Thank you!

To say we’ve been touched by your comments doesn’t even come close. In a week that is an emotional roller coaster, this has been one of the high points of the ride.
By the way, we hope you’ll make this blog one of the regular stops for our continuing conversation with you.


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Award winning Chicago Broadcasters, inducted into WGN radio's Walk Of Fame. Authors of the Les Paul memoir, "A Little More Les." You'll find even more about us at
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15 Responses to Thank you!

  1. Neal Ferry says:

    Steve – Johnnie, Gwen & I am are so pleased you have completed your careers at WGN going out on top of the radio world. Many people in Chicagoland, our nation, and the world will miss your kind and pleasant approach to interviewing your guests.

    You are both true professionals and great Americans. Doyle Dykes and I look forward to a new venture with you both on TV as our hosts.

    God Bless you both and see you down the road.

    Neal Ferry

  2. sitha pugh says:

    best of luck-NO never ,never retire!.

  3. Bonnie Block says:

    Thank you for many happy years of late night programs. I now will have to go to sleep at midnight no reason to stay up. You make your listeners feel like we are part of your family,,o keep in touch with all of us.

  4. Been with you guys from the beginning. In the 80′ a 25 year marriage fell apart, and you were there. In the 90’s I was in collage with two of my 3 sons. As I painted my way through some degrees (AA Mchenry Co. Collage–to 89, the fine art program at NIU (BFA-fine art printing with a minor in art history, BFA in Illustration by 92, MA–painting and printing finishing a MFA–painting and printing in 2000) you were there in the wee hours for me as completed a portfolio for Illustration and three more shows including 2 masters thesis shows with my documentation actually part of the NIU Library collection) in. 2000-2001 teaching at Kishwaukee Collage you were there.In 2001 I was employed in a civil service position in one of my favorite places on the NIU campus. Next to art I love books. So I had 10 years at Founders Memorial Library (Print Reserves, then Inter-library Loan, back to reserves as the supervisor of print and electronic taking over the webmasters job and putting up electronic reserves as a Library Specialist you were there. I have been promoted to Senior Library Specialist and December 1, 2001 I have joined the Music Librarian to run the stand alone Music Library at NIU. You are here to see me through my first week. Thank you. Now we are all moving to uncharted territory. In the works I have a small art book documentation and instructional view of the Huskie Pup project done in honor of the students Killed here on campus. I hope to have it come out for the anniversary date Feb. 14, 2012. I am thinking my art work production will get expanded since the Music Library is much calmer than working on electronic reserves. I will have think time. Bit I will have to spend my nights without you and feel the loss already. You don’t know me, but I feel like you guys are good friends, So be well and stay well my friends. Keep me in the loop. Sherry Lee (Sadilek) Patterson
    Ending in tears……..

  5. Mark says:

    Steve and Johnnie,

    It has taken me sometime to really accept the fact that you will not be on the air anymore. I have had many changes in my life over the years, and I wish I could fully explain how much happier you made my life. Always remember that you, like a lot people who have left the “House that Wally Built”, left for the better.

    I was at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on Saturday for the “Morning with Roy Leonard”; As he said in his own words….. I worked at WGN when it was fun…. I felt like everyone who called in was my friend, therefore I felt I should be there friend.

    I listened all last night…. (and I am paying for it today at work!!!). You truly amaze me with your diverse knowledge of so many diiferent things. NEVER retire and NEVER give up. As my father always said God rest his soul….. When the going gets tough….. the tough get going.

    Mark Orr

    P.S. I have Direct TV….. have to look into the RFD thing

  6. Frankie says:

    My mom listened to you all the time. I remember many nights while she was sick and dying from pancreatic cancer I would lie in bed next to her and she would hand me one of the ear buds so we could both listen to you during the sleepless hours. She loved so many of the WGN folks who are now gone. Since she died (almost 11 years ago) I have often found my way through the dial to WGN to listen to your smooth, friendly voices when I have trouble sleeping. I have been introduced to so many interesting people (loved the Woodstock HS choir at Christmas like everyone else and really enjoyed Fran Tate) , amazing music (I found Tift Merritt through you – love her) and feel like you are part of the family. Thanks so much for all your years at WGN overnight – you were good company. I wish you all the best and will very much miss your voices.

