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The Dave Plier Podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN

The Dave Plier Podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN


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The Dave Plier Podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN




Exploring Restaurants Openings Across the Border at Mars Resort in Geneva, WI

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Proprietors Scott Pohl and Arney Silvestri from 97-year old ‘Mars Resort’ about their famous bbq ribs, Friday night fish frys, cocktails and more; and what re-opening looks like just North of the border. For more information, visit Mars-resort.com


Gary Sinise: Honoring America’s Defenders, Veterans, First Responders, Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Chicago’s Own Gary Sinise to honor our fallen and to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten; shares information on The Gary Sinise Foundation and his Emergency Covid-19 Program. For more information, visit Garysinisefoundation.org.


Secretary Robert Wilkie, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Venerating the Fallen, COVID-19 Update, Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes the Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to salute our fallen on Memorial Day, a Covid-19 update within the V.A., new and expanded programs take care for our veterans, mental health issues and efforts to reduce and eliminate the growing rate of Veteran suicides.


He’s Baaaack! Chicago Radio Legend Garry Meier Honors Our Fallen, Defining a New Normal

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes Radio Hall of Famer Garry Meier to talk about the real meaning of Memorial Day, celebrating his father Frank Meier, as he shares his special recording about the 48-hour period of battle in December 1944 during his service in the U.S. Army under General George Patton, and defining a new normal […]


Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue: ‘What Makes a Marriage Last’?

Celebrity couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue talk to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about their 40 years together, highlighting their new book ‘What Makes a Marriage Last’; Dave share a story of meeting Phil back in the 1970’s.


Weber Grill Master Kevin Kolman: Preparing for the Ultimate Summer Barbecue

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes Weber Grillmaster Kevin Kolman to kick-off the grilling season to get your grill ready for the summer, and recipes for a great brisket, burger, side dishes, dessert and more! For more information visit weber.com. What are you looking forward to grill this summer?


This is History: The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk about the true meaning of Memorial Day, which originated as ‘Decoration Day’ after the Civil War and was officially signed into law in 1967. Plus, Dave shares President Ronald Reagan’s moving Memorial Day speech from 1984.


Magician Penn Jillette’s New Original Special on CW: “Penn & Teller Try This at Home’

Penn Jillette, one half of the dynamic duo of Penn & Teller, joins Dave to talk about their upcoming TV special and a new generation learning magic. Watch the preview here.


Legendary SNL Writer Alan Zweibel: ‘Laugh Lines, My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier’; Working with John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Garry Shandling, Billy Crystal, Larry David and More

Alan Zweibel, legendary writer and producer of the first seasons of Saturday Night Live’, ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show’, Curb Your Enthusiasm and more hangs with Dave to talk about his new book, ‘Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier’!


Elliott Bambrough: WGN TV’s ‘Chicago’s Best’ Pizza Curbside & Delivery Edition, LIVE Cooking Sessions

Elliott Bambrough of WGN TV’s ‘Chicago’s Best’ talks to Dave about the state of the local restaurant industry and a new episode highlighting pizza and curbside delivery. For more information, visit wgntv.com/chicagosbesttv


Let’s Go Back to the Drive-In with Scott Dehn of Chicagoland’s McHenry Outdoor Theater

Scott Dehn, proprietor of the McHenry Outdoor Drive-In Theater talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about the resurgence of the Drive-In across the country, the only place to go outside of the house to watch a movie on the silver screen. This weekend’s films include ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘Jurassic Park’. For more information, visit goldenagecinemas.com.


‘Those Were the Days’ Celebrates 50 Years, Spring Edition of ‘Nostalgia Digest’ with Radio Hall of Famer Chuck Schaden and Steve Darnall

Radio Hall of Famer Chuck Schaden looks back at the very beginnings of his long-running radio show ‘Those Were the Days’ which celebrates 50 years this month, interviews with Jack Benny and the stars of the golden age of radio, and the spring edition of ‘Nostalgia Digest’ magazine (and a special discount in partnership with […]


Dr. Ian Smith: Mind Overweight, Curb Cravings, Find Motivation While Cooking More at Home

Dave talks to Dr. Ian Smith about his new book ‘Mind Over Weight’ and how you can eat cleaner with the right motivation, while sequestered at home. For more information, visit www.doctoriansmith.com.


Comedian Jeff Rogers: TV Premiere of ‘Jeff’s Homemade Game Show’

Comedian Jeff Rogers talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about his new TV series ‘Jeff’s Homemade Game Show’ debuting on BYU-TV on Tuesday, May 12th at 8pm. For more information, visit https://www.byutv.org/jeffsgameshow


Comedy Tonight: Laugh Out Loud with Chicago’s Own Pat McGann

Comedian Pat McGann joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about home and family during these interesting times, plus a preview of his upcoming Zoom charity event on Saturday May 2nd benefiting the Danny Did Foundation. For more information, visit Patmcgann.com and dannydid.org


Comedy Tonight: Sinatra Stories, Keeping it Positive with Harvey IL’s Own Tommy Dreesen

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Harvey IL’s own Tommy Dreesen about his 50 year career, his first appearances on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’, when he was first asked to be the opening act for music legend Frank Sinatra and his upcoming Zoom event ‘The Man Who Made Sinatra Laugh’ on Saturday May […]


Comedy Tonight: The Button-Down Mind of TV Icon Bob Newhart

Comedy legend Bob Newhart talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about his early days of comedy and the success of his very first album.


Comedy Tonight: The Legacy of Comedy Legend Don Rickles

Dave looks back at his 2016 interview with the late legendary comedian Don Rickles, backstage in Vegas, to talk about his very beginnings, his friendship with Frank Sinatra, his on air chemistry with Johnny Carson and David Letterman, working with Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Robert DeNiro, and his 60 years headlining in Vegas. Do you […]


This is History: Mickey Mouse Debuts, ‘Uh Oh SpaghettiO’s’, Pope John Paul II Shot, ‘Cheers’, ‘Wonder Years’ and ‘Seinfeld’ Finales

Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk about, the introduction of Spaghetti-O’s, Pope John Paul II being shot in 1981, the final episodes of ‘The Wonder Years’ and a chat with series star Fred Savage and the last shows of ‘Cheers’ and ‘Seinfeld’.


Celebrating the 87th Birthday of TV Icon Carol Burnett!

On her 87th birthday, WGN Radio’s Dave Plier looks back at his conversation with TV legend Carol Burnett.