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The Dave Plier Podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN

The Dave Plier Podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN


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The Dave Plier Podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN




Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neal Schon of legendary rock band Journey: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ at 40, Chicago’s Lollapalooza, new album, auction of more than 100 guitars

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier spends a full hour with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neal Schon from Journey, who is in town to play Lollapalooza, and they talk about the band’s 5 decades in rock, the 40th anniversary of mega-hit ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, their new album and the upcoming auction of over 100 guitars from […]


Scotch whisky: The unexpected Summer spirit

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes whiskey connoisseur and Aberlour Brand Ambassador Callum O’Donnell to talk about why Scotch is the unexpected spirit of the summer, cocktail recipes and the best whiskey bars in Chicago.


Lauren Magiera from ‘GN Sports’: Cubs trade Rizzo, Baez and Bryant, Simone Biles’ Olympic exit

Lauren Magiera from WGN-TV Sports kicks off her first regular appearance on ‘The Dave Plier Show’, talkng about big trades by the Cubs ahead of the trade deadline and the positive and negative reactions to U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’ decision to step away from the Tokyo Olympics.


MTV at 40 with original ‘Vee-Jay’ Nina Blackwood

Original MTV Veejay Nina Blackwood talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about the very beginnings of music television and the 40th anniversary of the network that killed the radio star.


Celebrating the 99th birthday of iconic TV producer Norman Lear

Norman Lear, the legendary producer behind classic sitcoms ‘All in the Family’, ’The Jeffersons’, ‘Good Times’, ‘One Day at a Time’ and others, turns 99 on July 27th, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about his front-row seat at the birth of television and his success in writing, producing, creating, and developing more than a hundred shows, viewed at his […]


Bob Schwartz, VP of Vienna Beef: National Hot Dog Month, ‘Hot Dog Hall of Fame’, Chicago style

To celebrate ‘National Hot Dog Month’, Bob Schwartz, Vice President of Chicago-based Vienna Beef and author of ’Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog’ talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about the sausage company’s history, trivia, and the most iconic neighborhood stands that proudly display the Vienna name.


Lauren Magiera from WGN-TV Sports: Cubs rebuild, Sox on top, Bears training camp, fly-fishing

Lauren Magiera from WGN-TV Sports joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about the potential Cubs rebuild, the Sox staying on top, Bears Training Camp and our new quarterbacks and Lauren’s love of the great outdoors, fly fishing and more.


Executive Producer Bill Carter on CNN original docuseries,‘The History of the Sitcom’

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Bill Carter, Executive Producer of CNN’s New Docuseries ‘History of the Sitcom’, airing at Sundays at 8pm CT. ‘History of the Sitcom’ reunites audiences with the television friends, families, and co-workers they grew up with while introducing cutting-edge comedies that are sure to be your next binge-watch. The eight-part docuseries […]


The Chicago Auto Show reimagined; Bronco vs. Jeep, test tracks, street fest

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes Steve Phillipos of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association to talk about this weekend’s Chicago Auto Show: Special Edition.


Chicago’s Lost ‘L’s: A second story view to the Windy City

Author David Sadowski talks about the history of elevated trains and his new book ‘Chicago’s Lost “L”s. Chicago’s Lost “L”s tells the story of development of the Chicago’s transportation system and former lines such as Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Kenwood, Stockyards, Normal Park, Westchester, and Niles Center.


‘The Groovy Sixties’: Music icons Mike Love of ‘The Beach Boys’, Darlene Love, Micky Dolenz of ‘The Monkees’, TV legends Barbara Eden, Bill Mumy, Adam West, Dawn Wells, Dick Smothers, George Schlatter

It’s a special edition of WGN Radio’s ‘The Dave Plier Show’: ‘The Groovy Sixties’, featuring conversations with music legends Mike Love of ‘The Beach Boys’, Micky Dolenz of ‘The Monkees’ and the incomparable Darlene Love; TV icon Barbara Eden of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’, Bill Mumy from ’Lost in Space’, producer George Schlatter of groundbreaking series ‘Laugh In’, Dick Smothers of […]


Midwest Barrel: The ultimate barrel broker

Phil Manicki, in for WGN Radio’s Dave Plier, is joined by wwners and co-founders of Midwest Barrel, Ben and Jess Loseke. Listen in while Ben and Jess talk about the history of Midwest Barrel and what they do, as well as a little background on how they got into the barrel “recycling” business. To learn […]


If the Walls Could Talk: Chicago’s Edgewater Hospital history podcast with Todd Ganz and Stephani Young

Phil Manicki, in for WGN Radio’s Dave Plier, is joined by podcasters Todd Ganz and Stephani Young who joined the show to talk about their podcast If the Walls Could Talk. Listen in while Todd, Stephani and Phil talk a little bit about the hospital’s history, their history as a team working on this project […]


Spices for the summer

Alex Wilkins from The Spice House joins Phil Manicki to talk about neighborhood spice collections. The collection includes Lake Shore Drive and Back of the Yards custom blends.


Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon talks about being back to live shows

Kevin Cronin talks with Phil Manicki about the first show back now that restrictions have lifted.


Minutia Men

Rick Kaempfer and Dave Stern join Phil Manicki to talk about their podcast “Minutia Men.” The podcast is ranked in the top 1% in the world.


Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael: An update on his journey with ALS, golf fundraiser ‘Monsters of the Fairway’

Chicago Bears legend Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to share an update on his life-changing journey after being diagnosed with ALS… and Steve’s close friends Glenn Graham (former GM of The Chicago Slaughter) and Chris Rodgers (former DB of The Chicago Slaughter) share information about an upcoming golf benefit for Steve called ‘Monsters of the […]


WTTW’s Phil Ponce on his 40 Years in journalism and stepping away from ‘Chicago Tonight’

Phil Ponce, award winning host of WTTW’s ‘Chicago Tonight’, looks back at his four decade career in broadcast journalism before he steps down next week from regular appearances on the venerable weeknight news program.


The definitive story of the American drive-in movie theater

Chicago’s own April Wright, writer, producer and director of the documentary ‘Going Attractions, The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie’ talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about the history and future of the drive-in theater and its role in American culture, family, cars and entertainment.


Steve Darnall on Nostalgia Digest’s summer edition: The legacy of comedy icon Ernie Kovacs, ‘This is Your Life’, baseball great Joe DiMaggio

Steve Darnall will break down the summer edition of Nostalgia Digest Magazine including the legacy of comedy icon Ernie Kovacs, radio and TV program ‘This is Your Life’, stories of baseball great Joe DiMaggio and more.