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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




Thanksgiving with Rachael Ray: Last minute tips, savory sides, crowd-pleasing desserts

TV’s Rachael Ray joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving tips, recipes for her favorite sides, desserts and more! ‘The Rachael Ray Show’ airs weekdays at 1pm on WGN-TV.


50th anniversary of TV classic ‘The Waltons’ with Richard ‘John-Boy’ Thomas

Richard Thomas, the original ‘John-Boy,’ talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about the 50th anniversary of TV classic, his casting, the legacy of Earl Hamner Jr., behind the scenes and more.


WGN Radio hosts share what they are thankful for

WGN Radio’s Bob Sirott, John Williams, Lisa Dent, Jon Hansen, John Landecker, Rollye James, Dave Plier, Wendy Snyder, Steve Bertrand, Lou Manfredini, Steve Dale, David Hochberg, and Karen Conti share what they are thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.


The traditions of Macy’s on State Street: The Great Tree, The Walnut Room, holiday windows, Santa and more

Matt Sarosy, Macy’s State Street Store Manager, and Brad Saylor, Walnut Room Executive Chef, join WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about their holiday traditions, The 115th Great Tree, The Walnut Room, Frango mints, the holiday windows, and more. For more information, visit https://macysrestaurants.com/walnut-room/.


Dean’s Thanksgiving Entertainment Report: Movies, Bozo marathon, Thanksgiving tips

Dean Richards joins Dave Plier for his Thanksgiving movie reviews, a 6 hour Bozo marathon on WGN-TV, Thanksgiving meal tips and more.


The history of Thanksgiving: Plymouth Rock, pies, parades and Presidential pardons

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier and Dave Schwan share the history of the very first Thanksgiving and the traditions that have developed over the years. The Dave’s also talk about rare Thanksgiving moments in TV and the movies.


Dave Plier & Garry Meier full show 11/11/22: Honoring our veterans, Frank Meier’s tape, Bourbon County Stout, Catching up with Tom Skilling

Radio Hall of Famer Garry Meier joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier in studio to honor our veterans; Garry shares a 1982 recording from when his father Frank sat down with a tape recorder and recalled a 48-hour period of battle in 1944 during his service in the U.S. Army under Gen. George Patton; Mike Siegel from […]


Roll out the barrel! Goose Island’s 2022 Bourbon County Stout release

Mike Siegel from Goose Island joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier and radio legend Garry Meier to talk about this year’s highly anticipated Bourbon County Stout releases, the inspiration behind each recipe, this year’s Black Friday process and the growth of the barrel-aged beer industry.


Exploring Haunted Chicago with Ghostlorist Ursula Bielski: ‘Resurrection Mary’, Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, The Congress Hotel and more!

A longstanding WGN Radio Halloween tradition is to explore the Chicagoland hauntings of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Archer Avenue, Resurrection Mary, The Willowbrook Ballroom, The Congress Hotel and more. To share the lore and paranormal happenings, Dave Plier welcomes author and ghostlorist Ursula Bielski. Chicagoghosts.org, You Tube: Ursula Bielski’s World of the Supernatural.

Gruesome ghouls and grisly ghosts: ‘Terror on the Air’ with Chuck Schaden, Carl Amari and Steve Darnall

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier looks at the history of ‘Terror on the Air’ during the Golden Age of Radio including iconic horror and mystery shows ’Suspense’, ‘Inner Sanctum’ and ‘Lights Out’, and how they influenced television and the movies with Radio Hall of Famer Chuck Schaden, Nostalgia Digest’s Steve Darnall and WGN Radio’s Carl Amari.

WGN Radio’s Lauren Lapka: Elaborate pumpkin carving and reporting on the paranormal

WGN Radio’s Lauren Lapka joins Dave Plier to share her impressive pumpkin carving skills along with her most horrifying paranormal experience!

Graceland Cemetery: Chicago stories, symbols and secrets with Adam Selzer

One of Chicago’s landmark attractions, Graceland Cemetery chronicles the city’s sprawling history through the stories of its people. Local historian and Graceland tour guide Adam Selzer talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier and Lauren Lapka about his walking tours that cover almost the entirety of the cemetery grounds. While nodding to famous Graceland figures from […]

Fright Favorites: 31 movies to haunt your Halloween and beyond

What’s your favorite Halloween movie? WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to author and historian David J. Skal about his book: ‘Fright Favorites’ which spotlights 31 essential Halloween-time films, their associated sequels and remakes, and recommendations to expand your seasonal repertoire based on your favorites. Featured titles include Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), Cat People(1942), Them (1953), House on Haunted Hill (1959), Black Sunday (1960), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Young Frankenstein...

WGN Radio Flashback: Supernatural Chicago with Eddie Schwartz and Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe

A WGN Radio tradition: Culled from a vintage conversation recorded in 1982, the late WGN radio legend Eddie Schwartz is joined by late Chicago Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe to talk about Resurrection Mary, Archer Avenue and other ghostly stories around Chicago. What is your favorite Chicago ghost story?

Butch Patrick from ‘The Munsters’: The legacy of this monstrous TV classic

Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster from TV classic ‘The Munsters’, talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about life on the set with his co-stars, the influence and history of the Universal monsters, and the connection to the sitcom and how horror and comedy work together.

Jordan Hembrough from The History Channel’s 2nd season of ‘The Toys That Built America’

Jordan Hembrough from The History Channel’s ‘The Toys That Built America’ joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to preview the series’ 2nd season!

Music pioneer Herb Alpert: Classic songs, iconic albums, the legacy of A&M Records

Music icon Herb Alpert joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to celebrate his songs, his albums, the success of A&M records and, the legacy of his unmistakable sound.

Pinball Wizard Gary Stern of Stern Pinball: Pinball Expo, new James Bond 007 Game

Gary Stern, CEO of Stern Pinball, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about the gaming business, his latest pinball games, new technology, and the upcoming Pinball Expo. Sternpinball.com, pinballexpo.com.

Jeff Rogers from Players Workshop, Chicago’s original improv training center

Jeff Rogers, Managing Partner of Players Workshop, talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about the history and future of Chicago’s original improv training center. To find out more, all are welcome to attend ‘Taste of Improv’ on October 18th at The Apollo Theater Studio. playersworkshoponline.com

Guitar hero Joe Satriani: A musical journey

Rock legend Joe Satriani joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to look back at his musical journey as he tours with his new album ‘The Elephants of Mars’.