I’m Cody Gough, producer of the Brian Noonan Show and fill-in host at WGN Radio. As an established radio veteran, I’ve been with the station since working as Spike O’Dell’s last intern in 2008, and I also host and produce the Curiosity Podcast for the award-winning Curiosity.com.

On the WGN Radio web site, you can hear me on-air with Brian Noonan and on his web-exclusive podcasts, or you can listen to my lifestyle podcast, Game/Life Balance, on WGN Plus (the official podcast network of WGN Radio). I’m also a writer for Curiosity.com, the GonnaGeek Network, and HuffPost.

In addition to my broadcast and writing activities, I moonlight as a video game enthusiast and commercial actor. I’m a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, Annoyance Theatre, and iO Theater improv programs, and have written and performed for a variety of theater, film, and web productions, as well as industrial/commercial videos.

I also have a storied career as a social media marketer, managing online efforts for companies through start-up, marketing agency, and B2B consulting firm work environments. In these full-time roles, I have developed expertise in all areas of social media marketing, having developed and executed comprehensive social media strategies for a number of organizations (Kenmore, Craftsman, Head & Shoulders, New Balance, Kraft, Corona, Pacifico, LiftMaster, P&G, Omron, Subway, Nuveen Investments) across a variety of industries from concept to execution, and having trained hundreds of colleagues on optimizing their digital brands.


Recent Articles
  • "At the Breweries" with Brian Noonan, John Carruthers, and Jesse Valenciana (from left to right)

    Hazy IPA, helles lager, and pastry stout beer reviews on “At the Breweries” with Brian Noonan

    Hazy IPA, helles lager, and pastry stout beers surprise and delight in-studio with Revolution Brewing’s John Carruthers and Goose Island Brewery’s Jesse Valenciana. Brian learns about the beers as the experts educate and entertain in this edition of “At the Breweries.”

  • From left to right: Brian Noonan, John Carruthers, and Jesse Valenciana on "At the Breweries"

    Brian Noonan Show 5/19/19: Chicago millennial attitudes and “At the Breweries”

    Brian welcomes a special guest to discuss millennial attitudes about Chicago and what they mean, just as Lori Lightfoot prepares to take office. He also talks Avengers: Endgame and presents another edition of the monthly beer segment “At the Breweries.”

  • "Chicago" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

    Brian Noonan Show 5/12/19: Chicago Fringe Opera and theatre in Chicago

    In a theatre-themed show, Brian gives a “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of Broadway in Chicago’s production of Chicago, talks to the Chicago Fringe Opera about their upcoming performances, and even dives into Shakespeare and K-Pop.

  • "Queen of Tape" Anna Dominguez (left) shows off a work-in-progress art installation in-studio with Brian Noonan (right)

    Brian Noonan Show 5/5/19: Duct tape artistry and visiting 400+ National Park Service sites

    Brian discusses a new art installation with the “Queen of Tape” Anna Dominguez, then talks to Mikah Meyer about how he accomplished his goal of visiting more than 400 National Park Service sites. Plus: the crew celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week!

  • Composer and sound designer Elliot Callighan (left) and WGN Radio's Cody Gough (right)

    Composer Elliot Callighan talks “Unlock Audio” and sound design for media

    Elliot Callighan, composer and sound designer for media and adjunct professor at DePaul University, joins Cody to discuss his new project, Unlock Audio. It’s a tool for re-framing game audio to make it developer-centric from both a creative and business perspective. They also talk game design education, sound design, and — of course — what video games they’ve been playing lately!

  • "The Cantina Cast" Star Wars podcast crew with WGN Radio's Brian Noonan

    Brian Noonan Show 4/14/19: “How Change Happens” and Star Wars Celebration Chicago

    Brian discusses changes to the new ‘Home Alone’  law in Illinois, then interviews Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein about his new book about how social change happens. Plus: The Cantina Cast crew takes a break from Star Wars Celebration Chicago to join Brian in-studio to discuss the Episode IX trailer and recap the festivities from the local fan gathering.

  • "How Change Happens" by Cass Sunstein

    Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein explains how social change happens

    Brian talks to Cass Sunstein, the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Sunstein served in the Obama administration as the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012. In his conversation with Brian, he discusses his new book, “How Change Happens,” which answers the question of how social change happens and how change is impacted by social norms.

  • Hefeweizen, cream ale, and lambic beer reviews on “At the Breweries” with Brian Noonan

    Learn about hefeweizen, cream ale, and lambic beers from Revolution Brewing’s John Carruthers and Goose Island Brewery’s Jesse Valenciana. They join Brian in-studio to educate and entertain in this edition of “At the Breweries.”

  • Brian Noonan rocks a bow tie

    “Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical” Bow Tie Theatre Review

    Brian gives a “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of Broadway in Chicago’s production of Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical, playing at the  Broadway Playhouse through April 14, 2019. But first: a quick recap of the previous week’s birthday celebrations for both Brian and his producer Cody, whose birthdays are just 1 day apart.

  • Host Cody Gough with "The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality" by Blake J. Harris

    Oculus, Facebook, and the virtual reality revolution with author Blake J. Harris

    Blake J. Harris, the best-selling author of “Console Wars,” has turned his attention to virtual reality with a new book. In “The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality” Harris dives into the dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality. And in this podcast, he discusses how he got his hands on the story, the twists and turns he encountered, and what’s next for virtual reality.

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