Brian Noonan Show 6/24/18: Ride for Kids and Heartbreak Hotel In-Studio

Brian Noonan (left) with Eddie Clendening (right), who will be reprising his role as Elvis Presley in Broadway in Chicago's production of Heartbreak Hotel (Photo credit: Cody Gough / WGN Radio)

Brian welcomes Spencer Ruhlin to discuss Ride for Kids, benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Plus: Eddie Clendening is reprising his role as Elvis in Broadway in Chicago’s 2018 production of Heartbreak Hotel, and he joins Brian in-studio to perform some live music from the show!

To kick off the show, Brian talks about the festivities surrounding the Chicago Pride Parade, in addition to giving an update on the new WGN Radio studios now that he’s broadcasting from the new location at 303 E Wacker Drive. He then turns his attention to the increasingly polarized dialogue in our country and suggests ways people can try to communicate with each other, even (especially) when they don’t agree on something. Cody Gough, his producer, also explains the backfire effect, a psychological phenomenon that actually strengthens a person’s beliefs when he or she is confronted with evidence to the contrary.

Spencer Ruhlin then joins Brian in-studio. He’s one of the Task Force Leaders for Ride for Kids, which is coming to Chicago on July 15, 2018, to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. He discusses his history working with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and other efforts since his brother passed away from a brain tumor more than 30 years ago, in addition to sharing what you can do to help.

Eddie Clendening originated the role of Elvis in the acclaimed production of Heartbreak Hotel at the Ogunquit Playhouse, and he’s now reprising the role here in Chicago. He joins Brian in-studio to wrap up the show, and even plays some live music from the upcoming Broadway in Chicago production of Heartbreak Hotel running through September 9, 2018, at the Broadway Playhouse.