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Media: March 2012

| February 29, 2012

In the 1970s, local radio legend Steve Dahl revolutionized talk radio with his raw form of radio verite.

Now, he’s breaking new ground by turning his “Dahlcast” podcast (at into a podcast network haven for personalities who are no longer on airwaves and deserve to be heard.

Subscribers who pay $9.95 a month (or $99.95 per year) can hear podcasts three times a week by Kevin Matthews and his alter ego, Jim Shorts, as well as a monthly interview show by former Q101 (WKQX-FM) jock James Van Osdol. At press time, Dahl was talking to rock legend Joe Walsh, sports talker Chet Coppock, and others. He also added a weekend archives show highlighting the best bits from his own storied past.

The podcast is not free or live like broadcast or satellite radio, but there are no commercials, or time/content restraints. Plus it can be heard anywhere, at any time.

We asked Dahl — who’s been off the air since 2008 and podcasting since 2009 — about the new network.

IE: When/why did you decide to turn the “Dahlcast” into a network?
Steve Dahl
: I was always planning on adding more shows, but Kevin Matthews getting fired in Grand Rapids was definitely the catalyst for doing it now rather than later.

IE: You’ve always been on the cutting edge of digital/internet technology. Are there any innovations that have made this endeavor possible, where it might not have happened, say, five years ago?
: Smart phones really make the whole thing doable. We have both iPhone and an Android app, and I’d say the bulk of our listening is done via those devices. Of course you can just listen the old-fashioned way, too: on an iPod or just streaming from our website on your computer.

IE: I assume that the others record their shows at home, and do not commute to your basement . . .
: They send us the files via Yousendit.

IE: Why’d you want James VanOsdol to be a part of it?
: I think he’s talented and he’s a displaced radio person, so he meets my criteria for network status.

IE: Do you own your archives? How many years to you have?
: I own everything that I’ve ever done in Chicago.

IE: Are you serious about Chet Coppock?
: Yes, if we can think of a good concept for him. It’s not live, so some thought will have to be put into it.

IE: Any women on your wish list?
: I asked Wendy Snyder and her husband if they wanted to be a part of it and they declined. Come to think of it, they might not meet all of my criteria.

IE: Why not Kathy & Judy? They still have a loyal following.
: That’s an excellent idea, and I would love to talk to them about that.

IE: What does it feel like to be running your own “station”?
: I like it. My favorite part is letting people do whatever they want to do. No limits (except libeling someone). I feel like I’m on the cutting edge of something revolutionary, which is a feeling I’ve had before, but not in awhile, so that’s fun, too.

“JBTV” Goes Nationwide: Chicago’s longest-running independent music showcase was picked up by the NBC Nonstop Network on February 18th. Now, fans of new and independent music in major markets across the country can catch “JBTV” at 10 p.m. on the digital sub-channel. Smoking Popes, Rise Against, White Lives, Kill Hannah, 30 Seconds To Mars, The Menzingers, and Phantom Planet will all be featured in March.

“It is definitely our most robust opportunity to bring ‘JBTV’ to a national audience via broadcast,” says show creator Jerry Bryant, who has been dong the show as a labor of love for the past 27 years.

In recent seasons, “JBTV” added hosts such as Ryan Manno, Tobias Jeg, and Jenna Martinelli, and segued from a music-video show to a live-performance stage shot in Bryant’s state-of-the-art digital studio. “We want to continue to introduce people to new music first,” says Bryant.

But it doesn’t stop with the network show.

“We’re laying the foundation to transform ‘JBTV’ into a 24-hour radio, new media, and television network,” he says. “We believe very strongly in introducing music fans to exciting artists that don’t have a platform anywhere else, so we’re creating the platforms.”

Stream the developments at

ODDS ‘N’ SODS: No word on whether Jonathon Brandmeier‘s weekly NBC Nonstop Chicago TV show “Almost Live” has been picked up nationally . . . We’re sad to see the demise of scrappy little new-age mag Mindful Metropolis. The paper rose from the ashes of Conscious Choice in May of 2009. Publisher Richard McGinnis explained in a note to clients, “After 32 consecutive monthly issues, we decided to retire the title and move on to other endeavors,” and referred readers and advertisers to Natural Awakenings Chicago North and North Shore . . . Jim DeRogatis‘ riveting, meticulously-reported “Pop ‘N’ Stuff” blog posts about Lollapalooza’s sweetheart tax deals really do deserve a Pulitzer. Read them at

— Cara Jepsen

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  1. Rick Brogan says:

    Listening to Steve and Kevin on the Dahl podcast is the best investment in entertainment I have ever made!

  2. Amy C says:

    Steve puts a lot of effort into this and it is so worth the money. Unless you have no sense of humor then who needs you. It’s no Yahoo though… ha

  3. Ron Schneider says:

    If you liked Steve Dahl when he was on the radio , you’ll LOVE him on the podcast!

  4. Sean Brady says:

    Like many Steve Dahl fans, I grew up listening to some of the greatest radio ever in Chicago. Steve and his crew have been entertaining me for many years and his pod casts are fantastic. I encourage everyone to subscribe, it is the best $10.00 per month u can spend. If u subscribe please let them know that, sent you. (I will get a free keychain, thanks)

  5. dan stagg says:

    It’s so good to finally hear Steve doing the kind of show he always wanted to do. For Steve and his fans, this is heaven.

  6. Ginny Rogers says:

    The Dahlcast is one of the most innovative forms of entertainment. I can listen as I did when Steve was on the radio (driving, exercising) but now i never have to miss a word – if I do, instant 30 second rewind. (Kathy & Judy – bonus!)

  7. Dahlvangelists? says:

    So are these Dahl fans on the payroll or are they Kool-Aid drinkers? Or both?

  8. Sammy Lazar says:

    You know why Steve Dahl is not on the radio? FAIL! That’s why. He dried up. So bad he was paid a million bucks to go away, this is the same guy who made fun of Larry Lujack for doing the same thing.

    Anyone would be a fool to hook up with him, he is a guy who came and went. Kevin Mathews also is tough out of luck without a radio job, so there he is on the Dahl Network.

    Kudos to Wendy Snyder for not hooking up with Dahl, her podcasts are free, and real good!

    For 14 bucks a month, you can have Sirus/XM and Howard Stern, plus hundreds of music, sports and news channels. Good luck to Dahl with his 10 buck a month fee.

    I say he shuts it all down by the end of this year.

  9. Katrina says:

    I won’t pay for Dahl, but I follow him on Twitter, and if his tweets are an indication of what to expect on his show…well then he will need a whole network of other talent to keep the ball rolling.

    His Tweets are like my sex life, a little dried up right now.

  10. Dennis says:

    Love the DahlCast!! You can also find great old stuff on the internet.

  11. Ray says:

    Johnny Carson knew when to quit..take a hint Steve