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Steve and Johnnie
15 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Steve and Johnnie share the surprising story behind Steve’s cult hit record, ‘Satan is Her Name’
You know Steve King as a Chicago radio legend. But before he became a rock radio sensation, he recorded a spooky 60’s record titled ‘Satan is Her Name’. The dynamic duo Steve King and Johnnie Putman join John Landecker to share how the song came to be and its surprising popularity overseas. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3846680/3846680_2021-06-11-021820.64kmono.mp3
73 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
From the archives: Steve & Johnnie visit in-studio with Les Paul
Steve King and Johnnie Putman talked many times over the years with guitar pioneer Les Paul, to the point that they literally wrote the book on the music legend. In honor of what would have been Les Paul’s 106th birthday this week, we go back 25 years and listen to an in-studio visit. Steve, Johnnie and Les discuss various topics including Paul’s childhood, service in the military, radio career, Harry Caray, and how he helped create The Chipmunks. (Note that this recording is from a 2009 replay of the interview and contains some commentary about the segments.) https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3846089/Les_Paul_1996_2021-06-09-162029.64kmono.mp3 More From the WGN Radio Archives
7 minutes | May 13, 2021
‘That ain’t bad for a country boy from the wrong log cabin’ – Remembering Dick Kay
Dick Kay, longtime political reporter for Chicago’s NBC 5, died today at age 84. Kay was also an occasional contributor to WGN Radio, often appearing with Steve & Johnnie late on election nights offering his analysis of the results of the vote. Here are a couple of his appearances on WGN Radio: With Steve & Johnnie as he retired after 38 years NBC 5, May 30, 2006: https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3837461/Dick_Kay_2021-05-13-181001.64kmono.mp3 As a guest on Andrea Darlas and the Reporters, October 21, 2019: https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3837463/Andrea_Darlas_Dick_Kay_2021-05-13-185703.64kmono.mp3
14 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Steve King and Johnnie Putman on their late friend Charlie Daniels
Musician Charlie Daniels was a great friend of Steve King and Johnnie Putman of WGN Radio. He passed away at the age of 83, and Steve and Johnnie join John Williams to talk about what made Charlie unique and loved, both as a musician and as a person. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3773351/Steve_King_and_Johnnie_Putman_on_their_late_friend_Charlie_Daniels_2020-07-07-185951.64kmono.mp3
59 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
From the archives: Steve and Johnnie visit with Charlie Daniels
Country music legend Charlie Daniels has died of a stroke at age 83. We remember him by looking back at his July, 2002 visit with Steve and Johnnie.: https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3773144/Charlie_Daniels_2020-07-06-174944.64kmono.mp3 Click here to read Steve and Johnnie’s tribute to Charlie from their “Both Sides Now” blog. Steve King and Johnnie Putman with Charlie Daniels (WGN Radio photo)Steve King and Johnnie Putman with Charlie Daniels (WGN Radio photo) And, as a bonus, here’s a photo of Charlie Daniels with Max Armstrong, the interview mentioned during the segment: Charlie Daniels being interviewed by Max Armstrong in July, 2002. They were backstage at the DuPage County Fair, where Charlie explained to Max how he caught his hand in a posthole digger. The accident, 20 years earlier, could have ended his career. (WGN Radio photo)
0 minutes | May 26, 2020
Steve and Johnnie congratulate Nick Digilio on 35 years with WGN Radio
In case you didn’t see the post on our Events page, we’re very happy to join in a celebration of something pretty cool. Nick Digilio is celebrating his 35th year with WGN radio! It’s really hard to believe it’s been that long since we first had this young, enthusiastic, creative, movie critic on our show. At that time, Nick was still juggling his career directing several successful shows in Chicago with his time spent with us and Roy Leonard on WGN. We’d heard Nick on with Roy, really liked what we heard, and, since Roy was on during the middle of the day and we were on in the middle of the night, we asked Roy if he would mind if we talked to Nick about joining us on a regular basis, too. Roy was more than enthusiastic about Nick getting some more air time. We knew from the first time we talked with Nick that he didn’t just enjoy movies, he was, and still is, passionate about them. Even on those nights he joined us and, having just come from directing one of his shows, might have seemed a little tired when he first walked in the studio, once he started talking about movies, the adrenaline kicked in and he was thoroughly in the moment. Along with directing and critiquing movies, continuing to join Roy Leonard and us, Nick’s expertise saw him called on to be a guest on several WGN Radio programs with increasing regularity. Ultimately, after co-hosting a show with Garry Lee Wright and filling in for us during the 5 months illness forced us off the air, Nick started his own show at WGN and never looked back. While his passion for movies and various forms of pop culture still shines through, over the years, Nick has mastered the art of moving with the moment if a breaking event dictates a change in direction for his show. He has also mastered the art of talking to and with his listeners, not at them. Nick has found, as we did, that the overnight radio audience is a special breed and, if you really connect with them, they will respond by welcoming you in to their family. Trust us, although his Mom & Dad may be his most loyal fans, Nick has a ton of extended family members. Pardon us if we seem like proud parents, but we really are proud to see how far Nick has come from his early days at WGN to being inducted into the WGN Radio Walk Of Fame. By the way, you have no idea how rare it is for anyone to have the kind of successful career in broadcasting Nick has achieved and to have done it all at one radio station. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, (5/26/20-5/27/20) at Midnight (Central Time) we’ll be hanging out on The Nick Digilio Show to look back on some of the more memorable “moments” from Nick’s past THREE AND A HALF DECADES! Boy, that time went fast. But, it tends to do that when you’re having fun. Congratulations, Nick! Here’s to 35 more … and then some. Don’t forget, you can tune in to 720 AM but, if you’re not in the Chicago area, you can still listen by clicking this link to WGN Radio’s live stream. Originally posted on Steve & Johnnie’s Both Sides Now blog.
