4.01.2014

Dan Levy: Game on

Dan Levy is a producer and does audio production for the new sports station, The Game, where he also works with Mark Carman & Connor McKnight; he talks about working at WSCR The Score; what's wrong with sports radio; being on Sirius XM's Howard Stern channel with the Gabe Kanan show; how they got on the Howard Stern channel; what Gary Dell'Abate (Howard Stern's producer) is like; why the Abe Kanan show was cancelled on Howard 101; Tim Sabian, and more. He was also one of the first people to be on this podcast.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG124.mp3

3.20.2014

Glen Kozlowski: super-nice football guy

Glen Kozlowski hosts Sports Central on WGN Radio with Jim Memolo, and he played with the Chicago Bears from 1984-1992. He talks about getting drafted by Mike Ditka after he was a successful wide receiver at Brigham Young University; his helpful Hawaiian-Samoan mother and Polish father; his brother, who played with the Miami Dolphins; how Polish was his first language; working in pineapple fields; how he made it to the NFL; problems in school; Jim McMahon; injuries; leaving the Bears; how football has changed; the media; how Bob Collins helped him; volleyball; coaching high school football; what he thinks of college players being paid; football dangers; advice; what he misses about his pro days, Harry Caray, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG123.mp3

2.26.2014

Bionce Foxx: shining star

Bionce Foxx was on the air at WGCI in Chicago for several years and now does mid-days at Star 92.7 in the Cayman Islands (Caribbean and urban music). She talks about how she got into radio; working in Bermuda at a hip hop R&B station; voicetracking; meeting famous people; stalkers; John Legend; her Foxx on the Box show on WGCI; hearing Ordinary People live on the air; working at WGCI's gospel sister station; Steve Harvey; why music radio is still vibrant; meeting Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z; voicetracking for Clear Channel in Tyler, Texas and at WKKV V100.7 in Milwaukee; doing TV at CLTV, WGN and NBC-5; advice; mid-days in Las Vegas at a hip-hop R&B station; helping other people; volunteering at Pacific Garden Mission, LaRabida Hospital, the Jordan Boys & Girls clubs, Changing Life Education, and Top Box Foods; racism; what it was like to work for the Kennedy family and Chris Kennedy at the Merchandise Mart, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG122.mp3

2.04.2014

Courtney Stewart, Tamara Berg, John Comerford: buzzing and busy in L.A.

Courtney Stewart, Tamara Berg, and John Comerford host very popular podcasts at AfterBuzz TV, created by Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro. They started there discussing the shows "Beyond Scared Straight" and "The Game" and now they do a "Downton Abbey" podcast together. Courtney also does "Real Housewives" and "Celebrity Apprentice", plus hosts "Black Hollywood Live Fashion 411" and "Black Hollywood Live This Week" at Black Hollywood Live. And she's in the web series Not Quite Fabulous. Tamara appears on TV as a lifestyle expert. They talk about what they do in Los Angeles, haters in the entertainment industry, watching TV, their success, doing the red carpet, and more.

(A slightly different version of this interview airs on Rivet News Radio.)

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG121.mp3

1.16.2014

Roy Leonard: fun success

Roy Leonard has had a long career in media: radio, TV, and online. He talks about his start in the 1940s; his radio work in Salem and Framingham Massachusetts; army radio in Nome, Alaska; his theater background and meeting his wife, Sheila, there; working at WHDH and WNAC in Boston; finding out about WGN from sportscaster Curt Gowdy in the late 1960s; filling in for Wally Phillips; moving to Chicago in the late 60s; broadcasting Chicago Bulls home games with Vince Lloyd; living in Kenilworth; how he helped get Johnny Mathis exposure; the early days of TV and heydays of radio; why he likes Garry Meier's show; how he was the first theater and movie reviewer and interviewer; Kathy & Judy; Larry Lujack's real personality; his good attitude; interviewing John F Kennedy, John Cleese, Timothy Dalton, Henry Fonda, and Tippi Hedren; celebrity worship; his passion for theater; knowing Pearl Bailey, Marcel Marceau and Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits; hosting Family Classics; why he talked about his family on the air; his son Kelly Leonard (a Second City executive); why he retired; what he thought of Garry Meier and Steve Dahl making fun of him on their show; why he put Nick Digilio on the air, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG120.mp3

12.31.2013

Donna Halper: Rush and Radio

Donna Halper is best known for bringing Rush to the USA, but she's had a long career in radio. She talks about the radio business; her start in radio at Northeastern University, where she was the first woman on the air; her consulting biz; if radio can be revived; overcoming obstacles; her books and essays about baseball and the media; women in radio; being weird; how she got on the air; Arnie Ginsburg; why she hated Cleveland; getting fired for not doing drugs; sexual harassment; being persistent; WMMS in Cleveland, where she introduced Rush to the United States; why Rush is different; her friendship with them; why it took a long time for Rush to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; what Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are like; the Alex Harvey Band; Bruce Springsteen; WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, New York, where Howard Stern started out; being a Mercury Records talent scout; WLIR in Long Island; WRVR in New York (a jazz station); Barney Kessel; Phil Woods, who played on a Billy Joel song, Boston, and lots more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG119.mp3

