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Records truly is his middle name. John Records Landecker is a Chicago radio legend. He's a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2020, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Records truly is his middle name. John Records Landecker is a Chicago radio legend. He's a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2020, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

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Chicago, IL

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Records truly is his middle name. John Records Landecker is a Chicago radio legend. He's a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2020, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Language:

English


Episodes

How ‘M Squad’ became the best Chicago TV show you’ve never seen

5/5/2021
Chicago Magazine contributor Edward McClelland returns to the John Landecker Show to talk about ‘M Squad’, a police procedural that aired from 1957-1960 that drew the ire of Mayor Richard J. Daley and inspired the parody ‘Police Squad’ and ‘The Naked Gun’.

Duration:00:15:31

Former WSJ editor and columnist Joann Lublin talks gender and generation gap in ‘Power Moms’

5/5/2021
With more mothers leading U.S. companies, Joann Lublin analyzes the struggle for working women to manage career goals with a life at home in her new book, Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life. She joins John Landecker to talk about the continuing gap in pay for women professionals and the different expectations […]

Duration:00:17:12

Airline passengers behaving badly with the ‘Sassy Stewardess’ Shawn Kathleen

4/28/2021
We’ve all seen it: passengers on flights acting strange. Whether it’s bare feet on the window, make-out sessions with their partners and more, it seems that bad behavior is unavoidable in commercial aircraft. Luckily, Passenger Shaming has created a way to give these in-flight ne’er-do-wells a public tongue-lashing. Creator Shawn Kathleen joins John Landecker to […]

Duration:00:16:18

WGN’s Jon Hansen brings good news from around Chicago with new podcast, ‘It’s All Good’

4/27/2021
Let’s face it, we could all use a little good news this year. Luckily, WGN Radio’s Jon Hansen is here to bring the good word. He joins John Landecker to share the stories behind his new Block Club Chicago podcast. ‘It’s All Good’ is available now wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:17:51

Bradley Whitford talks ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 4, ‘The West Wing’ and more

4/22/2021
Known for his beloved role as Josh Lyman on ‘The West Wing’, Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford has made a career of being ready for any role. He joins John Landecker to talk about the upcoming season premiere of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, the enduring popularity of ‘The West Wing,’ and his very close connection to […]

Duration:00:16:41

Celebrating Earth Day with the Shedd Aquarium

4/22/2021
Kelsey Ryan of the Shedd Aquarium joins John Landecker to talk about how to show love to planet Earth on Earth Day and all year long.

Duration:00:10:59

Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire shares early Oscar predictions, ‘Gone with the Wind’ virtual event

4/21/2021
Movie critic Dann Gire reunites with his old friend John Landecker on the air to discuss Gire’s early predictions for this Sunday’s Academy Awards and his upcoming event for the Algonquin Area Public Library District.

Duration:00:17:03

Make a wish! Michelle Nichols of the Adler Planetarium shares how to see shooting stars this week

4/21/2021
The 2021 Lyrid meteor shower is making its way across the night sky this week, so Michelle Nichols of the Adler Planetarium joins John Landecker to explain how to watch this celestial phenomenon that has been observed for 2,700 years.

Duration:00:16:02

51 years of Apollo 13 with ‘Ad Astra’ editor-in-chief Rod Pyle

4/15/2021
Over 50 years later, the Apollo 13 mission is still one of the most legendary missions into space. ‘Ad Astra’ editor-in-chief Rod Pyle joins John Landecker to talk about the mission and his own surprising discovery of a mission log thought long lost to history. Plus, Rod explains the argument against searching for extraterrestrial life.

Duration:00:17:13

A microchip shortage is affecting your ability to buy a car

4/15/2021
Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, joins John Landecker to talk about a current microchip shortage that is crippling the automotive industry and creating supply issues across products as diverse as cars, desktop computers and more.

Duration:00:16:24

‘SNL’ alum Laraine Newman shares stories from her new memoir ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’

4/14/2021
Laraine Newman knows a thing or two about comedy. As an original cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live’, she broke ground for women in television and helped kick off a comedy revolution. She joins John Landecker to share her story from the original ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ to Studio 8H and some of the […]

Duration:00:17:29

Phil Rosenthal talks 50th anniversary of Harry Caray’s White Sox debut

4/8/2021
One of the most colorful figures in baseball broadcasting, Harry Caray began his Chicago career on the South Side calling Sox games at one of the lowest points in the franchise’s history. Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune joins John Landecker for a look back at Caray’s effect on baseball and the larger-than-life personality he […]

Duration:00:14:50

Celebrating ‘National Beer Day’ with Crystal Lake Brewing

4/8/2021
Brewmaster Ryan Clooney from Crystal Lake Brewing joins John Landecker to celebrate the day Prohibition ended in the U.S. in 1933. Clooney shares his decades of experience as a brewer of beer and some of his favorite styles of beer.

Duration:00:08:40

‘Chairman at the Board’: Celebrated music producer and engineer Bill Schnee on a life making hits

3/31/2021
Bill Schnee has dedicated his life to one goal: making hit records. He has been behind the board with artists like Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr – with all the Beatles, Art Garfunkel, and the Pointer Sisters. He joins John Landecker to share his story from almost becoming a lawyer to bringing his process […]

Duration:00:18:35

Unraveling the myth of Ernest Hemingway

3/31/2021
One of the most celebrated authors of any era, Ernest Hemingway is a titanic figure of American literature. While his image of 20th century machismo endures, professor and author Michelle Moore joins John Landecker to break down some of the myths about Hemingway’s personality and explore the dark corners of the author’s life.

Duration:00:16:28

Theatre in the Dark presents Moby Dick

3/29/2021
Corey Bradberry from Chicago-based troupe Theater in the Dark takes you into their adaptation of the epic novel, Moby-Dick. Corey joins John Landecker to talk about how the company has turned the literary classic into an audio drama and shares a preview of the high-seas adventure.

Duration:00:12:20

Experienced sailor Sharon Albert talks Suez Canal, sailing to Antarctica and more

3/29/2021
John Landecker’s sister-in-law Sharon Albert has spent a lot of time exploring the waters of the world and earned her captain’s license. She joins John to explain the ship blockage in the Suez Canal and her adventures on the high seas.

Duration:00:19:48

Beverly native George Wendt talks ‘Cheers,’ ‘SNL,’ Second City and more

3/24/2021
George Wendt has been bringing his Chicago-style comedy to television for decades. Whether as Norm on “Cheers” or as one of the Bill Swerski’s Superfans on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Wendt is a true original. He joins John Landecker to look back on his early days in the Beverly neighborhood as one of seven kids, getting […]

Duration:00:18:35

The story of Comedy Central as told by its creator, Art Bell

3/24/2021
Comedy Central has been a staple of cable for decades, bringing some of the most popular and groundbreaking and popular comedy programming of the last 30 years to millions of homes. But before Comedy Central, there was Art Bell. Art joins John Landecker for an inside look at how his vision of a 24-hour comedy […]

Duration:00:20:57

Busted bracket? Mark Carman weighs in on the big upsets of the NCAA tournament

3/23/2021
With busted brackets left and right, this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament is already one for the history books. WGN Sports’ Mark Carman joins John Landecker to answer the big questions about the big dance and try to make sense of what might happen next.

Duration:00:09:49