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October 2022: Media • Svengoolie Spooktacular

October 2022: Media • Svengoolie Spooktacular

| September 30, 2022

Did Rich Koz think he’d be doing the character of Svengoolie this long? “Not at all. That wasn’t even in my mind when I got the show at WFLD in 1979,” he says. “I just thought, ‘wow, this is really cool, I got a job, and I’m on TV.’ I never thought, ‘yeah, I’ll still […]

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Media: September 2022 • Garry Meier • Hall of Famer

Media: September 2022 • Garry Meier • Hall of Famer

| August 31, 2022

Garry Meier’s podcast is now in its seventh season, and it’s fair to say it has found an audience. According to the podcast, monitoring/rating service, Listen Notes, the Garry Meier show is in the top 1.5% of podcasts worldwide. So what does he talk about on the show? “I’m going to quote a listener who […]

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Media: July 2022 • “Rich and Ike”

Media: July 2022 • “Rich and Ike”

| June 30, 2022

    For 48 years, Rich King was a constant presence on Chicago radio and television, first as a reporter/writer/editor at WGN Radio and WBBM Radio, then later with WBBM-TV (Channel 2) and WGN-TV (Channel 9). He hosted one of the first sports radio shows in Chicago and covered all of the biggest sports stories. […]

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Media • June 2022 • “Janda’s Journey To The Drive”

Media • June 2022 • “Janda’s Journey To The Drive”

| May 31, 2022

Janda Lane’s journey to becoming the afternoon co-host at the Drive (WDRV-Chicago) has taken her from North Carolina (her home state) to Charleston, South Carolina, to Seattle, and through Los Angeles since the radio bug bit her in high school. And Janda polished her rock and roll credentials along the way. For instance, her experience […]

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Media: April 2022 • Dana Kozlov • Home at Channel 2

Media: April 2022 • Dana Kozlov • Home at Channel 2

| April 2, 2022

She’s the new weekend anchor at WBBM-TV, Channel 2 in Chicago, but Dana Kozlov has been in the news business for a long time.“This month is my 30th anniversary as a paid reporter.” After paying her dues hustling for stories for Channel 2, and before that, WGN Channel 9, she’s excited about the chance to […]

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Media: March 2022 • “Mark Caro’s Caropop”

Media: March 2022 • “Mark Caro’s Caropop”

| February 28, 2022

    Mark Caro was a well-known writer at the Chicago Tribune in 2015 when he decided to take a giant career leap. “I was still really enjoying what I was doing,” he explains, “but It was important for me to leave when I was still happy as opposed to leaving when I was disgruntled and […]

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Media: February 2022 • “Call it a Comeback”

Media: February 2022 • “Call it a Comeback”

| January 31, 2022

  For many years Nick Digilio held down the overnight fort at WGN Radio (720 AM). In that slot, he developed an enthusiastic following. He thinks the daypart itself was part of the reason for that. “A lot of people who listened were at work,” Nick says, “and if you’re working overnights, you’re probably doing […]

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IE Rewind: Remembering Lin Brehmer: Media – September 2018

IE Rewind: Remembering Lin Brehmer: Media – September 2018

| January 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

WXRT morning man Lin Brehmer is more than just a friendly voice on 93.1 FM every day, he is your “best friend in the whole world,” a moniker he has used now for several years.  “But I usually say it in a pathetic ‘why don’t I have any friends at all’ whine,” he points out. […]

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Media: January 2022 • Signal Stays Strong at MeTV FM

Media: January 2022 • Signal Stays Strong at MeTV FM

| December 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

  For the last few years, fans of MeTV FM (87.7FM) in Chicago have been bracing for their favorite station to be shut down by the FCC. Program director Rick O’Dell has good news for them if they haven’t heard it yet. “We reached a critical point last July where the FCC had imposed a […]

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Media: October 2021 • Ofman’s Chicago Sports Story

Media: October 2021 • Ofman’s Chicago Sports Story

| September 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

    George Ofman has been part of the Chicago media community for more than 40 years now. Here’s an indication of how long he’s been doing this. His first job in the business was in a medium that doesn’t exist anymore. He worked for an outfit called Sportsphone. Imagine it. It was a phone […]

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Media: September 2021 • “The Big ’89 to Hollywood”

Media: September 2021 • “The Big ’89 to Hollywood”

| August 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Kris Erik Stevens’s arrival in Chicago in the late ’60s involved a bit of serendipity. “I was on my way from San Francisco to a gig I had just taken in Pittsburgh, and I stopped in Chicago along the way to see an old buddy of mine, Lyle Dean, who I had worked with […]

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Media: August 2021 • “New Sports Radio Economy”

Media: August 2021 • “New Sports Radio Economy”

| August 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jon Zaghloul, the host of the show Sports Talk Chicago (which airs locally on WCKG, AM 1530), was born and raised in Tinley Park, is a graduate of Andrew High School, and currently attends the University of Chicago. You read that correctly. Currently attends. He’s 21 years old. He was born in the 21stcentury “I’m […]

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Media: July 2021 • “Radio Joan”

Media: July 2021 • “Radio Joan”

| June 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Joan Esposito was known to Chicago audiences as a television reporter and anchor after her many years at Channel 5 & 7. Still, when she accepted the job as afternoon host at Progressive Talk WCPT (820 AM), it was not her first job in the medium. “When I first got into broadcasting, I got a […]

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Media: June 2021 • “Steve King’s Cult 45”

Media: June 2021 • “Steve King’s Cult 45”

| May 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

People in Chicago know Steve King for his four–decade run as a radio DJ and talk show host (WLS, WGN), but before his legendary radio career began, he was doing something else entirely. “I was a full-time musician. That was my career in the early ‘60s. Even when I first got into radio (1966), If […]

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Media: May 2021 • “Call Him Dash”

Media: May 2021 • “Call Him Dash”

| April 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

  First of all, let’s get an explanation of the name. The night jock at WTMX is named Dash. “All my life, when I told people my name,” he explains, “I would say Jordan Gabriel Orman-Weiss. The dash was part of my last name. That’s where the name Dash comes from.” Secondly, Dash is a […]

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