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Margaret Larkin
Writing in the city.
Writing in the city.
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Duffy Atkins: a duffinately good meteorologist
Duffy Atkins talks about her career as a meteorologist at CLTV (part of WGN-TV) in Chicago, working in sunny weather at an ABC station in Santa Barbara, why she loved working at KHQA-TV, which broadcast to the tri-states via Quincy in Illinois, Keokuk in Io...

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Fun with Stephanie and crew
I had an excellent time hanging out and helping out a bit with Stephanie Graham's So This One Guy video story project. Now I know why her project looks so professional: she films at DePaul University's lot at Cinespace, which also houses  Hollywood-level sh...

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Bob Roberts: on the right track
Bob Roberts has been a reporter for several years at WBBM Newsradio, and he talks about covering stories, violence in Chicago (1974 was the worst year), being a reporter with City News Bureau; his passion for trains; how he got into radio and news; being on...

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Mindy Kaling is at the top of the Hierarchy of Personality
A few years ago, I did a post about the Hierarchy of Personality , which described the structure that I observed in radio (though people said it exists in other industries). Basically, the idea is that a select few are allowed to express their true personal...

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Crumbs
I was chatting with a British-born American (i.e., he came to the US for school, got married, and decided to stay), and he said he was running in the upcoming Chicago Marathon. Then he said "Crumbs." I had never heard that expression before, and I thought i...

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Interview with author Dave Berner
Dave Berner has written several books, is a professor at Columbia College, a news anchor on WBBM Newsradio, and is currently the Writer in Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. I met him at my good writing gig (he gets off the air when I arrive to w...

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John Calhoun: positive guy
John Calhoun is on the air weeknights at K-Hits (WJMK-FM) , and he talks about his successful music radio and voiceover career, including his early days in Mason City and Cedar Rapids in Iowa; how technology changed music radio; working in Oklahoma City and...

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Bridgeport
Continuing my "series" about the positive aspects of the South Side...is Bridgeport, an established neighborhood that's becoming an extension of Chinatown and possibly a future hub of hipster activity. There are traces of it so far on 31st street, where the...

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Dave Kerner and George Ofman: extreme sports fun
Dave Kerner and George Ofman do sports at WBBM Radio in Chicago, and I interviewed them for this same podcast because they consistently have a great time on the air and off the air; I've never seen them express negativity or take themselves seriously. First...

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Jim Turano: the real deal
Jim Turano is a creative guy who's a Chicago native, and has also spent his career and entire life in Chicago. He talks about acting in local theater; how he got into radio and how much he loves it; why he’s a huge Elton John fan; meeting Steve Dahl and Kev...
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