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




Jon Taffer on new season of ‘Bar Rescue’ on Paramount+; Restaurants are booming but with challenges

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Jon Taffer of Bar Rescue on Paramount+ on the new season, how he got started in the business, what motivates him, helping small business owners and more!


Dr. Ian Smith: New novel ‘The Overnights’, The Met Flex Diet for a healthy summer

Dr. Ian Smith joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier in studio to talk about his latest Ashe Cayne novel ‘The Overnights’ and his book, The Met Flex Diet, for a healthy summer. Doctoriansmith.com


Chicago’s iconic Superdawg celebrates its 75th anniversary!

Superdawg owners Scott Berman and Lisa and Don Drucker join WGN Radio’s Dave Plier in studio to talk about their iconic hot dog establishment’s 75th anniversary.


Santa’s Village in East Dundee: New attractions, restaurants, fun for the entire family

Jason Sierpien, owner of the iconic Santa’s Village Amusement & Water Park, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about all the new features at the park this season including new rides, restaurants, early purchase ticket savings, and more! Visit santasvillagedundee.com.


Chicago’s own Gary Sinise: Serving veterans, the military families of the fallen, first responders

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Chicago’s own Gary Sinise on Memorial Day to honor our fallen, a recap of the annual National Memorial Day concert, The Gary Sinise Foundation and the significance of how his non-profit honors the country’s fallen, first responders and more.


Bob’s Record Collection: Mike Love of The Beach Boys at The Genesee Theater on June 2nd!

What is your favorite Beach Boys song? The legendary Mike Love, founding member of ‘The Beach Boys’, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about five decades of Good Vibrations, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with ‘The Beatles’, finding peace through meditation, touring, and their songs of the summer! Get […]


Memorial Day with The Honorable Denis McDonough, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Mental health, PACT Act, combatting homelessness

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier welcomes the Honorable Denis McDonough, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to salute our fallen on Memorial Day, the PACT Act, combatting homelessness and the mental health services available for veterans.


Radio Hall of Famer Garry Meier: Venerating our fallen with memories of WWII by his father

Radio Hall of Famer Garry Meier joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about the real meaning of Memorial Day, celebrating his father Frank Meier and his combat experiences serving in World War II.


Kevin Kolman: Weber Grill’s Sizzling Summer Barbeque, new electric grills, Weber Smokefire

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Kevin Kolman, Weber Grill Ambassador to talk about the new electric grills, the Weber Smokefire, and barbequing all summer long!


This is History: 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan on 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.


The journey of Chicago radio legend Kevin Matthews with Jim Shorts

On ‘The Best of The Dave Plier Show’, Dave looks back at his very first 2-hour on air conversation in 2016 with Chicago and Michigan radio legend Kevin Matthews, looking back at Kevin’s career in radio, The Loop, AM1000, Jim Shorts, Jonathan Brandmeier, Steve Dahl & Garry Meier, Larry Wert and his story of Broken […]


Legends of Rock: Stevie Van Zant, Elvis Costello, Robert Lamm, Rick Nielsen, Kevin Cronin, and Mick Jones

Dave’s radio special ‘Legends of Rock’ featuring rock icons Stevie Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Robert Lamm of Chicago, Mick Jones of Foreigner, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon and a conversation with Elvis Costello featuring Wendy Snyder.


The Voice That Rocked America: The Dick Biondi Story

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to filmmaker Pamela Pulice about new film about the legacy of Radio Hall of Famer Dick Biondi. Dick Biondi’s amazing radio career spans over 6 decades, including the birth of American Rock and Roll and the evolution of Pop music. Known as The Screamer, the Big Noise from Buffalo & The […]


Epic roller coasters and America’s amusement parks with Marcus Leshock of the WGN Morning News

What is your favorite amusement park of all-time? WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks with WGN-TV’s Marcus Leshock about his love of roller coasters, the best, newest and fastest in Illinois and across America.


The 90th anniversary of the drive-in with Scott Dehn of Chicagoland’s only drive-in theater: The McHenry Outdoor

Where did you go to the drive-in theater as a kid? WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Scott Dehn, proprietor of the McHenry Outdoor (the only drive-in theater in Chicagoland), to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the drive-in, the throwback experience, the concession stand, the retro intermission commercials and why watching movies under the stars still resonates with fans. Later Dave talks to […]


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg: New air travel rules to compensate passengers, Importance of keeping AM radio in vehicles

Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, talks to WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about new proposed travel rules to hold airlines accountable for delays and cancelations. Pete also talks about the importance of AM radio in cars, as a reliable source of information and one of the primary tools federal, state and local governments use to communicate […]


Royal watcher Fred Weintraub previews King Charles III coronation

Royal watcher Fred Weintraub previews King Charles III coronation, the impact, the importance and the pomp and circumstance surrounding Saturday’s events, with WGN Radio’s Dave Plier.


Iconic comedian Don Rickles: Keeping his name and his legacy alive

In keeping a promise to help ‘keep his name alive’, WGN Radio’s Dave Plier celebrates the legacy of the late Don Rickles on his birthday by sharing his backstage Vegas interview with the comedy legend and reminiscing with TV icon (and Don’s best friend) Bob Newhart.


WhiskeyFest, presented by Whisky Advocate, returns to the Windy City: Friday, May 12th at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Whisky Advocate’s Executive Editor David Fleming joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to preview this year’s WhiskeyFest Chicago on Friday, May 12th at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. For more visit: https://whiskyadvocate.com/whiskyfest/WhiskyFest-Chicago.


Jon Anderson of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rock band YES coming to Chicagoland in concert!

Music legend Jon Anderson of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Band YES joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about his journey in music, on stage and his upcoming performance at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL (Friday 5/12/23) and at the Des Plaines Theatre (Saturday 5/13/23). For tickets, visit oshows.com.