12.11.2013

Kipper McGee: management talks

Kipper McGee is best known for being a Program Director at WLS in Chicago, but has worked in radio all over the country, doing music radio in Wisconsin towns and Milwaukee, Santa Fe, Rochester (Minnesota), then as a Program Director and General Manager in Milwaukee, Des Moines (Iowa), New Orleans, San Diego, St. Louis, and Orlando. He's now a radio consultant and runs America Weekend syndicated programming. He talks about what makes good talent; how to tell what listeners want; advertising and marketing; being a GM vs PD; corporate radio; if consultants are a waste of money; older listeners; why WLS got rid of Jerry Agar, what's happened to talk radio; Rush Limbaugh, Don Wade, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG118.mp3

11.27.2013

James VanOsdol: music radio and more

James VanOsdol worked at alternative Q101/WKQX for several years and wrote We Appreciate Your Enthusiasm: The Oral History of Q101. He talks about the meaning of the title; why he used Kickstarter; what it was like to meet Rush; his brief gigs at WXRT and WZZN/The Zone; getting fired; his previous podcast about comic books; sci-fi; and his current podcast at Steve Dahl's network.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG117.mp3

11.14.2013

Paul Lisnek: TV, radio, and much more

Paul Lisnek hosts "Politics Tonight" on CLTV, but he does a lot more: he was the only "white guy" at WVON Radio, where he hosted a show and where he fills in for Cliff Kelley; loves theater and hosts "Broadway in Chicago Backstage" on Comcast; hosts the "Comcast Newsmakers" TV show; got a PhD in Communications at the same time as a J.D. (law degree) at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana; created the Paul Lisnek Chair in Law & Communications and donated money to U of I, including The Paul Lisnek Cafe, two faculty conference rooms, and the Paul Lisnek Trial Advocacy Awards at the law school; was a jury consultant for his company Decision Analysis and worked on many well-known cases; wrote several books, and a lot more!

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG116.mp3

10.23.2013

Tom Petersen: Bob Collins memories and more

Tom Petersen started his long media career in Milwaukee as a disc jockey, and worked at WEMP in Milwaukee, WXYZ in Detroit, KWWL-TV in Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at a rock station in Duluth, Minnesota, and at WGN Radio, where he worked with Bob Collins for several years. He talks about his news career, Chicago and Detroit's corruption, Bob Collins and Wally Phillips stories, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG115.mp3

10.16.2013

Doug Cummings: from crime reporter to crime author

Doug Cummings was a TV and radio reporter in Kansas City and in Chicago at WMAQ and WGN Radio after he was a deputy sheriff near Kansas City. He talks about his career, his passion for crime stories, criminals he encountered, crime stories he covered, seeing dead bodies, how he comes up with story ideas and plots, his writing process and how he stays motivated to write, why he left radio and law enforcement, his new book, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG114.mp3

10.15.2013

Jordan Bernfield: Steve Bartman and Show Prep (video)


Jordan Bernfield talks about being at the Cubs game during the Steve Bartman incident and shows how he's been prepping for hosting the David Kaplan Show with Mark Carman on WGN Radio in Chicago.

10.08.2013

Steve Bertrand: radio rarity

Steve Bertrand has only worked at WGN Radio his entire career (from the mid-1980s), starting as an intern and currently as a news anchor. For a couple of years, he hosted the Meet the Writers podcast for Barnes & Noble, and interviewed all kinds of authors such as Stephen King, Dan Brown, Nora Roberts, Dennis Leary, and Amy Tan; he talks about what Chris Farley was like at Marquette University (they both went there); his experience with the Chicago Bears show and the 1985 Bears; fun times at WGN (he's worked with Roy Leonard, Kathy and Judy, Garry Meier, John Williams, Spike O'Dell, and Jonathan Brandmeier); how news has changed, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG113.mp3

10.01.2013

Jordan Bernfield: sports prediction confirmed

Jordan Bernfield, who hosts Cubs Weekly, Preps Plus Chicago, Northwestern football and basketball broadcasts, and does various sports segments and fill-ins on WGN, and who I predicted would do well in the radio biz, does an update about his new on-air career and talks about hard work; how Dave Eanet, Dave Kaplan, Tom Langmyer, and a vocal coach have helped him; how he deals with haters; the difference between producing and being on air; advice for getting on the air; his obsession with the Cubs; playing guitar and cooking; his food photos; teaching a radio play-by-play class at Columbia College, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG112.mp3

