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




Blue Ash Farm’s Oriole Manhattan drink recipe

Get into the ‘thank-goodness-it’s-Friday’ spirit with some spirits! Orange liqueur, chocolate and hand-crafted, small-batch Blue Ash Farm Straight Bourbon Whiskey combine to make this week’s Friday featured cocktail, the Blue Ash Oriole Manhattan. Barrel aged four years, the Blue Ash Farm Bourbon achieves that not-too-sweet and not-too-dry balance and ends with a smooth finish. Hear more […]


Blue Ash Farm’s Maple Wisconsin Old-Fashioned Friday night drink recipe

Get into the ‘thank-goodness-it’s-Friday’ spirit with some spirits, Fridays at 7:45pm with Dave Plier and Bill O’Donnell, CEO and founder of Blue Ash Farm Spirits. Nothing says Wisconsin like this week’s Friday featured cocktail: Maple Wisconsin Old-Fashioned, made with Blue Ash Farm Maple Bourbon. The recipe gives you options whether you like your Old-Fashioned sweet, […]


Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at Chicago’s Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier and WGN-TV’s Lauren Magiera welcome Brendan, Siobhan, and Anlon McKinney of Chicago’s #1 Irish pub Chief O’Neill’s talk to about the legend of Chicago Police Chief O’Neill, the art of pouring the perfect pint of Guinness, their classic Irish cuisine, inspired music and their events schedule for the next three weekends […]


Comedy legend Dick Smothers of The Smothers Brothers: 65 years of comedy, music and brotherhood

Half of the legendary comedy duo The Smothers Brothers, Dick Smothers, hangs out with WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about 65 years of comedy with brother Tommy, their very beginnings, and their groundbreaking albums and variety show.


TV’s Andrew Zimmern: Family Restaurant on HBO Max, Family Dinner on Magnolia Network, Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel

Andrew Zimmern talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about the series debut of ‘Family Restaurant’ on HBO Max, ‘Family Dinner’ on The Magnolia Network, the legacy of The Travel Channel’s ‘Bizarre Foods’ and more!


A Blue Ash Farm favorite: Bees Knees drink recipe

This week, Dave Plier and Blue Ash Farm Spirits CEO and founder Bill O’Donnell are talking gin – and this one is not your grandfather’s gin! The Blue Ash Farm Gin has a flavorful, fruit-forward taste and is infused with 16 of nature’s finest botanicals. Use it to make one of Bill’s favorites, and this featured cocktail, […]


Caitlin Hendricks: Spring Training, the 2023 season, Cubs trivia, and more!

Caitlin Hendricks, Content Creator for MLB and Chicago Cubs, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier in studio to talk about what she does on social media to get fans excited about Chicago Cubs baseball and some trivia every Cubs fan should know. Follow Caitlin Hendricks on Facebook, Instagram & TikTok: caitlin_hendricks, Twitter: @caitlinhendrix and at caitlinhendricks.com.


Dining during Lent: Tony’s Deli’s pepper and egg sandwiches and Chicagoland’s best Friday night fish frys

First up, Jenny Giordano joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about her family business, Tony’s Deli in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago, and their amazing pepper and egg sandwiches. Later, Samantha Nelson from The Chicago Tribune talks to Dave about Chicagoland’s Friday night fish frys in and around town.


Blue Ash Farm’s Honey Bourbon Friday night drink recipe

Hear drink recipes with spirits from Wisconsin's Blue Ash Farm, Fridays at 7:45pm.


Bears great Kevin Butler, radio legend Kevin Matthews and Jim Shorts place their bets for the big game!

Chicago radio legend Kevin Matthews, Jimmy Shorts and Chicago Bears great Kevin ‘Butt-head’ Butler reunite on the air and join WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about their Pig Skin Picks for the big game!


‘The Mongo Bowl’ fundraiser for Steve McMichael, Sunday at the Des Plaines Theatre and Arcada Theatre

Onesti Entertainment is hosting two “Mongo Bowl” fundraisers at both the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles and the Des Plaines Theatre on Super Bowl Sunday, February 12. All proceeds from raffles, auctions and donations at the free admission event will be used for Steve McMichael’s 24-hour nurse care expenses. Both events will be hosted by Ron Onesti […]


Weber’s Kevin Kolman: Game day grilling, BBQ, nachos, dips and more

Weber Grill’s Kevin Kolman joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk game day grilling with recipes for the perfect wings, Philly cheesesteak, pulled pork, nachos, dips and more. Weber.com


Philly and Kansas City themed cocktails with WGN Morning News’ Jeff Hoover and Tracy Hoover

Jeff Hoover from the WGN Morning News and his wife Tracy join WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to share their recipes for the prefect cocktails, whether you’re rooting for the Eagles or the Chiefs.


Super Bowl commercials preview with Jeff Rogers from Chicago’s Players Workshop

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier and Jeff Rogers, Managing Partner of Chicago’s Player’s Workshop, talk about the $7 million dollar price tag for this year’s Super Bowl commercials and give a preview of this year’s most anticipated spots. Dave and Jeff also look back at the most historic Super Bowl Commercials of all-time. playersworkshoponline.com


Remembering Cindy Williams

We’re remembering Cindy Williams, best known as Shirley on the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” who died last week at age 75. In February 2016, Dave Plier spoke with Cindy Williams about the 40th anniversary of ‘Laverne & Shirley’, her first movie ‘American Graffiti’, and working with Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Penny Marshall […]


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

'It turned out to be this genius chemistry,' says Bill Kurtis on teaming with Jacobson.


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

Nick Friedman, 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 […]