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Rachel Bertsche

Best-selling author and Chicagoan Rachel Bertsche called in to discuss her new book “The Kids are In Bed,” about how parents need to carve out time for themselves and not feel guilty about it.  We shared our experiences with our four-year-olds and how we can maintain an identity other than that of a parent.  Plus: Rachel does her best to help me get a free Peloton bike.

World News Center: Medical Mystery

In this extra-long plus-sized episode, Bill McCormick joined us from the World News Center to discuss the mysterious story of how an Alzheimer’s treatment achieved FDA approval in record time.  Also: No, Wal-Mart isn’t giving away $75 gift cards, we get a prank call from a whistleblower, and Bill has hurt feelings.

Rob Belushi

Chicago’s own Rob Belushi called in to say hello to his grandmother in Naperville and talk about his new GSN game show, “Get a Clue,” as well as give us an exclusive insider look at the role of game show judges.

Curt Menefee

Curt Menefee returned to the show for a chat about what went wrong with the Bears 2019 season and his new show “America’s Top Dog,” which premieres Wednesday, January 8th on A&E.

This episode punched up by Colin Jost

In BIll’s first visit to the show in 2020, our original topic of the history of calendars was quickly abandoned, and we decided to take a look at some of the new superhero movies coming up this year.  Topics included New Mutants nightmares, Disney’s no-no naughty words, a gentler & cuddlier Venom, and Wonder Woman moping out to The Smiths. Plus: Black Widow’s big payday, and Colin Jost punches everything up.

2019 End of the Year Show!

It’s the end of another year of The Big Wakeup Call!  We close out the radio year and take a look back at 2019 with our special guests Scott Aukerman, David Wain, Dylan Brody, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, Bill McCormick, and a special musical performance from Laurie Berkner!

The Big Wakeup Call’s 2019 End-of-the-Year show is sponsored by Hotel 99, Same Day Mattress, Dayquil, and Dollar Health Club.

Bree Condon

Bree Condon called into the show to talk about her new movie, “Bombshell,” which opens nationwide on Friday, December 20.  “Bombshell” tells the story of the Roger Ailes saga at Fox News.  Bree plays Kimberly Guilfoyle, one of Roger’s defenders.  We talked about developing her take on the character, printing up a large quantity of t-shirts, and an extra cautious drive from L.A. to Chicago.

Dan Abrams

Dan Abrams is the chief legal affairs anchor of ABC News and the host of A&E’s Live PD. He’s also hosting a new show, Court Cam, which airs Thursday nights at 8 central, also on A&E.

Ariane Szu-Tu

Ariane Szu-Tu is an editor at National Geographic Kids, and she called in for a chat about their latest book, Bet You Didn’t Know! 2: Outrageous, Awesome, Out-of-This-World Facts.  It’s a fun book full of colorful illustrations and fascinating fun facts.  I learned why my Batman shirt may be the reason I didn’t do as well on my exams as I should have.  I also got the true reason why an entire section on pizza facts had no mention of Chicago.

Chip Davis

Chip Davis is the biggest-selling Christmas music artist of all time as a founding member of Mannheim Steamroller.  The band is celebrating the 35th anniversary of their first Christmas album with a new tour, which comes to the Rosemont Theater on Friday, December 20.