0 minutes | May 10, 2020
Steve and Johnnie remember Little Richard
That original album (Vinyl, thank you very much!) is safely ensconced in our music room. When it first landed, there was nothing safe about it. It was scary! At least, that’s what a lot of 50s mid-America’s adults thought about “Long Tall Sally,” “Tutti Frutti” and some of Little Richard’s other singles that made up a large part of the album’s contents when they were first released. Many mainstream radio stations only played Little Richard’s songs when Pat Boone covered them in a much gentler fashion that made them palatable to the mass audience of the time. In later years, Little Richard would thank Pat Boone for the royalties he received and the resulting attention he got from teenagers curious enough to seek out the source of the songs. It’s a huge testament to the impact he had on Rock & Roll that, in his first recording sessions for RCA, Elvis Presley covered 4 of Little Richard’s records, “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Ready Teddy” and “Tutti Frutti.” Additionally, on his 1956 TV appearances on both the Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show and The Ed Sullivan Show Elvis, again, showed his respect for, and the influence of, Little Richard with live performances of “Tutti Frutti” and “Ready Teddy.” “Long Tall Sally” and “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey” are just two examples of Little Richard’s influence on The Beatles and every time you hear Paul McCartney scream, you’re hearing how well he followed, and still follows, Little Richard’s teachings. It really is impossible to overstate the impact of this man on, not only the record industry but, the pop culture he helped define and, quite frequently throughout his off and on again career, struggled to live with. Little Richard was quite open about his struggles with his life in show-business, his sexuality, religion and a lot more in Charles White’s authorized biography, “The Life And Times Of Little Richard.” Richard’s retreat from and return to his recording/show-business career and his religious calling were constant and ongoing battles throughout his life. One of his later career highlights was really sort of a melding of the two when he performed the gospel-tinged “Great Gosh A’Mighty” in the film “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” This song was Richard’s last charted hit. In his final years Little Richard lived a mostly reclusive life in Nashville that, quite frequently, found him in the news with rumors surrounding the state of his health or, yet another, possible return to the recording studio, stage or pulpit. Along with Charles White’s book, we’re sure you’ll be able to find far more scholarly writings about Little Richard than this blog provides, but we wanted to share a personal example of just one night in this amazing man’s career and the impact and memory it left with us and the others who were there to witness it. In August of 1995, WGN radio sponsored a night at Ravinia Festival with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. WGN’s legendary morning man, Bob Collins, emceed the event and, along with several other members of the WGN radio family in attendance, we were eagerly anticipating the show. As was the case on many tours involving large egos, Jerry Lee and Little Richard rotated who opened and who closed the show on any given night. We’re not sure if Jerry Lee was in a snit because he wasn’t that night’s closer or what but, that night, “The Killer” gave far less than his usual “Killer” performance both in time spent on stage and energy expended and left many in the audience disappointed. No matter. When Little Richard hit the stage we all got a lesson in how it’s done, who did it first, how it was built and how to keep on keepin’ on from the, self described, “Quasar Of Rock & Roll” his own bad self! Yes, he did the hits but, that night, Richard, felt like giving us a little history in between songs. So, we learned and heard about his beginnings and influences. We heard his stripped down mastery of boogie woogie piano. We had the rare experience of seeing and hearing Little Richard sing country AND DO IT WELL! We saw a master entertainer making sure the net he was casting included ALL of his audience, even the youngest, when he did his “Richardized” version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” We saw one of the original Rock & Roll wildmen tick off Ravinia security when he invited the audience to join him on stage. That night, the “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” showed us what made it ROCK & ROLL! And we LOVED it!! Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bom-bom! Great Gosh A’Mighty! He sure loved to ball! R.I.P Little Richard Originally posted on Steve & Johnnie’s Both Sides Now blog.
