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Media: April 2021

Media: April 2021

| March 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

  It’s hard to describe everything Jon Hansen brings to Chicago media. He’s really a Jon-of-all-trades, able to shift from television to radio to just about anything else that requires a microphone. First and foremost, he’s one of the stars of the nightly gabfest (6-7 pm), The Jam on WCIU-TV. “It’s your Twitter feed on […]

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CinemaScopes: April 2021

CinemaScopes: April 2021

| March 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

New film releases are finally starting to pick up, with more cinemas opening around the country (specifically on the West Coast). The backlog of film debuts begins this month as we lead up to the summer season. Here are some top picks for April. Concrete CowboyDirected by Ricky StaubRated RApril 2nd on Netflix Inspired by […]

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Media: March 2021

Media: March 2021

| February 28, 2021 | 1 Comment

  Bob Sirott has been part of the Chicago media landscape now for a half-century. “Geez, don’t remind me,” he says. “Yeah, that’s true. 1971 was the first year on the air at WBBM-FM. First, it was just doing weekends, and fill-ins, and summer stuff, and at the end of the summer, they either rewarded […]

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CinemaScopes: February 2021

CinemaScopes: February 2021

| February 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

CinemaScopes – Dinner & A Movie Month! February is traditionally the month for relationship movies, given Valentine’s Day is on the 14th and dinner and a movie is a perfect date night for many couples. Theaters in the Chicago area are open, but with most of us still avoiding public places, streaming and VOD releases […]

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Media: February 2021

Media: February 2021

| January 31, 2021 | 1 Comment

Former Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce had an extremely memorable run on Chicago radio during the mid-90s. Still, since his time here, Danny has done radio in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and now for the last decade, he’s been the morning man in Seattle at KZOK (102.5FM). “I think this is my longest run […]

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Media: January 2021

Media: January 2021

| December 31, 2020 | 1 Comment

  After twenty-plus high-profile years in radio and television, Melissa Forman is an important part of the Chicago media landscape. “Twenty-plus years?” she responds. “Yikes. It’s going fast. My Dad always said to me: ‘Life is like a roll of toilet paper. In the beginning, it moves slowly, and in the end, it moves very […]

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CinemaScopes: January 2021

CinemaScopes: January 2021

| December 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

2020 has changed our lives forever, and it has altered the way we now view and regard cinematic excellence. While we may not be watching films on the big screen, we devour them at home via streaming and VOD. Ironically, none of the films on this list would be considered big blockbusters or similarly noted […]

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Hello My Name is…Exene

Hello My Name is…Exene

| December 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

It’s not like Exene Cervenka, and her bandmates in the Los Angeles proto-punk quartet X are just sitting around their respective houses, idly twiddling their thumbs this enforced-lockdown December. But they are coming to surreal grips with the fact that for this Yuletide season, at least, they will not be the hardest-working band on the […]

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Spins: U2 – “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” • Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set

Spins: U2 – “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” • Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set

| November 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

  U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind Super Deluxe vinyl box set (Island/Interscope/UMe) During the year 2000, U2 was a band on a mission. After the perceived disappointment of 1997’s experimental and techno-friendly Pop (an album that went “merely” platinum in the United States), the Irish quartet were determined to reclaim their signature sound–and with […]

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Media: December 2020

Media: December 2020

| November 30, 2020 | 1 Comment

2020 was a rough year everywhere, but we lost some of our all-time greatest broadcasters in Chicago. Television greats like Sheldon Cooper (WGN-TV general manager), Lee Phillip Bell (The Lee Phillip Show), Bob Petty (Channel 7/ABC anchor/reporter), Dick Johnson (anchor at Channel 5/NBC), Jerry Taft (longtime Channel 7/ABC weatherman), and Joel Daly (iconic Channel 7/ABC […]

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CinemaScopes – November 2020

CinemaScopes – November 2020

| November 1, 2020 | 1 Comment

With many films officially postponed or rescheduled until 2021/2022, the slate for what would normally be the biggest release window of the year has definitely changed due to COVID. Theaters are still open, but many films have now made the jump to VOD and streaming services to get their product out while still trying to […]

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Media: November 2020

Media: November 2020

| November 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

When you have already been inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame, and you are featured in the radio wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you might think that there isn’t really anything left to accomplish. But when John Records Landecker recently got […]

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Stage Buzz: Pegboy 30th Anniversary Show with Local H at SeatGeek Stadium on October 17th

Stage Buzz: Pegboy 30th Anniversary Show with Local H at SeatGeek Stadium on October 17th

| October 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Originally scheduled as a 30th Anniversary bash with two indoor shows in May, Chicago stalwart punk rockers Pegboy have recalibrated due to COVID and teamed up with Chicago Drive-in to offer a safe, socially distant drive-in concert at Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview on October 17. Powered by the Haggerty brothers – John (on guitar), […]

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Media: October 2020

Media: October 2020

| September 30, 2020 | 1 Comment

When Richard Milne was told he was replacing Lin Brehmer as the WXRT morning host in February, he knew the implications. “I’m the 5th ever XRT morning man in 48 years,” he says, ticking off the others: Scott McConnell, Garry Lee Wright, Terri Hemmert, and Lin Brehmer. “I’ve admired all of those people, but I […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz September 30th – October 2nd

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz September 30th – October 2nd

| September 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Emmylou Harris and Friends host an intimate performance benefiting Bonaparte’s Retreat and Crossroads Campus on September 29th and 30th. Joining Harris are Sam Bush, John Randall, and Byron House. Grab tickets here. AWOLNATION performs live from The Wiltern in Los Angeles on September 30th at 8 PM. Get tickets and merch bundles here. Nathaniel Rateliff […]

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