Reflections On Ten Years After

December 9, 2011 we closed out a major chapter in the history of HimNHer when we did the last of a full WEEK of shows celebrating the over a quarter of a century we spent at WGN radio.

Has it really been 10 years?

Unless the calendar has now turned into fake news, the answer is, yes.

So, if you’ll allow us, we’ve got a few thoughts we’d like to share.

Was that night and were the night’s leading up to it, emotional? Heck yeah! Is it still when we look back on it? Yup! To have been at that station, during that time, was and is a very special part of our broadcast resume. You can read some of our thoughts, at the time, if you click on this link to our blog’s monthly archives from December 2011.

But, that was then and this is ten years after. So?

As we said ten years ago, we were segueing into the “Someday” part of our lives. You know how you always say “Someday I’m going to …” Well, for the most part, this has been that time for us, doing what we want to do, when we want to do it.

Some examples? Sure.

Most of you are probably aware that we wrote our first book, “A Little More Les,” a memoir of our treasured friendship with the legendary Les Paul. We’re currently working on our second book, “Life After Dark,” which will be more of a chronicle of some of our adventures inside your radio speakers with a little insight into our respective lives before broadcasting.

Yes, Steve is still working on that, long overdue, album and Johnnie is working on her gluten-free cookbook. They’re both getting closer, really!

While it doesn’t occupy as much space in our “to do list” as it used to, along with consulting and spending time now and then on some other radio frequencies, we’ve remained a part of the WGN family and are happy to do an occasional “radio drive-by” when our calendar aligns with theirs, as it will this New Year’s Eve.

Along with the loss of family members during the past decade, like many of you, for the past two years, the pandemic has seriously impacted our “Someday” adventures. But, within our “bubble,” they do continue.

Ten years on, we look back on December 9th, 2011 as a singular moment in our lives and careers that will never fade, but we’re also very aware that the here and now is pretty special too and the future is full of exciting possibilities.

Thank you, so much, for taking some of this ride with us. It wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without you!

Stay safe,

Steve & Johnnie

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 Reflections On Ten Years After

  1. LINDA JOHNSON says:

    Time flies…we must be having fun!

  2. Silvia Rapacz says:

    So many changes in 2011. Mayor Daley retired and then so did I. The one constant for me was being able to flip on WGN to familiar voices. Then, that too ended. I’m glad that you’re still on WGN and we’re able to listen to you, even if it’s only temporary.

  3. Mark Orr says:

    You “guys” are truly a class act, and a roll model for anyone else looking to succeed in radio……

  4. LESTER NIXON says:

    2011 was in many ways( Positively( A great NEW relationship began for me ) and negatively My sister Jean died) quite a year for me and mine. Ii was sorry to see you guys not doing the show anymore but realized there were new chapters in your lives you had to explore. I always look forward to hearing you both WHEN and WHERE ever on the dial. Be safe and well.

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