and Jarrett Payton bring you the Sunday edition of The Beat: Hoge is back from vacation and the entire Chicago sports world has turned upside down while he was gone; the guys discuss the Bulls finally deciding to rebuild with Chicago Tribune Bulls insider KC Johnson; the voice of the Blackhawks John Wiedeman joins the show to talk about the flurry of Blackhawks moves saw Brandon Saad return and Artemi Panarin and Nikas Hjalmarsson leave; we […]

  • John Wiedeman: “I’ve learned not to question Stan Bowman and the hockey ops side…there’s a method to what they do”

    The voice of the Blackhawks John Wiedeman joins Adam Hoge, Harry Teinowitz and Jarrett Payton as the team comes off a hectic week that included hosting the NHL Draft, dealing Artemi Panarin and Niklas Hjalmarsson, and losing Marian Hossa.  He talks about his surprise that Vegas took Trevor Van Riemsdyk and not Marcus Kruger in the expansion draft, Brandon Saad’s return and the hope that he can bring some of the elements of Hossa’s game back to the Blackhawks, the […]

  • KC Johnson on the Bulls: “When you trade an NBA player, you lose the trade in the short term”

    Chicago Tribune Bulls insider KC Johnson joins Adam Hoge, Harry Teinowitz and Jarrett Payton to discuss a busy week in Bulls basketball, as they trade Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves to kick off the NBA Draft.  He discusses the task ahead for Fred Hoiberg, Gar Forman and John Paxson and important it will be this front office to hit on high lottery picks in the next few years, the potential there for some of the return pieces like Kris Dunn, what to do with Rajon Rondo now with multiple young guards that will need minutes, and more.

  • The Beat Full Show (6/24/17): Trades that made you question your fandom

    Harry Teinowitz and Andy Masur bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: The guys break down the flurry of moves made the Blackhawks heading into this weekend’s draft and the Niklas Hjalmarsson trade sparks a discussion on painful trades over the years and Andy tells a story about how Rick Monday made his brother abandon the Cubs; senior writer Steve Aschburn joins the show to break down the Bulls long-overdue rebuild; Bleacher Nation’s Scott Miller talks about the […]

  • Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller: “I would guarantee there would be a long line of suitors” for Kyle Schwarber

    Harry Teinowitz and Andy Masur talk with Scott Miller, national MLB columnist for Bleacher Report and Turner Sports about Kyle Schwarber's demotion and the possible effect his struggles at the plate would have on his value across the league, who else might be the odd man out for the Cubs to be dealt for starting pitching help, what starters would be the best fit, and more.

  • senior writer Steve Aschburner on the Bulls: “They’re throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks”

    Steve Aschburner, senior writer at and Turner Sports joins Andy Masur and Harry Teinowitz to talk about the Bulls trade of Jimmy Butler and then selling their 2nd round pick in the NBA Draft despite seemingly committing to a rebuild, Dwyane Wade sticking around despite the team finally blowing it up, the challenge ahead for Fred Hoiberg and his staff to prove that they can develop players, and more.

  • Late night legend Paul Shaffer: “There’s no money in smelling the roses”

    Dave Hoekstra visits with longtime Late Night/Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer, whose tour with the World's Most Dangerous Band hits the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on June 30.

  • Authors Pat Colander and Jack Clark: Chicago Stories

    Dave Hoekstra is joined by authors Pat Colander and Jack Clark for a conversation on writing and storytelling, and how both are shaped by the city of Chicago.  Colander discusses her book, Hugh Hefner’s First Funeral, and Other True Tales of Love and Death in Chicago, which spans some of the offbeat stories she came across during her career writing for the Chicago Reader and Chicago Tribune.  Clark talks about his self-published works as the city’s own cab driver-writer, including […]

  • 2017 NHL Draft: Judd Sirott and Troy Murray live from the United Center

    Judd Sirott and Troy Murray come to you live from the festivities at the United Center for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.  They discuss the significance of the draft as a tool for building an organization, react to the flurry of moves the Blackhawks have made over the last few days, and talk with President and CEO John McDonough, new assistant coach Don Granato, first round pick defenseman Henri Jokiharju and third round center Evan Barratt.