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John Landecker | WGN Radio 720 - Chicago's Very Own

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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

Chicago’s Hiplet ballerinas make their mark on ‘America’s Got Talent’

7/29/2021
Combining the classical training of ballet with the modern rhythms and styles of hip-hop, Chicago’s Hiplet ballerina’s have taken their unique style all the way to ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Company members Taylor Edwards and Nia Towe join John Landecker to talk about how they began their careers in dance and the experience of taking their […]

Duration:00:19:51

The story of comedy pioneer Del Close comes to life in new documentary, ‘For Madmen Only’

7/29/2021
For decades, Del Close was the man who made future comedians. From developing the basics of improv to developing legends like Bill Murray and John Belushi, Del Close’s influence is still felt to this day. Filmmaker Heather Ross joins John Landecker to talk about her new documentary, ‘For Madmen Only,’ that chronicles the life of […]

Duration:00:21:25

John Landecker’s ‘Boogie Check of Life’ 7.27.21

7/28/2021
John Landecker presents his world famous ‘Boogie Check of Life’, where YOU are what’s happening on WGN Radio. But you’ve got to be on the line to be on the air, so join the Boogie Check at 8pm CT, Monday through Thursday at 312-981-7200.

Duration:00:19:00

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin on new CDC mask guidelines and Lollapalooza’s possible effect on COVID-19 numbers

7/28/2021
Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, chief medical officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Landecker to discuss new CDC mask guidelines for the vaccinated and what Lollapalooza weekend may do to already rising infection rates.

Duration:00:08:36

Three beavers found dead on Northwestern University campus raise questions about their demise

7/28/2021
Margaret Frisbe, executive director of Friends of the Chicago River, joins John Landecker to talk about the mysterious case of a beaver family on Northwestern University’s campus. Frisbe explains the importance of beavers to the local ecosystem and why maintaining a healthy relationship with beavers is essential.

Duration:00:11:22

John Landecker’s ‘Boogie Check of Life’ 7.26.21

7/27/2021
John Landecker presents his world famous ‘Boogie Check of Life’, where YOU are what’s happening on WGN Radio. But you’ve got to be on the line to be on the air, so join the Boogie Check at 8pm CT, Monday through Thursday at 312-981-7200.

Duration:00:19:09

Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy gets his due with ‘The Blues Chase the Blues Away’

7/27/2021
Director Matt Mitchener and producer Sheira Rees-Davies join John Landecker to talk about their entry into the ‘American Masters’ documentary series, titled ‘Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away’. Matt and Sheira share the story behind getting the greenlight during the pandemic, collecting archival footage, and why Buddy Guy caught on quicker in the […]

Duration:00:16:11

Relive the rivalry and the friendship of Siskel and Ebert with ‘Gene and Roger’

7/22/2021
For decades, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were the kings of film criticism. Their contentious relationship both on and off camera became the stuff of legend, only to be overshadowed by their impact on pop culture. Journalist Brian Raftery joins John Landecker to talk about his new podcast, ‘Gene and Roger’, and what he learned […]

Duration:00:21:20

Pickleball: The greatest sport you’ve never played

7/22/2021
The game of pickleball may be foreign to you now, but it’s one of the fastest growing games around the world. George Bauernfeind, CMO of USA Pickleball, joins John Landecker to explain the origins of the game and how you too can be a pickleball pro.

Duration:00:15:02

The Chicago Roo Crew is out to help chickens, roosters and other feathered friends around the city

7/21/2021
During the pandemic, a surprising number of Chicagoans took on chickens and roosters as companions in their backyards. Now, as life returns to normal, many have found an inability to care for these animals. Luckily, the Chicago Roo Crew is here to help abandoned birds and get them the care they need.

Duration:00:18:08

What happens to our music libraries if streaming goes away?

7/21/2021
In the age of streaming, we’re accustomed to having every album, song or artist available at our fingertips, millions of hours of entertainment at the touch of a button. But as time has shown, streaming poses the greatest question about our media libraries: Who owns your music? The answer (if you use popular platforms like […]

Duration:00:19:28

Behind the scenes of Jerry Springer, TV’s most infamous talk show

7/19/2021
Katie Rife, senior writer at the A.V. Club, joins John Landecker to talk about her experience as an associate producer of the Jerry Springer Show and her appearance on the new Vice docuseries, The Dark Side of the 90s.

Duration:00:17:04

Great Moments in Vinyl brings the greatest music ever written to life onstage

7/19/2021
Combining music and storytelling, Great Moments in Vinyl is a music project unlike any other. Leader Lindsey Cochran joins John Landecker to talk about this unique group of musicians and share a few stories from music mythology. Great Moments in Vinyl plays Elvis Costello: ‘My Aim Is True’, ‘This Year’s Model’ and more Friday, July […]

Duration:00:09:29

Do you have the ‘right to repair’ your broken devices?

7/16/2021
An executive order from President Biden brings consumers a step closer to the ‘right to repair’ devices without being hindered by manufacturers. Herb Weisbaum joins John Landecker to explain what the order means for all consumers and how some companies prevent users from repairing products themselves. Plus, Herb sheds a light on how con men […]

Duration:00:17:58

‘The Greatest Game on Dirt’: How 16-inch softball became part of Chicago’s DNA

7/15/2021
Al Maag, co-founder of the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame, joins John Landecker to talk about this uniquely Midwestern game, its origins, and his new book chronicling the history of 16-inch softball.

Duration:00:16:27

With used trucks in high demand, Navistar rises to the challenge

7/15/2021
As ever, the trucking industry remains vital to the nations supply chain and making sure thousands of businesses get product on the shelves. But, with a continuing microchip shortage, new trucks remain in short supply. Luckily, as Josh Adams tells John Landecker, Navistar has used trucks ready to go in order to keep America moving.

Duration:00:07:17

‘Shark Week’ at the Shedd: Dr. Steve Kessel shows there’s more to sharks than ‘Jaws’

7/15/2021
Thanks to a variety of movies and TV shows, many people think of sharks as mindless killing machines that can smell a drop of blood in the water. Marine researcher Dr. Steve Kessel joins John Landecker to dispel some of the urban legends about sharks and share the great programs happening at the Shedd.

Duration:00:18:24

TV critic Dan Fienberg breaks down the 2021 Emmy nominations

7/14/2021
Dan Fienberg of the Hollywood Reporter joins John Landecker for a look at this year’s Emmy nominations and the return of the traditional award show format (sort of).

Duration:00:16:21

Local Olympian David Kendziera chases gold in Tokyo

7/14/2021
With the Tokyo Olympics right around the corner, the members of Team USA are getting ready to give their all. 400m hurdle runner David Kendziera joins John Landecker to talk about his preparation for the games and the precautions being undertaken in Japan.

Duration:00:19:15

The sounds of ‘Seinfeld’ with series composer Jonathan Wolff

7/13/2021
One of the most famous TV themes of all time, the theme from ‘Seinfeld’ is instantly recognizable and relentlessly catchy. Now, over 23 years after the end of the series, a new album with 33 tracks hand-picked by composer Jonathan Wolff is available for ‘Seinfeld’ fans everywhere. Wolff joins John Landecker to talk about his […]

Duration:00:19:06