Garry Meier joined WGN Radio in April of 2009 and can be heard weekdays from 3-7pm. Whether he’s giving away quirky prizes like Custom Indian heads from Dave Novotny of Custom Steel Art or discussing the news of the day with his characteristic sarcasm, Garry’s wit and absorbing energy keeps Chicagoans entertained day after day.
Garry will tell you that his career in radio all began with a dead butterfly. One day he walked out of his house and saw a beautiful dead Monarch butterfly lying on the ground. He scooped up the lifeless harbinger of things to come and sent it to his then favorite disc jockey, Larry Lujack, the biggest jock in Chicago at the time. Larry was always talking about reincarnation and he claimed he was going to come back as a butterfly. In a note accompanying the butterfly Garry said, “I think I found your dead uncle. Sorry for your loss”. Larry read the note on the air. For Garry it was a “flashpoint” moment. Fascinated with radio, he knew what he was destined to do in life when he heard his material on the air.
Meier rose to prominence in Chicago as part of one of the most successful number one radio duos in the country, the Steve & Garry Show. The fifteen-year run garnered international publicity, as well as an Emmy for the TV show Greetings From Graceland. Meier also gained renown for his highly successful eight-year run on the Roe & Garry Show. In addition to these accomplishments, Meier has displayed his wit and energy as a solo host and as a feature reporter for WGN-TV’s morning show.
Meier has won five A.I.R. Awards for Best Afternoon Show in Chicago and was awarded the National Radio and Records Award for Best Local Afternoon Talk Show Host in America. His segments have appeared on local and national television including World News Tonight. Garry has also been recognized multiple years by Talkers Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts in America.”
He loves what he does, carrying all of his inventory in his head and feels that even with all of his success, the best is still yet to come.
Garry talks about a man named, Gregory Davis who is known affectionately as the “Red Line guy,” the “Purple Line guy,” or sometimes as vaguely as that “CTA guy.”He has a dynamic baritone voice that booms over the CTA intercom … […]
Garry and Tom talk about how after 20 years of perky hosts and ping pong balls, the future of live Illinois Lottery drawings on WGN-Ch.9 is up in the air. Apparently, lottery officials said this week that they are considering … […]
Garry’s in the middle of a Cubs/Yankees sandwich…bit of trivia, the Cubs have lost every time they have played in the Bronx. The great Chicago columnist, Mike Royko, once wrote: “Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed … […]
Garry talks about a 90-year-old man that fell to his death, down his apartment building’s garbage chute. It happened Monday morning at the Belmont Place apartments in Kilburn Park. Then, Garry talks to callers about various stories on laundry shoots … […]
Garry talks about a Pennsylvania man who mistakenly threw away $1.25 million worth of winning lottery tickets, stunad!. Then, Garry talks about how Thomas Kinkade might have illustrated this white Easter. Which leads Garry to talk about the Stations of … […]