177 minutes | Feb 15, 2020
Steve and Johnnie in for Matt Bubala Full Show 2-15-20: Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of their first WGN appearance together!
Steve and Johnnie are in for Matt Bubala bringing you all of the light-hearted fun you need! To kick off the show Jim Peterik from the Ides of March joined Steve and Johnnie to talk about their new CD celebrating 55 years of amazing music. Then, WGN’s very own Roger Badesch calls in to talk about his book release in April and how to sign up for an autographed copy. Next, Tom Appel of Consumer Guide talked about the final weekend of the Auto Show AND Steve and Johnnie celebrated their 35th anniversary of their FIRST radio show together on WGN! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3732669/3732669_2020-02-16-000609.64kmono.mp3
229 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
Steve and Johnnie’s 25th Anniversary Cheap Date Life After Dark New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
It’s the 25th anniversary broadcast of Steve & Johnnie’s “Cheap Date Life After Dark New Year’s Eve Extravaganza” and this show has some serious fireworks to kick off 2020! Ronnie Rice, The Empty Pockets and River Road Trio all join the celebration at midnight! Tune in to hear some amazing tunes from these performers. At 1 a.m., we chat with Matt Brassard, co-owner of M&M Entertainment and Productions in Prescott, AZ about the boot drop! Corky Siegel and Sidney Friedman join the New Year’s Eve party as well. At 2 a.m., we chat with Patrick Crispen for a scene countdown at the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA. Throughout the evening; Tom Appel, Consumer Guide automotive’s publisher recaps some of the best and worst 2019 automotive news and gives us a preview for what we can expect in the new year. Just before 4 a.m., the team checks in with Muriel Anderson and Bryan Allen from the Royal Lahaina Hotel in Maui, HI! Muriel gives us a taste of what things are like at Tommy Emmanuel’s Holiday Guitar Getaway! This show is surely one for the decade! The full podcast link is available here. To stay up to date with Steve and Johnnie, check out their website and social media links on Twitter and Facebook. https://dzfu4dx64g4kl.cloudfront.net/audio/579/4106/27665/3709734/3709734_2020-01-02-010234-8225-0-0-0.64kmono.mp3?cdn_id=12&uuid=9a093f7ed93ce4a0d10842eb39184ded&referer=https%3A%2F%2Fconsole.woondemand.com%2Fcontent%2Fepisode%2F3709734%2Fprofiles&wuuid=5e0d43308b258b9f81a7afdb78e31e241a01d3bbf58c116a?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3790.mp3
170 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Steve and Johnnie Full Show 12-30-19: The Voice finalist Katie Kadan joins the show and get your technology resolutions from Dr. Patrick Crispen.
Steve King and Johnnie Putman are back on the WGN Radio airwaves with a fun jam packed show for you! First Monika Wiela, a former Chicagoan behind the organization givebackbox.com joins the show to talk about how she has more than 40 retailers supporting her and helping charities across the country. Later, Chicago’s very own Katie Kadan, joins the show to discuss her latest performance at the Carolina Panthers game and on ‘The Voice’. Later after 9:00 PM, Gino Salomone from Fox 6 TV in Milwaukee talks to Steve and Johnnie recaps the year of entertainment. Finally, Dr. Patrick Crispen talks about what your 2020 Tech Resolutions should be! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3709406/3709406_2019-12-31-053506.64kmono.mp3
24 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Monika Wiela shares how you can give to your favorite charity using only an Amazon box.
