Join Us For An Historic New Year’s Eve Broadcast!

This New Year’s Eve, we’re continuing a tradition that started 23 years ago and we’re hoping you’ll join us for what will be a historic event of sorts.

23 years ago we rang in the New Year on the air with you on WGN Radio from the Showcase Studio for the very first time.  Well, this year will really be an historic event.  Since the WGN studios are moving to a new location, this will be the last time Steve  & Johnnie’s “Cheap Date Life After Dark New Year’s Eve Extravaganza” will welcome in a new year broadcasting from the Showcase studio location!!  We’ll start at 11PM (ish) or whenever the Chicago Blackhawks game ends and go till 3AM.

Among our guests for this special New Year’s show will be one of the featured artists on the PBS Soundstage Special “Cornerstones Of Rock,”  the man who sang lead on many of The New Colony Six’s hit records, Ronnie Rice.

Ronnie Rice

And, since we had so many requests after their last appearance with us, joining us again this year will be Josh Solomon and Erika Brett from The Empty Pockets.

Josh Solomon & Erika Brett

Also, following her New Year’s Eve “Rock The 80’s” show at Harrah’s, Joliet, the incredible, Lisa McClowry will join us along with her guitarist/co-composer, Lavant (Van) Coppock.

Lisa McClowry

Lavant Coppock

And, because we had so much fun with him last year, making a return appearance is the world’s only Musical Mentalist, Sidney Friedman, who will have some predictions for the new year.

Sidney Friedman

We’ll have hourly countdowns from different time zones.

Watch this space for more details as we know them and, of course, expect a surprise or two.

Remember, no cover charge and no dress code!!

We hope you’ll tune in to 720 AM or, if you’re not in the Chicago area, you can still listen and watch by clicking this link to WGN Radio’s live stream.

This is gonna be fun!

About steveandjohnnie

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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4 Responses to Join Us For An Historic New Year’s Eve Broadcast!

  1. Linda Sue says:

    I’ll be home for New Year’s….just to listen to you. There’ll be snow and my pillow…and radio turned to 7,2, OH! I’ll be home for New Year’s. You can count on me! I’ll be listening to S&J…while I take down my Christmas tree!
    You two are the best! With the best guests!

  2. Hi Steve and Johnnie,
    A long time fan of yours going way back to the 90’s or earlier. I happen to have a tape recording of your first one back in 1995 I am converting to mp3 even as I speak. Are you interested in a copy if you don’t already have it? Great show last night, I hope you can do one from your new location next year.

    • Hmmm …. y’know, we THINK we have it somewhere in our archives, but we can’t swear to that. And, since we’re going through those archives as we start working on our 2nd book, it would probably be a good idea to make sure we have a copy. When you’re finished converting to mp3, we’d love to take a listen. Thank you for the offer. You can e-mail us at and we’ll get back to you. Glad you liked the show. We really had fun and were surprised those 3 hours went by so fast. As far as next year goes, that could be a fun, new adventure. Like you, we’ll just have to wait and see.

      • Thanks! I don’t mind being a contributor to your new book either 🙂 That show occupied FOUR 90-minute tapes. The show was quite long then. I will get back to you, It will be saved as mp3 files. I also have your 2nd one 1996/7. Also some Pumpkin Fest audio from 1995.

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