Well, THAT went by fast!
It seems we just sat down to start the show and then had to get up because it was over. Whoever first said “Time flies when you’re having fun” obviously knew what they were talking about. As much as we’re really enjoying the time we now have to do what we want, when we want, returning to our Chicago radio home, at WGN, now and then for, as we call them, a “radio drive-by,” is one of those things that ranks high on our “let’s do that” list.
Thanksgiving is a time to be spent with family and friends and carving out a portion of our Thanksgiving morning to sit down with our radio family and friends to share old memories and make some new ones has become a yearly tradition that we really look forward to.
Steve & Johnnie rockin’ around the WGN Showcase Studio Christmas Tree
To our minds, this year certainly exceeded expectations. Performances by Muriel Anderson and Joel Paterson were highlights and the spontaneous version of “Cannonball Rag” that they did together was one of those real “moments.” You could feel the excitement in the studio as those two started feeding off each other’s playing. This was an introduction we’d been wanting to make for years. Hopefully, it will result in future collaborations.
Then, there was Christmas tech gift tips from our Cybersquad Chief, Patrick Crispen, and news of Steve’s brother Lee’s terrific new book, “Safe Inside” and a whole lot more. Fortunately, you can find it all online.
Thanks to podcast technology and, our producer, David Miranda, we can archive all those moments and share them with you.
So, in case you missed our Thanksgiving show or if you’d like to hear it again, the podcast is now posted. Just click on this link and it will all be revealed to your ears.
And, mark your calendars for this New Year’s Eve. 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!!
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. 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. 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.
We’re still working out all the details and we’ll share them with you soon but, trust us, it’s gonna be a PARTY!!
More as we know it.
Finally, we hope you enjoy your holidays but, please, as you enjoy the season, stay alert and be safe. As we said above, we really enjoy sitting down with our radio family and friends to share old memories and make some new ones. We plan on making a lot more memories and we want you to be a part of them.
Thanks for hanging out with us on the air and online.
Steve & Johnnie