Steve Wilkos is currently in the middle of season 9 of “The Steve Wilkos Show,” and he called in to catch us up on what we may have missed and what we’ll see going forward. We also talked about the changing neighborhood around Wrigley Field (Steve grew up just blocks from the ballpark) and whether or not this is the year.
“The Steve Wilkos Show” airs weekdays at 10am and 5pm in Chicago on WCIU.
David Eigenberg plays Christopher Hermann on “Chicago Fire,” which has its season four premiere tonight at 9c on NBC-5 Chicago. David and I discussed our suburban Chicago backgrounds, growing up Cubs fans, filming in Chicago, and what we’ll see on tonight’s season premiere episode.
We always have a good time when Joe Lo Truglio calls in. Joe is currently starring as Detective Boyle on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” We talked about an upcoming big, huge celebrity guest star, shared some love for the Cubs, and reminisced about the VCR days, which led us to talking about the great Wet Hot American Summer series on Netflix.
Catch a new episode of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Sunday night at 7:30 on Fox 32-Chicago.
Ben Lyons called in for his regular Digital Entertainment News segment and shared some gift ideas for Dads on DVD and Blu-Ray. We also talked about his legendary dad (film critic Jeffrey Lyons), and of course engaged in some sports chat. One day the DVD of Cubs World Series highlights will be a reality.
Freddy Rodriguez is an Emmy-nominated actor (I loved his work on “Six Feet Under”) who currently stars as Michael Ragosa on NBC’s “The Night Shift.” We discussed his Chicago roots, the evolution of his character and the challenges that presents as an actor, and also further explored what happens at the JR Lemon-led live tweeting/dance party events (previously confirmed by Jeananne Goossen and Brendan Fehr).
It was fun talking with Mookie Wilson, who called in to promote the new paperback version of his book “Mookie: Life, Baseball and the ’86 Mets.” We talked about the Cubs-Mets rivalry in the mid-80s, how much fun the ’86 Mets were, and why we’ll likely never see such a collection of characters assembled in one clubhouse again.
Chris Epting’s “Roadside Baseball” is now in its new and improved second edition, and chronicles more than 500 important events in baseball history, with detailed descriptions of the event and information on each location (like the West Side Grounds in Chicago — the original home of the Cubs). We had a great conversation about the book and shared some great childhood baseball memories.
Steve Wilkos called in to talk about new episodes of The Steve Wilkos Show airing this month (check your local listings — in the Chicago area, it’s weekdays at 10 on WCIU, The “U.”). The show was just renewed through 2018, so Steve feels a little bit better about plunking down some cash for the MLB premium package this year. Once a Cubs fan, always a Cubs fan!