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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

Which cone makes you scream for ice cream?

6/23/2021
Editor-in-Chief of the Takeout Marnie Shure joins John Landecker for an in-studio taste test of the most popular styles of ice cream cone to decide which one pairs best with your frozen treat. Plus, a cookie surplus has hit the Girl Scouts this year and only you can help!

Duration:00:13:16

The inside story of how English Premier League came stateside and changed the game

6/23/2021
In his new book, Transatlantic Passage, author and sports journalist Paul M. Banks breaks down how the most popular sports league in the world, the English Premier League, made its journey stateside and helped ‘the beautiful game’ explode in popularity. He joins John Landecker in-studio to share the pivotal stories and personalities behind it all.

Duration:00:16:53

Nebraska’s ‘Naked Skydiver’ breaks record for nude skydiving jumps, all for a great cause

6/21/2021
Skydiver Rian Kanouff put his body to the test last week as he did 60 skydiving jumps in less than 24 hours, with nothing but a parachute, his camera, and a pair of tennis shoes. He joins John Landecker to “bare all” and reveal the important story of mental health awareness at the center of […]

Duration:00:15:19

The rich history of comics in Chicago on display at the Chicago Cultural Center

6/21/2021
A new exhibit titled “Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)” at the Chicago Cultural Center is diving deep into the long history of comic strips in the Windy City and how Chicago became the spiritual heart of the art form. Exhibit curator and Chicago’s premier cultural historian Tim Samuelson joins John Landecker to talk […]

Duration:00:16:26

Last minute Father’s Day gifts with Ian Sherr of CNET.com

6/17/2021
Need a Father’s Day gift in a pinch? Ian Sherr of CNET.com joins John Landecker to run down some quick and easy gifts for dad that won’t break the bank. See the full list of last minute gifts here.

Duration:00:16:21

Pet expert Steve Dale talks pet advice and the coming ban on sales of pets in stores

6/17/2021
Steve Dale joins John Landecker to cover everything in the pet world, including proper grooming to pet policy and how to help your pet in the high heat. Visit stevedalepetworld.com for all the latest news from the world of our furry friends.

Duration:00:16:13

Kasem v. Kasem: Investigating the bitter blood surrounding the death of Casey Kasem

6/15/2021
Casey Kasem, beloved voice of the ‘American Top 40’, died June 15th, 2014. But the bitter feud within the Kasem family that emerged after his passing ended up lasting for years. Aliza Rosen, executive producer of the new Audible podcast Bitter Blood: Kasem v. Kasem, joins John Landecker to explore the story of Kasem’s death […]

Duration:00:17:11

Second City shakeup: Theater critic Chris Jones on the future of the Chicago comedy institution

6/14/2021
For decades, Second City has been a pipeline for comedic talent. From John Belushi to Tina Fey and beyond, the Chicago comedy institution has produced generations of funny folk. Now, Second City alum Stephen Colbert has joined the board of directors to help steer the comedy club into the future. But are outside corporate interests […]

Duration:00:16:20

Is ‘buy now, pay later’ travel financing too good to be true?

6/14/2021
Herb “The ConsumerMan” Weisbaum returns to the John Landecker Show to share his latest consumer investigations. This time, Herb talks about ‘buy now, pay later’ options that look good up front but hide astronomical interest rates. Plus, how companies are subtly raising prices by “downsizing” goods and how to catch major mistakes in your credit […]

Duration:00:16:33

Dennis DeYoung talks farewell album, ’26 East, Vol. 2′

6/10/2021
Legendary Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung joins John Landecker to discuss his latest (and allegedly final) studio album, ’26 East, Vol. 2′. He details the writing process, special collaborators, and why he’s saying goodbye to the recording studio. ’26 East, Vol. 2′ is available to buy or stream June 11.

Duration:00:13:54

Steve and Johnnie share the surprising story behind Steve’s cult hit record, ‘Satan is Her Name’

6/10/2021
You know Steve King as a Chicago radio legend. But before he became a rock radio sensation, he recorded a spooky 60’s record titled ‘Satan is Her Name’. The dynamic duo Steve King and Johnnie Putman join John Landecker to share how the song came to be and its surprising popularity overseas.

Duration:00:14:51

How to safely handle wasps, bees and hornets

6/9/2021
Rebecca Fyffe of Landmark Pest Control joins John Landecker to run down the safest ways to handle anything and everything that stings. Plus, listeners share their stories and remedies for unwanted insect houseguests.

Duration:00:16:09

Electric cars and microchips with Tom Appel of Consumer Guide Automotive

6/9/2021
Are American drivers ready to go electric? Tom Appel of Consumer Guide Automotive joins John Landecker to talk about the future of electric vehicles and shares the latest news on the chip shortage that is still affecting potential car buyers.

Duration:00:15:59

One Chicago writer’s journey across the country on Route 66 by bike

6/9/2021
While looking for his latest project, author and journalist Michael Sean Comerford had an idea: cycle Route 66 and gather stories from the people he met along the way. Now at the end of his journey, he joins John Landecker to share the stories of humanity and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duration:00:16:48

Original ‘SNL’ writer Alan Zweibel talks new movie ‘Here Today’ starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish

6/7/2021
From the ‘Borscht Belt’ to the big time, Alan Zweibel has helped shape comedy for decades. He joins John Landecker to talk about writing his new movie, ‘Here Today’, with his friend Billy Crystal and how to balance comedy with tragedy.

Duration:00:14:41

‘Lil’ Tommy Edwards talks Larry Lujack and ‘Animal Stories’

6/7/2021
Celebrating what would have been radio legend Larry Lujack’s 81st birthday, Tommy Edwards joins John Landecker to look back on the classic ‘Animal Stories’ segment and let listeners attempt to replicate Edwards’ well known fits of laughter.

Duration:00:10:21

Take a hike on National Trails Day

6/4/2021
Wesley Trimble of the American Hiking Society joins us in a conversation about the awareness of hiking trails before National Trails Day.

Duration:00:09:50

A green thumb’s guide to saving your plants during a drought

6/4/2021
Chicago residents have dealt with drought after drought during the summer months. Connie Rivera of CityEscape and Design Studio gives us some tips on how to save your vegetables from being sun-dried and why it is beneficial to water our trees.

Duration:00:17:19

Beat the blues with Joanna Connor, ‘Queen of Blues Rock Guitar’

6/3/2021
Guitar goddess Joanna Connor is a one-of-a-kind musician that pays homage to Chicago blues history while pushing the form forward, and she’s back at Kingston Mines to help you beat the pandemic blues. She joins John Landecker to talk about her new album, her love of the guitar and sharing the stage with Jimmy Page.

Duration:00:16:54

How to cook cicadas with Frank’s RedHot executive chef Kevan Vetter

6/3/2021
With cicada Brood X making their return for the summer, foodies have an opportunity to taste flavors that only come once every 17 years. Luckily, Frank’s RedHot executive chef Kevan Vetter has a cookbook full of delicious recipes that turn cicadas into cuisine. He joins John Landecker to talk about some of the ways that […]

Duration:00:18:03