Matt Bubala
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Matt Bubala has been working in radio since 1995. He has produced at KABC/KMPC in Los Angeles, at WKQI in Detroit and for 10 years at WGN Radio in Chicago. Matt founded Black Dog Radio Productions, Inc. in 2005.
Matt and his wife Colleen are the proud parents of four, Jack and triplets Michael, Anna, & Tommy. After getting the kids dressed, fed, to school, baseball, hockey, gymnastics, homework done and ears scrubbed, they like to relax by passing out in front of the television.

Recent Articles
  • Volunteers prepare book bundles for shipping to individual inmates, per prison regulations. Postage is the organization's largest expense. (Patty Wetli / DNAinfo)

    How your old books are bringing new hope to women in prison

    RAVENSWOOD — The library at the fictional Litchfield Penitentiary is so integral to the Netflix prison dramedy “Orange Is the New Black” — itself based on a prison memoir — that there are websites devoted to tracking the books the characters read and reference on the series. That’s Hollywood. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The reality is that prison libraries tend to be poorly stocked, and inmates’ access can be limited to as little as a […]

  • The Silver Skates competition from an unknown year. About 30,000 saw Arthur Staff win the inaugural Chicago Tribune-sponsored Silver Skates tournament at Humboldt Park lagoon in January 1917. (Chicago Park District Special Collections / via DNAinfo)

    100 years ago, speed skating was king of Chicago sports

    CHICAGO — Imagine tens of thousands of fans watching speed skating on a frozen Humboldt Park lagoon. One hundred years ago, that vision was a reality. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. It’s been a century since the first Silver Skates competition took place in January 1917 on the frozen lagoon. Upward of 30,000 spectators attended the event, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Click to listen:

  • Openlands foresters plant between 300 and 500 trees around the city every year. (Openlands / DNAinfo)

    Want more trees on your block? Apply by Monday for an Openlands grant

    CHICAGO — Residents have until Monday to apply for a chance to beautify their street, freshen their air, lower their energy bills and deter crime on their block — all for free. Those are some of the benefits touted by the nonprofit forestry group Openlands, which is accepting applications for the spring wave of its biannual TreePlanters Grants. Prospective arborists can apply individually or with their communities for a cluster of up to 50 trees wherever they live. Click here […]

  • Gary, a homeless man, walks in Wicker Park. (Alisa Hauser / DNAinfo)

    How many people are homeless in Chicago? City asks for help finding out

    CHICAGO — Volunteers are needed to help count the number of homeless people in Chicago, city officials said. City officials and volunteers will fan out from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 26 across the city to count the number of people who search public spaces and streets, parks, viaducts, CTA buses, and trains to count and interview people who do not have “a fixed, regular and adequate place to sleep” or “regularly spends the night in a shelter, similar institution, or […]

  • Chicago residents are donating their tickets to President Obama's farewell speech to North Lawndale teens through My Block, My Hood, My City. (Jahmal Cole / DNAinfo)

    West Side teens will see Obama speak tonight thanks to these Chicagoans

    CHICAGO —After failing to land coveted tickets to President Barack Obama’s farewell speech for his group of teens, Jahmal Cole asked fellow Chicagoans to donate tickets so the teens could see the historic address in person. Cole waited five hours for tickets at McCormick Place Saturday but struck out. On Saturday, the My Block, My Hood, My City founder put out the call asking for tickets, and everyday Chicagoans stepped up to the plate. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. By Monday afternoon, three North Side women […]

  • Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly is expected at the Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting to answer questions about combining the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses. (Sam Cholke / DNAinfo)

    Park District Head Answering Questions About Golf Course Redesign Monday

    HYDE PARK — Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly is expected to outline plans for a $30 million renovation of the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses at Monday’s Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting. Tiger Woods’ TGR Design is leading the renovation of the two golf courses into a single course capable of hosting PGA Tour events. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The new course is expected to be integrated into the grounds of Barack Obama’s […]

  • Tamara Anderson (l.) writes an email to legislators concerning the state's education budget as her son Zion, 6, looks on. (Ariel Cheung / DNAinfo)

    North Side principals dish on what makes neighborhood schools great

    LAKEVIEW — Principals from five North Side schools will meet with parents Tuesday to discuss each school’s merits and talk options with parents. South Lakeview Neighbors organized a forum for the leaders of Lake View High School and Agassiz, Burley, Jahn and Prescott elementaries. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Each principal will give a short […]

  • BERLIN - JUNE 22:  Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) crawl on a piece of paper after having been removed from the hair of a little boy. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    Lice treatment center ‘Hair Butterflies’ opening near Goose Island

    OLD TOWN — Chicago is getting a new way to treat hair-raising infestations of lice. Hair Butterflies, a lice treatment center that originated in Oak Park and specializes in non-toxic products, plans to open a new outpost next month near Goose Island at 1440 N. Kingsbury Ave. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The firm shies away from the toxic over-the-counter products most parents typically use to deal with lice brought home from school or picked up elsewhere. […]

  • CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Visitors look over paintings including Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (R) at the Art Institute of Chicago on September 17, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The museum, which draws around1.5 million visitors a year, has been named the best museum in the world by TripAdvisor. The museum has nearly 1 million square feet of exhibit space and 300,000 pieces of art in its permanent collection.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Free winter weekdays start next week at the Art Institute of Chicago

    DOWNTOWN — The holidays are over, but the Art Institute’s free winter weekdays are coming soon. Illinois residents can enter the acclaimed art museum, 111 S. Michigan Ave., for free on weekdays from Jan. 9 through Feb. 16, a spokeswoman said. The deal applies during all hours of operation Monday through Friday. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Click to listen:

  • Janson's Drive-in in Beverly (Howard Ludwig / DNAinfo)

    Our favorite neon signs in Chicago’s neighborhoods

    ALL OVER CHICAGO — Preservation Chicago, an organization that aims to protect the city’s architectural gems, each year releases its list of seven buildings most in danger of being lost. One of the entries on this year’s list wasn’t a building but the city’s neon signs. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. “Chicago’s historic neon signs were once a prominent part of Chicago’s landscape and cityscape, fronting almost every commercial street throughout the city,” according to the organization. “While many examples […]