9.18.2013

Mark Carman: Doing sports again in Chicago

Mark Carman did his first podcast 100 episodes ago, and now he's back in Chicago at WGN with the David Kaplan Show. This is also the first podcast that includes play-by-play: we recorded it while he was watching the Cubs-Brewers game because he was prepping for the post-game that night on WGN. He talks about his on-air gig at KCSP/610 Sports Radio in Kansas City, where he also worked with Nick Wright; why he went to Yahoo! Sports radio in Houston, where he did a show with Doug Russell; the three upscale hostels he owns in Chicago: Oak 112, Urban Holiday Lofts, and Holiday Jones; why he got into the travel business; why he left Yahoo!; how he joined the David Kaplan Show; his resume that includes WCBR with The Naked Truth About Sports, producing at WSCR 670 The Score, being the news and sports director at WLBK, doing St. Edwards University play-by-play; what it's like to work with David Kaplan; Napgate; and more (he also did a podcast before he went to Kansas City, so he kept his promise to do another one if he'd come back to Chicago!).

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG111.mp3

9.03.2013

JC Corcoran: St. Louis and beyond

JC Corcoran talks about his autobiographical books and if he has anger issues; his harsh experiences at St. Lawrence high school in Oak Lawn; his reputation in St. Louis; how the Riverfront Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch lied about him for several years; why the St. Louis media has been harsh on him; why he was critical of radio legend Jack Carney; what he thinks of corporate radio; his experience at KSHE in St. Louis; management problems; why he was fired from 97Rock in Buffalo, New York; what Howard Stern was like at DC101 in Washington DC; his job at WOW in Omaha; Paul Harvey's shower; doing Top 40 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and at WILS in Lansing, Michigan; his bad experience at The Loop/WLUP; his current gigs at 93.7 KKRW/The Arrow in Houston and KFNS 590/The Man in St. Louis; lawsuits; how he deals with haters; his Twitter rants; his TV career; advice he has, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG110.mp3

8.23.2013

John Moore: interesting Canadian radio host

John Moore is the morning host at Newstalk 1010/CFRB in Toronto. He talks about the Canadian radio scene and talk radio landscape; how he deals with listeners who disagree with him; what he thinks of American talk radio; Toronto's diversity; why Canadians pay attention to American politics; what it was like to grow up as a native English speaker in Quebec; how he learned and used French; how he got into the media; his acting career; working at CKGM; how he got a show on CFRB/Newstalk 1010; his appearances on Andrew Carter's Show on CJAD in Montreal; his voiceover work; why he likes Toronto; what he thinks of Toronto architecture; comparing Toronto and Montreal; media regulation of content and taxes; whiny Canadians; advice for going into broadcasting, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG109.mp3

8.10.2013

Richard Milne: Music all the time

Richard Milne has been working at WXRT in Chicago since 1976, where he also hosts Local Anesthetic. He talks about how he makes decisions to air bands' music on the show; why he prefers CDs; his relationship to the Smashing Pumpkins; why Lou Reed was the most exciting on-air interview he's ever done; what he thinks of digital vs vinyl; his first radio job in WDEK in DeKalb, Illinois; how WXRT DJs can choose their own music; how he developed his business, Rank Entertainment; what makes WXRT an atypical music station and special place to work, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG108.mp3

7.27.2013

Panda Riot: Chicago Dream Pop

Panda Riot is a Chicago dream-pop band whose music is used for this podcast. Two of the members, Brian Cook (guitar, recording) and Jose Alejandro Rodriguez (drums), talk about how they came up with the band's name; how they developed into a band; their album, She Dares All Things, where the songs used on this podcast come from; how they started with films; why they moved from Philadelphia to Chicago; the tension between New York and the Philadelphia music scene; changes in the music industry and the Internet; why they mainly tour the East Coast; if they want their music to be in movies or commercials; what motivates them; the dream pop genre; how they came up with their style; their process, how they know a song is done, and more.

Panda Riot is coming out with a new vinyl LP of Northern Automatic Music, and have previously released the CD version of Northern Automatic Music, the EP Far and Near, the 7-inch Serious Radical Girls, and the flexi-single Amanda in the Clouds.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG107.mp3

7.19.2013

Rafer Weigel: Gracious TV Sports Guy

Rafer Weigel does sports on WLS-TV in Chicago, and talks about writing his own scripts; why producers are necessary; how acting helped his TV work; his acting career, which included playing Jenny McCarthy's neighbor on her TV show, a Charmed episode with Melissa Milano, ads for Honda and Avis, ER, Party of Five, Free Enterprise with William Shatner and Eric McCormack, and a movie with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen on Showtime; why he didn't like the acting lifestyle; writing for the Chicago Sun-Times and Los Angeles Times; what the acting biz is like; if his father, sportscaster Tim Weigel, helped him get into the media; being the "man about town" and covering the Kings for KUSI-TV in San Diego; doing news in Sacramento at KOVR-TV; doing sports at CNN Headline News with Robin Meade; what it's like to work at CNN; how he got the WLS-TV sports gig; what his dad taught him; his work with ESPN Radio; advice he has for people who want to do sports media, and more.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG106.mp3