Truly honored to interview Radio Hall of Famer broadcaster Chuck Schaden. He brought the golden age of radio back, and we talk about names like Jack Benny, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Fibber McGee and Molly and so many others. At a small Chicago suburban radio station, it was Schaden who decided to bring these great radio shows back. It’s fascinating to learn about how he found these programs. His collection quickly grew and he was responsible for saving these […]
Former Illinois State Senator William Marovitch has always had a special interest in what happens around Wrigleyville, even working with neighbors when the lights are installed. Today, he’s a producer of the show “Miracle” at the Royal George Theater, Chicago. A conversation about how it’s a miracle that Marovitch somehow came up with the concept before the Cubs won the World Series. And while, yes, the songs are catchy it’s a surprisingly emotional and touching show as well. Set against...
Grimm’s Fairy Tales kind of need their own Me Too movement, according to researcher and author Dr. Anne Beall. Analyzing the fairy tales, she found interesting results regarding underlying messages, particular how women are portrayed. It’s not whether or not there’s a happy ending, it’s all the lessons that so many fairy tales teach along the way – and are these messages we really want our children to hear today?
Broadway actress Paula Stewart was a big deal in the late 1950’s into the 60’s on the New York stage In the show called “Wildcat,” she met Lucille Ball. And the pair became like sisters for the rest of Lucy’s life. She wrote a book about their friendship, called “Lucy Loved Me.” And we chat about what Lucille Ball was really like. And we offer some stories, like how Paula introduced Lucy to her second husband (post Desi), Gary Morton […]
Lauren Mieli joins Steve Dale on The Matt Bubala Show to talk about an upcoming cat convention in Rosemont. Meili talks about the Meow Meet Up–where people who love cats can finally get together in one place. Her inspiration started because “there wasn’t any [events like this] in the Midwest, and cats have taken over the internet. Being based in Chicago, the next thing we had to do was provide a venue for people who didn’t have Throughout the weekend, Meili […]
Steve Dale fills in for The Matt Bubala Show this weekend, which may be the last weekend WGN Radio broadcasts from the Allstate Showcase Studio. WGN’s legal expert, Karen Conti joins the show to chat with Steve about Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart on whether or not they should be pardoned. Later on, in-studio guest Alex Blackshire shows us how to make margaritas to prepare for the Chicago Margarita Festival. Steve also chats with Lauren Mieli about another upcoming Fest, Meow Meet […]
Alex Blackshire, Event Coordinator for the Chicago Margarita Festival, joins Steve Dale as he fills in on The Matt Bubala Show to talk about the upcoming event and drink recipes. Blackshire says his passion for making good drinks started in college. His Spanish professor told him “the best way to learn a language is to come to the bar.” He previously went to Tampa Bay and had an extravagant festival there with fireworks. Since the turnout was so great, he decided that Chicago would be […]
Steve Dale (in for Nick Digilio) welcomes local singer/songwriter and Dobro master Kraig Kenning, who plays a few examples of his slide-infused blues and folk sound, and talks about his influences like the Allman Brothers Band, life on the road, the unique sound you get from a Dobro resonator guitar, and more.
Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas is right up there with the late Dr. Dian Fossey (“Gorillas in the Mist” fame) and Dr. Jane Goodall, from all those National Geographic TV specials on chimpanzees. Galdikas was chosen around five decades ago to study the least known and today the most endangered of the great apes, the orangutan. It’s not that she has no celebrity, within the primatology world she’s a superstar (her work is the reason why what we do about orangutans). […]
Hey what’s up guys and gals, check the “I Love Lucy” bloopers discovered by YouTube star Rick NineG. I ask why anyone would care today about these bloopers, and how Rick discovered them, as some of these bloopers are pretty obscure. Since I knew Lucille Ball, I offer her side of some stories, followed by what Rick has posted on his YouTube page. We banter about all sorts of “I Love Lucy” minutia, which Lucille Ball herself would have been […]
Ana Sofia Lanczyner is the Director of the Mexico Office of Tourism. We address travel concerns people may have about visiting Mexico. But mostly offer some hidden surprises and Magical Cities, as Ana calls them. Lake Chapala and Ajijic, San Miquel de Allende and Guanajuato are cities most Americans may never have heard of. And we talk about why these colonial places are so great to visit, even if they don’t have beaches. And, yes, they are magical. Is Mexico […]
Jackie Taylor was more than the founder of the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago – she is a force of nature who created change when she launched the theater and continues to do doing just that. Listen to her mission: “To end racial prejudice.” That’s quite the mission for a local theater. But local Black Ensemble isn’t; their reach and impact continue to be national. This is a premiere company. Jackie explains why in recent years she’s chosen to present […]
Steve Dale fills-in for Patti Vasquez tonight on Pretty Late! Steve is joined in the studio by Chicago Police Department vocalist Arturo Andonaegui, Bob Salone, Vocalist Trish Keporos, and Chicago Police Department Chaplain Robert Montelongo, and his daughter Emily as they delight us with some Holiday classics. Brian and Diana Helig join the show to share their amazing Christmas Miracle; Kathy Mackal shares her story of falling in love with her dog Carmen, who was hit by a car and […]
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable, a conversation with the trainer of athletic superstars including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and so many others. We talk about what makes a superstar. It turns out that it is more than raw talent that separates greats from true greatness. We talk about more than athletics, and Tim Grover’s book is more than about athletes, it’s about life. How to achieve your best, the best you can be. And how to […]
In a conversation with WGN Radio’s legal analyst Karen Conti…but much more than that, Karen came up in her career experiencing abuse from men. For the first time she talks about how she dealt with that, and offers advice for women today in business – particularly attorneys. We also spoke about issues regarding family law. Sometimes it’s hard not to take some of these awful stories home. Conti first came to notoriety as a result of her work for John […]
Roz Varon is beloved in Chicago, which is something you can’t say about every traffic reporter. She’s always been up front and honest about her own life, including her own breast cancer diagnosis, which we talk about. Her goal now is to help others. Roz, often with her daughter Sara, has traveled all over the place, and she details each journey in On the Road with Roz: Adventures in Travel and Life. Indeed, those adventures found them doing everything from […]
It was 50 years ago that legendary primatologist Dr. Dian Fossey ventured to where no person (let alone a woman) had gone, the tops of the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, Africa to study mountain gorillas. Dr. Tara Stoinski, CEO/President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International offers a gorilla update. She talks about how Fossey – who the film “Gorillas in the Midst” was based – proved gorillas to be the very antithesis of the common […]
In Las Vegas, we saw waves of first responders running toward danger. It’s what police officers and firefighters heroically do every day. “We don’t see ourselves as heroes,” says Chicago Police Department Chaplain Robert Montelongo. Generally speaking police across the country have been disparaged, and the result there is an epidemic of suicides among law enforcement in Chicago, and . The chaplain and I discuss why that might be so, and what ordinary citizens can do to demonstrate their...
Setting a standard for what you can do with the resources you have is the SPCA Puerto Vallarta. This is a no-kill animal sanctuary found on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta, which takes in street dogs and abused dogs, and transforms them back to health (if need be) – no matter what it takes. Then, the dogs are adopted to homes mostly into homes Canada and the U.S. Most dogs find forever homes fairly quickly, but some dogs – those […]
Vicki Santo explains why given all the choices of how to remember her late husband, Ron would have chosen this – an organization to pair diabetic alert service dogs with diabetics to support increasing their independence. Vicki explains close calls are more than costly (and sometimes life endangering) – they are cumulatively making the diabetes worse. Not long after Ron passed away, Vicki began the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation. Vicki talks about how one week Ron […]