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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




Legendary anchormen Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson: 50th anniversary of THE 10 O’Clock News

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes legendary anchormen Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson to celebrate the 50thanniversary of their pairing on WBBM’s ‘THE 10 O’Clock News’. Bill and Walter talk about how they entered the world of broadcasting, their early days launching their iconic newscast, and how they set the tone for local news broadcasts throughout the country.


SNL alum Kevin Nealon on Johnny Carson and his comedy shows at City Winery Chicago

Comedian and actor Kevin Nealon joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, his years on Saturday Night Live, and this weekend’s comedy shows at City Winery Chicago.


Classic Chicago TV commercials: Memorable jingles and legendary pitch people

What is the classic Chicago TV commercial or business that is your remember that is gone but not forgotten? Roger Badesch, retired WGN Radio news anchor, returns to ‘The Dave Plier Show’ to talk to Dave and our listeners about vintage Chicago commercials including Boushelle (Hudson3-2700), Victory Auto Wreckers, Empire Carpet, Zayre, Wieboldt’s, Marshall Fields, Lincoln Carpeting and United Auto Insurance; […]


Award-winning series Schoolhouse Rock! At 50: Knowledge is Power!

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier celebrates five decades of award-winning animated series ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ and shares his 2018 interview with the late Bob Dorough, award-winning musician, whose songs helped teach children that ‘Knowledge is Power’. Schoolhouse Rock! includes the songs ‘I’m Just a Bill’, ‘Conjunction Junction’ and ’Three’s the Magic Number’.


Nick Freidman, Executive Producer of new movie ‘Bezos: The Beginning’

Nick Freidman, Executive Producer of ‘Bezos: The Beginning,’ joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about the new movie telling the story of Jeffrey Bezos, then a 31-year-old hedge fund manager who quits his job. With the support of his wife and borrowed money from his father, he moves across the country to launch his dream […]


Country Music Hall of Famer Wynonna Judd on the legacy of Naomi Judd and a new tour

Country Music Hall of Famer Wynonna Judd joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about her mother’s legacy, parental relationships, her music and a new tour celebrating The Judds featuring Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile and more. For tickets, visit thejudds.com.


WGN-TV’s Mike Lowe on the 75th anniversary of Chicago’s Very Own

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes WGN-TV’s Mike Lowe on his 12 part series on the 75th Anniversary of WGN Television, the research the history and legacy of the faces in front of the camera and behind the scenes. The 75th WGN TV features air Thursdays during the News at Nine. For more, visit https://wgntv.com/news/wgn_75th_annivesary/.


Music legend Pat Boone: 70 years of All-American entertainment

Entertainment legend Pat Boone joins Dave to celebrate 88 years on the planet, 70 years in show business, hosting his own ABC television series “The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom,” which featured top-name guests including Ella Fitzgerald, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Connie Frances, Roy Rogers, Frankie Avalon, and Tony Bennett, among many others. Among his numerous awards […]


Comedy Night Fundraiser with WGN-TV’s Mike Toomey, Brian Noonan, Peggy Graziano and hosted by Dave

Dolly McCarthy, publisher of BeLocal NW Chicagoland, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about her upcoming comedy night to benefit Chicago’s The Yard Foundation on Friday February 3, 2023 with two shows at 6:30pm and 9pm at Moretti’s in Edison Park. Comedians include Mike Toomey from the WGN Morning News, radio’s Brian Noonan, Peggy […]


Ryan Dempster: 2023 Cubs Convention, spring training, off-season investments, ‘Off the Mound’

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Cubs great Ryan Dempster on the return of the Cubs Convention this weekend, spring training, the investments made in the off-season in hopes of returning to contention, and his talk show ‘Off the Mound’ on the Marquee Sports Network.


Fleetwood Mac in Chicago: The legendary Chess blues session

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to photographer Jeff Lowenthal and author Robert Schaffner about their new book, showcasing the legendary Fleetwood Mac blues session at Chicago’s Chess Studios in January 1969.


India de Beaufort of NBC’s reboot of TV comedy ‘Night Court’

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks actress India de Beaufort on the reboot of NBC’s ‘Night Court’ premiering Tuesday January 17th on NBC.


Dr. Ian Smith: A healthy new year plan, intermittent fasting, mood boosters

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Dr. Ian Smith about starting the new year right, the power of intermittent fasting, and 9 mood boosters to get you through the winter.


Meteorologist Cheryl Scott on Dancing into the New Year and The Great Chicago Blood Drive

WGN’s Dave Plier welcomes ABC7 Chicago’s Cheryl Scott to talk about her work with the American Red Cross and the Great Chicago Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday January 12th. Make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All hours […]


Dave Plier’s Favorite Conversations 2022

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier shares his ‘Favorite Conversations of the Year’! Valerie Bertinelli from ‘One Day at a Time’ and Food Network’s ‘Valerie’s Home Cooking’, Henry Winkler from ‘Happy Days’ and HBO’s ‘Barry’, Bob Odenkirk from AMC’s Better Call Saul, Ginger Zee from ABC’s Good Morning America, TV director and producer James Burrows (‘Cheers’, ‘Taxi’, […]


Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago: A Christmas Message of Peace

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about ‘Renew My Church’, his Christmas Message of Peace and the power of Catholic Charities.


Comedy legend Bob Newhart reflects on filming Christmas movie ‘Elf’ 20 years ago, 50 years of ‘The Bob Newhart Show’, 40 years of ‘Newhart’

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to comedy legend Bob Newhart about filming the movie ‘Elf’ with Will Ferrell back in 2002, and why it is a new holiday classic.


Restaurants open on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, Best new Chicago dining experiences

Adrian Kane from The Infatuation will talk about Chicago’s best new restaurants of the year and the dining experiences that are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Merriest TV episodes of all time

What is your favorite holiday themed TV episode? WGN Radio’s Dave Plier and listeners talk about their favorite holiday TV episodes of all time including I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch, All in the Family, Cheers, Seinfeld’s ‘Festivus for the rest of us’, The Sopranos, Modern Family and […]


Grilling your holiday feast with Weber’s Kevin Kolman

Kevin Kolman from Weber talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about firing up the grill for your holiday feast after some very snowy days.