Category Archives: Show Recaps

Actor Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne called into the show to promote his latest movie, The Discoverers.  He also shared stories about hosting Saturday Night Live in the 80s and how he’s still recognized by very particular kind of person from his appearance on Seinfeld.




RG and The Cheese – Your Morning Zookeepers

April 1, 2014

For April Fools’ Day, I decided to fulfill one of my radio fantasies of being an obnoxious host on a Morning Zoo show.

The makeup of a Morning Zoo team is usually like this:   The main guy is either identified as “crazy,” “wild,” or “mad” so-and-so, or just uses his initials.  The other guy (who basically is just there to laugh at everything) is named after an inanimate object.

Thus, “RG and The Cheese” were born, thankfully for one day only.   Talking like a Classic Rock Morning Zoo guy for just a couple hours shredded my larynx.

To help me get into character, I decided that RG and The Cheese are two small market jocks who haven’t traveled much outside of the very conservative town they grew up in, and therefore their idea of what is “shocking” and “edgy” may differ from yours.

Here are some highlights.  First, RG shares a very, very mildly amusing anecdote with The Cheese:


Next, RG and The Cheese perform another staple of a Morning Zoo show, a “phone scam:”


And every Morning Zoo show has to play stupid games to give prizes away:


Listening back, you can certainly tell what I had pre-recorded vs. what was live, as I clearly hadn’t yet decided how severe my Morning Zoo rock jock voice would be.

I’m off to gargle until tomorrow’s show.




Matt Berninger from The National and his brother Tom on the new movie, “Mistaken For Strangers.”

March 31, 2014

For Tom Berninger, coping with the fame of his rock-star brother — the National frontman Matt Berninger — led to his new documentary film, “Mistaken For Strangers,” which opened March 28 in theaters, on iTunes and video-on-demand.


Stevie Lynn Jones from NBC’s “Crisis”

March 26, 2014

Stevie Lynn Jones stars as Beth Ann Gibson in the NBC drama “Crisis.”  She was very kind and polite, and never once audibly rolled her eyes at my attempt to relate to teenagers.


Natasha Korecki talks about our old wacky neighbor, Rod Blagojevich

Natasha Korecki‘s book Only In Chicago is now out in paperback, and that was a good enough excuse to reminisce about out our old neighbor & former governor Rod Blagojevich.  We still miss seeing Rod jog by our houses.  Kind of.


Adam Alter on his new book ‘Drunk Tank Pink’

March 24, 2014

Adam Alter chatted about his new book, “DRUNK TANK PINK: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel and Behave.”  Along with many other topics, we learned why radio interns are always given names like “Stinky” or “Half-wit.”

Bill McCormick on The Death of All Things and The Movieman on The Muppets

March 21, 2014

Bill McCormick from the World News Center calls in to talk about the death of all things and other happy thoughts.

The Movieman talks about why all teen movies are now set in a dystopian future, and what that could mean for subsequent Muppet movie sequels.



Samantha Brown from The Travel Channel

March 19, 2014

Samantha Brown likes to call me up from time to time and tell me about all the places where she is and I’m not.

Lloyd Kaufman and Marcus Lemonis

March 18, 2014

Lloyd Kaufman is a legendary film director, perhaps best known for The Toxic Avenger.  His latest film is Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, now out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Marcus Lemonis is the CEO of Camping World and the host of The Profit, airing Tuesday nights at 9:00 Central on CNBC.



Ryan does the entire show with a Liam Neeson-type accent

March 17, 2014

I explain why my Irish accent of choice is that of Liam Neeson and try to make sure everyone is ready for tonight’s festivities by proctoring a St. Patrick’s Day quiz.