  7. Krishnan says:

    Dear Steve and Johnnie, I have been a fan for many, many years of both. I listened to Steve in the afternoon on WLS 890 when he made Elvis movie week on channel 7 his vacation week and then again on WDAI in the mornings. I remember both of you from WIND. I got the nerve to call one time and spoke with both of you on WGN about economic issues. I have made gluten free my diet of choice even though I do not have ciliac disease. I will miss both of you and your shows, especially Web Site Wednesday night, the discussion of news headlines, and the morning almanac and daily song. You introduced me to many interesting singers and musicians. I wish both of you happiness and good health now and in the future.

  8. Jan Johnston says:

    I couldn’t believe it. I sent an email to Langmeyer Friday and said “at least you’ve left Steve an Johnnie alone.” Boy, was I shocked yesterday. Like many, I’ve learned so much from listening to you generally between 2:30 and 5AM. I used to complain to my sister (and others) when you were on vacation. I wish you well, and will be watching for you. Wishing you the best always.

  9. Frank Carlson says:

    The best act in town.
    Best of luck in your new adventures.

    I will miss you both and the great programing you provided.
    Learned about Cars, Computer, Music (gutars) friends, a little politics and much much more.

    Thank You for sharing your lifes, happy-ness with us all.

  10. Vicki says:

    My first hope would be to have you guys on another Chicago radio station after some well deserved R&R on your part. Of course, there is also satellite and BlogTalk Radio, either of which would be lucky to have you!

  11. Jim Masel says:

    I too have been a long time listener, like Krishnan I remember Steve on WLS and on WIND. I go back even further with Johnnie I listened to her on WMRO and WAUR. Every time I felt sad when you moved on, I was happy to find you on another station. Now I will have that empty pit feeling in my gut again, the difference this time is I don’t think that I’ll find you on another station. I wish you all the best in what ever future plans you have, Good-luck and God speed.

  12. Bruce Cole says:

    Steve and Johnnie – I worked in radio from 1980 to 1994, including as ops. mgr. at WMRO/WAUR from 1984 to 1989. In 1994, I chose to pursue my other “dream,” went to seminary, and became a pastor. Fast forward to 2006. I needed a break from my work as a pastor, and decided after 12 years off the air that I wanted to get back on. My ultimate goal was to be back on the air in Chicago. I listened to you every night (couldn’t sleep). Something about listening to you each night inspired me to want to pursue my goal of being back on the radio. Once, when you were doing a topic on unusual career changes, we spoke on the air and you encouraged me to keep at it. I ended up doing middays at WQBW in Milwaukee; weekends at WMIL, and lots of fill-in on WOKY at a time when it had returned to its classic top 40 roots. Today, I still do fill-in for those stations up north, and am the main fill-in jock for WUSN here in Chicago. Something about getting to re-visit my radio career re-energized my passion for my work as a pastor, as well, and so I continue to work as a pastor as well. So, I owe you a huge thanks for doing the kind of radio I love and admire, and for inspiring me through your work. God bless you both. I know you’ll have a blast on the next leg of the journey. With warmest regards, Bruce Cole.

  13. Tom says:

    Love you two! Keep us informed of your next steps. When one door closes, another one opens and I know you both will see many happy days ahead!

  14. Anny Sundly- Moctezuma says:

    No, Thank you!!!!

  15. Patti Maggenti says:

    Well, my friends, my nights will be quite lonely without you. I will be looking forward to , maybe, finding you somewhere along our lives path, once again……..
    Thanks for the many years of enjoyment. God Bless and be well.

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