Bill McCormick checks in from the World News Center to talk about a shocking endorsement by the medical experts on Fox News and shares some miscellaneous examples of stupid.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Steven Brill called in to discuss his new book, “America’s Bitter Pill.” We talked about his personal experience with insurance companies after a recent health scare, tips on deciphering the often not-to-helpful “Explanation of Benefits” form, and the tax shock that could be coming for many people as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
It was an honor to talk to Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer John Oates about his new TV special, “Another Good Road,” airing Saturday night at 8 Central on Palladia and also available as part of a DVD/CD set. We discussed the origins of the project, getting back to his roots and blues influences, his rhythm guitar playing (very underrated — it’s stellar), and how his songwriting royalty checks might be slightly larger than mine. John is also coming to City Winery in Chicago for a show on February 10th.
Jenna Wolfe is the Today Show’s lifestyle and fitness correspondent, and she’s also appearing as a guest trainer on tonight’s episode of “The Biggest Loser” at 7:00 Central on NBC-5 Chicago. We talked about how she got involved with the show, her way of quickly relating to the contestants, and the difficulty of leading a tough workout while 7 months pregnant.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Kevin O’Connor called in to talk about the 35th Anniversary season of “This Old House” and to share some DIY tips for cutting down on winter heating bills. He also debunked a popular “life hack”-type solution that’s been making its way around the Internet.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jim DeFelice is a best-selling author who co-wrote “American Sniper” with Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen. Jim shared his thoughts on working with Chris Kyle, the success of the film, and why those who see certain aspects as controversial may be simply misinformed.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Brian “Q” Quinn and James “Murr” Murray are two members of comedy troupe “The Tenderloins,” and they are also two of the creators, executive producers, writers and stars of “Impractical Jokers,” returning for its 4th season on TruTV January 29th. We talked about their version of a kinder, gentler, more affectionate hidden camera prank show, what fans can expect on their live tour, and how close they are to turning the show into a major motion picture.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Aaron Stanford steps into the role of James Cole (played by Bruce Willis in the movie) in the Syfy channel’s new series adaptation of “12 Monkeys,” premiering tonight at 8 Central. After opening the interview with my geekiest sci-fi nerd question, we proceeded to talk about how the series stretches out from the original concept of the film, how Aaron portrays a man who is physically and mentally damaged by time travel, and how he’ll prepare to answer very specific and detailed questions from fans of the show.Follow @bigwakeupcall
The season is drawing to a close on “The Biggest Loser: Glory Years” as we’re down to the final four (well…actually five) contestants. We checked in with trainer Dolvett Quince to talk about tonight’s episode where the participants find out about Comeback Canyon with the return of Bob Harper. We also discussed the evolution of his training methods, and what simple things we can do to make a positive change in our lifestyles.
“World’s Funniest Fails” is a new one-hour unscripted comedy series premiering Friday, January 16th on Fox, hosted by Terry Crews. We chatted with executive producer John Skogmo on the concept of the show, the nature of a “fail,” and how family-friendly TV is returning to Friday nights.Follow @bigwakeupcall