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  • What to expect in an upcoming book that explores the Black roots of Rock n’ Roll

    Dave Hoekstra is joined in-studio by Chicago writer, DJ, and musician James Porter to learn about his musically inclined up-bringing and the Black roots of Rock n’ Roll. James also shares details about his upcoming book “Wild in the Streets: Tales from Rock n’ Roll Negro Leagues” that is set to be released next year. The book explores the early stages of Rock and Blues, the influences that Black artists had on the sounds and music that created the two separate […]

  • Taking a closer look at the Amazing Vendors of Wrigley Field

    Dave Hoekstra is joined in studio by Wrigley Field vendors Rich Harris, Abe Rapuch, and Dave and Cindy Fosco to hold a panel discussion with the Co-Author of “Wrigley Field’s Amazing Vendors” (Images of Modern America), Lloyd Rutzky. As the group reflects on the evolution of vendors and the many items they’ve sold over the years; Lloyd shares the importance of the various images included in the publication, the process of putting the book together, and more.  

  • Roy Orbison Jr. reflects on his father’s legacy as he prepares to perform at The Fest for Beatles Fans

    Dave Hoekstra speaks with Roy Orbison Jr. to talk about his Dad’s legacy and relationship with the Beatles. Roy shares details about his upcoming performance at The Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago on August 11th, his latest book “The Authorized Roy Orbison“, the upcoming Hologram Tour of his late father that comes to Waukegan on Oct. 21st, and much more.    

  • Dave Hoekstra gets insight about Washington Island’s Lavender Days

    Dave Hoekstra speaks with Washington Island Wisconsin musician Julian Hagen about the upcoming “Lavender Days” at the Midwest’s Largest Lavender Farm. It’s set to have more than 20,000 plants on the island farm and during the event there will be performances by Julian himself and other great performers, demonstrations, great food,  lavender massages and more. Lavender Days takes please July 20-21st and to learn more visit  

  • WGN Nightside w/ Dometi Pongo & Griffin Fillipitch | 7/18/2018 Full Show

    On tonight’s edition of WGN Nightside, Dometi Pongo and Griffin Fillipitch discuss the upcoming Pitchfork Musical Festival as Lauryn Hill is set to perform her entire album “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in full. Dometi, Griffin, Producer CaSera (Cash), and callers explore what albums they’d like to hear performed live from beginning to end. Then, Founder and President of Entrenuity, Brian Jenkins, joins us in-studio to share information about the company’s impact fund and non-traditional entrepreneurship. We end the night with […]

  • Saba | Growing up in Chicago’s West Side, the making of ‘Care For Me’, and more

    The Cornerstore spoke with rapper Saba about his upbringing in Chicago’s west side neighborhood, the passing of his cousin DinnerWithJohn, and the making of ‘Care For Me.’   Stay connected with The Cornerstore on Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud!

  • WGN Nightside with Dane Neal | Full Show 7/16/2018

    Dane Neal, covers tonight’s edition of WGN Nightside and highlights some of the WGN Radio Plus podcasts including Uh PARENT Ly with cohosts Tracy Weiner and Anne Johnsos, and ChiPedia with with cohosts Marsha Marsha and Keena Renee. Eileen Ogintz from calls in to share some of the best travel destinations with fantastic museums and other interactive places your kids will love. Dane also speaks with Kim Harms Robinson from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum to learn more about the largest children’s museum in the world! […]

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    The Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson Full Show 7/15/18

    On this edition of The Sunday Spin: Rick Pearson talks with Cook County Circuit Clerk and Chicago mayoral candidate, Dorothy Brown, as she shares her strong belief that her previous track records with community outreach will help her win the mayoral candidacy. Dorothy also touches on the importance of holding Chicago police officers accountable and having officers go through proper training, the idea of having an elected school board in Chicago, and the existence of the federal probe involving her […]

  • The instability in scheduling proves to be an overall weakness in the current state of the economy

    Rick Pearson is joined by UFCW Local 881 Political Director Zach Koutsky to discuss the fair work week proposal. Zach explains what the proposal entails, the continuing evolution into a service based economy and the impact that has on this ordinance, and more.  

  • Interim Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Illinois, Christian Mitchell: “The face of the Democratic Party is changing and evolving”

    Rick Pearson speaks with State Rep. and the newly named Interim Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Illinois, Christian Mitchell of Chicago. Rick and Christian explore the evolution of the Democratic Party of IL as far as an institution, the million-dollar effort for voter registration, and Christian’s selection into his new position.