Category Archives: Show Recaps

Rob Barnett

Rob Barnett was formerly a president of programming at CBS Radio  and was also an executive at MTV and VH1 (where he memorably spent a day with George Harrison when he visited the studio for a chat with John Fugelsang.) Rob called in to talk about his new book  “Next Job, Best Job: A Headhunter’s 11 Strategies to Get Hired Now.”  

This Day In Music History: Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl

Today in music history: Back in 1976, a Los Angeles concert promoter offered The Beatles 30 million dollars to reunite and play ONE show.  After much negotiation, John, Paul, George and Ringo took the deal.  Here’s part of that historic sold-out show, live at the Hollywood Bowl, when they kicked it off in their Sgt. Pepper uniforms.

Chris Lowell

Chris Lowell stars in one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, “Promising Young Woman” – it picked up two Critics Choice awards for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay – certainly in Oscar contention.  

Lotsa WandaVision

Bill McCormick can’t get enough of WandaVision and its role in the Marvel Universe, so we talked and talked and talked and talked about it.

Jonathan McHugh

Jonathan McHugh is the director of a new documentary, “Long Live Rock: Celebrate the Chaos,”  now available on demand.

Erika Engelhaupt

Erika Engelhaupt called in for chat about her new book. “Gory Details: Adventures From the Dark Side of Science. This book will inform you, entertain you, and make you sick.  I loved it!

Gabby Wild

Dr. Gabby Wild called in to chat about her new book from National Geographic Kids, “Wild Vet Adventures: Saving Animals Around the World.”

John Oates

John Oates joined our exclusive Five Timers Club with his appearance on the show today and chose the Big Wakeup Call coffee mug as his special gift.  John is hosting a special event, “Oates Song Fest,” featuring a lineup of superstar performers, to benefit Feeding America.  You can see “Oates Song Fest” on March 20, 2021 at 7:00 Central on

Omid Scobie

Omid Scobie is the author of the best-selling book “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.” He joined the show to share his thoughts on the upcoming CBS Primetime Special  “Oprah with Meghan and Harry.”  

Dwayne Reed

Local Chicago author, teacher and viral video star of “Welcome to the Fourth Grade” Dwayne Reed called in to discuss his new book “Simon B. Rhymin.”