Former White House Advisor, Jake Leinenkugel, joins Dave Plier to celebrate Veterans Day and talk about his new role, leading the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Commission on Mental Health, examining the VA’s evidence-based therapy model for treating mental health conditions for those who have served.
Dave Plier takes a trip underground and see how Chicago’s “I Will” spirit overcame challenges and persevered to help with the successful building of the subways that move millions with author David Sadowski of the new book ‘Building Chicago’s Subways’.
Dave Plier and Roger Badesch talk history including Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg address, 1st issue of Time Magazine in 1928, ‘Meet the Press’ debuts, Chuck Connors, future star of ’The Rifleman’ plays for the Cubs in 1951, JFK was assassinated, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal begins Clinton’s Impeachment hearings.
Actor John C. McGinley of IFC’s ’Stan Against Evil’ talks to Dave Plier about the show’s new season and why the movie ‘Office Space’ still resonates with fans to this day. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3562732/3562732_2018-11-01-164832.64kmono.mp3
Dave Plier welcomes WGN Morning News anchor Larry Potash to talk about growing up in the 70’s, the music of the 80’s and his new series ‘Backstory’. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3562730/3562730_2018-11-01-164530.64kmono.mp3
Marc Okicich joins Dave Plier in studio to talk bout the Marines Corps 243rd Anniversary and the Chicago Marines Foundation fundraiser on Saturday November 10th, honoring Navy Cross Recipient Mike Mendoza and raising funds for the Semper Fi Fund to support local Chicago veteran outreach programs. For more information about the foundation, visit www.chicagomarinesfoundation.org http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3563464/3563464_2018-11-03-215704.64kmono.mp3
Congress forms the U.S. Marine Corps, President Harding dedicates Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, bandleader Bob Trendler takes over the WGN Orchestra in 1941, premiere of ‘Rocky & His Friends’, the US Senate passes the landmark Civil Rights Bill, the debuts of TV’s ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Wonder Woman’. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3563506/3563506_2018-11-04-060506.64kmono.mp3
Dave Plier is joined by author and historian Gayle Soucek to talk about the history and legacy of Marshall Fields. For more than 150 years, Marshall Field’s reigned as Chicago’s leading department store, celebrated for its exceptional service, spectacular window displays, fashionable merchandise and cherished holiday traditions. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3563503/3563503_2018-11-04-052203.64kmono.mp3
Dave Plier sits down with Chicago Tribune’s John Kass as he explains why he believes the race for Illinois Governor between Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker, as well as Illinois’ fiscal crisis and why a vote for Pritzker is a vote for Mike Madigan to wield his power and continue the irresponsible spending and fiscal woes in our state.
Dave Plier chats with Andrea Schwartz, VP of Macy’s about the 111th annual Great Tree Lighting in the historic Walnut Room on State Street with special guest Angelica Hale, the 11-year-old singer who is the youngest runner-up in “America’s Got Talent” history. Dave and Andrea also talk about the 100th Anniversary of Frango Mint. For more information visit www.visitmacysusa.com/chicago http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3563493/3563493_2018-11-04-034333.64kmono.mp3
Dave Plier, newsman Roger Badesch, producer Curtis Koch and listeners talk about the lost art of TV themes, the themes that tell the back story, the musicians that wrote and songs the music and the recent survey that named 70’s sitcom ‘Happy Days’ as America’s most memorable theme. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3563491/3563491_2018-11-04-033731.64kmono.mp3
Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster from TV classic ‘The Munsters’ looks back at life on the set with his co-stars, the influence and history of the Universal monsters and the connection to the sitcom and how horror and comedy can work together. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3561143/3561143_2018-10-28-023243.64kmono.mp3
Dave shares his favorite Halloween old time radio play ‘Suspense: On a Country Road’, a chilling story about a couple traveling on an old country road, listening to news bulletins about an escaped crazy woman on the loose from a local asylum who carry a butcher’s knife as she travels. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3561142/3561142_2018-10-28-023042.64kmono.mp3
Dave and the late night crew talk about Chicago’s most memorable TV horror movie shows including ‘Shock Theater’ with Terry Bennett, ‘Screaming Yellow Theater’ with Jerry G. Bishop, Saturday night staple ‘Creature Features’ with the image of ‘The Ghoul’ on WGN, ‘Monster Rally’, ‘The Monstrous Movie’, ‘Thrillerama’, ‘Son of Svengoolie’ with Rich Koz and others… http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3561152/3561152_2018-10-28-041752.64kmono.mp3
The first Halloween in America, Chicago retailer Marshall Fields opens it’s doors, The Great Depression Begins (with comments from Bob Newhart), Rankin & Bass’ ‘Mad Monster Party’ debuts, and the Chicago Cubs Win the World Series in 2016. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3561161/3561161_2018-10-28-060601.64kmono.mp3
A WGN RADIO TRADITION: Culled from a vintage conversation taped in 1982, the late WGN radio legend Eddie Schwartz is joined by late Chicago Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe to talk about Resurrection Mary, Archer Avenue and other ghostly stories around Chicago. What is your favorite Chicago ghost story? http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3561158/3561158_2018-10-28-053458.64kmono.mp3
A longstanding WGN Radio Halloween tradition is to explore the Chicagoland hauntings of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Archer Avenue, Resurrection Mary, The Willowbrook Ballroom. The Congress Hotel and more. To share the lore and paranormal happenings, Dave Plier welcomes Ghostlorist Ursula Bielski. You can find more information on Ursula’s tours at chicagohauntings.com and joliethauntings.com. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3558829/3558829_2018-10-21-052929.64kmono.mp3
Dave Plier celebrates the 75th Anniversary of one of radio’s most famous horror plays: ‘Sorry, Wrong Number’ about a bedridden wife who experiences a crossed phone line with two men planning a murder. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3558828/3558828_2018-10-21-052728.64kmono.mp3
Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk about the first witchcraft trial in 1390, the history of Halloween dating back to 1745, the Volstead Act is passed, Orson Welles’ broadcast of ‘War of the Worlds’ panics America, the Patriot Act is passed into law, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown debuts, Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3558831/3558831_2018-10-21-060831.64kmono.mp3
Dave Plier talks to musician and jewelry store owner Fabrizio Rallo about his journey to America over 20 years ago, a tragic memento in time that changed his life, and the importance of his family and the music in his life. You can find Fabrizio’s music at his website here. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3558827/3558827_2018-10-21-052427.64kmono.mp3