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  • Yoshi Sekiguchi’s improbable journey as the “Japanese Hank Williams”

    Dave Hoekstra visits with Yoshi Sekiguchi, known as the “Japanese Hank Williams” for bringing American country music to post-World War II Japan.  Yoshi talks about what drew him to artists like Hank Williams and Marty Robbins and, as a singer, getting the music to resonate with Japanese audiences, starting his family and relocating to the United States, where he found work as a graphic designer for Hugh Hefner with Playboy in Chicago, and much more. They’re joined by guitarist Dr. […]

  • Mark Carman: “If you’re a star guy…I don’t really want to see you hustling at all”

    Recent injuries to Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and Nationals superstar Bryce Harper lead Mark Carman to conclude that star-caliber players should focus on playing "smart" rather than "hard" during the regular season, and maybe lay off the gas on the basepaths to avoid getting hurt.  Do you always have to give 110% to be a star, or are you better serving your team by making sure you don't get hurt?

  • The Beat Full Show (8/13/17): The politics of speaking out in the NFL

    Mark Carman, Jarrett Payton and Adam Hoge bring you the Sunday edition of The Beat: Carm continues on his “Mitchell” vs “Mitch” Trubisky crusade; Kyle Long talks about the violence in his hometown of Charlottesville, VA and the guys discuss the politics of speaking out on issues in the NFL; the injuries to Bryce Harper and Willson Contreras have Carm arguing for ballplayers to play “smart” instead of hard; we hear from Bears GM Ryan Pace about Trubisky’s debut and […]

  • Re-imagining the Disney Birthplace: “There’s a deep history with Chicago and Walt Disney”

    Dave Hoekstra talks with Emmett Broderick, graphic designer for Kane County Cougars, and Brent Young and Dina Benadon of Super 78 Studios in Los Angeles, who are the driving forces behind the effort to restore the Walt Disney Birthplace house at 2156 N. Tripp in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood.

  • The Beat Full Show (8/12/17): Trubisky makes a statement in preseason debut

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: Mitch Trubisky’s performance in the Bears preseason opener could at least force the team’s hand in evaluating their QB situation and Adam Hoge joins the show from Bears camp with his takeaways from Thursday night and the following practices, a Kyle Long health update and the developing TE situation; Carm reignites the “Mitch” vs “Mitchell” controversy in terms of which is the stronger football name; the guys […]

  • Take me out with the crowd: Dale and LuAnn Klein explore America’s ballparks

    Dave Hoekstra talks with ballpark enthusiasts Dale and LuAnn Klein, who have spent more than 30 years travelling the country visiting over 330 Minor League and 50 MLB stadiums.  They talk about what they love in a ballpark experience, how an impromptu game in Nashville in the 80's led to their three-decade run driving around in a series of Dodge Caravans and taking in America's fields of summer, and more

  • Video and audio: Music with The Sylvies – a true family affair

    Dave Hoekstra welcomes the ten member lineup of the The Sylvies to the studio for some live music and a conversation on their origins in the creole flavor of Cane River, Louisiana, the subsequent 30 years of performing a rich catalog of American music and the ins and outs of being a real, touring family band.

  • The Beat Full Show (8/6/17): Jay Cutler is Mr. 305

    Mark Carman and Adam Hoge bring you the Sunday edition of The Beat: Jay Cutler’s retirement proved to be short-lived as he reunites with Adam Gase in Miami and we evaluate his chances to win games in the AFC East and gauge whether or not Bears fans want to see him succeed; Jarrett Payton checks in from WGN-TV with his impression of the Glennon/Trubisky tandem at Bears camp; the Cubs fall to the Nats after a bullpen implosion and the […]

  • NU’s Tommy Doles talks football, leadership: “My favorite part is…doing something that’s difficult but rewarding”

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz talk with Northwestern offensive lineman Tommy Doles as the Wildcats open up camp.  He discusses the challenge that lies ahead in protecting QB Clayton Thorson and his offensive unit and the Cats’ need to not take the non-conference part of the schedule for granted, his interest in public service and leadership and how his experience visiting Washington DC inspired him to look into serving in the military in the future, and more. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3383593/3383593_2017-08-06-001633.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3794.mp3

  • The voice behind ‘The Archies’, Ron Dante: “I’m so lucky, I’m creating new memories every day”

    Dave Hoekstra visits with musician and producer Ron Dante, who’s coming to town with the Happy Together Tour at the Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds New Buffalo on Friday, August 11.  Dante takes us through his long career in the music business that started with getting picked to be the voice behind The Archies by legendary producer Don Kirshner, how he met Barry Manilow and worked on some of his most famous recordings, an unlikely stint publishing the […]