Chris Auman and his buddy Tom Ziegler conceived of Reglar Wiglar during a night of drinking in Lincoln Park’s punk-rock haunt Delilah’s in 1993. The first two black-and-white, text-only issues poked fun at alternative music, and featured fake record reviews and fake interviews with fake bands.
Back in 1979, half of Chicago tuned into Wally Philips’ popular WGN-AM (720) morning show. That year, newcomer Steve Dahl released his song parodying the venerable Philips and his loyal listeners, “Oh Wally.”
Q101 may have flipped its format in July, but the music rocks on at www.q101.com. The busy website features streaming music, entertainment, and information aimed at alternative-rock fans.
‘Jubilee Showcase’ Revisited
Soul Train has a reputation for being Chicago’s groundbreaking showcase for African-American musicians.
But six years before Don Cornelius launched that great show on WCIU-TV, there was “Jubilee Showcase.”
Flying Saucers Rock ‘N’ Roll
When someone is barely even mentioned anywhere on the Web, that’s when you know what obscure really means – and it’s amazing how much info has yet to make the billions of pages that Google looks through,” says author and “Chic-A-Go-Go” cofounder Jake Austen.
Dahl’s Basement Tapes
Radio legend Steve Dahl started charging for his podcast last month. He was dumped from “free” radio in December of 2008, when CBS Radio bought out his WJMK-FM (105.9) contract (and continued to pay him). Two years ago, Dahl launched his podcast, joining a growing number of local media figures who have tried [...]
Best Radio You Have Never Heard
Imagine a technically perfect freeform radio show where you’ll hear everything from Arctic Monkeys to Frank Zappa. Add clever drop-ins, seamless transitions, and cryptic humor. Then, imagine that every time you listen, you hear a new artist or song, or a version of a classic track that’s so obscure you [...]
Music Integral To ‘Grannies On Safari’
The travel bug bit Regina Fraser at an early age. “My father [trumpeter Rex Stewart] was with Duke Ellington for about 15 years, and traveled all over the world with his orchestra,” she says. “He’d come back with a traveling trunk full of colorful stickers from all over the [...]
Still Dying To Tell The Story
Amy Eldon’s 1998 documentary, Dying To Tell The Story, focuses on her photojournalist brother, Dan Eldon, who was stoned to death by an angry mob while covering a bombing in Somalia in 1993, shortly after the “Black Hawk Down” incident.
In Praise Of Slow Journalism
Print is not dead. For all the wily charms of the digital world with its tweets, feeds, blogs, and apps, there is still nothing like the pleasure created by ink on paper.”
In an era of tight budgets and strict bottom lines, locally produced TV shows are a rarity. Good ones are even harder to find.
The Future Of Public Access TV In Chicago
Any individual or organization in Chicago can learn how to produce their own program at Chicago Access Corporation (CAN TV) and show it on one of its five channels. That’s because of the city’s strong cable-TV franchise agreement, which allows CAN TV to receive its funding directly from [...]
Bands! Get Your Money!
The SoundExchange clearinghouse is slated to deliver $260 million in royalties to musicians for digital airplay in 2010. That’s a huge jump from $100 million in 2008, and $155 million in 2009.
Blast From The Past: Triad Magazine
I recently scoured local record stores for 7-inch vinyl with Grinderman drummer Jim Sclavunos — who found plenty of records to play at the band’s L.A. after-party.
Third Coast Festival
Johanna Zorn got the idea to start a showcase for documentary radio back in 2000, when she was producing the WBEZ-FM (91.5) series “Chicago Matters.”