Dave Plier talks to Mick Jones, founder, songwriter & lead guitarist for legendary rock band ‘Foreigner’, who has been the band’s driving force since its inception over 40 years ago, recruiting band members, and he’s written or co-written all of the group’s hit songs including “Urgent,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and “Cold As Ice.” For more information on the band, visit foreigneronline.com.
Dave Plier talks to author Joseph Marlin, who began documenting the city’s advertisements on the side of brick buildings that still remain from bygone era (1890 to 1915), from national brands to mom-and-pop shops, many have disappeared… and his collection offers a last glimpse in his new book ‘Fading Ads of Chicago’.
Dave Plier and Roger Badesch welcome back the Anderson Family to talk about their amazing chocolates as they celebrate 100 years! For more information about the delicious treats Leif and Katie have to offer, visit their website at andersonscandyshop.com.
Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk about the first US Zoo, President Garfield is shot, Chicago’s Comiskey Park opens, the City of Chicago proposes to secede from the State of Illinois in 1925, Popeye debuts, the first ever television commercial, Johnny Carson hits the airwaves and more.
The tradition continues as Dave Plier’s son, Josh, joins him for his annual Father’s Day show to talk about America’s Top TV Dads with listeners, Roger Badesch and Curtis Koch; a celebration of Rich Koz as he celebrates 40 years as ‘Svengoolie’; author Tom Miller about the amazing architecture of Chicago with his new book ’Seeking Chicago’, ‘This is History’ with Dave Schwan and more!
Chicago’s own Rich Koz celebrates 40 Years since he stepped into the role of Svengoolie… it all happened on June 16, 1979! Dave Plier, Rich Koz, Josh Plier and Executive Producer Jim Roche talked about Rich’s beginnings in television, ‘Son of Svengoolie’, his favorite monstrous films, history of his set and the return of ‘The Three Stooges’ to ME TV. For more information visit Svengoolie.com.
WGN’s Dave Plier, son Josh, Roger, Curtis and listeners break down top TV Dads by decade including Howard Cunningham (‘Happy Days’), Andy Taylor (‘The Andy Griffith Show’), Jim Anderson (‘Father Knows Best’), Mike Brady (‘The Brady Bunch’) and Phil Dunphy (‘Modern Family’). Who is your favorite TV Dad of all time?
Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk about the 1868 passing of the 8 hour workday, the every first Father’s Day, the debut of Raggedy Ann & Andy, the premier of Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club in Chicago, the introduction of Chicago’s elevated train system, Captain Video & the Video Rangers, the start of the Vietnam War, the last episode of Late Night with David Letterman.
Millennials have become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, but now they have something to look out for… Generation Z! Dave (Generation X) & Josh Plier (Generation Z) along with Roger Badesch (Baby Boomer) and Curtis Koch (Millennial) talk about the differences between the generations and how Gen Z is making an impact.
Dave Plier talks with Daniel Wallach, U.S. Gaming Law & Sports Betting Attorney about legalizing sports betting in Illinois, 25 years of federal inaction and rampant illegal sports betting, 11 sports facilities in Illinois that could qualify for a sports betting license based on seating capacity and what it means for gambling revenues in Chicago and across the state. Do you plan on betting on your favorite Chicago teams?
In this 1960’s TV flashback segment, Dave Plier shares conversations with Barbara Eden talks her early career at 20th Century Fox, working with Elvis, Lucille Ball and TV classic ‘I Dream of Jeannie’, comedy icon Dick Van Dyke about his award winning TV show ’The Dick Van Dyke Show’; the late Adam West and his rise to fame as the Caped Crusader in ‘Batman’ and The Monkee’s Mickey Dolenz. What is your favorite 1960’s TV sitcom of all-time?
Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk about the first roller coaster in the US and stories of ‘The Little Dipper’ rollercoaster originally built for Kiddieland in 1950 and was rebuilt for Six Flags in 2010, the debut of Pepsi, FDR’s ‘New Deal’, the first box of Cheerios, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis end their partnership and the legacy of the movie Blues Brothers filmed in Chicago. Do you remember the Kiddieland’s Little Dipper Rollercoaster (now at Great America in Gurnee)?
Dave Plier talks to Scott Pelley of CBS News and ’60 Minutes’ about his new book: “Truth Worth Telling” which introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times.
Radio Hall of Famer Chuck Schaden talks to Dave Plier about the history of WGN Radio including the launch of call letters W-G-N when the Chicago Tribune assumed control of WJAZ The Zenith Edgewater Beach Hotel station on March 29, 1924, the first Cubs broadcast, the Scopes Monkey Trial, the groundbreaking programs and events that launched our legendary station, our association with the Mutual Broadcasting Company, stories about Quin Ryan, Jack Brickhouse, Wally Phillips and a special...
Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk about the first edition of the Chicago Tribune in 1847, the Farmer Labor Party was formed in Chicago in 1922, the first Drive-In Theater opened in 1933, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened, Sonny & Cher make their 1st TV appearance, ‘Grease’ debuts, Ronald Reagan died in 2004 and more.
WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes Radio Hall of Famer Garry Meier to talk about the real meaning of Memorial Day, celebrating his father Frank Meier, as he shares his special recording about the 48-hour period of battle in December 1944 during his service in WWII and reflects on those who never made it home. Plus, a conversation about summer jobs becoming a rite of passage for American teenagers.
WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes the Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to salute our fallen on Memorial Day, new and expanded programs take care for our veterans, the stigma of mental health issues across America and efforts to reduce and eliminate the growing rate of Veteran suicides.
Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk about the true meaning of Memorial Day, which originated as ‘Decoration Day’ after the Civil War and was officially signed into law in 1967. Plus, Dave shares President Ronald Reagan’s moving Memorial Day speech from 1984.