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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.


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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.




Blockbuster Blake’s take on the upcoming Oscars

With the 95th Academy Awards coming up on Sunday, John Landecker asks Blockbuster Blake Stubbs to join the program for his take on what could win and, in his opinion, what should win.


Cordyceps fungus can’t hurt humans – However, other fungal infections can

Dr. Scott Roberts, Associate Medical Director, Infection Prevention at the Yale School of Medicine, joins John Landecker on the show to talk about how the real-life cordyceps fungus (depicted in fictionalized form in in “The Last of Us”) poses little threat to humans. However, some fungal infections can do severe damage to us.


There may be an update to the Illinois flag

State Senator Doris Turner of the 48th Senate District is proposing SB 1818, which could open up a commission to discuss the possibility of updating the state flag. Senator Turner believes that there is a large interest among Illinois residents to update the flag to represent the state in a new way.


Herb Weisbaum and seven ways to stay safe from scams this year

Contributing Editor to Herb Weisbaum joins John Landecker to give us the seven tips he has for staying safe from scams this year, as well as a free month trial to for our listeners! Visit for your trial!


The Chicago Lighthouse is raising the stakes for vision

Richard Schultz, Chicago Lighthouse Client and Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and Dr. Janet Szlyk, Lighthouse President and CEO, join John Landecker. The three discuss the Chicago Lighthouse organization and the story of how Richard has been able to play poker as a blind man. The annual Raising the Stakes for Vision: Poker & Casino […]


Woodstock Opera House

Daniel Campbell, the Director of the Woodstock Opera House, joins John Landecker on the show to discuss the history of the Opera House and the explanation of the Living History Project, which is a whole community storytelling experience, the Stage Left Cafe, and some of the fantastic talent who’ve come through the Opera House.


The Rumore Report: The Miracle on Ice, spring training travel tips, and more!

Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune Reporter and longtime friend of the show, joins host John Landecker to discuss some of her latest articles, including 23 facts on the great Michael Jordan and Spring Training travel tips for the start of baseball season.


YouTuber visits all the presidents’ graves

A New Jersey man has a unique hobby, visiting graves of presidents and vice presidents.


Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ producer and Chicago legend Steve Albini talks music career and World Series of Poker winnings

Legendary musician, record producer, audio engineer, journalist and the founder, owner and principal engineer of Electrical Audio Steve Albini joins host John Landecker on the show to talk about this illustrious career and “Renaissance Man” skills.


Andy Masur with MLB rule changes

WGN Radio Sports reporter Andy Masur joins the John Landecker show to talk about the new rule changes for MLB and news about the Bears getting one big step closer to moving to Arlington Heights.


The Tomato Man returns with new seeds!

Bob Zeni A,K.A. The Tomato Man joins the show again to answer some questions from listeners, talking about some brand-new strains of tomatoes and where to find his website.


The death of Internet Explorer

CNET trends reporter Abrar Al-Heeti joins host John Landecker to address Microsoft getting rid of Internet Explorer and the new Apple news with their operating system.


Menu changes for popular fast food chains

Marnie Shure, Managing Editor of The Takeout, joins your host, John Landecker, on the program to talk about the new plant-based options for Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, and KFC. Later hear about the new BK jingle and how it’s driving up their sales and some new Shake Shack items.


Steve Dale and pet safety for Valentine’s Day

Steve Dale joins John Landecker to help give us some pet safety tips for Valentine’s Day as well as talk about some of the commercials in the Super Bowl and his new movie appearance.


Dave Plier breaks down Super Bowl commercials

Dave Plier, host of the Dave Plier show and co-CEO of visual marketing company Retail First, joins host John Landecker to break down some of the best and worst Super Bowl commercials, the costs, and their impact. Check out Dave Plier every Friday from 6-10 pm.


Ranked Choice Voting in Chicago, what is it?

Gary Schotz, the Speakers Bureau Deputy Lead for FairVote Illinois, joins John Landecker on the show to break down what Ranked Choice Voting is and what it would mean for us if Chicago adopts it as a voting system. Evanston is slated to start using it in 2025, but how does it all work? Check […]


Centuries-old letters from Chicago up for auction

John Landecker is joined by Charles Epting, the President and CEO of H.R. Harmer Fine Stamp Auctions. Charles is bringing a one-of-a-kind auction to market in the form of hundreds of letters and stamps from Chicago centuries ago. If you want to check out the exhibit before the auction, the stamps will be in an […]


2023 Chicago Auto Show celebrates 115th year

While Dave Plier is out, John Landecker fills in and talks with Jennifer Morand, President of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and General Manager for the Chicago Auto Show. They talk about the longstanding show history and it’s 115th year in Chicago, as well as the incredible new attractions this year. For tickets and […]


What happened to the 13th floor? Why some hotels skip it

Sharon, co-founder of the Your Mileage May Vary travel blog she writes with her husband Joe, joins John Landecker to discuss how some hotels skip the 13th floor and shares travel news, including Southwest experimenting with boarding order.


Woodstock Groundhog Days

Rick Bellairs, Woodstock Committee Chairman, joins John Landecker on the show to promote the Woodstock Groundhog Days Celebration and all that we can expect to see at the event as well as the Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of the film ‘Groundhog Day’ which was filmed in Woodstock Illinois! Check out the […]