Lou’s Favorite Things: Celebrating 25 years on WGN Radio


After writing letters to WGN Radio to pitch his idea for a call-in home improvement show, Lou Manfredini was booked as a guest on the Bob Collins Show in 1995 where he received the “Mr. Fix-It” nickname. Manfredini subsequently appeared as a regular contributor on Roy Leonard’s Saturday show which led to hosting his own show he’d written so many letters about.

That show is still on the air today on Saturday mornings as “HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini” and 2020 marks Lou’s 25th anniversary on the station.

Over the years, Lou has promoted services and recommended products to listeners. And now, in honor of Lou’s 25th anniversary, each week, he’ll be giving you the chance to win some of those products and services you’ve heard about – they’re Lou’s Favorite Things!

Schedule of Lou’s Favorite Things:
(Schedule may be subject to change. See contests page for current weekly Lou’s Favorite Things promotion. All weekly sweepstakes begin at 12:01 a.m. on a Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. on a Sunday. See individual sweepstakes for complete rules.)

August 3 – 9: Lindholm Roofing – $3,000 gift certificate for roof or gutter service

August 10 – 16: Rhino Cart – a Rhino Cart: The Next Generation Hand Truck and Moving Dollie and $500 Ace Hardware gift certificate

August 17 – 23: Deck Tech – $750 gift certificate for Deck Tech service

August 24 – 30: Wet & Forget – a Wet & Forget gift package of product

August 31 – September 6: Robert R. Andreas & Sons, Inc. – $1,500 certificate for concrete service that may include work on driveway, patio, steps, sidewalk, basement, and garage floors

September 7 – 13: Twist and Seal – a Twist & Seal gift pack and $500 Ace Hardware gift certificate

September 14 – 20: Gilkey Window Company – 2-panel 6’ x 80” fiberglass patio door with complete installation valued at $6,000

September 21 – 27: Garage Remodeling Group featuring Elite Garage Door Opener by LiftMaster, model WLED, including installation by FixMyGarage.com

September 28 – October 4: Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating – five weeks of a full-week order of SSHE Meals with winner’s choice of 1200, 1500 or 2000 calorie plan

October 5 – 11: Ace Hardware with Benjamin Moore® (prize is a $300 Ace gift card for up to five gallons of Benjamin Moore paint)

October 12 – 18: Ace Hardware with Milwaukee® Tool (prize is the Milwaukee® M18 FUEL 18 volt 5 amps Cordless Brushless 2 tool Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Kit available at your local Ace Hardware)

October 19 – 25: Ace Hardware with Weber (prize is the Weber Genesis II E-325 Liquid Propane Grill available at your local Ace Hardware)

October 26 – November 1: Ace Hardware with Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint® ($300 Ace gift card for up to six gallons Magnolia Home paint)

November 2 – 8: Ace Hardware with Shurtech (prize is $280 Ace gift card and two rolls of T-Rex Duct Tape)

November 9 – 15: Ace Hardware with Traeger – Traeger Pro 575 Wood Pellet Grill

November 16 – 22: Ace Hardware with EGO – EGO Power+ 21 in. Snow Blower with push-button start and two batteries

November 23 – 29: Ace Hardware with Weiman Products (prize is $275 Ace gift card and two bottles of Green Gobbler ecoworks Powder Drain Opener)

November 30 – December 6: NeverMeasure – seven (7) winners will receive a NeverMeasure Set that includes the standard (18″) and large (36″) versions of the NeverMeasure Picture Hanging Tool ENTER TO WIN HERE

December 7 -13: Marconi Brand Family of Food Products – Marconi Club Gold Membership (gift pack of Marconi treats and recipes that ships every other month for a year).

December 14 – 20: American Sale – $250 American Sale gift card

HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini
Saturdays 7-10am LouManfredini Since 1995, Lou has developed a loyal following of listeners who’ve grown to rely upon his entertaining mix of practical, useful and valuable home improvement advice. (Click for more.)

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