Friday 10/7 WGN Podcasts & Pictures

Wow, did that go by fast! It was one of those shows that seemed like we just sat down and it was over. Yes, that means we had a good time and we hope you did, too.

Driving in to the station we were greeted by some really nice beginning fall color change vistas.

And when we got there, the view out our studio window was even better!

However, a little later when sun went down and the studio lights were on, the view looking through the window did become a little surreal.

Along with the views, we were treated to some great conversations with some really interesting people. Fortunately, those conversations are now available in podcast form so, without further ado, let’s get to some links.

Jessica Radloff was delightful and we can’t wait to read her new book, The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series. If you’d like to hear our conversation with her, just click here.

Loving cars as we do, we really enjoyed getting to know John Kraman, TV commentator for Mecum Auctions on MotorTrendTV, who gave us a preview of next week’s Mecum Chicago 2022 event. You’ll find that podcast right here.

Our long time friend, former WGN Radio newsman, Roger Badesch, who once worked for Chicago’s first black Mayor, joined us to talk to about Punch 9, the new movie about Mayor Harold Washington. Our podcast with Roger is right over here.

Any time we get to spend with our very talented friends Josh and Erika from The Empty Pockets is time well spent. This time, along with talking about the success of their new album, “Outside Spectrum,” and their upcoming tour across the big pond, we found out about a new project providing employment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities, Will’s Place. Will is Josh’s brother, so this project is very close to their hearts. To hear our conversation with Josh and Erika, just click here.

We revisited the days of John Landecker, Bob Sirott and Steve’s rock & roll disc jockey past along with Johnnie’s first radio jobs as well as the last major market AM radio Top 40 battle between Chicago’s WLS and WCFL when we talked with Ted Gordon Smucker, one of the founders behind Rewound Radio. You’ll find that podcast spinning here.

Of course, there was even more, including our producer, Ben Anderson, and WGN newsman, David Jennings, participating in Johnnie’s “Tailgate Candy Corn Taste Test.”

Children of the corn, Ben Anderson and David Jennings

If you’d like to hear that and all of Friday’s show, here’s that link.

And …

Don’t forget, on Thursday and Friday, Oct 20 & 21, from 2PM-6PM (Central), Lisa Dent is going to enjoy a long weekend and, while she is, we’ll be jumping back inside your radio speakers to hang out with you in her space for a couple of days.

As always, thanks for listening and 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 Friday 10/7 WGN Podcasts & Pictures

  1. Jo says:

    Thank you for being you

  2. Linda Johnson says:

    YES! We had fun,too!!! Your laughs are infectious. Your friends are friendly. Always glad to hear you and what you do as you both do good hosting. Hear you again soon!

  3. Martin Santic says:

    Is the Rewound Show available for download anywhere?

    • Not that we’re aware of. You can find some of our older shows by checking YouTube. You can also do a general search using either or both of our names and sometimes you’ll find a link to something on a site that archives radio air checks.

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