Monika Wiela from givebackbox.com joins Steve and Johnnie to talk about her organization and how you can take part of it! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3709400/3709400_2019-12-31-042300.64kmono.mp3
36 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Steve and Johnnie recap a decade’s worth of entertainment with Gino Salomone
Steve King and Johnnie Putman talk to entertainment reporter Gino Salomone. Including recapping some of the biggest movies such as ‘The Irishman’. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3709398/3709398_2019-12-31-042438.64kmono.mp3
29 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Katie Kadan shares how she went from a Chicago musician to Runner-Up on ‘The Voice’
Katie Kadan joins Steve and Johnnie to discuss her journey, experience on ‘The Voice’, John Legend as a coach, and what is on her schedule for 2020. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3709390/3709390_2019-12-31-031530.64kmono.mp3
110 minutes | Dec 27, 2019
Steve and Johnnie Full Show 12.27.19 | Barry Butler, Guests of “The Dick Biondi Film,” Guitarist Joel Paterson and more…
WGN Radio legends Steve King and Johnnie Putman fill in for Roe Conn with a show packed with laughs, memories and great guests! After breaking the ice, photographer Barry Butler joins Steve and Johnnie in studio to talk about how he got into photography. Butler tells the stories behind some of the favorite photos that he has captured. You can view all of Butler’s beautiful shots on his website. Then, Director Pamela Pulice and Director of Communications Joseph Farina talk about the new film “The Dick Biondi Film.” You can donate to the film on their website. Guitarist Joel Paterson talks with Steve and Johnnie about his Christmas album, new Beatles album Let It Be Guitar!, and his latest tours. Paterson plays Merle Travis and The Beatles and reveals which living and dead guitarists he would love to pick with. You can keep up with Paterson at joelpaterson.com. That and more on this special edition of Steve and Johnnie! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3708882/3708882_2019-12-28-023522.128.mp3
36 minutes | Dec 27, 2019
The Fab Joel Paterson Plays The Fab Four
Guitarist Joel Paterson talks with Steve and Johnnie about his Christmas album, new Beatles album Let It Be Guitar!, and his latest tours. Paterson plays Merle Travis and The Beatles and reveals which living and dead guitarists he would love to pick with. You can keep up with Paterson at joelpaterson.com. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3708881/3708881_2019-12-28-015121.128.mp3
16 minutes | Dec 27, 2019
How a Hockey Injury Led Award Winning Chicago Photographer Barry Butler Behind the Camera
Photographer Barry Butler joins Steve and Johnnie in studio to talk about how he got into photography. Butler tells the stories behind some of the favorite photos that he has captured. You can view all of Butler’s beautiful shots on his website. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3708880/3708880_2019-12-28-012620.128.mp3
22 minutes | Dec 27, 2019
Special Guests of “The Dick Biondi Film” Join Steve and Johnnie
Director Pamela Pulice and Director of Communications Joseph Farina join Steve King and Johnnie Putman in studio to talk about the new film “The Dick Biondi Film.” Listen to the full interview below and donate on their website. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3708879/3708879_2019-12-28-015619.128.mp3
136 minutes | Nov 30, 2019
Steve and Johnnie Full Show 11.29.19 | A Black Friday Extravaganza!
Steve King and Johnnie Putman bring you six hours of nonstop laughter and entertainment. To kick off the show, Steve and Johnnie are joined with Mike Marschalk from Novak Construction to talk tips and tricks to putting up holiday lights this season. Then, world renown guitarist Muriel Anderson and Thom Bresh come in-studio to preform some tunes LIVE for the listeners and to promote the 28th Annual Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Concert happening in Downers Grove, IL. Even though it wasn’t Saturday yet Steve and Johnnie wanted to take the time to give thanks and appreciate all of the small businesses out there by talking with Terry Straker the owner of Evanston Illinois’ Guitar Works. On the latter half of the show, New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Lister joins in on the fun. Next, Josh Solomon and Erika Brett of The Empty Pockets come in-studio with Steve and Johnnie to play some songs off their newly released album as well as some new holiday tunes. To close out the show, the Director of Educational Technology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education Dr. Patrick Crispen gives Steve and Johnnie a call to talk hot tech gift ideas for this upcoming holiday season, avoiding amazon counterfeit items and the approaching end of Windows 7. Part 1 and 2: https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700182/3700182_2019-11-30-102322.64kmono.mp3 https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700184/3700184_2019-11-30-105324.64kmono.mp3
25 minutes | Nov 30, 2019
Michael Lister put out another book just in time for the holidays!
Steve King and Johnnie Putman are joined with New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Lister. Michael is an American novelist of Florida-based mysteries, suspense, thrillers, and noirs. He has authored 32 mystery novels, most featuring his two best-known characters, prison chaplain John Jordan and 1940s noir detective Jimmy “Soldier” Riley. Listen in as Michael, Steve and Johnnie talk about the John Jordan novels, 6 books for only 10$, movies and much more! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700175/3700175_2019-11-30-091715.64kmono.mp3
44 minutes | Nov 30, 2019
The Empty Pockets talk latest tour, new music, love and MORE!
Josh Solomon and Erika Brett of The Empty Pockets join Steve King and Johnnie Putman in-studio. The Empty Pockets’ often cerebral and sometimes playful indie-Americana sound draws from timeless classic rock, folk and blues. An old-school sensibility featuring rich harmonies and skilled instrumentalists, Rolling Stone Magazine aptly dubbed the band a “polished yet rootsy Chicago outfit.” Listen in as John and Erika play some songs off their newly released album as well as a new holiday tune that will surely get stuck in your head with it’s catchy chorus. To learn more about The Empty Pockets and upcoming tour dates go to theemptypockets.com. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700177/3700177_2019-11-30-093117.64kmono.mp3
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