We’ve Resurrected Our Halloween Poem

As you get ready to scare up some fun for Halloween, remember you can add our Halloween poem to your bag of tricks for your little people.

For the uninitiated, this is a poem which, in one form or another, we’ve been presenting on radio and the Internet for several decades.  Honestly, we don’t know the origin of the poem. A listener sent it to Steve many years ago in a galaxy far, far away in the days before him n her became HimNHer.  The positive response to the poem and the fun it can provide, particularly for kids, at a Halloween party resulted in it becoming one of our annual traditions.  And, as Steve’s Dad always said, “Tradition is a fine thing as long as it doesn’t become a habit.”

But, we digress …

OK, here is how it works.  If you’re having some young children over for Halloween, just get them in a dark room and read them this story of a young man who went to school to learn to be a first-class ghoul.  As you’re reading the story, in the dim light, you pass out items that are supposed to be body parts.  Johnnie has put together a list of things you can use to simulate the body parts.  To make the story even scarier, you can play the audio of Steve’s voice reading the poem.

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To read and hear the Halloween poem just click on this link.

We have to say a huge THANK YOU to Dave Marzullo, one of the hardest working SPIRITS at WGN Radio for jumping through more Internet hoops than you’ll ever know to make our Halloween poem and it’s audio available.

Even in this high-tech world, each year we hear from a lot of people telling stories of the fun they had with the kids and this old school Halloween poem.  Hopefully, you’ll be one of them.

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2014 Kia Soul + Road Test

Our Video Road Test, of the 2014 Kia Soul +, has just been posted on Consumer Guide Automotive’s Daily Drive website.  We think it’s a surprisingly good “bang for the buck” vehicle.  Click on the link and see if you agree with us.

And don’t forget, if you want to check some of our previous road tests and some of the other goodies we’ve been pouring into the Daily Drive tank, just point your browser right here.

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Labor Day Show Reflections, A Thank You or 4 & A Photo or 5

WOW!  Who knew 5 hours could go so fast?

It took just a few minutes and then we just relaxed and it felt like we were just talking to and hanging out with old friends.

Because, we were.

We have to say a HUGE thank you to our producer, Brian Jones, for going above and beyond to help us get reacquainted with the studio and keeping us from veering too far off course.

Also, thank you to Patrick Crispen for waking up at 5 AM, California time, to join us with some great computer tips.

And, thanks to Dean Richards for getting up early to join us on a day he didn’t have to.

Tommy Emmanuel (“Tigger”) bounced his way through an interview with us and let us give out some tickets to his upcoming concert, Sept. 20, at Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium, in River Forest.  We’ll be introducing Tommy that night and hope to see you there.

We reconnected with some old friends, met some new ones and reaffirmed the value of fresh coffee and Johnnie’s homemade coffee cake while watching the city come alive from the WGN Showcase Studio.

Steve had fun!

Steve in the WGN Showcase Studio

Steve in the WGN Showcase Studio

Johnnie had fun!

Johnnie in the WGN Showcase Studio

Johnnie in the WGN Showcase Studio

Andy Masur was a little fuzzy, but thinks he had fun!

Andy Masur in the WGN Showcase Studio

Andy Masur in the WGN Showcase Studio

Listeners on Michigan Ave. had fun! (Boy, did they ever!)

Listeners outside the WGN Showcase Studio

Listeners outside the WGN Showcase Studio

Michigan Avenue looked like it was having fun.

Michigan Ave. seen through the WGN Showcase Studio window

Michigan Ave. seen through the WGN Showcase Studio window

And, we hope you did, too.

If you missed the show and/or would like to listen again to parts or all of it, the podcast is now available on the Steve & Johnnie page at WGN Radio.  To listen, just click on this link.

As always, thanks for hanging out with us online and on the air.

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We’ll be on WGN Radio, Labor Day morning!!

Just a reminder or, for those of you who don’t follow us on any of our social media sites, a heads up that we’ll be hanging out on WGN radio from 5-10 AM, this coming Monday, Labor Day.

It’s been several months since we were in the Showcase Studio, so we spent a little time, Friday night, getting reacquainted with where the gas and brake pedals are.

We’ll pause now while you insert your own gas bags or air bags joke.

All done?

Ok, then, we’ll continue.

WGN radio management and Steve Cochran are under the assumption that we won’t lose the license and, while we can’t promise that won’t happen, we will say that we’ve got some fun things and a surprise or two planned, so we hope you’ll set your alarm clock to get up early and hang out with us.

By the way, if you’re not in the Chicago area, you can listen in online just by clicking this link.

We’re not going to be overly guest heavy because we do want to have some time to just talk with you.  However, speaking of guests, we will have a friend or two joining us and the name Tommy Emmanuel is one that seems to be circling in our heads, so …

Oooops, have we said too much?

Well, to see/hear what else we have to say we hope you’ll tune in Monday morning from 5-10.

And, if you’d like even more information about Monday’s show, here’s what Chicagoland Radio & Media had to say.

Talk to you, Monday.

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Hangin’ with Roger

We know many of you who follow us on this blog are not on Facebook and probably didn’t see what we posted there, Saturday, after a terrific day in downtown Chicago.  So,  just for you, a recap…

It was a wonderful day!  We saw Sting’s The Last Ship for a second time (WE LOVE IT!!!) then stopped into WGN Radio.  Got to visit with the adorable Hannah Stanley.  Since the Cubs game was on, we had the chance to talk with Hannah for a while.  We don’t mean to overstate it, but she really is absolutely delightful.

We also got to catch up and hang out with ace newsman & buddy Roger Badesch!  As many of you know, Roger is dealing with some pretty serious health issues but, with the attitude Roger is bringing to this fight, we’re betting on him to be the winner.

While we were hangin’ with Roger somebody broke out a camera.

Steve & Johnnie with Roger Badesh

Steve & Johnnie with Roger Badesh

A great day, a great play, new friends, old friends, you really can’t ask for more.

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2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate Road Test

Our Video Road Test of the 2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate has just been posted on Consumer Guide Automotive’s Daily Drive website.  Just click on the link to take it for a spin.

And don’t forget, if you want to check some of our previous road tests and some of the other goodies we’ve been pouring into the Daily Drive tank, just point your browser right here.

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Happy Father’s Day 2014

He was a 20 year old soon to be Dad and… he looks happy! Happy Day Dad…I love you.

Johnnie's Dad, John

Johnnie’s Dad, John

Johnnie

I was lucky enough to know him as both my father and my best friend. His name was Roy. Sitting in the back seat of the car in this picture is one of his best friends, a beautiful German Shepherd. His name was Bingo.

Steve's Dad, Roy

Steve’s Dad, Roy

Steve

Happy Father’s Day!

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